Well I went to the attic, actually surface area of the wood rack in the workshop and picked up a Bigleaf Maple Burl piece that I bought about 5 years ago on eBay. It came from the Pacific Northwest of the USA. The piece had been water blasted to remove all of the bark off the outer edge of the burl and that leaves the spikes that are seen here. The block had been dipped in wax to minimize the drying of it. I then went to the jointer (spiral Carbide blades) and cleaned up the edges. ...
I had a great New Years Day afternoon speaking with Todd Clippinger. I will apologize in advance for a long download but it should be worth the time. Todd shares some insight to his approach to woodworking, design and craftsmanship. I think you will be surprised what his favorite tool is!
On Monday night I’m sure I wasn’t the only jock watching the ball drop on TV with friends. Dick Clark must be hitting the triple digits this year at least. (Bad joke, I know…) That aside, it is the time for taking a look back and then taking a look forward and I’m buying into the cliché this year and making my comments and resolutions heard. Hopefully, this will make me actually stick to them for once. Last year I came a long way in my life. I got married, had a stellar year at work, a...
I’ve decided that by far, this is my favorite style of homes, furniture and decor. A few months back, Laurie and I thought about moving out of our little starter home and was looking at older homes. After weighing the pros and cons of selling, buying and moving we decided to just stay where we’re at for a few years and move when the kids finally take flight out of the nest. The back of our house looks out onto common grounds and just beyond that is woods owned by the Army Corp ...
My wife has instructed me that I have quite a long list of items to be built. Much to my excitement, I’ve enjoyed looking at different designs and coming up with some rudimentary plans for these items. However, when I went out to my garage (shop), I noticed that my lumber supply is rather meek. Here is my sad list of lumber: Oak: 2 – 1/2” x 12” x 36” plywood boards 1 – 1/2” x 6” x 60” solid board Aspen:3 – 1” x 3...
Well, it is officially 2008 and just like everybody else the new years resolutions have been made. I have even broke one within 24 hours yesterday. I have been motivated and inspired to do a build in our master closet with some basic cabinetry to store clothes folded and some rods to hang clothes in our walk in closet. Currently we have closetmaid wire shelves and rods to hang clothes. I could add more storage for clothes and shoes and it would be more aesthetically pleasing. This of co...
Well, I started cutting up my 2×4 and did some prototyping. Jointed and resawed a bit. Then I sent them through my little Ryobi thickness planer. Even after letting it acclimate to the house for a week, once it was prepared, it still warped more than I would have thought. I had never resawed anything before as all I have is a craftsman bandsaw. But with a new large blade, it worked much nicer than I would have thought. You can see the bandsaw in the background. I had never rea...
Surrounded by Wood and Snow ....and so once again the gods said; ”let there be snow” and on the second day of the new year there was…. Up here in New England I sometimes wonder if I’m being ‘snowed in’ or ‘snowed out’? I don’t have a lot of extra time this morning as I’m soon out the door, after some breakfast….to get this place opened up. Now some may wonder what’s the difference to being ‘snowed in’...
Well here are a couple of pictures of the fence with an mdf face and the Wixey Digital Guage mounted (thanks again Karson).
Everybody I have come into contact with so far has been so very nice and I can’t wait to get this going, however last night I couldn’t figure out how to post my items on the projects page as suggested ,well I kinda figured that part out except the pictures (most of them anyway) will not fit into the thumbnail size and like I said I am very new to the computer thing so if someone out there could help me out here or give me a suggestion I sure would appreciate it. I sure want to bec...
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