I had a great time with this challenge last Nov, learned a lot, and made a lot of sawdust. Took a long time to finally get the shop remotely clean after that. I tried to parlay that challenge into doing a project a week for this year. I was off to a good start before work had me on the road way too much. I started a toybox, a bowl, some shop storage, a wineglass, jigs… I forget what else. Now, I’m looking at a few foul weather days and my intention of working in the yard and ga...
It has been a while since I have been in the shop. Once the rain stopped I need to spend several days catching up with all the outside work that needed to be done. Today I was able to get in the shop and mill up some stock to build my picture frame trim that will go around both of the leaded glass doors to make them 3 inches larger and not loose and proportions. By doing this I will have one door for each side cabinet and will be able to use a normal face frame and maximize the interior sp...
So after we've got the bowling alleys. now it’s time to put them to to use (not really ‘now now’ but … you know what I mean). So, I really would like to make this one a keeper, and not have to redo this bench unless I really fancy it in the future with lots of extra time on my hands and nothing better to do with it (hence – not likely it’ll happen), and in order to do that, I figured I’ll make this one as close as I can to the ‘ultimate’...
Just found out that one of the greatest woodworkers has passed away. After reading about Sam Maloof in a book that was about 2 inches thick I found that this pioneer was truly a genius. He taught many to think outside of the box when it comes to wood working. Also he and his wife Freda spent a lot of time in “third” world countries teach these skills to those who didn’t even know what saws where. Sad note to pass along to you all. http://finewoodworking.taunton.com/it...
Here is the completed lamp it is 70” tall with the lamp shade 21×19 at the base it weighs 60 lbs The lamp shades are handmade. I do not make them a good friend of mine makes them for me. She does an excellent job.
Here are progressive pictures as I am inlaying turquoise in the lamp.
The turquoise being inlayed in the base
In another blog entry yesterday, I spoke of finding a small Cucumbertree specimen that had been taken out by storm damage. It was quite a difficult process identifying that tree, and I’m still only about 95% certain I’m correct. I have half a dozen or so references I use, and I try to work systematically, eliminating possible choices at each step. However, nature is very diverse, and plant taxonomy is both a science and a black art. I have been fooled before by variations in a species. Case i...
22 days ago I posted about the decimation of my Hollywood Junipers (Juniperus chinensis). My plan was to go through and ‘limb’ them, or at this scale, to ‘twig’ them. Little by little, I’ve been going out there for 15 minutes or so at a time, sawing each little twig off with a stroke of the Irwin carpenter’s saw, then scrubbing the sap off my hands. What a giant pain, but I admit it was fun. I love the feel and sound of the saw, the smell of the junipers, g...
I have been looking for a way to add holddowns to my benchtop for a while. All the plans i saw called for either complex cuts or glueups or special hardware or reaching under the bench. I ended up with making these, which I find so far VERY satisfying. Actually, they are much better than i thought they would be. The overall cost for the pair is ~5$. ok, lets do it: From 270509 hold downthese are the things you need:1) 2 lengths of threaded rod (i used 8mm). they should be (the thickne...
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