Note to self: “Wear the mask! Wear the mask! Wear the mask!” Yes, a blatant rip-off of the scene in the movie Armageddon, when the amateur stargazer screams at his wife Betty to “Get the book! Get the book! Get the book!” I spent quite a few hours in the dungeon workshop yesterday without a mask on. I went to bed with a dry, rasped throat and woke up with the same, plus sinus congestion and a mild headache from the pressure. Popping some meds and wearing a mask t...
The other day I finally got around to refurbing an old Delta 40-530 single-speed scroll saw I bought a few years back. It has been sitting in my dungeon workshop all that time, gathering sawdust, dungeon dust, and more than a fair share of new rust over the old. Here’s what it looked like before disassembly: There is surface rust over all of the table top and blade guide hardware. The blower hose has hardened to the point where it’s no longer flexible enough to allow the up...
I’ve been wanting a larger mallet for chisel work, but until now didn’t have a large enough piece of hardwood. The head is oak, part of a pallet runner I acquired in the summer. The handle was make from a section of an old, discarded TruValue snow shovel handle; probably ash. I mounted the handle in my lathe and reduced the section that will fit into the 1” hole made in the head. The faces have a 2 degree rake toward the handle. Some subtle work was done on the rest of t...
Last year I picked up the DrillMaster #68341 Fixed Base Router at a Harbor Freight store. With the workshop in such disarray at the time, it got put away and forgotten. Months later I found it and checked it out. Like many have complained, the machining of the aluminum router body is dramatically undersized in comparison to the fixed base. When the clamp on the base is engaged, the router is pushed off center. Too much time had passed since I bought it, and on a $60.00 USD item I won̵...
With all of the focus around this biggest of shopping holidays on folks buying electronics, clothes, and toy disposable junk really. Why doesn’t anyone focus on the stuff we want to shop for: TOOLS! Wood.Work.LIFE is doing it civic duty in breaking down all the ads and leaks to the most important bits and sharing them on our website. Isn’t it time for Santa to restock or build his workshop this Black Friday through Cyber Monday? We have been diligently collecting the best deal...
The South Room will never make it in an issue of Better Homes and Gardens. For what I need, it’s coming along better than expected. I’m not done with the space. The East (left side) and South walls are damp, even wet, all year round, so I doubt I will ever stud up a wall. I also doubt the gold colored steel cabinet will stay there. For now it keeps me from bumping my ribs or head against the capped off gas line service coming out of the wall. You can see the capped end to t...
The glued fractures appear to be holding up well. Since the fractures weren’t smooth and the sole wasn’t flat—with major gouges between the mouth and toe—I decided to take some course grit to the outside and flatten the sole. The sole is flat and the gouges are gone. Progressing through the grits should make this look, feel and work better once finished. The wedge is shot. A replacement will have to be made. The trouble area is really betwee...
My Dad acquired a beat-up coffin smoother a long time ago. Either he abused it or got it from someone who had. At some point he decided it wasn’t worth much, stuck it in a cubbyhole in his basement, and there is sat for several decades. I came along this past summer and figured I would try to make it useful again. I posted the following picture here before. This gives you a ‘Beginning’ picture of the project I’m taking on. I needed to seal up the blown out frac...
Hey y’all, it’s been awhile since posting anything here due to moving states and having the shop packed up for about 6 months. The shop is still mostly packed, but I’m finally starting to get WSM headquarters back up and running! So no, this is not a post that some would consider to have much to do with woodworking, but since I’m mainly a turner, my chainsaw is very much part of my process. Hopefully there’s something here that some of y’all will fin...
Grab an old jack plane and get it refinished and put back into use. Here is the link for YouTube. Please subscribe and hit the thumbs up!
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