Hello everyone!Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I must say I am truly surprised at the number of you that took the time to welcome me to LJ’s. I guess I should tell you a little about myself. My name is Heyward, and I am a 33yr old male living in Sarasota Florida. I have been involved in woodoworking most of my life and I work out of my garage which serves as my shop. I just moved into a new house so Im still trying to get set back up. Most of my projects are furniture, although ...
Talk about stressful..this is the biggest thing I have ever finished and its for my wife, so it has to be perfect…hehe here is a before… This is a picture of the assembled top molding Here are several case pictures after staining. Like I said, I was nervous about this because it is the biggest thing I have done so far. I used bartley’s gel stain in the shade of Honey. I still have to put the top coat on which I am making my own wip...
(Usual disclaimers about there being little, if any, of educational value in here) “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead” – Benjamin Franklin So.It’s been cold and raining, and something called “Christmas” and then, as if that wasn’t enough to destroy one’s rhythm, “New Year” came up, so I haven’t had much time to spend in what is laughingly called my “shop”.No-one, however, can stop the brain from ticking over, so that’s where I’ve been putting in the work, even whils...
LJ Woodworking Awards Winter 2009 entry period is now open and will close on January 31st in both categories: A Knot Like No Other – It’s creativity time! Don’t let that big old knot get you down – incorporate it into a project, highlighting it’s beauty or uniqueness. You can knock out the wood (if there is some) and use just the hole or keep the wood intact and include it in your design. It’s time to get knotty with your woodworking. Be sure to describe how t...
Dear LumberJocks, I just joined LJ this morning and wanted to post a quick blog introducing myself (as recommended by my welcoming email). My name is John and my LJ nickname is John_MD. I live in Maryland and am a middle school band director. I have no significant experience in woodworking but am hoping this website will help me to learn. I am currently trying to complete my very first project, which is also the birth of my woodworking journey. My wife and I purchased two Amish rocker...
Yahoo news is reporting today (1/1/09) that two Chinese forestry reps had a pyramid scheme that bilked thousands of investors out of more than $160M. They sold trees in Mongolia!Mongolia is a barren area that has no forests.They promised a 400% return on the investment. Do you suppose that the reason Chinese plywood has so many voids is that it is made from trees from Mongolia?;>) Lee
I couldn’t find any reference for this on the site, so if I am re-posting the obvious, please forgive me. Project Gutenburg has 3 very detailed books on building mission furniture. they contain detailed plans (although not as detailed as some modern books) and they have LOTS of plans in them. The construction ideas are also very enlightening and worth browsing through (for example this swing) to make a long story short: Mission FurnitureHOW TO MAKE ITby H.H. WINDSOR PART IPA...
Hope everyone made it home safe from the celebrations, and we all have a great new year and great new projects.
Its time to replace my old workbench. I’ve been using a bench I built years ago from a Norm Abrams design. I had just purchased my old 1906 Home after watching too many series of This Old House and thought, ” I could do that”. I watched Norm work on a number of old houses and knew at the time, the only way I could afford a large home that was exactly like I wanted would be to buy an old house in need of work and then renovate it to exactly what I would like to see. This ...
I’m still being very careful about the size of my projects. I still need to get past the fear of hurting myself from lifting or moving something more than a gallon of milk. I’m getting there though. So now I’m back to working on my friend’s cabinet for her Wii console. Right now I’ve got the carcass made and will be starting to work on the face frame tomorrow. I have decided that I like finishing as I go. Sure makes getting those inside corners looking a lo...
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