Brian

Mitre clamp

I live in a split level house where a portion has a basement and a portion is slab on grade. The slab part has a foundation wall about 30" above the floor. This part forms a shelf along the wall about 3-1/2" deep which is now only covered with...

Garden Gates #2: Gate finished

Except for painting the raw steel. The straps are set on a dado flush with the surface and the screws are countersunk. The screws are not stainless. I hope they survive. They should do ok painted with oil enamel paint. The hinges are on with...

Gate assembled

I finally got the upper panel pieces made and the gate assembled. My m&t fitting is a little sloppy. I haven’t picked the door up yet to see how stiff it is. I was thinking about adding some steel strapping for looks and a touch more support....

Garden Gates #1: Getting started

I took a break from work sleep fish work sleep fish to start building new garden gates for my house. I was only planning to replace the ratty PVC gate that came with the property but my wife wants a gate on each side of the house. Each gate will...

Surf Fishing Plugs #14: How to fit 10 lbs of beef in a 5 lb bag

I haven’t kept this blog up even though I’ve made a bunch of lures. I figured this one is interesting enough to warrant an entry. I wanted a very, very large bait and I have made a couple of 12"+ lures but they all had one issue in common: they...

Surf Fishing Plugs #13: Super sinker popper

There is a well known and productive popper made by a company called Superstrike. A popper has a concave mouth and throws water when dragged along the surface. Usually they’re made to float but Superstrike makes one that sinks. It’s very...

Surf Fishing Plugs #12: Payoff

Woodworking and fishing combined. :-)

Surf Fishing Plugs #11: Epoxy spinner

So I’ve been really ramping up my game here and one thing that has bothered me is the final protective coat of epoxy. I was not getting good results with 5 minute epoxy so I switched to envirotex, which has a much longer working time, but it sags...

Surf Fishing Plugs #10: Night crew

Night time is the right time for the big ones. Stripers have not awesome vision but they do have very adaptive eyes. I read recently a scientific article about striper vision that confirmed the general consensus on the beach, which is that...

Surf Fishing Plugs #9: Wadd Needle

A needle is supposed to present like a needlefish. Long and slender with no real swimming action. Bass go for it, though (even though I’ve never caught anything yet on a needle, but that’s another story…). This one is a Wadd needle. The...