The summer program wraps up today. This summer saw the return of the butterfly bench. Students took all four group projects home to their families. Notice the recurring butterfly motif from last go-round. I think I’ll be making some linoleum stamps with this design on them at some point soon.The drums have been finished – lovely group of students to work with. I used a circ saw & guide to cut the 1/2″ drum cases (4 sides). We also discovered a neat way to spray paint our smaller obje...
. . Growing up in the hill country of Austin Texas, I was the oldest of five kids. I had two sisters, two little brothers, several cats and my dog, Fred. By the time I was 15 years old, I remember how important personal space was to me. So one day, I decided to tear down the old chicken shack behind our house and build a woodshop, mostly out of scrap wood. It wasn’t that big; maybe 10×16 with a storage shed off the back. . . The best part was the 10×10 se...
I started this just after the first one I made but with the building of the shop just haven’t made the time to finish. This weekend however things just clicked and I spent some time doing it. Its all but done just needs some sanding and a few coats of finish. Joe
Link to first post on ideas When I started to look into converting small free standing garage into my now shop I new right off I would need to get the dist collector and air compressor out of the room. Not really having a background in shop building. Fast forward I get the shop done, install the heat and dust collector. I later insulate the building and everything looking good. Well I forgot to think about all the heat and now AC that’s getting sucked out of the shop. So off to th...
Making a First Aid Kit All of us understand the need of a first aid kit in the workshop, so there is no reason to emphasize its importance here. But do we know what this kit should contain, or what would be needed in an unfortunate scenario. Here are some nice guidelines I found for those who have a first aid kit and those who need to make one for their woodshop. You can make a first aid kit in many ways. You can use any sealed container such as a tool box, a small tool plastic case...
A New Toy For Work:) I just got a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS6 for recording my work. One of the great things about it is that it has a 25mm wide angle lens. This is makes it great for taking pictures of my installed work in small rooms. I thought that taking photo & video of the shop would be a good test drive for it and a good way to share a tour of the American Craftsman Workshop. This video was entirely shot with this camera (except for the photos of the camera itself:) Music: ...
I posted a look at my shop tonight and found as I sorted out pictures to find 6 appropriate views that my shop has changed over the past few months. I added dust collection to my miter saw. I moved my router table from one wall to another. I moved tools stored on the walls from one spot to another. I put some tools here to fore in the tool box on the wall. Looking at the pictures gave me some more ideas to “streamline” my small basement shop. When I check in nightly to read posted LJ...
Hello everyone, i just graduated from Buffalo State College and am looking for an opening in a woodshop with custom furniture somewhere near Ithaca NY. I will be moving there in August for a year and am currently looking for work! Ill do any sorts of carpentry construction but mainly want to get into a woodshop! even if i cant work for you, if someone has a woodshop that i can use while im in the area that would be HUGE!!! please let me know if anyone can help! thank you
I noticed an item the other day that I generally take for granted or otherwise don’t notice. It occured to me that I have dragged it all over the country with me, through high school, on to college, moving on to my first job. I have had it in every place I have ever lived. I use it in the house and in the garage. It was my first formal introduction to a lot of different woodworking tools. I always had an interest in working with my hands and working with wood and this was one of th...
Like Searching for El Dorado... Open space in the wood shop can be as elusive as El Dorado, the lost city of gold. I am fortunate enough to have a shop large enough that I can have some open space to assemble and stage projects before sending them out. Just as efficiency is critical for my survival, so is open space. Space is necessary to stage incoming materials, assemble, finish, and stage projects for shipping. Space Is A Vacuum Open space in the shop creates a vacuum and it wi...
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