Indiscriminate photos #4

June 18, 2016 0 Comments

Some photos from Jillian & I’s honeymoon in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. All of the pictures except for the turtle where taken in the garden of our Villa.

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Indiscriminate photos #3

June 14, 2016 0 Comments

I got some great shots at the resort Jillian & I got married at, and now that I finally have internet access again I can post some of them. Hopefully in the next few days I’ll have time to post some more photos of out travels in the Dominican Republic.

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Benjamins Best review

June 6, 2016 1 Comment

I’ve been very busy lately with the wedding and everything surrounding it, but I’ve still been able to squeeze in a little shop time here and there. Not wanting to start a large project, I’ve just been practicing with a set of turning tools I purchased. Since I’ve spent a decent amount of time using them, I thought now might be a good time to review them.

Shortly before I finished my bench grinder project, I ordered this Benjamins Best 8 piece set to practice grinding and turning with. I haven’t used HSS turning tools regularly in almost two decades, and the last time I did, I didn’t sharpen them myself (thanks dad). Thus I thought it would be prudent to learn to grind using an $80 set, instead of on individual tools that cost $100+.

The set & it's case.

The set & it’s case.

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Making a scribe or scratch awl

April 22, 2016 0 Comments

Last weekend I Finally got around to a project that’s been on my todo list for a long long time. I made what I hope will be my last scribe/ scratch awl. I designed it to work well  for both woodworking and metalworking. The body is made from  C544 phosphor bronze, and the cutter is a 3/32″ HSS drill blank. The cutter is positively located inside the body by a piece of scrap brass that is loctited to it.

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Bench grinder setup addendum

April 14, 2016 0 Comments

The final step to get the Baldor up and running was creating a proper base/stand. For years I’ve used the Harbor Fright model shown below. I’d love to make a stand like Doc made, but I just don’t have the time for that right now, maybe in the fall. Thus, to get by till I have time to make a more proper one, I made some upgrades to the Harbor Fright stand earlier this week.


The first step in the process, was to pick up a nice  Douglas Fir 4×4 at the local big box store to make the top.  I found a really nice 8 footer at Menard’s, that I cut into 4 pieces and then rough milled to size before laminating them together.

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Posted in: Machining, Power Tool Woodworking
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