A couple of months ago, I started following an eccentric marketing enthusiast on Twitter. I quickly learned that her work on various blogs seemed above and beyond normal in most any regard. Within days, I was overwhelmed with the amount of good information that she, Alison Heath, offers to her readership. The content she publishes could easily be that of a senior veteran in the industry. She possesses solid institutional training and experience in a demanding and realistic environment and I ...
I had occasion to need 5 23” diameter circular pieces of plywood for some garden planters. The first one I cut freehand with my new Ryobi Saber Saw after drawing it on the wood with the old pencil and string trick. This sort of worked but it took longer than I would have liked and resulted in a ragged edge. I got to thinking – always dangerous – and remembered that the saw had come with an edge guide. I thought that maybe I could use that as the basis for a circle cutting ji...
I’m hoping to get a medicine cabinet built in very near future. I have the design in my head. Bought an old medicine cabinet with a really nice etched mirror & beveled glass. Then found another one, bigger.Anyway, I’m thinking I’ll build the door around the mirror size, & the cabinet to fit the door size. It will be built flush against wall above sink, with simple moulding that matches the woodwork throughout the house. I wish I knew Sketchup better. It’...
I just finished my drafting/desk and finally brought it into the house this evening. This was a great project to make and there were two new techniques I used on this project, so I learned a lot. As part of the design for this desk I decided that I wanted a slight taper and curve to the legs and I wanted a deep red Mahogany color. After making a template for the legs I contemplated how to cut each leg out, the fastest way would have been to either use a flush trim bit with a router agains...
I just wanted to give a quick update about the porter cable sander give away. So far we have had 7 comments and 17 E-mails enter the give away. I guess people are more comfortable giving there story over e-mail witch is great. We have had 24 entries total witch is great, I just wanted to remind you that you still have until May 9th to enter the drawing. All you have to do is comment or e-mail why you wood work, what do you love about working with wood. Thanks for all the entries we have been ...
This was a challenging commission from a very dear friend. Make a box containing her Red Star.Well the starting point was a mozaic she has hanging at her home, conveniently posted on her Facebook page (I do love the net, everything at you fingertips). I decided to base the design around the large, black bordered, star in the top left. The design was accepted so here I went. The first question I asked myself was – How to do it? The clue was in the mozaic and heres how I did it. P...
So I decided to fix that with a few pictures of what I have been up to. Last weeks load. The pines I am cutting for the guy who dropped off the hardwood in exchange. I saw his logs into framing for his deer cabin and I keep the walnut (many)-catalpa-birch-elm…for myself. One of the catalpa is, well, LARGE. 50” x 8’ I picked the “ugliest” catalpa out first. I love ugly logs. I sawed out some live edge slabs for benches. 2” thick ~24” wide and ...
Hey everyone,I am in need of some help! I am writing a book called “The Burl Hunter”. I am looking for interested people who are willing to read as I write to help me out. I am not a great writer but I love to teach. What I would like to do is get about 5 people to read and critique the book. Even edit my grammar. I would like 2 people who know about burls just to keep me in check and 3 to just read to learn and see how it flows. I need your input. It is a book that will g...
I completed work on the Computer Table. It was a pretty simple, painted project made entirely from 3/4 baltic birch plywood. In this episode I take the pieces and work on assembly and finish. The table has about 10 plywood parts that were originally assembled using joint connector bolts. Once I had pre-assembled the piece I just didn’t like the look of those connectors. So I decided to switch over to pocket screws everywhere. I could hide them on the underside and back easily enough. ...
In this episode I talk about some layout tools. Layout tools are very important because if your cut line isnt straight your cut isnt going to be straight.
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