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  1. What's on your work bench? This is the official topic for images and friendly chatter regarding that all important surface, the personal statement of your shop, the steadfast friend we can always count on, the space of your shop that nobody knows better than you, we are talking about the almighty "Work Bench". Submit your images now! That's right, don't clean it up, don't be embarrassed, the messier the better, or if there is nothing on it at all, that is fine too. If you have not touched your bench in years, and you have taken a break from woodworking and have boxes piled on it, we want that image too! All images are welcome. Spirit of Topic This is a Hit-n-Run topic, as you walk past your bench, whip out your camera or smart phone, and snap a shot, load it up here. No need for text explanations if you don't want too. To kick this off, walk out in your shop and snap a picture of your bench surface now, and lets get this topic rolling. This will be an ongoing topic, for you to share images of your bench top today, and every day. Types of benches Some of us have small benches, some of us have big benches, some of us use a space in our dining room, some may have a picnic table they use for a bench, and some of us may have a bench of all benches, the traditional joiners bench, or a beautiful full cabinet shakers bench. No matter what you call your work surface, no matter what your work surface looks like, we want to see images of your bench! Thank you in advance to the participants!
  2. well here is the shop, daughter #2 showed me how, my my its so simple, lol, hope i don't forget how. pic one is from south side, you can see the re located chop saw, gonna build base cabinets in length of about 10 ft and a few uppers above. #2 is from in front of lathes, you can see the baker racks we use for parts and drying racks. also above the clean room (8x20) you can see the mezanine where i store a lot of exotic lumber. #3, is a shot from table saw to rear door, orange cabinet holds a mini mill, and to the left you can hardly see is a grill covering a metal lathe, ( i dable making old, old gun parts) #4 corner where the band saws, drill presses, you can see a groove jig , this one i got right, worked out. #5 shot from by the orange cabinet jointer, 15 inch planer and table sw in pictures #6 see old router table attached to a mech box, its gonna go away later this week, and general work space, #7 The new router able, hope to have up and running later this week now that i know how to post pics, i'll throw some up once in a while rj in az
  3. We are expecting snow starting tonight so I got my rear in gear and finished prepping for the slabs. All the concrete blocks are leveled, bermed, and have tent stakes on both sides to allow strapping the stack so the wind won't knock it over.
  4. Walked down to the garden this morning and I see the garlic is starting to poke through the leaf mulch. I guess spring can't be too far away. Don't forget to turn your clocks forward this Saturday night or you will be late to Sunday School! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald took some time to rearrange his turning area. No easy feat and he will probably looking for where he put stuff for some time to come! Our members all sympathized with the amount of work required to do this. You can see their comments in Gerald's post- @Masonsailor Took a break from his media room redo and played on the lathe. Paul decided to turn a Top and it's a beauty. Our turners had lots of questions and comments about how the hardware and his processes. Check out Paul's post, here- A couple of weeks ago @Bob Hodge was asking about wet sanding techniques and products. Well, Bob made the leap and he tells us about his results. We appreciate Bob's follow-up and giving us his findings- @RustyFN Tried his hand at segmented turning. He said it was his first time at this but judging from the results, I have to wonder . As you might expect, the kudos were flying for this beauty! Rusty also gave us an insight into some of his processes for cutting the segments- In one of our other forums, Rusty shared his lumber score. You know some guys can fall in "it" and come out smelling like a rose. That's our Rusty!! Just look at what he picked up! He already has it broken down into turning blanks! A little more on his good luck here- @AndrewB is working on another pepper grinder. He is turning this one from Bhilwara. It is a beautiful wood and should look awesome on the table! In his post, Andrew also describes a new parting tool he purchased- More about the turning and the new tool here- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration Click on the above image for the link to registration and other demonstrators. For The Newbies- Several videos on sharpening and using bowl gouges and skew chisels- Expand Your Horizons- Rusty showed us his segmented bowl. Here's a recent video, posted by Woodworker's Journal, on some of the process that can be used to get you started. Resin casting and turning still remains popular. Our sponsor, Woodcraft, posted a tutorial covering products, procedures and safety. Here's the link to the web post- https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/cast-resin-turning?trk_msg=TIMUEHUKAFJ4HB9QSEB8OHLPNG&trk_contact=GSF9RJJ1I54ES16EDIULIN24MG&trk_sid=SJ2JKIDH3D265LJPCLOE09EL80&utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=WCMAG+Cast+Resin+Turning+-+Free+Article&utm_campaign=Catalog Here is the PDF file- 76_ft_Resin-Turning_FINAL.pdf New Turning Items- It's been difficult to find any new and unique turning products. I guess everyone has scaled back due to the restrictions. The folks at Woodturners Wonders are having a Saint Patrick's Day sale. If you need sandpaper, might be wort looking into- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/sales Everything Else- Rick Turns YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Well, my Psychedelic Psteady Rest is finished. I used LED in-line skate wheels and the material seems like it won't mar the turnings and yet is firm enough to keep the turning in place. Right now I am finishing up the Sketchup drawings that I used as plans. Probably not necessary but I need the Sketchup practice. A short video of the first test run. Not quite finished here but you get the idea- IMG_0977.mp4 Safe turning and stay well
  5. I just talked to a guy about some wood he wants to sell. He said he has 7 pieces 7’ long, 12” wide and 3.5” thick. He said they are old and dry. He thinks they are oak or hickory. He is asking around $100 for all of it. He is going to send me some pictures tomorrow. That would make a lot of bowls if it is any good. He said there is not any rot or cracks. Wish me luck.
  6. So saw a post on how wood sizes have changed over years. Was this strictly about money on. Companies behalf or was there more to it. Example why a 2x4 is not a 2x4.
  7. I just saw a news report that people are poaching the burls growing on the Redwood trees in California. Here is a related item from the NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/us/poachers-attack-beloved-elders-of-california-its-redwoods.html?_r=0 I can't believe that the money grubbing bastards would stoop so low. Please be careful where you buy your burl wood.
  8. Got this a bit ago from one of the guys in our county woodworking club. Besides the mill tour overall, I enjoyed the "mini-tug" sorter/loader and the band-saw automated sharpening station. This is in @Chips N Dust neighborhood. Enjoy! A complete tour of the Hull Oaks Lumber Company in Monroe, Oregon, one of the last steam operated sawmills in the country, from arriving timber to finished product.
  9. I'm not familiar with This wood type. I'll bet I've seen it and just thought it was artificial, as most outdoor projects seem to be. I am also interested it playing around with some of it. My neighbor put in a new floor. A beautiful highly grained wood. I collected some of his scraps, thinking I could make some knitting needles on my mini lathe. Everything I did with it was a disaster. It was so darn hard and it splintered easy. I asked what it was and someone said Bamboo. If it was, it sure fooled me. Anyone know what bamboo wood or IPE is like to work with using shop machinery?
  10. One good yard sale this morning...dodging rain squalls all day long... 12" level... small marking gauge for a dollar.....then went to a friend of mines, for a stash of Ash, again 20 pieces...and a 7/4 x 6 x 3' slab for a new saw handle....$20... Will try to get the Single Brain Cell Sketch Up back on-line...and see about a new desk to set this computer on... Average length on these boards...6'.....some longer, some shorter....4/4 x 6 with one at 8-10" wide... Stay tuned...
  11. Got a delivery today. Saw some nice crotches in there I may not be able to resist sawing some up for lumber This wood is city clicker lumber. Came from a City out east.
  12. On New Years Day we made our rounds and visited family, and we paid ol pops a visit. He lives in the local mountains, there was even a tad bit of snow left from the last snow he had! After we spent a few hours there we ventured up the mountain some more and let the kids roll in the big snow. But here are a few random shots of dad and his shop. Image below is what is leftover of his cedar pile of wood, he loves making birdhouses, and he sells them locally. Next up is his old 70's vintage Craftsman Band Saw And a late model Craftsman Contractors Table Saw he uses for secondary cuts or he leaves a dado on it at all times. Dad and I, two knuckle heads! Dad and Grandpa A smaller Delta Bench top drill press Delta Rockwell Table Saw with a Bies fence system A good ol Delta Scroll Saw His main go to compressor, he only uses it for finish nails, he doesn't believe in cleaning up so he certainly doesn't need air for that! Yes folks, it does snow in southern California, we actually had about 4" on the ground a few days before this. Over all image of the shop. Dad and I build this shop back in 2004. Rear shot of his shop Another rear shot. And just for kicks and giggles, Dad's home! A restored single wide trailer, we got this place for a song and dance, and pops loves it up in the hills. Thanks folks for sharing a bit of my Dad's place with us, yall come back now ya here!
  13. I have to replace the box sill on the house. This is not a load bearing wall. I have 20' to replace. I'm thinking about replacing 8' at a time with putting a nailer board behind each 2x10 for strength. I don't want to take out the whole 20' at once. Not sure if the wall will sag alittle while the 8' is being torn out? Then I would have to toe nail into the box to the bottom of the plywood and wall plate to nail it down again? I've replaced box sills on load bearing walls before where I had to jack up the floor joist. Can anyone tell me if this is the way you would do this? Or any other advise?
  14. I just returned from Woodcraft where I was informed that Yellow Hart is endangered and no longer available. Darn! It was one of my all time favorites
  15. A couple of weeks ago I posted this picture of some logs I got from a lady, carried to the mill to get sawn into lumber. Yesterday I got a call from my sawyer to come pick up the lumber. So we hooked up the 18' trailer and headed out to the saw mill which is about 10 miles from the house. As it turned out most of the logs were White Oak and a couple of Red Oak, two Poplar and two Hickory. He cut away the bad parts on the outside of the logs and looks like we got some good lumber. I had all of it sawn at 5/4 and there are a few pieces thicker. Most of the White Oak is on the front, some Red Oak and Poplar on the back and the Hickory on top. I have about 3' hanging off the back of the trailer. Not bad for $200.00.
  16. Ok, at the moment, we are waiting on a carpet installer to lay new carpet in the house, to replace the fire hose soaked stuff. Takes a while to get things done, after a fire, it would seem. The Boss is unhappy with the size of the current "pantry cupboard" . More of a "Chimney Cupboard" than a Pantry. So...she wants a much wider and tall version built. Told her the following things ( then ducked?) 32" wide wasn't quite do-able, but 31" will do? Still debating on the height of the top.... It WILL have two doors.....how fancy-schmansy they are..... Fixed or adjustable shelves......or a little of both? And, the Boss needs to allow for the costs of the lumber, and hardware. Hoping she doesn't treat this like the last one, and paint it black.,,,,,,
  17. ;Got this today from WOOD Magazine. I'm not a big fan of reclaimed wood (prefer something a little more formal) but if you're ever faced with working with it here are some techniques. Mostly what to do with those cut edges without patina. And remember: * A technique is a trick used more than once -- Georg Poyla * Onions have layers, Ogres have layers. Finish has layers, -- Shrek (well 2/3 of it) http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-how-to/finishes-finishing/finishing-reclaimed-lumber
  18. This coming Saturday morning. Located just south of the Nash Finch place. 3912 County Road 130 Just about right across from the trailer park. B A R N S A L E ! 9am-4pm. discounts after 2pm. One day only. Might be worth the drive down Rt. 33 to County rd 57.......turn west. Then turn south, barn is on the left ( east side) of the road.
  19. My wife bought a kitchen table and chairs, made in Viet Nam. One of the chair seats had a crack. They sent a replacement. I swapped them out tore the old one apart to see what wood was in it and to see if I could salvage any for small projects. What I got was a light wood like Pine, but had Oak like grain. Anyone have an idea
  20. At least it looks like, smells like Cherry. A look at the bark? Two pieces with bark, sitting on some pine I had earlier resawn. Not all the Cherry came off the bandsaw... Not the prettiest ones. Some of the others were a bit...worse.. Had a tilt going on too. Will scrub plane these two flat this weekend. Now, about that box? I figure I can get all four sides out of these two boards. I might be able to get at least a top out of the other two.. Might get both the top and bottom? Cut in half, and glue two panels. Laid out some toys...er...tools, to make finger joints with.. Also need to bring the Stanley #45 down to the shop....might have some work for it to do.... As for the rest of the shop, tool wise...maybe a $0.05 tour? An 0-7 and a blue Stanley.. That stool is where I'll be sitting on, while chopping and sawing. Planes are a #7, and a #5 by Stanley There are two other planes at the "ready" Along with a few chisels and squares. Somewhere in there, is a fancy marking knife. Planes are both #3 size, speaking of planes This is the bottom of the Plane Till. There are even a few spokeshaves (3) sitting there. Plane over by the oilstones is a Scrub plane. As for the rest.. Light is from the grinder There are a pair of drawknives hanging up at the top. I did find a piece of cherry I've had in the shop for a few years.... Might be able to make use of it? Next time? Hoping to have a few finger joints chopped, maybe some grooves for a bottom milled. Just the start up, tonight.
  21. Well the historic wood pen turning project is moving along, slowly, but moving. Part of the deal was to make two special presentation boxes for those responsible for securing monies. The main turner involved doesn't have many wood working tools so the box making fell on me. No one had a plan as to what they wanted the boxes to look like. OK, I've made some boxes but I don't feel my skills are really up to what I think they should be for this type of project. Especially with this precious wood. My original design was to have the box larger, but the size of the beams and the number of defects, cracks and nail holes reduced it to around 4" x 7"x 1.5". The pieces are 1/4" thick. The old pine is very brittle but it still contained a surprising amount of sap. The number of knots would not allow me to use the planer and get this thickness, so I used my thickness sander. I had to clean the belt 3 time during the thicknessing process to remove the built up pitch. All of the dovetails are hand cut using a Japanese pull saw. The above picture show one of the "hinges". I used tiny cut nails salvaged from the original structure placed into pre-drilled holes. Right now they are just finger tight. The lid lift is also a little nail. I think this one has to be in a little deeper. I hate it that the round hole shows on the front. Although you can't tell from this picture, the bottom is thicker than the dado it fits into (bottom = 1/4" dado = 1/8"). About an inch of the perimeter is tapered to the edge allowing the fit. I'm not sure what to do with the inside. Maybe a couple of "U" shaped risers to hold the pen off of the bottom. Covering the interior would make for a nice contrast but it almost seems sacrilege to hide the patina. At this point, I am stumped on my next step. My original plan was to inlay a "Carpenter's Mark" in the outside of the top. I made an oval inlay pattern and cut a sample from some Poplar to see how it would look- I made certain I salvaged all of the carpenter's marks, before I made the pen blanks from the beam. Now, the problem. The pine is so brittle- even more so near the surface, that I fear the router inlay kit will splinter the the wood. To help strengthen the "mark", I covered the back of the piece with painters tape and saturated it with thin CA. I'll need to stop at Hobby Lobby tomorrow after school and pick up another bottle- thank goodness they send me 40% off coupons every week! So that's where I'm at, with this part- still needs more sanding! I was thinking about making the second box with a "pencil box" sliding lid.
  22. Upon further review. Seems a better stash has been found. tore down a bed frame into usable parts. Oh, I will still use some of the metal parts. But the metal parts are just to reinforce the workbench. What you see here are six raised panels. Never mind about Buster sitting there. There are also some other parts worth saving some of them a bit long. LOTS of staples that need to go...elsewhere. Will have to bring the saws up out of the Dungeon Shop, and a few clamps. Clamp a piece to the saw bench, and rip or crosscut until I have all the parts for another Tool Chest build. With some better trays, I hope. Oh and there are a few that need to be split Those aren't solid 4x4s, and some are delaminating. Going to split them into the three pieces they are made from. Some will be corner posts. Along with the 1 x 12s, and all that extra Barn siding stuff. It might take a while, but I think I might have the time right now to build it. As for Buster? Brand new handle for a $1 head. Went to Lowes to buy a handle.....nope, they don't sell those kind of handles. However, they would be more than happy to sell me a 2 pound Kobalt version.....for $17...Yeah, right. Took my 2.9 pound hammer head just up the road to the local TSC store, yep even had the correct handle with wedges (3) for.....$5.99 + tax. got it home, installed the new handle, and put it to work, breaking down a bed frame. Must have done it right ( for once) since the head never moved, or flew off. Some days.. you just get...lucky.
  23. I was up at the sawmill that cut all my lumber yesterday and picked up a load of walnut and cedar post. The cedar post will be used on Green Egg Tables. Now I have got to get it stickered and stacked.
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