Notes from a non-blogger

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Blog entry by Woodbutchery posted 02-27-2014 06:38 PM 1005 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So. If he’s a non-blogger, why is he writing a blog?

I’ll admit it. I could have put up in the title “Notes from an inconsistent blogger”, but if I’m going to do this, I’m wanting someone to read it, and so far you applied, so here we go. Next time I’ll go with something that’s closer to the truth and, probably, more boring.

A while back I wrote about having re-discovered the fun in the hobby, and even posted my grandson’s toy chest and a wood gloat.

Since then?

Well, I completed a frame to hold those elfa wire baskets you can get from the Container Store ( they wanted $75 for the metal frame, I used scrap wood to put together the wood frame, and it’s doing a fine job ). No pictures because … well, I’m not that type of a proud papa, and it’s a plain-jane wood frame w/ dadoes for the wire baskets to run through made of select pine. HooYah!

There’s a lap desk I put together of birch ply with bubinga banding. I mean, it functions well, it looks good, but if I had to do it again I’d use 1/2” ply instead of 3/4”. Other than that, it’s a pretty and function flat slab o’ wood.

I’m working on a king-size bed platform for our bed ( the springs and mattress have been on the floor for years, and looking forward to getting THAT off the floor) with a headboard. It’s maple ply that is so heavily stained that the grain is … non-existant ( it’s the look my wife is going for, and she supports me in all things, as I do her ), and it’s I’m applying the stain and finish to it on this pretty day in Houston. The headboard will require a little more work because I’m going to use plywood and band it rather than using pine or such ( Part of the build request was “no knots, please”, and I’m just not up for going to the nearest big-box place and re-arranging their stock to find 6 clean 8’ 1×8s. I’m impatiently frugal.

Another project that’s still in the cutting phase is a towel cabinet for our bathroom. It’s yer basic baltic birch ply using simple dado joinery. I’ve got a little fine-tuning on the dado and was planning on sanding it down, but that is taking FAR longer with mixed results, so I’m going to see if I can work on improving my table saw skills just a bit to refine the dado so that it’s wide enough for the rabbet in the long boards of the cabinet.

The glue-up/build is on hold for a bit while I wait on an order from Amazon for some Miller dowels ( my local Rockler, which used to carry the kits as well as the bulk ( okay, 40 in a bag, but that will count in this instance ) dowels. Since I was introduced to it I’ve always liked the Miller doweling system, and I prefer using it over screws, etc., but when you’re out, you’re out, and I’m out of the 1x.

I’ve got the wood to put together a rolling cart for my planer, which will make my planer more useful ( it’ll get used because I don’t have to manhandle it from it’s storage spot and back after use ) because it will be used more often.

In the pipeline, a captain’s bed for my wife, and install the fold-away ironing board for my step-daughter.

So. Stuff is happening in my shop, I’m still butchering wood, and still having a good time doing it.

I’m just not a blogger ;-)

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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