This will be a short and sweet entry. I finished the base of the bench using 3 coats of high gloss poly. Why high gloss? not sure, I guess in my pea brain I think that glossier = easier to dust. My technique fo poly is pretty simple: 1. first coat I try to use a thinned version of the finish for better penetration. 2. I either sand between each coat with either 220 grit sandpaper or steel wool. (any drips I take off with a chisel to save on both my arm and the sandpaper)3. the second and t...
at a nearly glacial pace. Back when I had an office job in the “9-5” world, I got tons done around the house on the weekends and during “vacations.” stripped and painted trim, redid floors, replaced; windows, doors, siding, rotted sills along the foundation as well as started and/or completed lots of other projects that helped me build the skills and confidence to leap into the blue collar world of making other homes nicer. Nearly two years ago, right before I tr...
Rocking Chair Summer Camp with Bill Kappel #4: day 4 is over and the chair is getting bettter and better
Today, we did more sculpting, cut and glued up the laminates for the rocker runners, and created the headrest and the first back slat. The following pictures tell the tale. head rest blank is fit to back legs head rest first cuts sculpting the head rest finished shaping holes drilled for back slats testing first back slat bending the rails marked to sculpt roughly sculpted More tomorrow… only 1 and a half days to go.
Beaver Away.... ....sculpturesque wood art,free form with wood chip panache.i beaver away…..—by flp —————————————————————————————————————————————————————R...
For a landscape project I’ll be cutting an Octagon from 4” X 6” X 12” timber.To get one octagon from 12’ how do I calculate the length of one side to minimze waste?By flipping the board how much longer than 18” can I go?
This series will hope to outline the work I’ve done building several guitars out of a large stock of Purple heart I got a couple of years ago. It was about the size of a door, and I carefully planned to make 6 guitar bodies out of it. In addition to the Bass, which I posted in the projects section, here is where I currently stand with the various guitars. 1. Telecaster body: I really wanted a vintage 59’ Tele. Blonde with a black pickguard and a filthy maple neck. But I didn...
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Ho, Ho, Ho Lumberjocks! The presents keep circulating among us pen turners and the box is currently in the hands of ShannonRogers in beautiful Maryland. Shannon dropped me a PM when he received the box and I can tell he’s excited to dig into it. :-) Here’s our updated map… Good news for Karson, the box doesn’t have far to travel when in leaves Shannon’s hands!
My first ‘commission’ :-) My son is really into Thomas the Tank Engines (we even drove out to Winnipeg to spend a day with Thomas last month). He has a plethora of track and trucks and engines scattered all over the play area in the basement. He has been scouring the brochures about these toys and has decided he wants a table for all the track etc. Jenn wants him to have a table to contain the chaos somewhat, so voila my first order. Step one was to decide what to build, ...
So you asked for it, so here it is—- a blog about Sketchup. Now the first thing you have to know is that I’m a complete novice and so this journey we are taking will be interesting. I’m looking forward to the challenge of bringing Sketchup to life for you and me! The other thing is that until Saturday I’m not going to be able to do much. My home internet is down until then when the repair guy comes, so I’m doing a little bit from work before the work day start...
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