Its been a while.. again. Busy, busy, busy. The new job is keeping me… well… busy. So busy.. that I have spent very little time in my shop. But.. over the holidays I did get some time, and with that I am working on another article, so unfortunately, I cannot share any more details on that until it gets published.
I am almost done that build, and when I am, I am going to jump into a new blog series while I build a lowboy.. or 2. This is a bucket list project for me, and since I no longer have any power tools, this one is going to be entirely by hand. Which is really exciting, as I just bought a load of sweet wood bodied moulding planes from a secret source of mine, and I will post pictures of them when they arrive.
Then there is the wood that I am going to be using.. curly cherry. I bought the wood that I will need for 2 lowboys a few years ago and still have it all in the basement waiting.. waiting.. then… for this Christmas a friend of mine who happens to be a wood dealer gave me 3 boards of more curly cherry. (he actually let me pick the pile!!) 4/4, 12 feet long and 9” wide..
I know it’s hard to see, but they are the most figured cherry boards I have ever seen.
Anyways.. all this got me thinking. Since its the turn of a new year, I was wondering if anyone has shop or project goals that they hope to accomplish in the next year? And if would not mind sharing..
Myself.. I would like to finish 2 major projects. Of course there are going to be little projects on going that never end, but 2 major projects.
1. Chippendale lowboy. This means I will have to buy more carving tools and learn to carve a ball and claw foot.
2. Baltimore card table. Seeing examples of these tables is what got me interested in Federal stuff, and sparked my interest in working with veneer. I actually would like to build this first, but since I already have the cherry, it wins by default.
In between these two I want (need) to finish my marquetry chevy, and there is a good chance I will build a guitar with my friend the wood dealer who also makes guitars and have convinced me to build on with him.
Next post should be much more interesting…