The vacuum chamber is done, now we need to put in our piece of wood and weight it down, then fill the jar w/ resin. I use Turn Tex Cactus Juice. Make sure that the resin covers the top of the block of wood by at least 1/2” or more. Then pump the brake bleeder until you hit 25 on the guage. This will immediately cause the resin froth and foam as the air leaves the cellular structure of the wood and is replaced by resin. I like to leave it in the resin for at least 24hrs, longer ...
My Son got a lathe for christmas and has turned quiet a few bowls in the last month. He’s 14 and has picked it up pretty quick. He’s also been wanting to start making you tube videos, as he spends a lot of time watching other woodworker’s stuff. Im impressed at how good it turned out as it was his first effort at any kind of video production. In the 8 min video below he goes through the process from preparing the log (pear tree) to final sanding of the small bowl. htt...
Note: I was going to narrate this video, but I think it speaks for itself, and I really like how the music synced up to it, so I left it as-is. You can voice your opinion below about this different format. I ran a couple thousand feet of yellow pine through my planer for the past 6 months and it was time to rotate my blades before tackling an upcoming project using red oak. If you have seen my previous video about cleaning blades, you know how nasty yellow pine is. I took the opportunit...
Quick tip on modifying face frames in eCabinets custom layout. I have some tips on one of the new features that eCabinets introduced in build 6.1. You can now make changes to your face frame components using the global item modifications feature. In this video I will show you how you can change the rail and stile widths as well as the outside scribes in custom layout. There are however a couple of things that you need to be aware of so be sure to watch the entire video.
Spalted wood is beautiful stuff, most woodworkers will agree to that. However it has its drawbacks due to the spalting process is caused by fungi attacking the wood cells. Spalted wood is essentially partially decomposed wood and therefore has soft spots and ink lines and spongy areas that make it unsuitable for some uses. I have some spalted apple that I want to use for tool handles, in order for this beautiful wood to hold up to the abuses I put my tools through I will have to stabilize ...
Entry on 1/18/2016: Watching some Disney this weekend I have come up with a name. She will be called, “Tiger Lily”! After getting some quotes from the lumber yard it occurred to me that, since I can’t get 4×10’s, I will have to scarf more than one joint to get the planking and board lengths for the 16.5 footer. This will add significant extra cost with a lot of waste. I decided to go to the 15’ version and, even though I’m losing about two feet o...
Using open locks and part associations to draw an upper range cabinet in eCabinets 6.1. In this video I will show you how to use a couple of the new features that eCabinets has introduced in build 6.1 to draw a upper range cabinet that will allow you to set the opening needed for a range hood of your choice.I will show you how to lock the openings as well as associate the partitions and fixed shelves that are needed to make this cabinet. At the end of this video I will show you how you can...
Hi all! Thank you for waiting so long for my final dart board cabinet build video. The wedding went well and my Brother-in-law loved the gift. He will be hanging it shortly. Thanks for watching! Mike View on YouTube
Entry on 1/15/2016: Hi everyone! I am an avid steelhead fisherman in Southeast Michigan. The rivers down here are a little difficult to drift a float like I would prefer. It’s hard to get into a good hole due to lots of overgrowth on the banks and the majority of the river being private property. My solution is the Power-Drifter from Glen-L. It will allow me to slow my travel down the river, hotshot, fly fish, or drift with a spinning combo or centerpin. I will also get some good ...
I never had a need for a cross cut sled, and not really sure if I ever will have a need for one to be honest with you, I say this because 90% of any thing I need to make a cross cut on, My Radial arm saw does the job, and anything that I can’t do on the radial arm saw, well that is what my circular saw is for. How ever a friend of mine who is just getting started asked me how to go about making one. His table saw is the same as mine so making a sled using my table as the basis was simpl...
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