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...
Yes i finally finished my stationary box and am well pleasede with it. the journey has been fun and i learned a lot of things on it. first that when you make a draw do not measure it so tightly that you spend 3 days shaving it down till it fits perfectly. i learned how to do my first box joints that quite frankly look marvolus. and i learned that toung oil needs a little love to make it shine. ther are some mistakes that i made but i am so sure that on any project that we do there will always...
My original design for the shop included multiple compressed air outlets scattered about the shop. At the heart of this system would be a 60gal Ingersol-Rand 2-stage compressor providing at least 15 SCFM@90psi. Now months later, I’ve significantly revised and downgraded my plans. Part of it was financial, but most of it was a realization that all that I really needed was to be able to use my nail guns without the hassle of dragging out the compressor every time and tripping over hose.Re...
Here is a tutorial on the “Swirl” inlay that I use, but with a twist, this time I made a little jig for the table saw. As you can see it is a small simple sled. I then took the sled and marked a line of what I thought would be a good angle for most pen blanks. I don’t know what the exact angle is… I just eye balled it. It is more than 45 degree’s of that I’m sure of. I measure up the blank as seen here so that a little less than half the blank ...
OK, I had 8 rather large mortises to cut for the feet and top of the trestles for a new workbench and thought my little tool would come in handy. It did a handsome job, so I thought I would share. I also did my first video, just the camera on a tripod, 5 minutes of routing. Boring unless you like this sort of thing. I thought this would be a good time to explain some of the things that need to be decided, even for something this simple. Unlike hand routing, you actually have to...
Hello All, Here’s my attempt at entering the Bookcase Challenge. My plans are for a Corner Bookcase Unit, with a Rotating Center Section. It will be constructed in two sections, Top and Bottom. These will be subdivided into three (3) sections, with the two (2) outer areas having Solid Oak framed Glass Doors with a golden color grill work attatched. The Top Middle Area will be the Rotating Lazy Susan Bookcase, it will be primarily of four (4) sections. Two larger areas for ...
One day I just got fed-up after having mis-adjusted a marking gauge. I said to myself “self, I am sick and tired of always having to adjust my gauge for the mortise chisel width”. Took a lot of work—haven’t regretted the time spent a bit. I didn’t really know how to use a spokeshave before I began this: I do now!
I know, I’m crazy trying to do this with only 2 weeks before the deadline but… I picked up the maple today. I was charged for 16BF, but I think it’s really a little more. Of course, it’s clean, so it’s actually less. While I was there, I picked up my usual supply of “random blocks”. This stack cost me only $20! So, what am I making? Well, I wouldn’t be attempting this with only a 2 week deadline unless I already had the mold made from t...
Ok, I promised myself and my wife that I would quit typing so much and work in the shop more. So, I’ve been fairly quiet, only admiring all of the growth of LJ, and the projects and blogs a few times a day quietly. This growing bunch of folks has been truly inspirational for me. But, when I type too much, I don’t make things, bills come in the mailbox, upset spouse, thus the silence. After all, what I have to say isn’t all that important anyway. Something else my wife t...
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