Today I did a bunch of sanding on the rib assemblies, back and bottom. I then did a clamp together assembly (with help from the wife) to make some layout marks to determine the size of the sides. I used some leftover Luan plywood to make a rough shape for the sides since it was already pretty warped and thus a little easier to bend. I then transferred the shape to the 1/4” oak plywood for the finished piece and fine tuned the shape. After I got one side shaped the way I ...
As an artisan, I am starting to realize that I just like making stuff. Even more so, I don’t really feel fulfilled unless I am making things. I think that this has slowly been brewing in my subconscious for a number of years. As a woodturner, I started buying tools to turn with. Later on, I developed an interest in hollow turning, and a lot of these tools are much better suited to be homemade instead of purchased (costs, customization, convenience…) I made tools because I N...
“Learning never exhausts the mind.” Leonardo da Vinci…(1452-1519) Architect, musician, anatomist, inventor, engineer, sculptor, and painter. Making picture frames in the woodworking shop is fun especially when we have a system in which to work. In this case we are making the frames from picture moulding that was made on the router table and also on the table saw using dado blades. The dado on the moulding will house the decorative wood inlay that we have previously crea...
I’m looking for a wood filler that I can use in joint cracks between Alder and Popular, that will not in time come out. Not really impressed with home-depot products. Is there a liquid filler that is perhaps a natural color or color, available to get deep within the joint and will take a stain or varnish? Thank you for your time. Big-D1
I received the final inputs a few days ago from my Son and am now rarin’ to go! The biggest challenge, however, is that I need to get the mantleplace shelf out of the way, as I’ve promised to deliver it on Friday morning and it’s still at the staining stage. The colour my client selected requires 4 coats, each requiring about 5 hours between coats. That’ll be followed by 2 or perhaps 3 coats of satin varnish. As soon as I get the next coat of stain on, I’ll...
I am afraid that today’s post won’t be very exciting. Yesterday was a full day, but it was filled with much of what I would call everyday mundane tasks. I needed to catch up on some paperwork. And also I needed to write some letters to people to prod them for various answers to stuff that needed to be tended to. I am not particularly fond of that type of letter writing, as I feel as if I am pestering others to do the jobs they are supposed to do in the first place. I tend to ...
Been awhile since I posted anything! How’s everyone been? Work keeps me busy all the time anymore, but I do love it. Unfortunately it’s a very long drive, about 45 minutes to an hour in the morning, crawling along LA’s 405 and 101 freeways. Traffic ever since school started keeps it really busy until midnight, and with all the techy stuff I’m always working on, I tend to stick around at work until after 8PM, and often until 9 or 10, then the long drive home in heavy (b...
Now we’re getting to the point where there’s no turning back. Once you start cutting into your shaped hunk of wood for your drawer, or drawers, that’s it, you’re committed! I want to cut out the drawer to be about the same shape of oval that I cut for the outline of the box, only it’s obviously going to be a smaller oval since it’s from the inside of the box. In order to make a smaller, but identically shaped oval, I traced the outline of a smaller im...
Hi all, I propose this question because I have seen a lot of LJ say that Harbor Freight tools are made by the same tool maker of the Top tool brands, DELTA MACHINERY, DEWALT, PORTER CABLE, HITACHI ECT… Is this a myth or true. You can not compare Harbor Freight tools to Delta tools. The quality is not there with Harbor Freight.Many say they there all the same tool, and they just color them and put a sticker on them. I can see that , because I look at harbor Freight tools and many look li...
I recently moved my business (a photography studio) to a new Main St/Small Town storefront. It’s in an old building (used to be a hardware store!!) and has been renovated but in keeping with the period look of small town Ontario. My front room (reception area) is only 10’ x 12’ but I’d like a ‘old fashioned’ looking wooden counter to use up there. Here’s a photo of one at a friend’s frame shop. It was made from pine, and although I r...
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