It’s the little things

Sometimes it’s the little things that you do that give you the most satisfaction. That’s the way it was this week. I shipped the lamp down to Nate and Sally via UPS this week. Because I don’t send much stuff well, anywhere really, the process of getting all the paperwork in order, scheduling the pickup…

Today’s big project

Way back when I first got my plasma cutter, Tina asked me to make her a sign that said “If It’s Not Fun I’m Not Doing It!”. So I did. I was close to retirement at the time and thought that was a great mantra to take into retirement with me. So I did. I’ve…

The router sled

Sometimes I need to make a tool to do something. The router sled was a case in point. I have a couple of slabs that I would like to use as table tops. One is  a Western Red Cedar burl, the other is Pacific Yew I think. I knew I needed to flatten the future…

This should only take 2 days.

And with those fateful words my friend Norm, his son Bill and I embarked on the project to redo a few soft spots on the roof of his houseboat. Norm had taken a couple of days off from work and his son Bill who is a long distance trucker (but previously worked in a marine…

It’s been a while

Yes it’s been a while since I’ve done any wood turning. My friend Gary asked me to make him a new “berry squishing thingy”© 🙂 I guess in technical terms it could be called a pestle but I’m not sure. He uses it to make his berry jams/jellies. Now I’ve had it on the boooks…

There are those days

And this was one of them. Those days where I just can’t sustain anything I do. Usually I’m able to focus and stick to a task but today was one of those days when I just couldn’t. I think it all started when Heather and I had to get up at 5:30 AM to get…

Sofa table Part 3 – completed

Today was for putting the finishing touches on and putting it all together. Yesterday I spent a little bit of time finishing the table top. I really liked the natural wood, so once I had it all sanded down and ready to go I looked through my cabinet of finishing products and pulled out my…

Sofa table Part 2

Yesterday was the day to put the legs together. I started by taking the pieces of 1×3 tubing that I had cut for the feet and tacking the 1 inch flat stock to cap the ends. Then I finished welding the caps and ground them flat with a flap disk. After the feet I started…

Sofa table Part 1

I had my design all roughed out and stock picked up for the sofa table so I thought I would try out the new metal cutting blade I got and cut everything to size. The new Oshlun steel cutting blade I got from Amazon worked great and sliced through everything like butter. Nice clean cuts and…

The hardest part

I find that the hardest part for me when I have an idea of what I want to build is putting it on paper. I have learned that for some projects I need to do this and I really have to think it through. I’m more comfortable working with scrap pieces and throwing things together…