My last entry was about the endless winter….to come. We are still waiting! After a mild, pretty snow-free December, Minnesotans are wondering what happened and when the shoe will drop. It has been a great month of fairly comfortable temps in my unheated garage/shop. We still have not had a below zero to brag about, and only about six inches of total snow…and that has melted. I have my thoughts set on some new projects and an upcoming trip back to Hawaii for the eighth time. I ha...
If there is one thing you can rely on to be unreliable, it’s the weather. We went from 8 degrees Celsius last week to -1 and snowing today. As I wander around the garage tidying and planning, I realize that until the shed is up, it’s going to be semi-pointless to actually start working. Oh well. I have done drawings for my router table and the sheer size of my Triton 3 1/4HP router is going to cause issues. It’s going to need 13” of horizontal clearance in the...
It seems that every year we get a cold snap here in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I always like to take that opportunity do do something that I do not often get to do: complain about the weather!
The last step in the process is to install the magnets. If you’ve followed this blog you may recall how I messed this up in the first Weather Station. Here’s a link to that particular mistake and my solution. http://lumberjocks.com/newTim/blog/7909. Of coarse the best solution is to get it right the first time. So here goes. I started by glueing in two magnets using CA glue. This time around I splurged on a 10MM drill bit to match the 10mmx5mm magnets. It seems it is muc...
I remember Sen. Bob Dole telling the story of a day spent with his father loading hay bales into the barn’s loft. When he reached down to pick up the last one his dad stopped and asked, “do you know which one that is?” He went on to answer, “that’s the one we’ve been looking for all day.” Well sure enough I’ve finally gotten to the part I’ve been looking for. This is where all the templates, jigs, drilling, and such come together. N...
There are a number or holes required for this project. Here’s a list of purpose and sizes. Galileo = 1 1/2”, Dowels = 5/16”, Magnets = 10mm, Clock/Instruments = 2 3/8”, back air holes 3/4” to 1”. Here’s how I usually set the depth of cut. Instead of measuring from the top I set the drill to stop a distance from the bottom. To locate a centerline I usually rip a piece of scrap and butt the part up against a stop so both are flush to the ed...
Some may remember the old Seinfeld episode where George decided his normal way wasn’t working out so he vowed to do everything opposite. While things started going in his favor Elaine’s life became like George’s old life and Seinfeld remained even. Not that that has anything to do with woodworking, I was just looking for something clever. In any event I mentioned in Blog 1 that in the original project I was fighting gravity so I decided to remedy the situation by doing th...
This is a simple project that is made more so with a couple of templates. In fact I would not know how to line things up accurately without them. I use two kinds of templates, one to line up drilling and a couple to space the wings. For pictures and previous discussion check out my project page and blog series. I start by laying out the design on graph paper and tape that to 1/4” masonite cut to the same size as the inner top and bottom. I then sandwiched an identical size pi...
What a great idea to build a shop outside, to hold tools during the summer months—no more lugging wood up and down the basement stairs; being able to go outside and work with the wind as a source of dust collection; being able to enjoy the natural light—and most of all saving on hydro (no need to run all of those lights.) Yes indeed; a great plan. And so today, with my daughter’s birthday coming up I am working on a new project (I’ll write about this in another b...
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