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Blog series by WhiskeyWaters updated 984 days ago 8 parts 13885 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: One Project & Class Descriptions

1266 days ago by WhiskeyWaters | 0 comments »

Good week for struggles and not-quite-there-yets in the woodshop this week. Three projects left the floor complete. The first, chalkboard that has been wind-blown, vandalized and otherwise destroyed three times. We’ll see if it sticks this time. Here’s the link to the photo- for some reason the picture loader isn’t working…. The other two projects I failed to take a picture of. On Mon or Tues, I’ll put up a picture of those two projects. spent a majority of my t...

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Part 2: Jewelry Box

1157 days ago by WhiskeyWaters | 1 comment »

My eleven-year-old student finished up his Mother’s Day Box last Thurs. The box has been a three-to-four month process. He’s learned a lot…especially how to fix broken parts. The full design & build process can be found here.

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Part 3: Marble Trestle Table for Grilling

1138 days ago by WhiskeyWaters | 1 comment »

There’s a saying in electronic/maker/hacker circles. Sometimes, you just need enough junk before you can start doing cool stuff. You need a “critical mass” of stuff. This trestle table came together because of a “critical mass” of junk. The pressure treated base was scrap pieces from a variety of sources (work, my own projects, etc) and the top came from a neighbor’s remodel. As any maker will tell you: if you don’t collect the stuff somewhere, you don’t get the idea to use it. The pr...

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Part 4: Children's Picnic Table

1127 days ago by WhiskeyWaters | 1 comment »

This week in the shop, I got the chance to use up a few of the pine boards laying in the woodpile. My son got a picnic table out of the deal. The table is 24″ L, 11″ W & about 11″ H. You can catch a few other projects at www.woodshopcowboy.com. The table: The chair (the rails are too close together): The result as he knows it: A side shot of the chair. It’s a little skinny: I attached the top with a few screws. You can deduce the construction of the side with this shot....

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Part 5: End of Summer Program

1092 days ago by WhiskeyWaters | 1 comment »

The summer program wraps up today. This summer saw the return of the butterfly bench. Students took all four group projects home to their families. Notice the recurring butterfly motif from last go-round. I think I’ll be making some linoleum stamps with this design on them at some point soon.The drums have been finished – lovely group of students to work with. I used a circ saw & guide to cut the 1/2″ drum cases (4 sides). We also discovered a neat way to spray paint our smaller obje...

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Part 6: Don't Touch My Blue Suede Chair

1087 days ago by WhiskeyWaters | 4 comments »

What a learning experience and I don’t think I screwed this one up too bad….anyways, this and it’s matching ottoman (still to do) will be my next project post & woodshopcowboy blog post. —WW

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Part 7: Boxes & Lockers

1006 days ago by WhiskeyWaters | 2 comments »

My box-making student finished up this piece last week - and I was able to build some supply lockers out of salvaged art crates. A few more pictures and a little bit more poetry on my teaching site: www.woodshopcowboy.com

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Part 8: Tool Box

984 days ago by WhiskeyWaters | 2 comments »

The new tool box at work. It’s not a pretty thing, but the design has a long gestation. Chris Schwarz has been promoting his conversion to hand tools for years now – and he finally documents the slow spiral in “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest”. He’s got a book, I guess I have a blog. Either way, I decided on a 24″ by 18″ by 18″ dovetailed box. The moldings and bottoms were nailed and glued on, while the top has a split piano hinge as it’s method of movement. Most of the dovetails are ...

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