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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, December 15, 2007

Some lumber...

I've been wanting to make a Krenov style cabinet. Nothing big. The thing is all of my current poplar lumber was 3/4" S4S. That's a little thick for a Krenov cabinet. And, I still haven't finished repairing the flat spots on my bandsaw tires. So, no re-saw capability, not that a 10" bandsaw has resaw capability. I made a trip out to the lumber yard and found some 1/2" S4S poplar boards that are 9" wide. I bought two of them and brought them home in the Ridgeline. Now, all I have to do is get to work!
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Thursday, December 13, 2007


I've had a review of the RIGID TS-3650 laying around dormant since March. A lot of people ask about this table saw. So, I created a review of the setup. I plan on writing another review on the performance of this saw. If you've read this blog, you already know I like it and have put it through it's paces. Check the new review section on the right for more details.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Ohhhh yeah...

... the ball bearings came in. They worked great. Unfortunately, the tires that the blade rests on have "flat spots" on them. So when the blade is feeding through the guides it moves left to right about 1/4". That ain't good. So, the band-saw remains in pieces until I can get replacement tires.

I flattened a board today. 4 sides, by hand. Maybe 1/64" out of flat. That's pretty good. The edges were square to the faces as well. I was pretty proud.

Talking with Pop...

I went to my grandfather's house today and hung out with him for a while. We got to talking about guitars & woodworking, as usual, and I asked him about the lumber in the top of his barn.

Me: "What is that painted lumber in the top of the barn?"
Pop: "That's all mahogany! One inch thick. Came off the bottom of a bunch of boats."
Me: "All of that is mahogany?"
Pop: "You need to get it. I'll never use it. Get it, it's good stuff, just be sure to check it for screw before you plane it."
Me: "uhh.. OK!"

So, apparently, I have come into some re-claimed mahogany. My guesstimate is it's 100 to 200 bft. It's been in the top of the barn since I was a kid. I know it's been there at least 15-20 years.

He also told me about a bunch of pine in the barn. I knew it was there, I've seen it a hundred times. Turns out it's pine from my grandparents land. There's probably 500 bft. Some of it was infested with worms, so it has the worm trails. I remember that pine being in there when I was a little kid. I know it's 25 years old. All air dried! Wow. He told me to come and get what I wanted, " 'cause I ain't gonna every use it."

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