On Friday, September 9, 2016 at 12:15:05 PM UTC-4, Michael wrote:
"When you buy the plans, they include complete instructions both for
building the jigs and for using them to cut accurate notches."
I'm imagining one single instruction in the chapter on using the jig:
"Don't cut the jig."
On Friday, September 9, 2016 at 4:06:08 PM UTC-5, Eli the Bearded wrote:
The finished cuts, for assembly, are smooth. A chainsaw cut is not smooth.
You probably stop short, with the chainsaw cut, then finish smoothening
with.... a chisel and/or hand plane? If someone is going to build their o
wn log house, that way, I'd suppose they'd have other (dedicated) tools ava
ilable, as well.
In the third pic (step 3), it doesn't appear he's following the jig's edge
exactly. A second cut, along the jig's edge, would likely result in havin
g a ridge, I think.
On Friday, September 9, 2016 at 4:40:06 PM UTC-5, Sonny wrote:
h. You probably stop short, with the chainsaw cut, then finish smoothenin
g with.... a chisel and/or hand plane? If someone is going to build their
own log house, that way, I'd suppose they'd have other (dedicated) tools a
vailable, as well.
e exactly. A second cut, along the jig's edge, would likely result in hav
ing a ridge, I think.
The videos show a cleanup (smoothening) procedure.... the saw guides assist
with that, too.
Sonny, I have to say I just love your shop. To be a kid and hanging
out there with all the stuff around, and even as an adult wondering
just what kind of treasures lurk in the dark corners or covered up
It brings back memories for me and would make a great background for
some TV wood working show.
Must be a lot of memories lurking there.
Sorry for the intrusion, but I just had to say it.
On Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 7:28:13 PM UTC-5, OFWW wrote:
Thanks. It is a fun place to hang out, also, more so now that I have a fr
ig in there. The place needs major decluttering and cleaning, though. I
have remnant scraps scattered about and a few half-projects in the works.
There's an outside overhang area that's a wood storage area. That needs d
ecluttering, also. At the moment, the whole place looks kinna trashy and
disorganized. I have an older (original) shop and it's, essentially, been
abandoned (other than storage), partially because of clutter.
I don't have children, so no grands, either, but the nephews' and nieces' c
hildren enjoy coming over, especially to help clean up.... for $20 a pop.
There's a few assorted projects of theirs, also, that they've forgotten to
take home, like a "Z" (some "chest"(?) emblem/insignia of some cartoon/TV
character he likes), a crucifix made for another's mother, and left over co
nstruction materials for making a forge (frame, firebox), to name a few.
Additionally, there are some major plans in the works, as I've bought a new
telescope. I need to rebuild parts of the area (originally a hand tool s
hop) behind/attached to my home's garage, to accommodate the telescope and
to accommodate its loading, for going/viewing at the camp. The present doo
rs (front & back), in this area, are 40" wide. The scopes footprint/mobil
e base is 53" wide. The kids are anxious for this telescope venture, also.
So, yeah, the shop is a fun place to hang out and to dream-up some other us
eful projects, as well. I would suppose project ideas come in at a rate o
f 1 every 2-3 weeks, though not all get off the ground. It's fun to "drea
m", also.... especially when you test/ask the kids how they would plan/init
iate/what supplies/etc. the building of their idea, and, in the process, le
arn the tools, safety, etc.
I rarely build anything for myself, anymore. Most projects are for someon
e else's benefit or pleasure, in some way. It's the construction I enjoy.
...and their visiting, when they (kids) come over and "supervise" the const
ruction of *their project.
On Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 12:06:14 PM UTC-5, OFWW wrote:
Just got the scope 2 weeks ago and it needs to be assembled outdoors or in an area accessible through a larger doorway, than I presently have.... meaning, out of the house.
Here's a view of it, from Meades website:
The Wheeley Bars (mobile base) is the Large Size Universal, the "Custom" model with the six 10" wheels: http://www.jimsmobile.com/buy_wheeley_bars.htm
I also need to install some AC/heat in the (previously) hand-tool shop area, as that's where the scope will be stored.
I always take pics of stuff.
WHOA! Sure beats the crap out of my scope. Auto GPS positioning and
location finder for your scope? Out of sight!
Possibilities unlimited, with a WIFI Camera, everyone can see what's
going on with the big screen TV at the same time.
Have Fun! By the time I drag mine outside, set up the 3way leveling
and find a certain object to calibrate my location it is darn near
Why do they need to be smooth? In pioneer days, they would
make those cuts with an ax (by eye, to boot) - a good axeman
could get a pretty clean cut, but it wouldn't be smooth like
a plane or chisel cut.
On Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 8:53:57 AM UTC-5, John McCoy wrote:
Yeah, that's what I get for thinking (incorrectly) out loud. My experienc
e with chainsaws are pretty much limited to something like firewood-ends sm
oothness. The pics seemed to show final results as being pretty smooth mat
ing surfaces, so I assumed something else was warranted. One of those vid
eos showed how to get fairly smooth, smooth enough, surfaces.
Another problem is that my saw's chain is probably not always as sharp as t
On a related "smoothness" note, maybe my thinking is influenced by my lates
t project. Some time ago, I offered someone, here, some walnut & camelia
rootball stock, for turning. I, later, inspected the camelia rootball and
discovered some defects, not good turning. I decided to make a dining ta
ble centerpiece, for the latest cypress trestle table, by gouging/carving o
ut the bowl with the chainsaw. Subsequent hand sanding is proving to be a
labor intensive task, not fun, at all. I'm sick of trying to smoothen ch
ainsaw marks, but it's getting there. *The recent cypress bench project (
pics) are for the cypress dining set, as well.
A camelia is a smallish lawn tree/shrub, average about 12'-15' tall. A flow
ering plant - red, pink and/or white flowers.
You'd be amazed at some of the joints medieval carpenters
used in timber framing. Take a look at the illustration
on page 25 (*) of this document:
The style and complexity of the joints used is a major
factor in dating old buildings in the UK - joints started
as simple laps, became progressively more complex into
the late 1300s/early 1400s, and then simplified again as
brick construction became more common, and the old skills
(* page 25 of the pdf, page 264 of the book it was
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.