A wet and rainy day gave me the perfect excuse to get out and work on the chair. I’ve reached the crucial step in assembly, which is to install the bracket, arms, and upper cross-piece. These pieces need to be installed with care to get the proper proportions for the back slats. So here we go. First, I installed the brackets which are used to support the arms. The top gets an 1 5/8” stainless screw, and you have to be careful with the bottom screw. There’s not a lo...
I’ve been thinking lately about benches, as the lady wants one for the back entryway for our house. The initial concept was to build a large organizer-style bench complete with coat-hooks, storage under the seat, storage above the coat-hooks, etc. But she’s not too big on having something very large in that space, so we’ve decided that the best thing would be to have a very simple, vintage-looking bench and a separate matching hanger board attached to the wall. She show...
What drives your woodworking? I just want to be great at it. I have no idea if I will make furniture, turn bowls, chisel sculptures, or build tiny pieces of art. Each time I see something beautiful that is what I want to do. Woodworking has so many paths. It is easy to recognize that dabbling in everything will lead to a mastery of nothing. The importance of focus keeps me on my path of discovery. When the temptation to stray pokes its head out of a magazine article, I give it ...
Well I do not usually talk about certain things I do. Mainly because I do not do them to be acknowledged. I do them cause like many others I care for human and animal kind. But I just wanted to post a quick note, because I will be gone for a while. I volunteer as a search and rescue member. I am a SARTEC 2. That is a Search and Rescue Tech level 2. In any case I am on my way to Haiti to help search for survivors and participate in recovery efforts. I will let you all know when I get ...
This started with a request from my wife to design and build a Queen Size Bed to be fully upholstered (Upholstery will be done by a pro..not by me). The style is somehow similar to the one on the following picture. I used Sketchup and came up with my own variation of the Bed. I’ll use MDF for the panels and Solid Pine for the frame and structure. The different colors of the components is for CutList. Today, I cut the framing for the Headboard and Footboard. Tomorrow aft...
My customer wanted a couple-hundred-dollar frame for a rare Japanese print.http://www.hanga.com/viewimage.cfm?ID=3300 the print...Gamble House Museum photos... ..and my approval sketch..... ............
My wife, Rita, manages a daily program that keeps adults with developmental disabilities busy. She works personally with these individuals and we see first hand how this program enriches the lives of the participants and their families. Most of them are affected by down syndrome. We choose to support this program every year with donations for the fundraising auction. This year I donated the red bamboo sofa table. This was originally made with the intention of it being a donation. ...
If you recall from yesterday, I left off with this simple trestle/skid type of thing in placeBefore I knocked off for the day last night, I took a minute to mark the location of where the Pins will be. I took a poor picture, just to demonstrate, but I think you’ll get the idea. I clamped the thing up and set the Brad point bit that I’ll be using where I want the holes… and gave it a good tap with a small hammerToday, it was a simple matter to drill the holesThen I marked and...
I am currently studying at a school in Sweden where they learn us the art of furniture woodworking. I have always had somekind of interest in wood, but honestly could (to my surprise) extremely little stepping into this Pandrora´s box of tools/woods and measurements. I have chosen to put some of my “projects” up on the worldwideweb, so that at least I can take a look back later and see what I’ve learned.. Our first assignment this last term was to make a wooden stool. T...
Making a frame for a pair of ca.1900 J.B. OWENS scarab tiles #3: progress photos of quartersawn white oak and wenge frame
book-matched, glued,clamped, sanded, dark golden oak dyed and minwax mahogany oil stained..... ...next steps are spray lacquer, seedlac and paste wax … stay tuned
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