Woodworking vacation #21: Staycation - it's what you make it.

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 07-31-2010 09:23 PM 5892 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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No yearly trek off to wonderful places for an exotic woodworking vacation this year. Between my health, my schedule and just simply not finding a class that I really wanted to take, I decided to stay home and just take a few classes at my local Woodcraft. I decided this for several reasons, but the most important was that I really needed some refresher courses to get me feeling comfortable with my tools again and to make sure I’ve not forgotten all the rules of safety.

So far I’ve taken four classes. You’ve seen the one with the shelf in my projects section. Here are the two I’m working on finishing up now.

This box was made using the table saw to make the cove cut. This was fun for me as I’ve always wanted to make some crown molding but was not really sure about cove cutting on the table saw. So now I know how and it was pretty cool.

You can see that the lid is simply a drop on. The bottoms were cut using a router table and decorative bit.

You can see that I did not get my corners exactly right and I still have some sanding to do. One thing for sure is that you really want to do the sanding of the cove before you actually cut the sides and put the box together – but since this was a weekend class – that is not going to happen. But that’s OK – I learned a new technique and made some friends. I’m working on finish sanding this weekend and will put a finish on the box and then post onto my projects hopefully by the end of the week.

Another class I took was to build a clock. I really thought this would be just a small table clock. Boy was I wrong – this thing is HUGE! As you can see, I still have to do the finish sanding, assembly and finish coat – but this gives you the idea of what I’m working on.

This clock would be so cool in quarter sawn white oak and I may just have to do another to accomplish that. When this gets finished I’m pretty sure I’ll be taking it to work to hang on the old office wall. But we’ll see.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my little staycation story. :-)

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 07-31-2010 09:30 PM

I’d say you haven’t forgotten anything and you certainly haven’t lost your “edge”!!

The box is fantastic! Bet there was a bunch of sanding on the coves!

Not sure what you have planned for the box- and don’t want to sound morbid- but I think it would make a beautiful urn for a beloved pet.

Great clock, too!!!!!!!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-31-2010 11:13 PM

I like the clock, don’t forget the finished pictures please

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#3 posted 08-01-2010 06:16 AM


What a great way to spend a staycation! And your memories aren’t just pictures in a photo album!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 08-02-2010 08:34 PM

Outstanding clock and box. I agree with lew – you haven’t lost a step. Your craftsmanship has really progressed.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 08-05-2010 06:01 PM

I somehow missed this blog until you posted the finished box. I really like the self-made cove sides on the box. I’ve read about that technique, but not worked up the nerve to try it yet. One day soon, I hope.

That clock would be killer in qswo – I hope you do make another!

-- Robb

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#6 posted 08-21-2010 04:34 PM


I’ve just finished reading all 187 entries in your blog. You have a lot of talent, both in the wood working and word working worlds. I note that you’ve taken quite a hiatus from regularly blogging and hope that has been because your life has been so filled with other good things that you just haven’t had time to write…

I hope you are well and look forward to seeing and reading more of your amazing adventures exploring wood working.

Be Careful.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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