Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

It's that time of year again, the lights are glowing, the eggnog is flowing, and there are new tools! Santa brought me the Work Sharp 3000 so maybe now I can actually put an edge on those planes and USE them. It's a pretty slick little unit, but I tried it with an old cheap chisel and I can see it will take some practice. I also got a bonus leather hone accessory with it. Nice!

The spouse got a lot of little scroll saw accessories, including a sample pack of the Flying Dutchman blades. Hopefully all this "stuff" will actually get the spouse out in the shop and using that lovely scroll saw.

I got a pre-Christmas gift as well. Canadian Tire had their 12 inch mini lathe on sale for $110.00 so I figured for that price I could give turning a try. It's not a priority right now.

The holidays have seriously cut into my shop time and I have a lot of catching up to do out there. Right now I am in the middle of building my air cleaner/downdraft sanding table/table saw out feed table combo unit. It's been on hold for over a week now. Come on people CHRISTMAS IS OVER! Let me get back in the shop!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Haulin Ash

I now have the ultimate shop tool! A 2010 long box Chevy Silverado! I can now go to any building center and buy whatever sheet good I want WHEN EVER I want. No more waiting for a truck. No more paying for cuts. No more wondering if it will fit.
I got the Trifecta tonneau cover too so that rain and snow won't hold me back either! And the box has an over-the-rail Line-X coating so no worries about cosmetic damage. With a kick-ass V8 engine and the towing package I can load that baby to the cab roof with sheet goods.
Yep, I can haul ash, maple, oak, whatever. If it sprouts leaves or needles I can haul it.
And I will be able to buy it all right after I win that lottery.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Finishing Touches

The tool box is complete! This was one heck of a long project, but I did go about it the hard way. Things didn't go perfect but it was a good learning experience as I had to go into many aspects of woodworking, even a few that were new.

I am not unhappy with it, although I know all too well the imperfections. There were quite a few "repairs" made to this before it was finished. But all things considered it turned out quite well.

Now it's time for a little break from the shop. I am just going to do a little clean up out there and start planning some new "organizational changes." Time to put Google Sketchup to work.