Monday, October 11, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Pictured above is a much larger crate, one that is an accurate copy of a fifty year old original. Occasionally, I will take on a special project and this crate is a good example. I pulled out all the stops to make this crate like the ones made back in the 40s and 50s. It is the same size, roughly 6 cubic feet, and has the same kind of loading door as the original. Being almost 3 feet long and 2 feet wide, this crate is probably too big for the beginner. But there are some serious chicken fanciers that need to carry a lot of birds, and this crate is the "Big Kahuna" of crates and can do the job for them. I hope the new owner of this crate is as pleased as I was in the way it turned out.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Our redesigned crate has stronger corners. This simple reversed angel bracket reinforces the corners, making the box stronger. We want these boxes to last longer, so your grandchildren can use them!
We had custom shipping boxes made to save you money. They are sized to fit our chicken carriers and still fit under the "RADAR" of UPS and FedEx, so you won't pay "oversize" shipping charges.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
If you have "fancy poultry" and you want them to arrive at the shows in
the best possible condition, this carrier may be what you are looking for.
A cardboard box might work, but is that what you want for your "blue
I used the best materials that I could find, including old growth lumber, to
provide strength, light weight, and good looks. I also used joinery that you
find in furniture to make this carrier a "cut above" the rest. The picture
above shows the twin loading doors with solid brass hardware.
walnut which adds weight to the bottom, and makes them close easier.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I made the sanding blocks so they would fit my hand better than a block with 90 degree edges. The block in the back is a jumbo model. I just glued a 1/2" piece of wood to the top, before I used a wood rasp to make the "ergonomic" shapes.
Exploded View of Sanding Block
There are many sanding blocks on the market and I didn't like any of them, so I made my own.
Also, the time honored method of wraping a piece of sandpaper around a block of wood, although it does work, left a lot to be desired. When sanding a lot, my hand would cramp trying to hold the paper. This sanding block holds the paper tightly so you can concentrate on your work, plus it holds a 1/4 sheet at a time, saving you money. It is easy to fold and cut sandpaper into quarter sheets.
The threaded insert and the machine screw, allows the sanding block to be opened and closed over and over without losing it's grip on the sandpaper. I used two sizes of dowels so the top would always align itself perfectly with the bottom. It requires a little more work, but it is worth it. After making one, you probably will make another, so you can have a variety of sanding grits at your finger tips.
These materials are readily available at most hardware stores. Take your time and you will add a valuable tool to your wood shop!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Hand cut dovetails secure the bottom. Look closely
and you can see the wooden dowels on the side.
This special box was created as an award to be given to the winner of a 40 lap late model stock car race in memory of pioneer car builder, Lee Stultz.
The race was held at the newly remodeled, Winchester Speedway, which is located just east of town off of Rt. 50 in Virginia. More than just another trophy, this prize can be displayed, but it also can be used. In addition to the locking top compartment, a removable front panel conceals six removable, small boxes that can hold small parts.