Hello, everybody. When I closed my workshop several weeks ago, I had some commissions pending. One was a client’s, the rest were the lot of things never done at home. A few days ago a friend of mine with a very big workshop admited me for a short time at his place. So I decided to carry on with some of the pending jobs.So I’m now working on a small counter for the workshop of a therapeutist. This is the first time I post a project in progress. Here are some of the first handmade ...
Recently I finished up an enclosure for a cuistomer that wanted something to cover the rear side of his fireplace. I had installed a new oak floor a couple of weeks before and he asked me to look at the patio and see if I had any suggestions for how to deal with the read of the fireplace. The rear of the fireplace extended into the patio. I posted the result (along with oak woodfloor job) in my projects section. I am still hanging in here, working on remodeling/cabinetry jobs as they co...
I am making 9 bench dogs out of 3/4 brass rod and 3/8 copper flat bar. Cut the rod to 3” pieces and the copper to 1 1/2 by 1 3/4 rectangles. Drill a 3/4 hole in the copper. mate and silver solder. then find an appropriate size tygon tube. Cut into 7/16 long rings, heat and slip over the copper. Then I’ll be done with another step. 9 very sturdy bench dogs for $60. not bad. Thanks Gary for this COOL idea.
Just an update on this post. When I left off, it looked like this: I took a week’s hiatus – no motivation – and upon returning to the garage (last Sunday), I found this: Note it goes right to the pith, as every check I’ve seen in any log, branch, or twig in which I’ve noticed any checking does. This is why so many people remove the pith entirely from their blanks, and why pith-in end-grain turnings can be a bit of a craps shoot. Note that thi...
I tried some wood turning on nested bowels I like turning but don’t have much luck. I should tell you what I tried stack laminated walnut half inch thick with quarter inch cherry when done with laminated it measured 11/1/4 by 11/1/4 square them I found the center and made four circles and then I cut the laminated in half and then I band saw to give me half circles glued 3/4 inch walnut for the bottom of the bowels and glued the half circles together all at once to give me three bowels...
Got back a little while ago with my first hardwood purchase (which is, ironically, soft maple): And a close-up: The really cool thing about this is the top three boards, which are 11” wide each and 9’ long. I am surprised I got these boards for $2/bf :) These three boards are all obviously from the same tree, as the grain is very similar and they’re nearly identical in size. The only bad thing about this is I’m going to have to cut all these down to be...
This is an idea I have been working on for an assembly/work bench. I posted an earlier blog to see if I could get some ideas and feed back. This is the current status. The overall design can be flexible in size and I have left the storage area under the top open for now but will add drawers, shelves, and cupboard doors in the final construction. The open shelves on the ends may be replaced with racks for small clamp storage but I used the small shelves on another work bench and found it handy...
My first project on here is to build this bed frame: I’ve asked a couple questions iin a forum and I got great response. I got it in my mind how to do everything on this project but the radius edges. This bed frame is going for $1499 on ebay, for $1499, I can buy all the tools and lumbar and stain and mess up about a dozen times for $1500 so I’m taking this on as a challenge for me. I’ve build bed frames before, nothing like this though. When my wife was goi...
I took a break from working on the shed, once I had it dried in with roof on, and coat of primer. But it needs some final finishing, and I have to regain the momentum I lost because of some out of town events I attended and then dealing with a TS recall and getting a replacement assembled. Now I am getting back on track and it should be easier, now that the weather is out of the 90’s and into the low 80’s which makes it nicer to work. This week I made a plank door and mounte...
I decided to use solid maple for the top slat on each barrister box. So what I’ll have is the two plywood slats with the solid wood edging that form the base, with a solid piece of Maple in the middle. I’m doing this because I’m a little concerned that the plywood shelves could start to sag a little bit over the years. There is the solid 5/8 edging that would help, plus the rear slat rests on top of the rear brace. Both of these elements would help a lot, but jus...
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