I’ve just started a big furniture build, both a sofa and loveseat. The shop is going to get crowded. I’ve started a build series on it on my blog. This time, I get to start with the tree the lumber came from, sustainably, urban-ly harvested from the U of Chicago campus! http://dcwwoodworks.com/blog/2015/1/29/prairie-sofa-loveseat-part-1
After a flurry of activity getting all of the pieces cut over Christmas shutdown, I sort of fell into a lull on this project. Mostly I was trying to find a suitable material with which to build the board. My initial thought was to use glass mosaic tiles, similar to my coffee table (see projects). I really liked the idea of it, so I started looking for suitable tiles. This came to be a somewhat painful process, as I needed two sets of tiles that would work well with the walnut and maple,...
So I decided to add weights to the pieces, which appears to be the norm. I think it’s more of a ‘feel’ thing that gives them some substance during play more than it’s required for stability or any such thing. Perhaps someone could weigh in on why it is, but certainly when I’ve played with pieces that have a ‘heft’ it seems to indicate a better quality. To that end, I picked up some 1/4 Oz fishing weights to add to the bases. I’ve seen reco...
It has been a while, out of state family visits and of course the holidays takes a toll on progress. Dan Krager, Grumpymike, if you are reading this, thank you for replies on the last update, I knew coating the bottom was the wise choice and I thank you for pushing me over the edge to get er done. :) Here are just some progress pics, but have to tell you; getting really tired of glue, clamps and sandpaper! lol Large Pic Large Pic Large Pic Large Pic Large Pic Large Pic...
After all this time waiting, our wood slabs are due to arrive this afternoon! They reached Port Newark early last week and because it was our first container… of course it was stopped by customs delaying our shipment. But the wait is finally over and we are so excited to receive our first container. Feel free to stop in next week to take a look at what came in! :)
We had some catching up to do on our errands yesterday, so I got a late start at finishing up my project for the Art Play Date.It actually felt really good to get out and get some fresh air. The world around us was like a winter wonderland – so beautiful with the freshly fallen snow – and it looks like something out of a movie. The snow was still falling yesterday, but it was a very tiny, fine snow and there was still a substantial amount of wind. But as I wake up today, it is bri...
Things have finally slowed down a bit and I’ve taken this opportunity to do something for myself. I was offered a mess (small truckload) of 5/8’’ particle board, and decided it would be best fit as some shop cabinets to take care of the clutter. Now I would love to have a french maid come in and clean my shop as much as the next guy, but in this case, I would have to settle for a French cleat system to do the organizing. After hanging my first set of rails, I added some c...
I came across this plane around Thanksgiving but because of the rough shape. it has taken me a while to get it in working order because of the broken frog. I found one on Ebay and have been able to finish it up. Aside from finding the frog, the most time-consuming part of this was restoration was the tote. It had a great grain pattern so I wanted to save it. A previous owner did a terrible job fixing a crack so I repaired a crack in the middle with epoxy and sawdust. I also needed to ...
I have finally found the time to get back to making videos. Seems like it has been over a year. Feels good to be able to share again: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjRwVZZffCDTQsUXXnzznPCh5GxPksNb6
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