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Blog series by Will Mego updated 03-09-2011 05:40 PM 8 parts 12675 reads 47 comments total

Part 1: The rules of the day

02-11-2009 07:48 PM by Will Mego | 5 comments »

So I’m calling this the slowest shop, because thanks to the “econemy” (misspelled deliberately because it’s more enemy than economy) and other life issues, just as many/most of us on here are, I’m unable to do most of the things I’d really like to do. In an earlier blog I listed all the jigs, fixtures and such I wanted to assemble, along with reforming a tiny shop in my garage…well, family tussle over how that should happen, lack of funds, work troubl...

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Part 2: Little Pieces (scary sharp)

02-11-2009 07:57 PM by Will Mego | 13 comments »

So just now, I ordered a piece of plate glass from a local company http://www.glassworks.net/I know sharpening is a hot topic, and a lot of people will disagree, but I’ve decided to give the scary sharp method a try. For one thing, the initial cost is pretty low, and it’s sustainable in that cost for me…I’d love to just get a water cooled Tormek like Tommy McDonald uses, but T-Chisel can afford that, I can’t. Anyway, the glass is 24”x12”x1/2”, a...

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Part 3: Mildly Frighteningly Sharp?

02-21-2009 01:33 AM by Will Mego | 7 comments »

So today I managed to pick upWhat’s this? It’s plate glass!I got it home, and a little later, after picking up some 3M-77 spray adhesive and some more sandpaper,I then got to work lapping my beat up blue marples chisel. As it turns out, the chisel has gotten WAY out of wack. Probably from my misguided attempts at lapping it in the past, but oh well, that’s why I had gotten them cheap, so I could learn without destroying something special.The pictures of the lapping and honin...

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Part 4: The slowest summer ever? But there are projects...

07-06-2009 08:28 PM by Will Mego | 4 comments »

So like many here, this summer has been one of hardship, and little work, and lots of stress. But as outlined earlier, that’s why this blog is titled the way it is. This spring didn’t see as many trees fall as I figured would, so not as much work there. One old box elder did take a plunge…right into the fork of a large mulberry tree, splitting it about 10 ft….but still 10ft off the ground….and over a fence right into the neighbor’s garden…so that w...

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Part 5: Progress on Shaving horse, spring pole lathe, and a mystery tool...

07-24-2009 11:17 PM by Will Mego | 10 comments »

Well, I promised pictures last time, and I have some..I started on the spring pole lathe, which is my big project for this summer/fall, and I decided after much goings on to not make a treadle lathe, meaning in this case continuous motion, but a traditional spring pole lathe, where the piece rotates once or more (hopefully many more) times, then back again. Why? I was inspired by a couple things, like poverty and such, but also after doing months of research into it, it’s just what appe...

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Part 6: Long overdue Spring Pole Lathe Update!

09-26-2010 02:09 AM by Will Mego | 1 comment »

Well, let’s see…Since last time I wrote up on this blog, I decided that I’d go BIG for my lathe, that way I could just make different poppets for different options such as spindle turning or bowl turning. So, I bought a fair amount of 4×6 and 6×6 lumber, and created a 6ft high and 6ft wide wooden ‘H’. I then attached some long feet to the ‘H’. I’ll have to find pics later of that construction. The bed can accommodate things up to around 5’1” in length. Thickness depends only on how tall a pop...

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Part 7: Gift from a master...

10-14-2010 09:43 PM by Will Mego | 5 comments »

I was fortunate to get a visit today from Kyle Kinser, a student of Krenov and master woodworker (he’d probably not want me using that title, but I call it like I see it.) Who was in town and as usual, took pity on a semi-hapless amateur such as myself to give me something nobody knew I’ve been wanting forever…. a Stanley 60 1/2 low angle block plane! Wow! Obviously it needs a little work, but this really made my day! I’ve taken the legs off my giant spring pole ...

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Part 8: 2011 plans...

03-09-2011 05:40 PM by Will Mego | 2 comments »

Well, it’s been a painful blur of a winter, and spring is pretty much fixin’ to spring (maybe) here in northern Illinois, so it’s time to plan out all those projects I haven’t been able to do all winter: So here’s the usual list that I’d LIKE to get to…but money and time are always bigger factors than my desire. Given my druthers, I’d complete MORE than this list…but that caveat aside, here’s my list for 2011: My massive all-weather outdoor Roubo Workbench. 1...

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