Yesterday was such a beautiful day, wasn’t too cold, and the sky was blue (today is cloudy and rainy). I was fortunate enough to be able to use the day for some woodworking. I am at the point where I usually run into trouble. I have a tendency to want to work on the joinery and the problem is that I usually do that before I have all the parts ready leaving me with some parts that go together, but still require work to get the rest of it as well. This time around I decided to get all ...
This is a photo progression of the wainscot project in our formal living / dining area: Full Article
There’s a new post on the Little Good Pieces Blog: “What I Screwed Up This Week – December 12, 2010”. It’s about my failure to plan ahead when cutting out parts. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/what-i-screwed-up-this-week-december-12-2010/
Well I’m still plugging away at these doll cradles. I have screwed both together and added the frames to hold the bed. I cut the bed out of 1/4” mdf and had to shave it a little bit because the cradles weren’t exactly square. All I have to do now is hand sand a bit and paint. It’s been a very trying learning experience. I am enjoying it though. I plan on sewing some pillows and maybe a mattress for them. They should be very pretty when they are finished. I al...
After yesterday’s blog was finished, I went for my daily walk. As I had stated, it was snowing and turning out to be a beautiful day. I decided to take my camera on my walk with me so that I could share some pictures of what inspires me. I had spoken about being rather stuck on a gift that I was contemplating making for a friend for Christmas. Although I knew I wanted to makes something special, I was unsure as to which direction I would take. The recipient loves to do cross stitc...
Today my dusty died. I was working on two toy chests for christmas. I was cutting the curve on the base moulding with a jigsaw I heard a clang, followed by a change in pitch of the dust extractor hum. My 3 week old dust extractor. I cut the power and walked over to explore. The impellar case was split… a ding in the curve… and some paint missing. I found this block of wood. A little big for a dust extractor… about 20cm long. (Tells you it’s got some...
Base moulding completed with a combination of hand and power tools. Particularly proud of my dovetails and hand planed round over. Certainly learnt a few lessons in other areas though largely related to time and planning in the mitres, glue-up and curve cutting. The whole process is blogged in detail at the love of wood. Part 1Part 2
The annual woodworking show is this town weekend and I was determined to stop in to pick up some basic supplies that I can’t typically find locally in bulk. I thought it might be fun to bring the older two kids along. This turned out to be a great idea as the show ended up being more about them! The main attraction for the kids were the booths from the local clubs and associations. The Fox Valley woodworkers and DuPage Woodworkers club members paid extra attention to them, one giving...
I haven’t posted on this in a while but I have pretty much finished the work. My son got it for his 1st birthday last weekend and his grandmother is making the bedding to go inside which will finish it up. Here are a few pics.
just when I thought things might be starting to look up, I run into a whole slew of troubles to solve with this entertainment center. Again I question my sanity of just pushing through to finish this thing and keep thinking I just need to get it done and learn from the mistakes and go from there… of course I have cuts I need to make on my table saw and we’re due to get a few inches of snow and under 20 degree weather starting tomorrow. Ugh. If you guys feel like giving any input o...
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