I had the opportunity to hear a talk given by Gene Landon recently. If you don’t know Gene, he has been featured in Fine Woodworking numerous times (that’s him in his shop pictured below) and he specializes in period furniture reproductions from his shop in Pennsylvania – for the most part all done with traditional hand tool methods. Gene gave a good talk about the his home and shop and the furniture he has done over the years. His capabilities and work were inspiration...
Here is a blog I wrote on Helium a while back. Some of you might be interested. http://www.helium.com/tm/207436/computer-based-entertainment-woodworking
On Saturday I went to the Woodworkers Expo in San Mateo, California. I dragged along a friend who’s done some woodworking (he’s taking a class at the Palo Alto Adult Ed, which apparently has an awesome shop) but who didn’t want to buy anything. I made up for this by spending my entire budget. I had a list of things I “needed” – and I kept pretty close to the list, although my dollar didn’t stretch as far as I’d hoped it would. Anyway, here’...
The last two months or so, the shop has been a mess. Partly this is due to not having a place to put all of my lumber but the bigger part is I have had no place to put the larger equipment. Recently in one of the woodworking magazines they built a shop cabinet that housed the same type equipment I was trying to organize. They built it with spruce and peg board. I had some left over melamine (melamine that just happened to match all of the other cabinets in the shop) so I went to work with a d...
Thought this might be fun. In a trimmed down Peco’s-Bill-style everyone has story or two to tell. I’ll start the list. #1 In the summer after my eightth grade, my family moved out of town to a small farm 5 miles outside of Ames, Iowa. Cornfield country. My father was a bricklayer, but he could make about anything. Borrowing one of his wood chisels, I started tossing it around like it was a magicians throwing knife. I learned to stick-it into almost anything. Tree. ...
WARNING! Reading this blog and watching the included video will take 8-10 minutes of your life that you will never get back! Bob #2 and I were meeting up last Saturday to attend the Edmonton Woodshow. The show had offerings from Delta, Hitachi, Steel City, General, Dewalt, Lee Valley, Lie Nielsen and a mixture of local guilds and arts and crafts distributors. Overall, the show was quite good. There was lots of machinery there and Bob and I were able to meet up with Jim Lindsay, inv...
Thought this would be a fun list. Stuff you could make for your wife, sister, brother, brother-in-law, boss, friend or family member. Not to complex, but fun, perhaps adding a link to etc. Repeats, adding new links etc are ok etc. For all real woodworkers ! It’s time to start cranking out some gifts …. #1 blanket chest ....link ... #2 corncob holders … link ... 3 picture frame 4 paddy wacks #
The woodworking club that I belong to hosted Kelly Mehler for a lecture last night and a demonstration today. I had the pleasure of attending his lecture last night and I wrote about it at my blog. Take a look!
I spent some time in the shop this past weekend working on a couple of final tasks for a new table before starting on the finishing. I had a choice on how to do the work and opted for a simple block plane. If you’ve done work with well-tuned hand tools, then you know how my experience was…either way, you can read about it here.
Based on your suggestions, I’ve finally added Donations page! So now you can support LumberJocks financially by donating money through PayPal (note that PayPal also accepts all the major credit cards). Donated money will be used to cover the growing hosting fees, to buy banners and spread the word about our website and to make our unqiue Awards and Challenges even better… maybe I will also buy one-two beers if possible ;) You can choose between donating once or making a recurri...
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