Back in my lumberjocks interview, I mentioned one of my lifelong goals was to fill the house with useful items made by myself, as well as other artists and artisans. (while paring down all the cheaply made, hand-me-down, and mass manufactured items) Here’s a quick first look at how things have been shaping up over the past several years. My wifes cousin, Tim made these pottery bowls as a wedding gift, even stamped them with his own chop (signature) before firing and glazing. T...
"Wood Tales From Beyth ha-`Emeq" --by RusticWoodArt #3: "Wood's Vale at King's Dale" --RusticWoodArt
Wood’s Vale at King’s Dale ....it was at the sound of shifting patterns of un-solicitated wind, passing through these gorges of my adorned soul, that i first caught an encounter with your infinite being of oneness entwined, where the osculation of your passion and zest remembered me as all-ready whole…. —-i was the one who you found striving in mind and body, and the places of my existence were workplaces of self-expression, while all the routines of my daily exe...
Many excellent woodworking videos. I stumbled on this link for this site on Reddit.com, from a posted link on creating a solar furnace from coke cans (that garage gets cold in the winter). Once I found the tool stuff, this is the first video that caught my eye: Cutting Inlayed Dovetails using the Leigh D4, by Al Navas I have a D4, but haven’t tried doing anything fancy yet, but maybe at lunchtime…. The tutorial is three videos. I also noticed David Marks and Wood Wh...
For the hand tool users: If you have any suggestions on how I could improve my chisel technique to chop the mortises, please let me know ;-) – THANKS! From my blog post: In this episode I show how I did the layout and chopped the mortises for the knife hinges in the doors, and in the carcase. Then, for the first time, I do a dry fit of the frame and panel doors to the carcase. The knife hinges provide an elegant solution in this cabinet, because they are unobtrusive; they remai...
I only have a meager collection of planes, but this is mostly because I haven’t used them too much until now. My problem was that I could not keep a sharp edge on the iron for more than a few passes. I have done a lot of reading on the subject (both online and in magazines) and recently bought a simple tri-stone (it works for me), so I think I have that problem solved. I recently surfaced a piece of white oak without any problems. Most are older than I am and still function as good as the...
Well i got the island out of the shop and into the kitchen today. Now i need to order hardware( hinges) for 1 door. and re finish where i had to shave drawer fronts to make them fit. I’ve been learning a lot about the process, you know you should do this before you do that or else!!!! Here is a picture of the pine island top that i got input from folks here about how to join the boards i went with Biscuits, glue, and pocket screws then screwed to a 3/4” piece of plywood.!And 1 mor...
After all the good things I have read about the Cutlist plugin for Sketchup I went to the link indicated in the blog at http://www.box.net/shared/8nzm1tmdfm and have not had any luck downloading. The first problem is that all of my security software goes to full red. It turns out that www.box.net is (according to them) classified as a consumer file sharing entity. I have turned off most of my security software, used both Firefox and IE8 and can still not get to the site to download the ...
I started by building the platform upon which everything else would rest. I chose the height of the deck based on leaving enough room for the pegs and the lines to be seen clearly. I didn’t want to crowd anything. In classical architecture there is what is known as ‘orders’. Many books and theories have been written regarding these, and the structures of these orders can be seen in period furniture as well. Greene & Greene furniture is no different. Basically, pieces are designed ...
Did some cutting today. 8 front legs @ 11.5 inches 8 side aprons @ 9 inches 8 front aprons @ 8 inches 8 back rails @ 8 inches I also made a jig for the DP so that I can drill holes to mount the back rails. Next is sanding and assembly
In our last episode…the desk unit came together nicely. Now for the dresser unit… The dresser unit, like the desk unit has to be built in “mirror image” from it’s design from the first bed. The dresser features three drawers that are 28”Wx7”Hx22”D. I’m putting full-extension drawer slides on the drawers, to give easy access all the way to the back of the drawers. A feature of the dresser that I really like in this design is th...
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