Mesquite wood seems to be catching on with a lot of us. As a native Texan I have trouble considering mesquite anything but a weed and great for smoking BBQ. But I did order a nice slab from Texas and I am making it part of a series of tables to be used in an executive suite to hold various awards and momentos. I lived in Texas for much of my life and when I think about mesquite my mind goes back to dove and quail hunting on Mama Jesse’s place. It is in the middle of the state wher...
My friends attribute it to my 40 year old Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD). Maybe. Maybe not. Ever since I was a little ‘hillbilly’ in the coal fields of Western Kentucky, I’ve always craved knowledge. It did not matter if the subject wast technical, fantastic, or anything else. I have found that if my brain is not processing new things, I’m miserable. Having a full-time job as a software engineer fills that need when I’m on the clock. After all ...
So I was going out to eat when I saw some wood in a pile alongside the road. Some guy was getting rid of some junk wood. So after dinner on the way home i stopped briefly to look at the pile from the car. Well after toiling I took a friend over and we picked some of it up. Most of the wood was just pine from a pallet or something along those lines. One of the pine pallets was put together with rough sawn yellow pine 2×4. However this one assembly of wood was about ten feet long and 4 or ...
There are a few corrections on the first page and can be seen here. This information is from an actual build of a corian countertop. This was a job for united technologies 6 restrooms with three undermount sinks each. Photos were taken along the way. I will be as clear as possible on all the steps needed to accomplish this. We are lucky enough to have a CNC for the cutouts. Laying them out on cad is extremely cost effective. If you dont have on you can use a mock-up piece you cut from p...
Here is a Powerpoint video that I just converted for my site. I used a great site http://www.authorstream.com to convert from Powerpoint to video. Thought someone might find it helpful. Uploaded on authorSTREAM by cdavis9699 As always here is a live shot of my shop:
Moving right along, we continue cutting and assembling parts for the steamer trunk. I spend a good deal of time on techniques that will help you when working with plans. The key is to realize that some parts need to be cut using measurements from your project, NOT from the plan itself. I also spend some time creating the thicker top panels, since they are not as simple as they appear from the outside. Now that all the joinery is pretty much complete, I show you an alternative method ...
Well folks, this is the first time I’ve ever attempted to document any project that I’ve done, so, hold onto your hats and hopefully I won’t make any major mistakes! I’ll attempt to bring you through the stages of my project with me!! Dreaming Stage / Research StageMy brother’s wedding is coming up in about mid-May and I decided that I wanted to make a small (but tall) wine rack for him and his newlywed. I did some reconnaissance work and found out that his f...
I can be contacted at: email@example.com Thanks to all who ventured a guess, in the spoon contest. And the tree was, an American elm…We have the 3 winners. They are… 1.) John Grey, 2.) P Grene, 3.) and Max… I have already contacted them about their wooden utensil. Next month we will have a go at it again. This time the rules will be layed out better. The winner will have their choice of the utensils I make. From now on, there will be just one winnerR...
If you own or purchase a granite top saw or other tool, it’s bound to happen…..the “DREADED CHIP”. Here’s how I repaired the chip, it worked great!. First clean out the chip, make sure all the loose material is removed. Next, isolate the area, I covered it with electrical tape and cut out the chipped area.Mix up some epoxy, I recommend 30 minute because, well, um…it’s what I had on hand.I over filled the divot, let it dry then sliced off the top. I did the epoxy step again...
I’ve always been a mortise first kind of gal. But this rocker project has got me thinking that I may need to do the tenons first. Before I start that topic. I have to show the only pictures I have for tonight. (Might as well bore you now after all – or build up the suspense – one or the other). Anyway – here are the leg laminations. They came out really well. Zero gaps/voids on the edges and the glue line is almost not there at all. This is the pile of lum...
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