New Directions #2: Progress and curly cherry

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 01-03-2015 10:09 PM 3943 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: More than just a saw.. Part 2 of New Directions series Part 3: New (old) TOOLS!!!!! »

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…

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 11:12 PM

I discovered on Christmas day the project for this year , and that is jewelry box,s about 20 , you ask why so many well when you have a large family 6 daughters /7 grand daughters and now 5 great granddaughters and then wives .that is what can happen . Sadly I did not get to make any gifts this past year . One year it was 20 cutting boards .one went one my sons wall he said it was to nice looking to be used as a cutting board .As seems to happen for me every one of those box,s will be different. I usually make one of a kind of almost every thing I will not be able to wait till Nov to start .

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#2 posted 01-04-2015 01:47 AM

I have 2 Bubinga pictures frames I need to finish (soon hopefully) these have been vexing me . There are 3 in total But I never seem to get time to work on them. Plus being bubinga I have to stop and sharpen my hand planes seamly every 5 minutes. The Frames are for some Canvas replica Drawings My Aunt gave me. The originals were drawn all in pencil crayon by my Uncle before he pasted a few years ago (My Aunt has the originals). I will also post pictures when they are all finished.

Then I have a Fold away Puzzle Table that my wife has wanted me to build for the longest time that I need to do. I drew it up in sketchup but that is as far as that project has gone to date. I have been debating if I want to try my luck at half blind dovetails when I finally start this

I would also like to get some Proper lighting in my garage so I can see what I am doing :-)
as well as get a shed so I can clean out all the outside items and free up some space.

Good luck everyone on our 2015 goals!

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#3 posted 01-05-2015 03:46 AM

I promised my mom a Tommy Mac style toolbox about 2 years ago, so I’m going to try and get that done this year. She wanted it for her scrapbooking stuff, the amounts of that stuff has grown and grown, so I better get on this box or I’ll have to build her an entire wall unit to house it all. I also hope to sell some custom work this year, so would be great year if I was busy with that!

Good to hear your new job keeping you busy, hope its enjoyable as well. happy new year everyone!

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