Hi guys! yesterday arrived 6 boxes 4 from rockler and 2 from incra. we organized a comunity buy between 7 woodworkers, some profesionals, some hobbist, we took advantage of 15% rockler discount and buying al together was a save of USD140 aprox in shipping and handling charges, compared to buying each of us separated. There was a lot of things… they arrived to my office (we are an internet software developing company) so people looked at me with strange faces :D. luckily I had a small...
I received my usual email from Rockler and Woodcraft the other day and hym-hoded about buying anything. Till I did a little searching on Woodcrafts clearance section. I found a set of 10 painter pyramids on sale for $2.99 reg $5.99. I’ve been eyeballing these for awhile waitng for the right moment and that time has come. Some of us have experienced this more than once, trying to complete a project and only have to wait for the other side to dry before starting the other. Well no more...
...dinge ling dinge dong all is fjong …... here we twist again as we did last summer … chatter to the left … chatter to the right …da dum da dum … chatter to the left make a ½ turn around the new hole ... continue down to the end of the board twist around with an elegant swing … chatter to the right …..... humm humm humm all is fjong…........... okay I think you get …. I´m happy this weekend … no it allready started monday whe...
Used mostly for cleaning out little knotholes that will be filled, often by epoxy tinted with lampblack, these devices can be purchased readily at American Science and Surplus. Another garage sale purchase: A small box with a web stretcher, a tack hammer (with magnetic ends), a bag needle and this high quality tack remover. Brand name is “G. W. Mount.” Very effective as designed, and it also works well for staples.
In my small shop space is hard to come buy so I decided to build something to hold my bench plans. This design was in Finewoodworking number 209. My wall wouldn’t allow me the space to put the bottom shelf but it was easy enough to subtract it from the plans. The only real issues I’ve had is dealing with the crappy low grade cabinet plywood I bought a few months back. I bought it before really understanding the differences in plywoods and although its better then big box store...
Used tools: Often a great bargain, occasionally a spectacular bargain, sometimes a puzzle, rarely but delightfully a chance to acquire something with soul and a story to go along with it. Clamps are certainly about the least glamorous of all our toys, er, tools. But you can’t have enough, as the adage goes, and because they don’t make noise or sawdust or plug in, they don’t have much emotional draw. I’ve managed to bridge that and make it a passion to find an...
Recently I have been looking at buying a new bandsaw. My current 14” Shopcraft bandsaw has performed pretty well but it has it’s limits. One frustration with the Shopcraft is finding blades for it. 70-1/2” blades are not the most readily available. There are several brands that I have considered, Rigid, Porter Cable, and Central Machinery. Ideally I would like a Delta but Woodcraft is the only place I can get it and they want more than $600. I can’t do that. T...
For quite some time I have been contemplating a workbench that I could pack in the car, with a small set of tools, so I could do a bit of handwork during my lunch breaks. The thing that has always stopped me is the worry of wood movement due to the temperature extremes in the car. But when I think of it I don’t want to do my major projects out there, even if I just practiced joinery I think it would serve the purpose of helping to ease my stress levels. So here comes the tricky parts...
I use a lot of “found” wood, it usually has to be split into smaller pieces to work with. One of the main tools I will need is the wood wedge. Starting with a bow saw and a hatchet, I cut some trees where Ms. Charming and I are clearing out around our garden. A couple of these were dogwoods. Dogwood is easily cut with a sharp axe when “green”, but when it is dry, it is extremely tough and difficult to work with edge tools. This toughness really make it good wedge m...
Craftsman-Sears, is like Charlie Sheen, either you love them, or you hate them. But I fall into a category that Ithink many fall into: The quiet MAJORITY. We know what we want, can afford, and can live with. Each time I get a new tool, I increase my productivity and ability to overcome problems with workable solutions because I have the tooling that allows me to use alternative techniques. As a new woodworker, with only six years experience, Craftsman, has been a big part of my wood worki...
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