When I started this blog we had several goals. The first was to see if blogging was something I would enjoy and could continue doing on a regular basis. After several months at it and 35 posts I can say I still really enjoy it. I have had challenges along the road but I find that I keep wanting to come back to it.
The kids (especially my oldest) LOVE LOVE swings. In all our previous homes they have had swings to play on but when we came here they didn’t. So, that quickly was put on the to do list of future projects. This last couple days the swings went up…. Continue reading DIY Swingset→
I wanted to transplant this azalea plant that I brought home from my grandmothers memorial. It was root bound but was getting a new set of leaves and seemed to be enjoying its new Northwest home. It was practically screaming for some space and freedom. In searching thorough my random collection of empty pots I found this cedar wood planter. Continue reading Wood Flower Pot Makeover→
Due to the move, having a tractor to fix and work being busy the Screwy Carpenter hasn’t made it into his new shop as much and he would like but he has gotten one project in. He made this wonderful coat rack. (I almost called it cute but I can’t call it cute…it’s in the man’s shop.) Continue reading Hammer Coat Hanger→
My sweet Hubby Man is very industrious. He works by day and loves to work with wood (and sometimes metal) in the evenings and on his days off. He has completed many projects but I wanted to introduce him with one of his latest.
We often find “treasures” that we look at with enthusiasm and the other looks at with a quizzical look. In our bedroom we have a chair I was thrilled to get for free at a yard sale. He looked at me like I was nuts until it was all reupholstered. He often brings me a rusty piece of metal he has found and says “Look what I found!” My response, “Um… that is a very nice piece of rusty metal…” This was his latest find:
I looked at him quizzically and asked “you want a girly mirror?”. Well, needless to say he did not keep the flowers.
I am not much of a woodworker but My Screwy Carpenter is not a lover of writing so please be patient with me as I try to explain. I have already told him that he is going to have to interject some technical info and answer any questions you may have.
The Carpenter has always had a mirror in some form in the garage. He has used it when sharpening his tools. I did not know why so I asked of course. (it is in my nature to ask though sometimes I regret it if he gets too detailed. He usually stops explaining when my eyes glaze over. )
Why a mirror?
He uses the glass as a leveling surface. Glass does not change form or swell when it comes in contact with water. Therefore, it is a perfect surface when you are honing/sharpening chisels or plane blades.
His goal was to have a mirror he could easy store on the wall. The previous mirrors where always stored at ground level and often at risk of breakage. That is how the last mirror met its demise.
First step: Create a sturdy backing. No flex.
The first mirror was ¼ of an inch thick and was not in need of backing as long as it was on a flat surface. This mirror is 1/8 of an inch thick so it was needing support.
Why? If the mirror does not have a sturdy back it will break and/or the mirror will flex giving your metal a bow when you sharpen it.
Second Step: Create drainage spot / gap in frame.
Why? When sharpening blades there is a lot of water involved. The gap allows for easy drainage. It also allows for sharpening of flat chisels
Step Three: Create Cover to nest into frame.
Why? Nothing else hits it and things are prone to move around in the shop. It’s also how the last one broke
Step Four: Add your own kind of bling.
Why? Because flowers are not allowed in the shop.
Wondering how to sharpen/honing blades? There are LOTS of videos and blogs available.
Here a link that will bombard you with wonderful information about sharpening: