I didn’t see it coming, not at all! But alas, it came and it conquered. I thought it was so far off from me that it would never be within striking distance. But there it was right in my hands, and out of the blue it came. What I had before me was a mere scrap piece of wood, a throw-away from someone else’s project. The task I had was, as I saw it, simply a necessary evil; hand-planing a rough surface so that I could get a good look at the true grain of an unfamiliar wood. My hope ...
Like most of us in the northern clime who don’t have a heated work shop I’ve really been chomping at the bit to get started on my projects. The big project I have set for myself is to build and install new kitchen cabinets. A very ambitious and somewhat daunting prospect for someone of my limited experience, but exciting too. I’ve spent most of the winter researching cabinet building on the internet, which is what led me to LumberJocks, lucky find. Now tho, I think that ...
sorry for not having any pictures of the actual process, i didn’t get my digital camera until i had already planed down most of the wood.my workbench is being made out of a dark oak. it is going to have 4×4 legs, and is at least going to be at least 3 1/2 inches thick. that is the wood for the top. those are the 4×4s for the legs. that is going the stretcher (or whatever you call it) for in between the legs. here is a picture of the nice oak ...
I’m looking for some advice. I need to get a good hand saw for cutting dovetails, tenon and whatever else I find it useful for. I just need a high quality saw that I will be happy with for years to come. Also to the same standards. I’m in need of a good all around hand plain. I will take any suggestions.Thanks,
I swear, my shop time is so infrequent it takes me forever to complete a project. But I had a decent block of time today and was able to do quite a bit! First was to smooth the whole thing down – planing and sanding. Then I had to create a little “slot” in the top of one of the short aprons. This will allow for easy cleanup of legos; you don’t have to worry about clearing the lip, you just sweep them off into the tub through this slot. The technique I used is almost...
Curved Panels - adding another dimension to woodworking. #1: Curved Panels #1 - Introduction and some uses for curved panels.
With all the gorgeous and clever projects presented on LJs, it is hard to find something to contribute that isn’t redundant (or just plain embarrassing after seeing some of your projects). I haven’t seen much in the way of curved panels so I am going to offer my experiences on the subject here. I must admit that so far Les Hastings is “King of the Curves” and you should check out his work, but he actually carves his curves out of solid wood. I will be discussing curved panels made from thi...
We’ve been away for a couple weeks. One to go to Wyoming and interview for a couple jobs and one because the danged computer took a dump. That was expensive and I’m still re-loading programs trying to get to my taxes. The real news is; we are selling out here in Jordan Valley and moving to Wyoming. Owyhee Design is no more. It died for want of interest from the buying public. On Sunday, two fellows will be by to look at my machinery with the intent of buying it. If they don...
I decided after looking around that I needed a new workbench. Mine was old and inadequate, dating back to 1976. A lot of nice benches have been built here. Some actually beautiful as well as functional. But, my attention keeps coming back to Fine Woodworking’s New-Fangled workbench. It just seems to be a design that is smart. Armed with just a few pages of write-up about it, that includes an exploded view and a couple of video demo’s of it I decided to make one. I am just about fi...
Hi folks! I’m new here, as of tonight, but it already occurs to me that this might be the place for an idea I’ve been toying with. I’ve done minor carpentry-like woodworking since high school (31 now), but in the last 2 years, I’ve finally been able to rent a house with a detached 1-car garage in LA. Thus began my meteoric rise to choking myself out of said garage with tools and lumber acquisitions :) Late last year, it occurred to me to wonder what the trees the wo...
I’m going to have to get used to LJ not meaning “LiveJournal,” as it has for me these last 5 years. Interestingly, it’s the evaporation of all my friends’ comments on my other LJ that has me so excited to find this place. I think they’re past their limit on hearing about woodworking every minute they’re around me, or reading my journal. They’re all computer nerds :) How have I not found this place before?! Actually, I have. I’ve stumble...
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