I’m building a tower for my son for Christmas. [slightly behind in posting] My son is forever wanting to be “up” and see what is going on in the kitchen. Whether we are cooking, cleaning or preparing something – he wants to be involved. He doesn’t currently have anything to stand on so that he can see – so I’m building him a tower. He’ll be able to climb up into it and see the counter and be involved in what is going on. I started wi...
A little more history. After I received my lathe (Jet Mini) I started cranking out Pens and do dads on a daily basis. I wanted to do more but I could only do so much with pen blanks. I knew I was hooked on turning when I started looking at wood in a different way. Driving around I now looked for anything I could turn. Anytime I heard a chain saw I went to see what they were cutting up. Tree trimmers were becoming my best friends. Now that I had some bigger pieces of wood I wanted to le...
The top was glued up as any other panel would be, only thinner at about 3mm. The material was a lucky find at a local lumberyard. Nicely quartered cedar is easy to find here in BC. Unless noted otherwise, Titebond 3 is the glue used. Rosettes in classical/flamenco guitars are most often mosaic and herringbone inlay. I love the look of traditional rosettes, but they are complex to make from scratch. Mass-produced rosettes can be purchased from most of the big luthier supply houses. As...
Christopher Schwarz is doing a 2-day workshop at our Kansas City Woodworkers Guild March19/20 9am – 4pm . If you are close this should be great. Here is the link. Jerry
While visiting in Southern California I took the opportunity to visit the Gamble House in Pasadena. I really like the Greene and Greene style. The architecture is wonderful. What was very disappointing was the lack of mention of the craftsman that took the designs and crafted the house and furnishing. It still amazes me the lack of appreciation of a craft person. I feel that Peter and John Hall are not mentioned for their craftsmanship enough. Therefore any time I have a discussion abo...
My wife and I are expecting a new baby shortly, so our youngest child will be abandoning his toddler’s bed for a “big boy” bed. It’s only a twin mattress – but it’s pretty massive for a four year old. And quite the step up from his toddler’s bed. I’ve been slowly getting into woodworking for the past two years. Mostly I have been preparing myself for a project such as this; the majority of my builds have been jigs, a workbench, cutting gui...
Managed to go out just before the sun set after spending the day out at the farm house.What you see.Solid beech bed rail.Large plastic container that, judging by the smell, was used to make sauerkraut. Now it will be part of my cyclone system when I finally get round to building it.A very dirty chair that’s actually in really good shape and should clean up nicely.A stool without a top. I think I’ll just whack an oak mill end on it.Some pine wall boards. Incredibly straight, more s...
So I have been a little behind in creating scrollsaw projects. Today was a perfect day to do some catch-up. The weather was nice with some breeze blowing and mild temperatures. I have projects all lined up and the material to complete some (see the previous post). So I was going to do some scrolling. Well as it happens, about a week ago I noticed a black dot in front of me floating around. I realized it was some optical issue but not sure what. I learned that it could be what is called ...
I want to get an early start today. The printer is already up and running and is busy spitting out the 500 patterns that are needed. I remain impressed at the quantity and quality of the printing from this Canon printer. It is a small one from the Canon IP series and cost under $100. Prior to Canon, I was a big Epson fan. Several years ago I took a Photoshop class at a local college and the instructor swore by them. At the time I had an Epson, and wasn’t too thrilled with it. I...
Hi all, I’m new to this website but I have some questions and this site seems to be the best place for advice. My wife and I live in near Pittsburgh, PA (gives you an area of how the climate changes go from season to season) and recently had a walnut tree cut down on our property. The logs we had cut into various lengths and widths ranging from 2 FT long to 9 FT long and 2 IN diameter up to 18 IN diameter. My wife wants to use the logs in their natural state (NOT SAWN FOR PLANKING)...
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