I finally got up the strength to give sketchup a try this week. It has to be one of the most miserable programs I have ever tried to learn. There is too much information, there is too little information and almost every step involves going out somewhere over the internet to gather up the basics. Suffice it to say that the learning curve, at least for me, is daunting. Here’s what I have learned so far: I wanted a sketch to show me the approximate positioning of this shed relatve...
Yes, Plyboo! Recent article in local paper raised an eyebrow ;-) From the Richmond Times-Dispatch “ECO Supple Center, a Richmond (VA)-area company selling environmentally friendly and sustainable building materials, sells Plyboo, a bamboo plywood that’s used for interiors, desktops, furniture and cabinets. The company’s Web site shows about seven different stalk or grain patterns of bamboo plywood, in colors ranging from a light tan or dark brown.” Maybe what ...
Sitre Akhre ....arched brow-guarded eyes, masking a tomb of holy, sparks fly from ghost wood….—by flp —————————————————————————————————————————————————————...
The moment of truth. The point of no return. The bridge beyond despair. Okay, I made that last one up. Time to glue up the lid. I felt like a surgeon preparing for a big operation. First, I did about three dry runs to practice the glue-up, assembly and “cord clamping”. Finally, it was time. I laid out all of my equipment in the order in which I’d need it: glue, spreader (the innards of a foam brush), two squares for the opposite corners, parachute cord and a pencil for ti...
Well I’ve finished cutting the rabbets and halflaps for the framework for the table top and for the upper part of the legs. I’m learning a lot about how to increase the accuracy and precision of my joints as I become more familiar with my router. The jig is working really well and I’ve got a lot more confidence in my ability to build accurate jigs. This is a shot of the final leg joint after its cut. I had to adjust my joints after deciding not to use an 10 degree ...
Finally figured out how to get pictures from my computer to a web site and to here. The nail set and plumb line were purchased new and didn’t need restoration :-) All in all very pleased with the citric acid solution, so highly recommend it.
Well I guess Jenn has realized that I now have enough toy..ools and can start building some furniture so we’re starting small with a coffee table. We went to the local Windsor Plywood store (the only real lumber store here in Brandon they actually sell ‘exotic’ wood like maple and not just the dimensioned construction lumber like HD or Rona do) to scope out what wood they have available. I wanted Jenn to pick out the wood for the table and I was amazed at the reaction sh...
Hey everybody just giving you an update on shop progress. Got my electric turned on today. YEAH I now have lights and the ability to run my tools. I still am unpacking some of the tools and trying to determine how I want the shop layed out. Nothing seems to work where I put it. I may just have to settle for now and work in there for a while to get a better feel of how I want the work to progress so I lay it out properly. Oh Well at least I now have lights. until next time. Any comments or sug...
Well I finally got the electric problems taken care of and so i screwed down the last two deck boards. These boards butt up against the two light poles. And I did the finish cutting of the curve. So here are the details: I mentioned earlier, I believe in the first blog of this series that I installed a GFCI circuit breaker in the fuse panel and i was having problems where it kept tripping whenever i put a load on the circuit. Even a load as small as a Dusk to Dawn switch with nothing el...
Well it has been a long road but I finally can see the end. Now all that is left is meeting up with the picture owner and installing the picture at his place. I will try and get pictures of the picture in the frame. Sometimes the customers do not want me to take pictures so it a flip of the coin right now.
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