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No, I’m not envisioning the two buxom brunettes who once ably ran the Cat Head Inn; short of breath from hoisting yet another fresh keg of Burrow Hill cider up onto the bar. For the sake of propriety, not on this occasion at least....
No, I’m not envisioning the two buxom brunettes who once ably ran the Cat Head Inn; short of breath from hoisting yet another fresh keg of Burrow Hill cider up onto the bar. For the sake of propriety, not on this occasion at least. Actually, we’re moving house. The heavyset hirsute blokes who effortlessly heave chests of drawers around are scheduled to arrive here with a small fleet of pantechnicons in just under a month. Over the past number of years I have filled our Melbourne home with furniture I’ve made to the point we can barely move: Climbing into bed does actually involve climbing and excursions to the lavatory need to be strategised well in advance. So we’re off to more commodious habitation in the gently undulating foothills of the Australian Alps to traipse barefoot through the lush green grass, cuddle koalas and spar with kangaroos! Actually there’s been a decade-long drought in the region, the koalas have Chlamydia and we’re more likely to encounter a kangaroo in the local shop. But it’s the country and that means lots and lots of space! The simple task of sharpening a chisel in my current ten-foot-by-ten-foot workshop involves a tiresome Game of Fifteen, but not for much longer! I will soon be occupying a large shed with more than enough room to swing a cat in – which reminds me, I must get a good mouse-savvy moggy for the place. Do pet shops even exist in these times of heightened animal welfare awareness? Perhaps I should do the politically correct thing and recycle a used cat from the local animal shelter (which is also where I’m getting the goat from). My sister, who lives in Greater London, was looking at some photos of our purlieu and remarked “Don’t see any neighbours”! Whilst my sister may suffer from autophobia, I am not in the least bit daunted by remoteness, and happen to thrive on solitude. However, should I ever feel the need of companionship or require urgent assistance, I am told there’s an affable neighbour about a mile to the south who will respond to three gunshots fired in quick succession… that’s assuming I don’t actually hit him. As a result of the forthcoming upheaval, I will be absent from this confluence for a period while I establish ‘phone – and more importantly – internet connectivity at the new domicile. It looks like we will have to settle for basic wireless broadband: When I went to the local telco to enquire about hooking us up with an optical fibre connection or at the very least, fixed wireless, the staff fell silent, swapped glances with each other and proceeded to fall about laughing. Well they won’t laugh so freely when they see me out walking my splendid new billy goat in my olive green galoshes; you mark my words! Jack Plane Filed under: Distractions Tagged: Australian Alps, autophobia, Burrow Hill cider, Cat Head Inn
about 2 hours ago
For my first video, I show how I made a hand screw clamp. This is actually the first of the videos I’ll be putting out in English and Esperanto. http://youtu.be/-2OktYszZDU To find the Esperanto video, look in the Ligne...
For my first video, I show how I made a hand screw clamp. This is actually the first of the videos I’ll be putting out in English and Esperanto. http://youtu.be/-2OktYszZDU To find the Esperanto video, look in the Ligneroj channel.
about 2 hours ago
This is a very utilitarian log sled I built for a floating shelf project I am working on. (spoiler alert, Christmas present for the house) I used to just screw the logs to whatever scrap of plywood, or 1x I had lying around that fi...
This is a very utilitarian log sled I built for a floating shelf project I am working on. (spoiler alert, Christmas present for the house) I used to just screw the logs to whatever scrap of plywood, or 1x I had lying around that fit the need of the day. I decided I needed something a little more accurate and square, so here is my solution based on a number of examples here on LJ. The sled will handle logs up to 20” long, and I wish I would have made it longer, but that’s the length of scrap I had on hand. It is designed to run along the fence on the inside of the blade, but can easily enough be modified to run along the miter slot or table edge, if the need arises. The “D” handle is fixed and the end is adjustable by moving the hanger bolts to another pre-threaded position.T-bolts in each position would have been great, but hey, I’m cheap. The pair of $.59 hanger bolts can be moved easy enough. There are six pre-drilled holes in each of the ends, and I simply run long screws through whichever ones are needed to fix the log from moving during cutting. two in each end barely piercing the log hold just fine. I eventually added parralel lines (not shown) along the body of the sled to help with accuracy. Teamed up with a well tuned saw, this sled works well enough for me. The last photo is an example of the kind of shelf i’m going for.
about 2 hours ago
Our church is doing a “Wall of crosses” so it’s time to make the crosses!
Our church is doing a “Wall of crosses” so it’s time to make the crosses!
about 2 hours ago
I bought my first table saw a little over a year ago, and I think I’m ready to upgrade. It’s a basic Delta contractor saw with cast iron top and stamped metal wings. It’s a direct drive screamer, with a pretty crummy ...
I bought my first table saw a little over a year ago, and I think I’m ready to upgrade. It’s a basic Delta contractor saw with cast iron top and stamped metal wings. It’s a direct drive screamer, with a pretty crummy insert (this metal that flexes. not enough room depth wise to make my own either). The fence isn’t so hot either. ALL THAT SAID, it only cost $100 and I’ve managed to do quite a bit with it. Well there’s a locally advertised Powermatic 64A (with cast iron extensions and little use). I’ve read positive reviews, as well as a lot of reviews of this saw saying it’s simply overpriced. Assuming I can get it for around $400, would you say it’s a worthwhile upgrade, or will I barely notice the difference between it and my current contractor saw? What about resale value? One positive for the powermatic over a larger cabinet saw is that it will run on 110V, so if my landlord isn’t into me adding a 220 line, it’s ok. The other argument against buying the cabinet saw of my dreams is that in roughly 2 years I’ll be moving across the country, so there’s a good chance I’ll have to sell some larger tools. PLUS, i’m still pretty new to “finer” woodworking—I’ve been a builder/framer for some time. I do see a number of decent used cabinet saws for sale in the $500-$800 range, so I wonder if I should just spend a little more. Thanks for the advice.
about 3 hours ago
Like most woodworkers, I struggle with scrap wood storage. Saw an article in Shop Notes on building a cut-off cart and thought it looked like it could be very handy. Their cart was built out of plywood but I really didnt want to go that ...
Like most woodworkers, I struggle with scrap wood storage. Saw an article in Shop Notes on building a cut-off cart and thought it looked like it could be very handy. Their cart was built out of plywood but I really didnt want to go that route so I drew up a plan to build one out of the scrap wood I already had lying around the shop. I had a bunch of 2×8 cut-offs a friend of mine had given me and they became the basis of this project. Well after several weeks of cutting, planing, resawing, and glue ups in between other projects, I finally was ready to assemble the cart. The cart is 48” long, 26” wide and 28” tall and sits on 3” HF casters (add another 4 1/2 or 5” inches the height) taken off a 8 dollar movers dolly and supposedly rated at 1000 pounds. The only thing not salvaged out of the 2×8’s is the plywood base (ran out of 2×8 scraps that were long enough) and the 1/2” EMT conduit rails. The whole project came in under $30. I called it a skill builder and that it was…design, layout, material management, resawing, hand routing, glue up just being a few of them. It is yet to be seen if it will actually help me get organized…lol.
about 3 hours ago
l just finished making this box for my cousin’s wife ,it was made of black walnut with spanish cedar surrounding the inside of the box with a removable divider and tray on top. The surrounding cedar and removable divider are unf...
l just finished making this box for my cousin’s wife ,it was made of black walnut with spanish cedar surrounding the inside of the box with a removable divider and tray on top. The surrounding cedar and removable divider are unfinished so it will leave a mild scent of cedar, the tray on top is made of spanish cedar and cherry finished with two coats of wipe on poly and so is the box. To finish it off l used the Beesall 3 part buffing system. It measures 4 3/4”h x 12” L x 7” w the inside is 3 3/4” deep and 10 1/4” L x 5 3/8”w the first level of the box with removable divider is 1” deep and the tray is 1 1/2 ” deep. Possible uses of the what ever box is Jewellery , Tea, Men’s Valet Box and what ever you want to use it for. Thanks for looking!
about 3 hours ago
I’m not sure what to call this so if anyone has some suggestions? I’m open for new names.The dragon part is cut from 1/4 inch oak. The rest is 3/4 inch pine. A 120 volt neon light and switch in the back are from Radio Shack.
I’m not sure what to call this so if anyone has some suggestions? I’m open for new names.The dragon part is cut from 1/4 inch oak. The rest is 3/4 inch pine. A 120 volt neon light and switch in the back are from Radio Shack.
about 4 hours ago
I just finished a 17”x23” maple/walnut cutting board. The board is 1 3/4” thick. This is only the 2nd board i have done. When i sand it down good and apply the oil what else do i do? The last time i did one i remember t...
I just finished a 17”x23” maple/walnut cutting board. The board is 1 3/4” thick. This is only the 2nd board i have done. When i sand it down good and apply the oil what else do i do? The last time i did one i remember the grain rising after i put the oil on it. Do i just hit it lightly with a sanding block when this happens between coats?
about 4 hours ago
Hello folks here is another burr elm piece, the four pictures show the same piece but from different view points 7” tall by 5” wide
Hello folks here is another burr elm piece, the four pictures show the same piece but from different view points 7” tall by 5” wide
about 4 hours ago