The “Island” is the land that accompanies Lethenty Mill. It stretches from its widest part at the Mill to its narrowest about half a mile up the Lochter Burn. It used to be very important to the Mill; water was collected in a long narrow channel leading to a dam near the Mill, and it could be released into a variety of channels under and around the Mill which were arranged to feed the water to the two water wheels or back into the water course (the Lochter) if the system was full and li...
Well the end of the month is half way here and I think we are getting our sponsors in line at Hising Wood Design so I thought I would announce the next round of giveaways. For any of you who recall last time we gave a way a brad new porter cable sander. Go to www.hisingwooddesign.com for details
Between a crazy work schedule and the Hocky Play offs my workshop time is suffering. Any other NHL fans out there? Any favorites for the Stanley cup? I’m hoping to spend some serious time at the Woodworking Show this weekend. It is here in Sacramento starting tomorrow. Hopefully this will give me some additional inspiration to get back to work on my projects and I will not spend too much money on gadgets. I’ve purchased a couple of items that have not been used since they ...
I noticed this on the European sites of Festool that I couldn’t findon the USA site. (left hand bottom corner.)http://www.festool.nl/Products/Pages/Product-Overview.aspx Translation:Copyright © 2009 Festool GmbH. All rights reserved.All prices being shown, are non-binding recommendations prices.Festool is a company of TTS Tooltechnic Systems AG & Co.. KG
Ordered the Steel City 11/2hp 65200 dust collector today. Got a good deal at ToolKing. $100 rebate and free shipping. Final price $299. Now the wait for delivery. It’s like Christmas all over again. :)
A Stanley 5 Jack planeA Board ScribeA Draw Knife Each is marked with my Paternal Grandfather’s initials. A neat side note is that I have the die stamps that he used to mark these tools! A Monster MalletA Smith-made draw knifeEggbeater Drill These belonged to my Maternal Grandfather A Stanley 5 jack planeA Stanley 4 smooth planeA Revenoc transitional smooth plane These also belong to my Maternal Grandfather When I get a lull in projects, I need to spend abo...
Working on a clock today, I was happily sanding away making the side of the base perfectly smooth and 90 to the top surface when a thought popped into my mind. I thought to myself, how on earth did I do this before my amazing oscillating spindle sander came into my life, and then it hit me! How many other tools have I bought over the years and completely taken for granted without a thought to the ease and time savings it’s brought to my life? Before, I would have used numerous shop made...
Well, I’m very late in my posting the latest in the tools journey, but I did indeed move the last of the family tools into my shop. I ended up letting go of one or two, a metal working lathe in need of tlc and a user better suited to that craft, rather than me relegating it to small time woodwork, it is now being used by a father and son who do metalworking together, a fitting home. The proceeds went into buying a Rikon Mini vs lathe, which suites my needs perfectly. And sadly the bands...
As an apartment dweller there are a few things that just drive me crazy. I am working on a project right now that has taken me a while to complete. I have been building two end tables for our apartment, because as a newly wed we have very little furniture. The problem is that they are 50 miles away at my father in laws garage. This is a real pain in my butt because not only do I have to drive if I want to do anything, but also I get the itch to go out and tinker durring the week and really ca...
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...
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