Welcome to Woodworker++

This blog is intended to be a journal of my progress as a woodworker. Grab a drink, maybe some popcorn, sit back and enjoy a glimpse into my woodworking projects, both failed and successful. Why should you care what I do, or what I have to say? You shouldn't, but just maybe I can keep you from making the same mistakes that I had to learn the hard way.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Spent some time in the garage...

Bought a vacuum bag for my Rigid 14 gallon vac. From what I've read on forums and read on podcasts, using the filter alone will allow dust into the motor. So, I bought a bag, and a new filter. Now the vac is ready for catching dust.

I sharpened all of my plane blades. Working that hard maple & walnut dinged up the edges pretty good. I re-beveled them and honed up the edge. They're now sharp enough to shave the hair on my arm. If you're wondering, I use the Scary Sharp method. I tried some oil stones, and they work pretty well. I like scary sharp better.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Just ordered Christopher Schwarz's book...

I have both of the "workbench" books. When I saw that Christopher Schwarz wrote a book on workbenches I knew I had to get it. I could have bought it off Amazon, or even Barnes & Noble for almost $10 cheaper. Instead I bought it off of Christopher's site, for two reasons. Firts, it comes with a CD that contains the book and drawings. Second, it's autographed.

If you've never checked out Christopher's blog, I have it in my Links section. I recommend checking it out.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

In da garage...

I made it into the garage today to do some woodwork. Unfortunately, it wasn't for me, it was for a friend. I'm cutting angles on MDF boards for him. He's building a speaker box for the storage well in the back of his Corvette. I don't mind doing simple things for friends. But I HATE MDF.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Retro project...

Here's a marking gauge I made last year. I had some
Bolivian Rosewood scrap and needed to put it to good use. So, I decided to make a marking gauge. Took me most of the morning to get it right. The wedge is cherry.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

... the search continues.

I found some walnut for the legs. 16/4 hit or miss. I found enough to make the legs. Unfortunately, it was $9.90 bft. WHOA! I know walnut comes at a premium... $9.90 bft for S2S hit or miss!? I figure I want about 27 bft. So, $9.90 x 27 = $267.3, before tax! I'm going to try to start calling some lumber yards in Nashville. I've went there before for lumber, so maybe I can get lucky again.

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