So I see a Craigslist ad from a local guy who has a bunch of 3×5 rough-sawn white oak he’s looking to get rid of. I get ahold of him and head over to take a look. It’s been sitting in a barn on his grandfather’s property for the last 15 years and was pretty-old at that time. He intended to use it to repair a bridge floor that leads onto the property but he’s selling the place since his grandparents died and is leaving the bridge as-is. Various lengths from abo...
Well Jenn and I spent the best part of Saturday screwing OSB to rafters. It is looking good, and is taking a long time. We did buy two tools to accomplish this a Ryobi circular saw and a Dewalt 3/8 drill. We’ve gotten tired of waiting for cordless drills to recharge, so we went with a corded drill for this. I had forgotten how powerful they are, we were driving screws right through the OSB without thinking becasue we are so used to the battery drills bogging down. A real pleasure t...
Today I was called and asked if wanted some wood, so obviously I said yeah! I then inquired as t the type of wood and was told it was oak. I was going to have to drive to the guys house approx. 1-1 1/2 hours away so I then asked how much to make sure it was worth the drive and advised that he had a trailer load all around 10 foot long and around 12 inches wide. I hooked up the trailer jumped in the truck and off I went. I got there and sure enough he had a trailer load and said he had more if...
> > This is my latest project which I am about to undertake. It is a Tea Cart that was sketched by my client. She wanted an Alvar Aalto inspired tea cart and she designed this piece and asked me to build it. There will be a lot of challenges here for me. The biggest challenge will be the bent wood lamination. The client has selected quarter sawn white ash with a slight fiddleback figure to it. The top tray will be ash with white glass mosaic tiles while the bottom tray will be all a...
Actually the day after. We call these “dog years” by some of us that have drank too much in the past, for too long of periods of time. It’s a group I belong to, that saved my life. The drink also ruins your health, because although you get some of your health back, statistically we have shorter lives then “normal” people. Why? I’ve read that we are more accident prone, we are more prone to cancers, and other disease “it” just does a lot of dama...
Hey everyone…A while back I built a hold’em poker table for a friend of mine and recently I was invited to a game at his house. When he brought out the poker accessories he had these real nice clay poker chips in a metal briefcase. I thought how nice it would be to have some wood trays that matched the table. I remember seeing an article in a Woodcraft magazine (Mar ‘07) by Marc Spagnuolo AKA” The Wood Whisperer” for some nice wooden chip trays. I dug up the ar...
I need to stain an old walnut desk black or as close it as I can get. (Customers choice) Anyone have any idea what stain and brand name would be a good one to use?
I have had some incredible opportunities for projects in Ohio. In fact, almost all of my best work is in Ohio. I really owe all the thanks to my clients, the Coopers, for trusting in me and allowing me to run with my design ideas. It has often been asked of me, why don’t I just move to Ohio? The following images were taken at a Billings city park called the “Four Dances Natural Area.” It is behind our house and across the Yellowstone River. We can look out our back yard u...
Recently I was in Puebla Mexico on business where I saw a desk that lit up my interest. When I see something that later I plan to incorporate into a project, I have to share it. Please take a look at these photos and see how cool the legs attach tot he desk. Also, the center is a hollow cavity covered by glass to display some traditional carvings. I like this desk and hope to have time this year to make something similar with my own influences. My intent is to make something even more ...
From my blog: I had an opportunity today to take three of our granddaughters to one of the local home improvement stores (guess which one…), for an exciting Catamaran build. This is a free program at both orange, and blue, home improvement centers, for children of all ages… ... The local home improvement retailers all have active programs for the children year-round. It is a terrific Community activity in which more parents should enroll their children, as it will plant woodworkin...
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