I just wanted to show off this big old plane I got a while back. It can hog off 1/32 of material and not even flinch. The picture is a little hard to see but trust me . I was using it to take off about 3/4 of an inch of the top of a desk I am making. I know someone out there is saying why did you not just cut it off. Well I have no power in my shop and I am not the good with my cheap $20 saw I got from Lowes. The Plane which you can see on the top of the picture is 26” long and th...
Today I am starting my biggest custom carving job since I have been at Public Wooodworking. It involves 24 feet of a sugar maple log that is 30” in diameter. I will be making 2 four foot Party Benches, 2 three foot Lager Tables, a five foot couch, a 30 inch diameter Bistro Table, and 2 three foot Captain Bistro Tables. I would like to start a blog but do not know how to post pictures. Any help will be appreciated. The pictures posted are of what will become the Captain Bistro Chairs. I am off...
I’m hoping to get a medicine cabinet built in very near future. I have the design in my head. Bought an old medicine cabinet with a really nice etched mirror & beveled glass. Then found another one, bigger.Anyway, I’m thinking I’ll build the door around the mirror size, & the cabinet to fit the door size. It will be built flush against wall above sink, with simple moulding that matches the woodwork throughout the house. I wish I knew Sketchup better. It’...
After much cutting, the body pieces are cut. Some of the larger pieces I just ripped out on the band saw. The more detailed pieces, like the head and tail, are done on the scroll saw.In the photo above, I wanted to show the the general positioning of the one and a quarter dowel rod that runs through the inner body pieces. Remember that this is based roughly on the carousel horse plans. Whether building the carousel horse or something like this that I’m doing, it is very important to be ...
I decided that my first koa project would be a thank you gift for the couple who invited us to spend the week in Hawaii with them. She had bought a necklace and was looking at koa display boxes – it seemed to be a natural to offer up a display box. Board #2 (see previous post) was chosen. I spent quite a bit of time working out the design details:1. The necklace had to hang such that it spanned the width and length of the box. This required a trial fit with the necklace to get sure i...
I haven’t posted on this in a while but I have pretty much finished the work. My son got it for his 1st birthday last weekend and his grandmother is making the bedding to go inside which will finish it up. Here are a few pics.
Hey Lumberjock friends!! I’m building a walnut lowboy entertainment center and wanted to use a secondary wood for the drawer bottoms. I know the usual suspect would be poplar but I’m looking for something with good grain structure but cheap. (Are the two even possible?) I tried Charles Neil blotch control for Baltic birch plywood but alas it still takes a stain/dye poorly. Any success stories out there?
Well, fellow LJ’s, this is what happens when you learn that your step-son will be moving in in 2 weeks. ALL of your projects go by the wayside, and all of a sudden, you’re building a bedroom on the other side of the wall of your workshop and office. Not only that, but everything that was stored there, is now on your workbench. And of course, I have to put a floor in. I don’t want him walking on Concrete in his bedroom, now do I? Let’s make him nice and comfo...
I was in the DC area recently on business and extended my stay by a day to visit with family. And to try my hand at vintage tool hunting back east. That is why you’re reading this post right? Virginia was home to me as a kid for a few years. Aunt Pat and Uncle Ralph lived in Alexandria, VA with their four kids. As a 12-year old I remember many touring trips. Aunt Pat is a natural docent, well-read on history and culture. And she used those skills hypnotically, as we toured all of DC, Mount...
Just wanted to congratulate Jordan for being featured in the current Highlander e-magazine. That beautiful war shirt certainly displays some of his spectacular talent. For those who do not get the Highlander emails – here is a link to the article – Jordan's war shirt carving. Great to see some of your fantastic carvings getting more exposure….it should certainly lead to more commissions as more realize what exquisite work you do.
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