So, I decided to start an interesting project a few weeks ago and I thought I’d share my progress. I figured it would be neat to build a wood briefcase. Now, I know that in today’s business society people tend to use shoulder bags, “soft” briefcases or messenger bags to tote around their documents. But I figured, “what the hell, if anything it will be fun.” Like the majority of my projects, it all starts with a drawing. I planned the sides be a...
Yesterday at about 11:00 am my Grandfather went to be with his Lord. He was 85. He suffered from throat cancer AND lung cancer. He had a full life. I went to Flint Last weekend to visit with him and he seemed fine. The Nurse last week had said 4 weeks and then on Mon said 2 weeks. So we have been preparing for this. All his children were in the house. He just slipped away in peace. We are all thankful for that. My greatest memory was growing up and one time in particular my family visited the...
I think I’m going to end up with several Bench SlideMounts. They’re exactly what I didn’t realize I’ve been looking for. I’ve been dragging my heels on a bad idea I’ve had to install T-tracks in my 8’x2’ work table, seen here almost 2 years ago when the garage was still nice and empty and traversable. I’d make a shelf below the bench to hold my smaller bench tools on squares of plywood, bringing each up as needed, sliding its bolts into...
Greetings.. Things are moving along well with the boat construction. This part in the series is cutting out the stem and knee parts which form the front “backbone” of the boat. To do this, I created templates from 1/8” birch plywood and used those as patterns to cut the actual parts from 2” thick white oak. To get the shape of the templates, I used the same picking up method as I used when getting the shapes from the drawing to the actual molds in part 2. This in...
Here is the all new promo with voice over straight from the editing room.Please take the time to look at it all and I hope that you enjoy.
I while ago I purchased some ebony from BlueStingRayBoots, and since he’s as cool as he is, I got a nice piece of mesquite thrown in. I pondered for quite some time as to what I was going to harvest from this great piece of wood. Well, I couldn’t bear to cut it! Instead I filled all the checks and worm holes with crushed turquoise and polished the entire slab into a nice shelf top. I’m looking to find a branch that would “Y” off into a great shelf support. I w...
Akbar Cinemas (aka my living room) has two tier seating. The front row is a three seat couch and behind that is the platform (8 inches off the ground) with space for 2-3 extra seats. Right now there are two tv trays acting as a table behind the couch but the platform doesn’t have much table space. So the following idea dawned on me for a new sofa table.Here is the table closed: (the “gray” will more than likely be the same finish as the sides, I kept it gray to differ...
Sacred Places of Wood ….herein lies the door to my soul,and where is the worker of wood’s soul to be found,but in the shop of their own making,far re-moved and off the beaten path of to-day’s clutter…. ….out here with the wood i can let imagination spread her wings,just as the lady called wisdom also dwells deep within these walls,enter in at this door and one enters a sacred place as time expires,just as in the forest of wood that so encircles me calling out my na...
Not a drinker, but I still appreciate the form of champagne glasses. I had a chunk of completely unsplit European olive from my pile of blanks, about the right length and diameter when turned to cylindrical to let me try my hand at something beyond plates and bowls, even though I’ve far from mastered them yet. I put the block between centers, turned it cylindrical, then swapped the head center for my Oneway Talon chuck, and used the tail center to support it a bit as I carved the out...
I have recently taken the first step into becoming a serious woodworker – spending more than $500 on a single tool. I competed in and won a “biggest loser” contest at work, raking in $650! Needless to say, after all of that hard work I felt the need to spoil myself so I went out and bought a Jet 14” closed stand bandsaw. This is the first project I have started with it. It is just a simple little bandsaw box that I cut out free-hand not paying much attention to get...
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