THE COMMISSION Last week, a gentlemen called me about a project he had in mind for his daughter. He brought over a custom, stained-glass panel that he wanted to use for a wall-mounted, spice cabinet door panel. The client is no stranger to woodworking but doesn’t have time and all his tools on hand or he would have done it himself. I am thankful that he trusted me to create his vision of a lovely gift though. We also had a good time talking about tools and such and I was pretty ha...
The time has come the Walrus said… to speak of many things.. of sailing ships and sealing wax and cabbages and Kings, of why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings… Now is the time for me to venture back into the workshop and whip up some new designs that have been flopping around in my head ever since I left for New Zealand.. I have had my holiday … spent time with my daughter and her family… met some wonderful folks… seen some magnificent sce...
Several days ago, I was asked to rebuild a few storm door inserts destroyed by some overzealous dogs. Dogs – 1 || Door Insert – 0 I hesitated a bit because it seemed liked a boring production item, but I am not one to usually turn down a woodworking project. No better softwood So I got some high-grade Douglass Fir and went to work replicating the screened versions. The mangled model was made with bridal joints in each corner and sep...
It all started when I posted Janna’s box. LJ Rand was captivated of its simplicity and being an elegant design. I was not expecting that in my private message, Rand and I have same common thing: Janna received the box as a graduation gift and Rand needed one for Megan, step grand daughter. That’s the only one I know. But just this morning 6/21/10, a surprise condition of Megan came up from Rand’s comment that Megan will undergo brain surgery and she was happy about the ...
Last week while in Christchurch….I visited the local Riccarton Rotary Sunday Markets. This market is the largest in New Zealand with over 300 stall holders each week… although only a few offer woodwork, it is of a high standard.. Should you find your self in Christchurch make a point of visiting the markets… I had a small chat with a few of the stall holders and even bought a timber photo frame… One of the people I spoke with was Judy from Sublime Art.. she...
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5 Minute Canoe Toy At the request of a couple of folks here this will be my first ever blog. I made 2 canoes for the Grandkids on the spur of the moment and posted them with the jewelry box. This may be the easiest thing you can make with a bandsaw. The first I simply found a picture of a canoe (because I really can’t draw) to get the basic outline. I resized it in photoshop to the length I wanted and glued a copy to the block of wood I had laying around. Cut the outline using the ba...
With the confidence gained recently with the use of properly sharped chisels, I decided to make hand tools the center of my next tool splurge. True to my word, with the great customer service provided by Highland Woodworking, I placed another order and received the following - The spokeshaves were an impulse purchase at Harbor Freight. Both for 12 bucks and I haven’t seen spokeshaves at any local stores. I picked up a Crown dovetail gent’s saw (good reviews on fine wood...
Woodturning has taken its hold once again. In this video we are back at the wood lathe with our turning tools working on a new woodworking project, a segmented vase of 18 rings and 432 segments. You’ll see the woodturning process from the very beginning along with edited clips displaying the various wood gouges chosen to cut and shape this segmented vase of mahogany, cherry, maple, and walnut. When the actual woodturning is completed we will break out the sandpaper and illustrate ...
After a good day in the library, i decided to reward myself by gluing up one leg (it’s the only one with all 3 pieces dimensioned properly). I opted for the Schwarz’s gluing up accoutrement (part of a multi-grain cheerio box in my case) rather than my roller, as i didn’t want to wash it up after one use. Jury’s still out on the method. I did dare to change one piece of his advice, though, and i am throwing it out there for other beginners who find making jigs more inti...
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