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