After looking at SPalm’s step cutting board blog, I figured that I would have to try my hand at making a double step board. I found some cherry, maple and purple heart from prior projects I followed the instructions to but the pieces: After glue up and cutting the two sections, I knew I wouldn’t have enough, so I set my sights a little lower.I had enough of the triangles to make a hexagon. I really need to rethink the clamping process before I start the next one, and al...
I bought a shoulder plane kit and started the build. Now I am working on the infill material. I can’t decide between ebony or the cocobolo stock that came with the kit. It has been pretty straightforward so far. Nice instruction manual. I really hate they went out of business.
I like to revisit carvings that I have previously finished or ideas that I have did before and see if I have improved. Sometimes I will even recarve portions of work that I never really completed. I often wonder if I subconciously don’t finish some things because I am not happy with a certain area and it will just have to wait until I can be happy with it? I enjoy the process of carving, of creating, of making something out of nothing, out of such simple materials. And I enjoy being abl...
A New Technique When I first designed the theater, I knew it needed something in the top arched panel. To me, the most natural thing would be the traditional comedy/tragedy masks. Although I’ve done a number of inlays in the past, it seemed like this called for something more dimensional, like a carving. Unfortunately, the last time I did any wood carving, we called it “whittling” and used it to make walking sticks and toothpicks at Boy Scout camp. I simply don’t...
Why everyone needs at least one Shopsmith & other ramblings #1: Now that I have your attention...let's talk
I’ve been wanting to do this for a long while now…waiting til I had the time, and the time never seems to materialize, so I figure I’ll just make the time & get started. First of all, and because my title might seem a little like bait, I don’t intend this to become a debate about the Shopsmith vs separate tools, or an argument over which way is best, nor am I trying to convert guys (& gals) to “my way” of seeing the world. Rather, I’m si...
Step 6 in the basic construction of your bandsaw box is to cut off the front and back of your drawer(s) so that you can then cut out the inside of the drawer. The first thing you want to do is cut off the front of the drawer. Why does it matter if you cut off the front or the back first? The cutting order really only matters if you’re going to include a secret drawer. So, take a moment to decide if you want a secret drawer or not before you start cutting. Trust me, you’ll save ...
My mother always told me that I would get in trouble if I did not behave, and she was right. I set here in theoffice with a beautiful snowfall outside that I should be crosscountry skiing on, but I had to clear the concreteapron in front of the shop this morning and then plow the 600 yards or so of the driveway, and since I had the plow out, I had to help the lady across the road clear her driveway and parking area. It was foggy and damp, so it took awhile. While waiting for the shop to wa...
Well here is my latest project- a laundry room cabinet for shelving and lower sink that can hide laundry basket with a curtain my wife is currently making- will update when have more available—I think every builder has this look—Cabinets and no doors
Hello Everyone, I haven’t done much of late, besides work, and writing. There are 4 more chapters of the latest Henry Wood. Ch 16: http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/12/father-patrick/ Ch 17: http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/12/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-17/ Ch 18: http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/12/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-18-the-siena/ Ch 19: http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/12/henry-wood-time-and-again-ch-19-cleared-head/ Ch 20: http://extremelyaverage.co...
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 ...
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