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Lathe duplicator experiment

My wife has been learning to turn projects on the lathe and doing very well. She recently tried to copy a candle stick that she made and got very close, … Continue reading

April 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Setting up the Pro-grind sharpening system

I know I haven’t been posting much lately. I have been working on the shop a bit, trying to make some room for a few upgrades. I do have a … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Supermax 19-38 drum sander

I like tools. The problem with collecting them is that you eventually run out of space. I wanted to add a drum sander to my shop tool collection, but I … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · 2 Comments

Adding a digital readout to my Jet 15″ planer

For Christmas, my lovely wife gave me a remote digital planer readout for my new planer, to make it easier for me to see what board thickness I am planing … Continue reading

January 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Shop upgrade – New planer

Planing down a bunch of hard maple on the last project really got me thinking about an upgrade to my planer. My Rigid 13″ planer has served me well for … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

Quick and dirty Moxon vise

I am going to need something to clamp wood into, for this class I am teaching. I need to hold wood in a vertical position so the teens can cut … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

High school woodworking class – day 1

We home school our kids, and twice a year we get together with a group of other home school families and have a co-op. One parent will teach a subject, … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tracie’s wood coasters

My wife Tracie has been learning to use my lathe recently. One of the projects that she really wanted to make was a set of drink coasters. The first two … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Diana’s Cake stand

For the last several years, my lathe has sat in the corner, and been a the perfect place to stack and store stuff. Kind of like the weight bench and elliptical, … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Celtic knot pen

I recently saw an article on making a turned Celtic knot and I have been experimenting with it a bit for another project. Since my wife has been coming down … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Beer flights

Here is a good project if you are into beer tasting. I am not, but I have friends who are. One of those friends recently volunteered my services at his … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Mini church furniture – Altar

The second big piece in this set is the altar. I started by planing down a couple of boards to 3/8″ thick, then glued them up to be the top … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Installing some solar panels

This post will have very little to do with woodworking, but my tools and my shop all run on electricity, so I thought it might interesting. This is my house. It may … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Bathroom Vanity – day 1

Wow, October has not been the best month for productivity! Honestly, I wish I could hit the “UNDO” button and try October again. Between septic problems, car problems, several household … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Detail sanding the Papal seal

I have been avoiding the hard part of the Papal seal carve. I have to detail sand all of the nooks and crannies. The cut marks that are left behind by … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Extracting a broken screw

When I made my bass guitar last week, I ran into some trouble installing the pickups. Maple and purpleheart are very dense woods, and the long, skinny screws for mounting … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Extending my dust collection – day 2

The hard ducting is all in place and now it is time to attach the Long Ranger multi-gate switching system. It is a fairly simple idea. You attach a low … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Expanding my dust collection

This really isn’t a woodworking project, but it should make a big difference in my shop. I recently upgraded my dust collector to a 2hp Laguna. It has enough suction … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 3 Comments

Steam bending kit

I purchased a steam bending kit from Rockler and it arrived this weekend. I have a piece that I want to bend up for the Sitar that I am building, … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

New toys

Adam and I went to the Baltimore Woodworking show this past weekend, and bought a couple of new tools. I was good, I only bought three things. Adam spent some … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

12′ Cherry Conference room table – day 6

The base is done, so I decided to work on making the table top today. I might be going a bit overboard, but I want the top to be strong … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Giving an old workbench a new home

My friends over at K&A Design got a letter from a retired woodworker. He was selling off everything in his shop. Bryan and Jodi were going to take a ride down … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · 3 Comments

Adam’s Hock block plane kit

Last weekend, Adam bought a block plane kit form Hock Tools, at the Woodworking in America market place. We finally had the time, this weekend, to put it together. I … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · 6 Comments

New mini-split heat pump

I have been prepping, for the last several days, for the installation of my new shop heat pump. Up until now, I have had only minimum conditioning of the air … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

A couple of new tools

I have had a lot of projects recently that have kept me out of the shop. I have also been waiting on my wood supplier to pull together some oak … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tabernacle build – day 9

  After sanding the columns and their banding to match the cabinet body, I applied glue to the first column and clamped it in place. Since the first one attached … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 3 Comments

New drill press

I just picked up my new drill press monday, and last night I had the time to set it up. This thing is a beast. The package weighs about 270 … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

A couple of new tools

I got some new tools today and I wanted to open them and get them set up. I ordered a few things this week and they are starting to arrive. … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Shop cabinet doors, with a view

I built a shop cabinet a few weeks ago, with the intent of having a place to store my new Earlex sprayer. I am running out of room in my … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Maker’s mark experiment

I haven’t bothered much with marking my projects in the past. When I finish a project, I usually only see the flaws in it. I am typically happy to be … Continue reading

March 16, 2014 · 5 Comments

Adam’s carving

My son Adam has decided that he wants to carve. I have an entire shop full of tools and he wants to use the one thing I haven’t yet tried. At … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Coin display – day 1

A friend of mine asked me to make her a coin display, that she can give to her husband for Christmas. He travels a lot and collects coins from each … Continue reading

December 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Maple and walnut blanket chests – day 8/9

I was going to post yesterday’s work this morning, but I was having trouble with the computer I was using. So you get today’s post and yesterday’s post all rolled … Continue reading

November 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Church Altar and tabernacle stand – day 10

Finally made a bit of progress today. I finished op on the top for now and was able to get most of the veneer done on the bottom and the … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

New CarveWright CNC router

I have acquired the use of a CNC router for my next couple of projects. It arrived yesterday, but I have been too busy to play with it. I had … Continue reading

August 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dust Deputy set-up

My kids gave me a new tool for father’s day that I hadn’t had the time to set up yet. It is a Dust Deputy. I had been looking for … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

My new Lie-Neilson Block Plane

Today I received my new Lie-Neilson 60 1/2 Low Angle Adjustable Mouth Block Plane. Unfortunately I am very busy today so I just wanted to take a picture or two … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

My new table saw – day 2

Long day today. I ran out and bought the stuff I would need to add a 220V line to the shop. I also decided to make the trek back to … Continue reading

March 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

My new table saw

I brought home my new saw today. I will be spending a lot of time this weekend setting it up. I would test it out this weekend, but I discovered … Continue reading

March 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

My Chisel Plane

I primarily use power tools, but lately, I have been trying to incorporate more hand tools into my wood working. One hand tool that I do not have, that would … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

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