It is four months since I worked in my shop.I have been very very busy for these four months so that I could not do any of my unfinished project. But in Japan thiese three days were three-day weekend and today I could enjoy woodworking. I finished to set a table for my drill press and jointer. Afrter that I made a small step for my two year son. It was surprising that I could make it for a short time though before I couldn’t do anythig after a long contemplation. Perhaps It wa...
Where can you buy 1000 (full size) sheets of (nice, waterproof) sandpaper for $1.00? Those were the first things to go; I managed to grab 2 boxes in the frenzy, one box of 150 grit, one of 280… Need a sheet? let me know! At 8:00 Saturday morning, Grizzly Industrial’s annual tent sale in Muncy PA opened their doors. I thought I would check this thing out, and actually got there 15 minutes early thinking I would take a look around before the crowds showed up at 10:00 or so…...
I’m not a metal worker. I actually got some shop time this weekend. Not enough, it’s never enough! I had the opportunity to continue the lathe saga, and to “engineer” some of the metal parts. Now, I never purported to be a metal worker, but after a couple of tries the axle/crank came out better than I had hoped, in terms of nice crisp bends. I may find that the length of the crank arm (to use cycling nomenclature) is too long, resulting in a wildly flailing Pitt...
After nearly two and a half years in storage, I finally moved all of my stuff into the shop tonight. Here’s ‘proof’ that I emptied the storage unit… Now I know it doesn’t LOok empty, but as far as stuff I’m going to keep in the shop it is. The dishwasher and desk (including the box of shelves and hardware) are on craigslist as I type, and I’m giving them one week to ‘move’ then they go to charity as a donation, or to the curb with a ...
The form is made first out of 3/4 mdf. The size is 30 3/4” wide by 41” long by 6 1/2” tall. It consisits of a base and 21 pcs. cut in a curve to match the outside edge of the legs minus 5/8”. The 5/8” is to allow for a 3/8” thick finished panel with a reveal left of 1/4” on the leg. The panel will be out of one piece of bender board and one piece 1/8” bending birch. First I bagged the Rift Walnut veneer to the 1/8” bending birch with it ...
Yesterday my lovely Lady Wife was headed down to Tacoma to help our friend Peggy set up a Point of Sale system at her needleworking/embroidery shop. This presented a nice opportunity as Peggy’s husband Joel is also a woodworker – so I invited him up to my workshop to help finish my garage workbench. (LJ project page at the link.) Joel and I got a nice early start, sorted out the pieces I’d precut, and built a jig for assembling the legs. Then we took a break to head ...
Out in The Woods So for this short story, lets set the milieu a bit, turn up some volume and think a bit about what it means to be ‘out in the woods’.... ”Can’t tell the bad from the good, I’m out in the wood then I’m lost in the wood…. Can’t tell the bad from the good,I’m out in the woods then I’m lost in the woods” —by Leon Russell ——————————̵...
Jocks, Check out this demo on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWWw5HHzvFw&feature=related The fellow has an old treddle lathe that spins about 200 rpm. He creates these spectacular wooden flowers out of 1/2-inch diameter hazelnut sun shoots. Unfortunately in my neck of the woods (southeastern Michigan) hazelnuts are not common, so I’m in the process of drying out some lilac shoots instead. I’ll report on success or lack thereof in a few months. If you are in a...
A music video of some of my past projects. The projects range from painted floors to a home bar with a built in waterfall. Some other projects include: water walls, fountains, foil finishes, faux finishes, leafing, gilding furniture projects and a faux copper ceiling. Please leave comments and let me know what you think:)
I have been making Ebony plugs for the nightstands. There are 96 plugs in this project (48 per nightstand) so I needed to make a production run out of it. I decided to do a little “how I did it” for those who might need this in the future. The plugs will be set into their square holes with the edges flush to the surface. The tops are pillowed ~1/64” making them sit proud. Each plug must be polished to give it a beautiful sheen. I started with 6 1/4” X 3/...
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