woodshop

January 27, 2007

bed

Filed under: projects — howarth frank @ 2:18 pm

After a lot of sanding, the sides to the crib are coming along.

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January 26, 2007

air

Filed under: projects,wood shop — howarth frank @ 4:09 pm

I have been working on a shop cart with an air filter in it.  I don’t like blowing all the heated air from the shop outside during the winter.  I am placing my big squirrel cage fan in the bottom of the cart and building a box with filters around it.  With a one horse power motor on it, the fan pushed enough air to move the cart across the shop.

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January 22, 2007

Calvin’s bed

Filed under: projects — howarth frank @ 11:03 pm

Calvin’s bed/crib is coming along. I have the basic frame done; I need to make the crib sides now.  I am using a lint seed oil bees wax mixture, it was the most non toxic finish I could find.  It went on yellow, but has dried to a more natural color.

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January 21, 2007

new toys

Filed under: wood shop — howarth frank @ 9:37 am

Santa came late this year.  Last Thursday was a big day for the shop. I had a old 12 inch jointer and a new lathe delivered to the shop. I found the jointer on Craig’s list for $400, and had a moving company deliver it. The jointer needs a new cutter head and the in feed table needs some work at the lip.  It has an old style ‘clam shell’ cutter head, it works fine but I guess these could be dangerous as they sometimes let a blade go.  I see this jointer as a project for a while; I am going to need to get a shop crane to do any work on it.

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as I had movers for the jointer at the shop I had them move the new lather into the shop at the same time.  Its fun scrounging for old equipment, but there is nothing like a brand new tool.  The lathe runs supper smooth.  It is a joy to work with.

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January 16, 2007

big move

Filed under: wood shop — howarth frank @ 9:56 pm

I have wanted to move the radial arm saw across the shop to be near the stock wood.  To day I did this with my new adjustable cart, the cart just fit under the saw and I could pick it up and rolled it across the shop. This took about 5 minutes.

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January 14, 2007

crib

Filed under: projects — howarth frank @ 8:48 pm

I have started building a crib for little Calvin.  I am making it transformable into a bed for him when he is older.  I am using cherry and need to find a nontoxic finish for it.  It will be similar to our bed, with cubbies in the headboard, but smaller.  I will add a light in the headboard and I would like to have a light under the bed to light up the floor if he needs to get up in the night, and to do a monster check.

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January 8, 2007

slammed

Filed under: wood shop — howarth frank @ 10:41 pm

I was turning a piece on the lathe last Saturday it was not too big and…

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My gouge got caught on the work and the momentum of the wood slammed it down into the tool rest and broke it.  I had thought I had only broken the tool rest, but it seems now that I also bent the head stock shaft. All of my face plates and chucks have a pronounced wobble when turning on the lathe now.  The question is do I fix this lathe or get a new one.

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