I never posted it, but the day after I got those paperbark branches I went back to the same location to pick up the logs of the tree they were cutting down fully, so the building there could put up a security camera. I had stopped for the paperbark, and they asked if I wanted to come back for a whole tree the next day. Score! Here’s the tree as it stood between the cut-back paperbarks. I honestly never even looked at it, busy with paperbark at the time, so I was glad I had this one blur...
I’ve posted two Wall Street twist models recently, and tonight I tried my hand at a click version of the same pen. Tonight for project #24…. First up was cocobolo, a lovely brownish striped wood, when turned it looks purple and orange, and returns to rich browns when exposed to air and finished with oil… at least it normally does. – this piece is half caramel and cocoa, and half… umm, fruit stripe gum. If it didn’t brown at all, it’d make a ...
(I’ll translate for those of you on the east coast, Rhouta’ Time ;-) ) I glued up the two stiles and rail for the upper face frame. Something to keep in mind when doing any sort of work is the order of operations. Round over before glue up? After? The reason I mention this is because I made a strategic choice about when to chamfer the inside edge of the frame. I could have done the chamfer on the pieces before glue-up and also cope the shoulders of the rail to fit or m...
Well folks, it has been quite a while since I’ve been able to get on here and talk about the project. If you haven’t read any of the previous blogs, this is a wine rack that I built for my brother’s wedding. If you want the basic construction, see the prior posts. From here on is the little decoration details… I hope I don’t have too many pictures ;). I think I’ll let the pictures do some of the talking for me but I want to capture the whole process....
I had told Karson that I probably wouldn’t be able to start on his wood gloat platter until after the 4th of July holiday, but the wood blanks he sent me have been asking to be put on the lathe ever since they arrived in Tennessee. Today I went to the shop and got an early start on turning two platters. I start all my platters the same way – decided what the shape will be, find an approximate center, drill a 3/8” diameter hole and mount to a screw chuck. What will be the i...
Well it has been been over 15 days since I last had a chance to work in the shop. In that time I have hauled 47,000 bu of wheat for a Farmer friend of mine over to the grain elevator in Memphis Tn. With a few days early on of some rain that kept him out of the field he was able to harvest enough ahead to keep me busy running the trucks on those days. I was anxious to get back out tomorrow and start to get my bearings again and make some saw dust when I hit a door jam with a bare foot th...
10 Chances to win fantastic prizes in the 2009 Summer Awards!It’s the awards time again, but this time with a twist! Just one category… LumberJock Garden Bench – Whether you live in an apartment or on a grand estate a garden bench is the perfect place to sit, relax, and savour life’s gifts. Create the ideal bench for your outside environment and join our Summer Awards! Be sure to describe why you selected the design and show us the finished product in its new home. ...
I would like to encourage every one to go to their shops and build the best garden bench you can. Looks like there are a lot of great prizes up for grabs to the greatest number of Lumberjocks ever. It looks like I won’t even come close to having the time to compete this time around. Two years oldstake way too much of your time. So lets get to work!
After so many of my fellow lumberjocks had so many helpful bits of advice about my new glass door cabinet design, I decided to go back to the “drawing board.” We decided to shrink the cabinet down to 50 so I could stay in the 2×4 rule. I think it made the cabinets proportions better. We also decided to go with raised panels on the bottom doors. I didn’t draw it but the cabinet will have a back like my previous project. I think this gives your pieces a quality that no p...
Tonight I’ve got a friend who’s going to help me decide whether this is ready for finishing or not. I’ve sanded the heck out of it with my RO sander at 150 and 180 grit and am going over it all at 180 tonight by hand to try to get out any remaining scratches. I decided to make the pegs or keys out of wenge to add a bit of contrast and (I hope) compliment the inlay. I’m also going over the pegs tonight with wood filler before finish sanding them tomorrow. Then it&...
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