Hello to all,
This is my first woodworking blog. I will try to document some of my work here and some of the things that go on in my shop. I am married with two daughters, an electrical engineer by profession and a part-time woodworker the rest of the time. I want to turn it into a full-time business one day as my work load increases. I just finished up a cherry Queen Anne low boy and posted it here a few days ago. I love period furniture of all types, and I also love Arts & Crafts furniture, especially Greene & Greene.
For the past couple of years I have been trying to focus on using hand tools and power tools less and less. I’m not against power tools at all as I have the typical range of equipment you expect to find it a in shop and use them regularly, but my true love is restoring and using antique tools.
My daughter is getting married so she and her fiance have put in their orders :) for furniture for their house. This spring and summer I’ll be building a maple hutch, kitchen tables & chairs, and a couple end tables for their living room. My other daughter wants a hope chest, and I’m going to try to do a piece for the local museum’s art show in July this year. I’ve got a very large plank (3” x 16” x 7’) of spalted tiger maple and I want to use it to build a pie crust table. It’s ambitious with all these projects I know but I love this and can’t seem to get enough of it. And my wife encourages me. Another project I will attempt to do this year is a set or Morris chairs & tables for our living room. I try to keep 2-3 projects going at the same time and with a small shop like mine it gets tough.
I will try to relate stories and such as they happen in my work. The other day I was working on rebuilding my lathe. It is an old Beaver Falls lathe (not sure of the age). I was setting up a grinding wheel and happened to drop the left-hand threaded nut. Looked everywhere for probably 20 minutes it seemed. Anyway, got tired of looking so I made the 20 minute trip into town (I hate that) to the local hardware store to get what I needed. Found the right nut, came back, and got back to work. I picked up a pulley and dropped the set screw. I could have killed myself, saying what kind of idiot would do the same thing again? Got down on my knees again and searched and searched. Finally found it. And right beside it was the left-handed nut I lost. Ever have that happen to you?