I saw this design challenge just surfing the net one day. I just so happened to be working on a bookcase design of my own. So here it is. In my design is made to be broken down easily to be shipped. So the spacers are made of metal. I don’t know if that qualifies for the challenge. But it is just a design. They could easily be made out of wooden dowels or even antiqued cooper pipe for that matter. In my mock ups I used white ash. One is done natural with a tung oil and wax fini...
Ever since visiting the Gerstner tool chest web site Ive wanted to build a chest like the ones they sell. A few months ago I was able to salvage some cherry from a dumpster. I thought I would use this wood to build my chest. I hope to document as well as I can the building process. I have taken some pics of what I have so far. In part one of this series I will show some pics of the project in progress. Any helpfull hints would be appreciated. top this is some of the veneer that i pl...
Over the past several weeks I’ve been looking for ways to maximize the space in my small shop and get more utility out of the items that dwell there. For the last few years my workbench has been a crude, stationary one that is built into the wall. One of the first things I built, it’s too tall, too narrow and only three sides can be used. I decided to tear out this bench and build a replacement. So the first phase was trying to make a list of all the things I needed this ben...
Hey all, This was a pretty good weekend for me. I went to Woodcraft and bought my very first lathe. It is a Jet Mini lathe with variable speed control, and cost less than $300 because of a sale going on. I’m going to start turning pens, maybe some small bowls, pepper mills, bottle stoppers, etc. As I finish a project I’ll post a bunch of pictures on this site. I haven’t had a chance to put it together yet because the inlaws were in town, but perhaps tomorrow evenin...
Several years ago, while pondering a pile of books that had for too long served as a coffee table, I thought it might be good to stop building jigs for the shop and actually make something useful. I found it unsatisfying that most book cases offer a “flat” front and that if the piece had aesthetic features they either took the form of “decoration” such as overdone moldings or curving of the form on the sides. Decoration is, well, decoration. I am not a “high...
OK – I know these are still not great—- but they fit the first time with NO paring. Still not the prettiest things you’ve ever seen – but I’m getting there. The difference I think is I’ve started using a coping saw to cut out the waste and instead of chopping out the remainder with the business end away from me—- I’m chopping with the board sideways on the bench so that I can tell if the chisel is vertical or not. My chisels are still a lo...
Got back on the project this weekend. The goal was to get the Miter Box assemblies completed. With some inspiration from Scott Bryan, I decided to make a modification to Norms plans. The Miter Box plans call for the box front to be enclosed by plywood. I decided to put drawers in place of the plytwood instead. I had previously completed the build out of the left box and went ahead and completed the right box.This is the first time I got to use my new Jet 90 Degree Miter Clamps which work gre...
Updated my “to do list page – over at my original (and oft-neglected) blog, and I’m happy to see the balance shift from “to do”, and “want to do”, to done. I’ve also added a gallery page, thanks to the new project card widget feature (Thanks Martin! Great Feature!). Not an exhaustive gallery of all of my projects – as some of the house and shop projects are only blogged about here (and there), but it is a nice visual record of what I...
When I learned about the bookcase design challenge I immediately wanted to design this bookshelf. I came up with the original idea when I took a furniture design class at BYU from Kip Christensen. I decided then to fully design and build a different project which I will post later on my blog. I draw inspiration for this project from, well… trees. What better inspiration is there to a woodworker? As I designed this project ideas kept flowing and the end product just kept getting bette...
Geez, I thought I was done with shopping/research :) Seems that once you have your background and lighting down pat the next step is better glass. Keep in mind when I originally purchased my camera I didn’t consider it might be necessary to upgrade the lens. I did understand I may need a different lens for landscape shots for instance. Through this process I’ve come across various sites that show images from one end to the other of the range of a particular lens. I’...
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