I’ve been itching to try new and challenging projects. Over the past two years I’ve made some mortise and tenon joints. Some simple inlay. Intarsia, (not yet finished). I bought a used band saw and have been experimenting with curves. I have wanted to try building an instrument. A guitar seems too big. A dulcimer might be a better start. But I’m learning to play a mandolin, so that’s what I’m going to attempt. There are kits available. I debated buying a kit a...
Building one of these saw benches designed by Chris Schwarz was one of my first woodworking projects, it is also one the most useful things I have ever made for the shop. It excels as a bench and step stool and I also found out it works pretty well for using a handsaw to dimension lumber. I only built one and always wished I had two.
Progress on the workshop has been a bit slow, I suppose. Most of my time is spent rearranging and purging things to make more space until I can get the lofts built for storage. But, as long as something is getting done – no matter how small – I feel good about the shop. It’s kinda funny the “ah HAH!” moments you have when doing this kind of stuff. Pictured below is something that has been in our garage since we moved in over 15 years ago. It’s also been ...
Meanwhile, I dream of making a drawing board or finding a decent antique drawing board,I decided to do very simple upgrading on what I have already. The project posted on my blog.
If you remember, I left off last time, wondering whether the old pine boards were wide enough for the Stanley 45 to stand up in the box. Well, thankfully they were. Mind you, it was so close that I couldn’t plane all the slight dings out for fear of the lid not closing. Having decided on mitred corners, my first job was to shoot the ends square – an easy few minutes at the shooting board with my no.5-1/2. My shooting board fence is fixed, and half the year it seems to need a sh...
After a year and half our web-site is finally done!!! I want to give a special thank you to my wife Patti Zongker for taking classes and working her butt off to give our very large site a fresh new look!!! It is now compatible on I phones, cell phones and all the digital devices. She is quite the little trooper always working hard, with a great personality and as cute as a button. Thank you baby girl. I love you!!! The site is big, and also much easier & better looking pictures, tha...
So I saw a sweet looking candy dispenser posted by Tony (aka Woodshaver) and wanted to take a stab at it. I started by drawing up a concept in a CAD Program: In order to get the main block, I glued up 4 pieces of oak and re-squared everything to fit the dimensions. I sketched out the cuts on the top of the main block in order to get a better idea of how it would look. I really needed to consider the order of my cuts, and decided to cut the dados on the top first. I used...
I was debating on whether I should write today or not. Yesterday was one of those days when we were thrown a curve ball and I accomplished very little artistically. I didn't really want to be MIA again though, as it seems that these days some of the projects that I have taken on are taking just a bit more time than normal. I hope that means that the level of my work is also increasing. No matter how busy I get, I like to think that I am doing better things as an artist and designer. ...
Just saw this on another forum, and definitely am planning to attend, reposting for anyone else like me that was about to miss the news (the source is https://www.facebook.com/kezurou.kai.USA?fref=nf) Kezurou Kai 2015ON OCTOBER 31, 2015FROM 9:00 to 4:00IN DOWNTOWN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIALAKESIDE PARK, Garden Center Building, 666 Bellevue AvenueEntry Fees:$40. Entrance fee includes one year membership in Kezuroukai-USA*$20. Student rate with valid ID Agenda Schedule for Kezurou-Kai USA 10...
This is my 3rd and final video of this project. In this video I get really into my hand planing when building the top of the writing desk. I also show a bit of how I do drawer runners and some final assembly of attaching the top. Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel Watch on YouTube If you would like to see more about what I build in and out of my shop please visit my blog at http://www.briansbenham.com or my custom furniture website at http://www.benhamdesignconcepts.com ...
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