April 15, 2008 In March of this year I attended a wood show in Toronto and had the privilege of not only speaking with Rob Cosman but creating a ribbon of wood. Today I had the honour of interviewing Rob and learning about his woodworking history and plans for the future. The History Rob was born and raised into the woodworking world. His father, a shop teacher at the time of Rob’s birth, became a contractor when Rob was about two years of age. Rob’s earliest memory ...
For those of you who believe that you do not have enough clamps, I found and posted free cam clamp plans here . Easy to make and cheap. most of it can be found in your spare stick bin. Have fun. UPDATE After making over 10 I posted a few after I’ve used them all to clamp fret boards when you need a lot of claps and need a lot of pressure to make sure that the fret boards are clamped tightly so you have no gap anywhere. You can see them here
Well, I’ve been searching and looking high and low. Mainly for chisels and handplanes. I was looking for decent everyday tools, not collectibles. I didn’t want to spend a lot money since that would take away from the money I need for wood. I started my search on ebay, progressed to various forum site member ads, watched craiglist, checked auction sites, newspaper classifieds. Then I began looking for new items in catalogs/websites/stores. The prices I found for old tools wer...
I have always wanted a chair for the yard to set in on those beautiful Sunday mornings, I finally found a nice design from Popular Mechanics woodworking forum and stated the project, I again had an abundance of Ash on hand and although the wood is not very good at rot resistance, i will take every effort to seal it correctly for outdoor use, but I request your advice on this. The biggest problem I have encountered so far is Ash is not very forgiving when it comes to pattern routing due to err...
An Introduction of Wood Happenings So it’s that time again….and if you’ve spent any amount of time around here at LJ; last spring, summer and fall then you must know by now, some-what as to my occasional excursions into the forests and woods of New England. This year I have decided to re-name and post under a continuation of short story ‘series’ and so I will be calling these posted blog stories….”Hobbit Holes in MyWorld”. J. R. R. Tolkien on...
This weekend I managed to finish the chip carving on the frame. I dry fitted the frame to make sure the corners carvings would all line up together. As you can see I carved the frame unassembled because of its overall size. The carving time on ths was 7 hours total. The edge designs 1 1/2 hrs. , Sleds 1 1/2 hrs. , Dates & diamonds 1 1/2 hrs. , Rope 2 1/2 hrs. The pieces have been sent on to my friend and next week I’ll put the frame together.
I’ve just had the interesting realization in that that pesky decorative fruit dropping tree in the back yard is made up of some sizeable pieces of wood…wood that, once it is properly dry, I can build things out of. My wife didn’t have to convince me to finally take it down this weekend….I jumped at the chance to harvest my very first wood. I think it was some kind of cherry or perhaps a decorative apple…plant biology was never my strong suit. I will take a sam...
The Waterfall Bookcase Let me start this off with not only is this my first challenge, but it is also my first blog entry so I hope I’m notbreaking any rules here. This bookcase is only my third project and it has been a challenge.It’s been something like 5 years in the making and somewhat of a family joke (yeah, I’ll do it when Dad finishes the bookcase…) but I have this bookcase that is almost ready for assembly and thought I’d present it in this challen...
This intricate project is a veneered, inlaid, banded, and beaded set consisting of a coffee table and two end tables. The visible woods are curly maple, boire, Peruvian walnut, anigre, figured anigre, and wenge. The secondary woods are mahogany and poplar. This elevated shot shows the anigre veneered drawer bottom, and the detail in the top. The end tables are 23” tall and the tops are just under 26” X 26”. All three tables are finished with five coats of an oi...
My woeful dovetails, although getting better, sure could use some help from sharper tools. So that’s what I have been working on late last night and tonight. I have found that I like the diamond stone to get my backs flat – it goes faster than a waterstone. But once I get a good scratch pattern on the diamond stone that I can move on to the waterstone with more success. I get my 1/2 and 1/4 chisels not so much sharp—- but sharper than they were. I “manned up” as...
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