I was playing Mr. mom Thanksgiving night/ Black Friday morning since the wifey was at WM at 10pm to get a jump start on the holiday shopping thing she loves to do every year. The kids where in bed asleep, and I was in the shop on the computer when I received a Tweet from @RenaissanceWW announcing a Black Friday sale on membership to The Hand Tool School 20% off. How could I pass this up???? At about 45 minutes after midnight on Black Friday, I made my purchase. I had been wanting this since I first heard about it. I didn't exactly have all of the tool kit, wasn't sure that I would have the time, it is a pretty large up front cost for my small wood working budget, etc... But with a discount that big, and with @AdamKingStudio always telling everyone to just jump in and start now, that's what I did. I'm obviously a little behind, but I am catching up steadily. So, like the adage says, no pictures it didn't happen.
I strongly urge you to check out The Hand Tool School. As of yet, I have not been disappointed, and I don't expect to be any time soon.
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Until next time....
08 December 2010
An older Craftsman 10" band saw on a stand. Not a giant, not a high priced ubber accurate saw, but a really good deal for $10 delivered. After a little research I discover the blade length required is 72 5/8". No problem. A quick check of the local big box, nothing. Check of the local hardware stores, nothing. Check of the local Sears outlet, nothing. Check of the big Sears 45 miles away, nothing. What to do now? The local big box has a 93" blade for $10 so I thought I would try to weld my own. After several different attempts and trying different bonding agents, I finally come across a method that works pretty well for me.
Then I use the belt sander to taper the ends forming what is essentially a scarf joint. I shoot for the taper to be about as long at the blade is wide. I then put one end in the jig and wipe it with acetone.
The key to the whole operation is the right amount of heat and the proper bonding agent.
Then it's time for the fire.
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Until next time....