Finally had a weekend with shop time, but alas – mother nature had other plans. Saturday was 14 degrees (F). a bit on the chilly side of things, but I figured I need to make use of that time. so I took out the phenolic sheet (36”x36”) and marked it for both 24” width and 28” width. I wanted to get a visual representation of the actual top size. the 28” looked a bit too wide in sketchup, and the 24” is the “standard” when you purchase a ...
To summarize for those of you are just joining this series, I needed to find a gift for $5.00 for a Christmas party. I thought it would be fun to see what I could make, using what I had and spending no more that $5.00 on anything else I needed. I decided to make the game Shut the Box. Thus far, I have spent $3.65. For a more details, check the other posts. The oil was dried from the previous nights application so next task was to get the numbering on the tiles. I used the 1-inch stenc...
Published article: Homestyle Magazine (September/October 2009 Issue) After my 26-year romance with wood, realization has finally knocked on my wooden intellect that there is more to be learned in my chosen field of art. Through experience, I’ve learned that design and shop work are futile without knowledge of materials. Prior to my discovery of the value of reclaimed wood, I used to deal with carabao loggers in the hills of Quezon. These were mostly farming families earning a meas...
Here’s new words for an old tune that family tolerates me singing to them when we host. sung to God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman~ Oh…lay down all your burden..all ye who inter hereTonight we have a gathering to sing of Christmas cheerSo empty all your heavy hearts and fill them up with gleeAnd know you are loved and family….familyAnd know you are loved and familyThe time has come for hearts to share this lovely Christmas EveA joyous smile, a big warm hug and lots of sweet candyTo pig o...
What’s happening in the shop for December 21, 2009 . My finishing guys have a few projects backed up. They are working on my Bullock for Young and then they will get to Wang’s Contempo Murphy bed. After they get done with that I have a couple bookcases that were built a few weeks ago that needs finish. I’ll be working on Garrison’s 4 poster bed with iron work in it. This is similar to the Spanish Rose that I build, but with raised panels and built using oak wood....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M80IsCijW-4 Here is part 2 of the project I would be interested if members have any comments that may assist me in making a better presentation Tom
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ6ClCCx8HoPlease forgive me as all this computing skills is new to me I hope this first section on the routing of the rectangular picture frame is of interest to you and maybe I will not have to do so much writing of the procedure I would be interested in any comments Tom
I saw the Rigid R4511 on sale at HD. All they had left was the display model, so I got 10% off the sale price. Still paid $425.00…well my wife did for my xmas present. I am giving my Craftsman contractors saw to my oldest son who just bought his first home a couple of months ago.The saw is put together, but I will go back over it and make sure everything is done correctly. I know how store workers put stuff together.I won’t get a chance to do anything with it until after the N...
On my first gate the panel was held in place with stays based on the David Marks project. The second gate used rabbet like a picture frame. For this project I decided to go back to the stays. They are not hard to make as you can use the gate itself as a form. While I was prepping the stock for the outer laminates I made an extra set for the inner laminates. The only trick is the measure the length of the inner arch. I used a flex tape, but could have used a string or other flexible item...
I ponder the shavings on my shop floor and ask,”Have I done an injustice. Have I left too much on the floor, too little on the piece to justify the loss of so great a spirit.” In my life as this tree, when I am felled…. Will I have lived well enough? Will the essence of my life be used to create something else, greater, or will I lie mostly as shavings on some craftsman’s floor? A noble effort to a failed purpose. To be pondered upon as a great effort failed or the definition of a...
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