Well, I have been away for the computer for the last three days, we held a fundraiser in the small town of Marble Falls Texas, which has a population of around 5,000 for an employee that has been battling lung cancer and away from work for the past eight months. I built the Dancing Clock for the silent auction and there were many other donations from the community as well. The employee’s younger brother was the high bidder on the clock and he gave it to his brother. To date we have raised ...
So I finally got to the staining process. It’s a first for me staining something of this size and it most certainly did NOT go off without a hitch. I applied 2 coats of Dark Walnut to all the visible wood pieces. The first coat went on perfect. The second coat, I didn’t remove as much stain as I should have before it dried, and I wound up with that nice tacky over-stained surface. Took me a whole day and a bottle of mineral spirits, but I was able to clean it up without havi...
I enjoy reading woodworking blogs. I find them a great source of information, ideas, and some personal tidbits that help give the rest some added context. I use Google Reader to read them all by way of their RSS feed. This lets me read the new posts anywhere in the world that I can login to my Google Account (including on my iPod Touch). If you follow even one blog regularly, it is definitely helpful to use Reader as your one stop to see what’s new. Over time, Reader may even sugg...
This was surely a busy week. It is quite rare when I get to say this, but “I seem to be quite caught up”. All the animals are fed – the magazine has six projects/articles, the wholesalers have all the required material they need for their next catalogs, the site is all changed and up and running with everything new (although it was brought to my attention that there is a glitch in one of the tables that needs tending this morning), even my facebook page is updated. It is ...
Let us see and look into the words and feelings of our fellow LJ who just received Megan’s box. It is my honor to say that LJ Rand should be known by everyone how he feels about the box that he received from me. Most of us just look into the photos of our projects, make comments, appreciate, share ideas and techniques but what about if you yourself manage to have a hand on the real thing? I had once had visited Philly actually set foot on his shop and hold on to his planes. Its ...
The center pieces for the Shaker Table is fiddleback (an alternating grain pattern) Tasmania Myrtle (Nothofagus Cunninghamii). Although, I’ve had the timber for 12 months, only now that it’s dressed I can start to appreciate the colours and grain. In these photos I’ve splashed the table with some methylated spirits to show how the timber would looked like oiled. Timber sourced from Boutique Timbers. We’ve had some debate at the Woodwork Forums about pro̵...
A big part of what I want to do in this house is build as much as possible by myself. Because of the size of what I am doing, I need very small lumber. You can buy wood the right size but it gets silly expensive for what you’re getting and…. I have a lot of scrap wood. I had a scrollsaw. It was very old – not sure how old, but the Craftsman manual I found on the internet was pretty impressive in its old-ness. I figured out how to swap the blade, and found a blade (which I...
Hello LJ’s, I have two new tools. As you know, I like to name them, but this time I am calling all readers to chime in. I need help naming my new Chisels. :-) http://su.pr/1snYAF Brian
Almost a week ago (A Week!) I left off with the latest box, a Cherry and Imbuia type of thing, finally together…As has been discussed here and everyday, everywhere, it’s been HOT!! It’s hard to get motivated in the heat… I actually resorted to putting in a second air conditioner, one that I had picked up on sale two years ago and was keeping as a “Emergency Back-Up” for my main one…It’s been a life saver… But anyway, back to the box!! The ...
I have a friend who wants to sell me some purpleheart. It’s roughsawn 8/4 with some being up to 23 inches wide. It is select stuff, no knots great lumber. Since it’s so wide would it be worth more and what would I do with pieces that wide. He has some other widths of 8/4 and 4/4, they range from 10 to 16 foot long. Would the longer pieces be worth more per board foot. I need to know what to pay and if I have to buy all how much trouble it would be to sell the wide stuff as I don...
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