Friday, December 28, 2012

The New Year Cometh

Greeting all hope you had a wonderfull holiday so far. It was a quite one here but thats ok, I like it that way all the big fuss and noise of large get to gethers just don't fit me these days. I was just wondering if A: anyone is still reading my post and B: if so what are your plans for next year the big ressolution thing is coming up for me I am working on being more independent money and home wise. That this point and time my wife and I are living with family and the time to move on has come and Due to illness I have not been able to work a regular job so I have been looking for a way to make money from home maybe make some wooden boxes carve some spoons ect.. and try to sell them on E-bay or something like that. any input or advice you all may have would go a long ways as I have been tring to get things together on a less then shoestring budget here. Well HAPPY NEW YEARS to all that read this and please post if the mood hits you. God Bless

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tis The Season Of Joy

I hope everyone had a great holiday and looking forward to the season of giving. Now that the wheat her is turning cold here in Ohio I look at the past year and thank the maker for life and love that I have shared with friends and family. This year we here in the USA need to remeder that there are people on the eat coast that need your help to rebuild their life and homes so please if you are wondering who you should give to this year donate to the Red Cross for they need your help. And I hope you all have a safe happy holiday.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Summer Time Wood Working.

Well the sun is shining the skies are blue and the temps ar high, I was just wondering what my wood working fiends in this great world have been doing. Have you Hung up your saws, put away your planes and been out enjoying mother nature? So let us all know post it here if you wish and share with us all. I myself have been carving native American style flutes and enjoying the nice wheather.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Flute number 2

Well finish making flute number 2 for my self this time I used some of the wood I got from the piano place. And carved a the totem from some old tree limbs.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Short But Sweet

Well howdy yall I know it has been awhile since my last post but thing are busy. Thanks to the nice weather we have been having I have been out side doing yard things. As for the woodworking well still no bench but that will come with time. The money is in short supplies these day my better halfs job did not work out and was short lived. Aaa ask maybe next time. But! That does not mean I have done nothing I an putting on the final touches to a native American style flute all hand carved with some new carving knives I made. I will post pics as soon as it is done. So for now be safe have a great summertime and se ya around the shop.

Well here is the picture I promised.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

May Flowers Kinda

Well not flowers pre-say things are moving in a positive direction these day. My lovely wife has managed to find work after looking for over 6 months. So money will be less of a problem soon we hope. I have been researching work benches and found one I think will work for my situation. More on that later just wanted to update you all seeing how I have not been on much. So more to come soon.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


I know I have not posted much about woodworking on here lately I do apologize for that. I wanted to keep this blog as neutral as possible but sometimes you need to speak your mind even if no one wants to hear it. So, back on track there not much going on these days money, health, weather, etc.. have all played a hand in that. However I did help a friend repair his basement floor which was a workout and a half. And my back paid dearly for it, I am hoping the next few months will be better money wise and I can get back to rehabbing my saws and start on my bench, I also need to go back to my friends to kill a few electrons and make some spoon blank for carving. So as I have more to post I will do so please hang in there and keep checking back.

Monday, March 19, 2012


Well the weather and my health have taken a turn for the better. The sun is shining and I feel much better, and I know I have not posted in a while due to there is not much to say, So maybe I will just say what is on my mind { warning bitch alter }. There is a saying that something is only worth what you are willing to pay for it and I agree so why are we { the country as a whole } willing to pay more for thing then they are worth. Is a gallon of gas really worth 4.00 is the car your driving really worth 30,000 the house you live in 2-300,000. do we need 2-4000 sq ft homes etc.. I know times are tough I for one have lived in the lower income bracket all my life so I have learned to do with less but the problem is I have no more to give. Due to health issues and the economy I now live on the income of what most people bring home in a week for the whole month and support 2 people on that income yes I do get public assistance but that has been cut back to less then 130 amonth. But food and medical cost have gone up as has living expenses in general, this is what I feel is the reason we are seeing more crime on the news etc.. people are desperate they will do anything to survive even steal. I for one will not do this but many will we have forgotten our neighbors and neighborhoods the kids have no teachers of moral the schools have stop teaching our children to think, and the advertising companies have told us we need expensive cars, houses, clothing, we need over priced things yes even tools. I have been watching things on E-Bay {hoping for a windfall of money lol} and see things like broken miter boxes go for $100+ are we for real? So to wrap this up { I could keep going but feel I may cross a line some where} YES! I feel cheated Yes! I feel like the world has lost it's mind and I feel as if it is going to be a very long hard road for me ahead to get things going when I have to decide whether to buy food and {or} med or a file to sharpen  a saw I bought for $20.00.  

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Good Bad And The Ugly

    Well lets start with the bad and ugly. It was a sad day here in Northeast Ohio as there was a shooting in a local area high school 3 young people lost their lives and 2 are injured. This is a very sad note for our school system and country as a whole. I find it very sad that we as a whole have come to this where the only way to settle thing is by killing an other person. My heart and prays go to the families of the victems and hope they will find peace someday soon. As for the shooter well it is sad in it's own right that a young man thought this was the only way to solve his problems. Enough said on this sad note and I will let you know if anything new comes of it.

    Now onto the good. The weather and my health have truned to the better I am feeling good thing are getting bad to normal and the sun is (was) shining. I was able to finally do somethings outside that was needed. One i got to take my faithful shop dog (aka Bullet) for a much needed walk around the block we both enjoyed the sun and fresh air.

    I also got to finally work on one of the saw i bought and talked about in a perveous post also got a chance to dig out a coulpe of other saws that were in the garge over the winter to check and see how bad they are. After some serous sanding with wet dry paper and some penatrating lube (PB Blaster) I managed to removed most of the rust and bluing on the no name saw plate. I did find a number stamp on the heal it is a 7tpi saw I have no other info and there was no etching to be seen. I took some pictures of the finished cleaning and of my other saws. They all will need lots more work to bring them to a useable status.

I also took a few picture of some of the wood I have gotten for the piano place. the large slab is the key bench.


So till next time keep safe and keep making shavings.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Spring Is In The Air

       Well the weather is getting nicer more often and as we speak it is 40 Deg, here and the sun is shining. Like I posted earlier I said I was going to start on my saws to clean them up, But, my health has let me down this weekend. I have come down with bronchitis and a sinus infection. I actually got the sinus infection first and it traveled down to my chest and so on. Due to the treatments for cancer I am more likely to have these things pop up on me because of the reduced immune system. They said it mite get better with time but it is what it is and I will deal with it. So for now it is doctoring myself up and getting over this so when the really nice weather hits I will be ready. So for now everyone stay safe and healthy and if it is still cold where you live warm too.

       On a side note my lovely wife has had a few interviews this month and we hope one will pan out. She has also started looking into doing some jewerly making and hopes to maybe sell it online for now.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Trash or Treasure

Well I bought a couple of saws off E-Bay a week or so ago and I have them in my hands. I have already taken the totes off so that I can clean the plates of any rust and grime with out damaging them. 


One is a D-23 (post WWII) but is in very nice shape just some light surface rust nothing big, a good sharpening should put this baby back to work.


The other one, well hard to say the plate is not original to the tote and may be of new stock that someone tryed to make look old. There is no etching or stamping for PPI on the plate and the holes have been re drilled to fit the tote. Sooo I will clean off all the rust and bluing that has been put on it and see what I spent my money on. If nothing else it will make a good practice saw for tuning and sharpening. also may have a go at engraving. as for the tote, well I think it will be used only as a template for a new one, and then placed on a shelf as it is in bad shape and I do not want to damage it anymore then it has been.

I will post pictures as I get them done and maybe even a few of work in progress(etching etc..). Only time will tell. As the weather is not helping for they are calling for snow and cold for the next few days, but, next week will be a heat wave (if you call mid 40's a heat wave) and i will try to get something done as all of the dirty work will have to be done outside. 

So what do you think trash or treasure, your pick. I for one think both and neither. For trash can be turned into treasure if one so desires. And I am trying to go green so recycle and reuse this goes for tools also.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Every Journey Begins With the First Step

So The ground hog said 6 more weeks that's ok with me. Not that I like the snow and cold (not that we have had much here in the buckeye state) but, because I am still trying to get tools together and setup. I have some older planes that need to be gone over to see if they will still cut the mustard also bought a couple of saws off  E-bay that need to be sharpened etc.. But, the biggest reason is find someplace to set up a shop. You see at the moment my lovely wife and I are living with my brother due to health and economic reasons, and with the way things are going with jobs in Northeast Ohio the wife is having a hard time finding work so that we may move into our own place.

That being said it does not mean that I will be doing nothing. I have a friend that has offered me the use of his shop space but he is a machine man and I wish to be a hand tool person. So the real challenge is going to be how do I move my tools and supplies back and forth between to places. I could leave them there with no fear of them being stole but as you all know If you leave it over there you will need it here. And that in lies the problem it is not like he is next door in fact it takes about 25 minutes to drive to his place which again slows me down due to the money issue.

But all is not lost I am working on a small break down bench that I can set up outside on nice days to do material prep. and tool sharpening etc.. I do own a table saw and may do something with it but not sure yet.

So any advice or suggestion would go a long way here. Ho and here are a few pictures of the spoons I carved and the knives I made to do it.



Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The journey Begins

Well as the new year has begun so has a new journey in my life. I am coming up on the 4th year since my last cancer treatment and all is well, kinda. the fact of the matter is I'm going crazy, trying to live on a fixed income and stay healthy has it's draw backs. The 1 is not enough money to do much of anything.

So, what does this have to do with woodworking you ask. Well everything, for one I love working with my hands and keeping me busy is a major plus. The second, is I love working with wood. So put the two together you get a new journey and learnig experience. I have done some woodworking for friends and have craved a few love spoons for family members in the last few years and had the big , "DUHHH why did I not do this before" moment.

So bear with me and follow along as I stumble down this new road of life and feel free to share the wealth of knowledge you all have with me.