Here are drawings of what we are shooting for. We have changed the plan a bit as we went along. The floor will be grey rather than yellow. I couldn’t find anyone to make the sink for a price I liked, so I bought an off the shelf concave front apron sink and then build a countertop from plywood and putty and epopxy. Not sure how long it will last, but I’ll just build a new one when I have too. This changed some other things too which I’ll describe in subsequent posts...
Here is the kitchen we wanted to change. I guess I should disclose that I had some experience with renovations before beginning because I had put in a hardwood floor and I just noticed that the copper backsplash shown in these photos was made by me by wrapping some thin copper sheet around a 1×6.
Awhile ago, when our kitchen mdf cabinets began to fall apart, my wife said she thought we should consider making some changes. I had watched some videos of guys planing boards with traditional hand tools and declared, “No problem honey, I could do that.” There is some debate about whether we are now 18 months or 3 years into the project. A friend recently pointed out that, depending on where we place the start date, it could be both. It has been interesting. Much of the ...
Using some scrap wood and a few tools I created a dust pan to help keep the shop clean.
Finally getting to some wood working today. I was able to cut out the radius where the trunion mounts will set. I cut lots of slits up to the radius line on our big band saw and then removed the excess with a jig saw that had a ten inch blade on it. Then smoothed it all out with a rasp and drum sander attached to a drill. Once the brass hardware fit the way I wanted it to I marked the holes and drilled them out part way on the drill press as it only plunges 6 inches. I went the rest of the wa...
I am in process of making 6 entries for the New York State Fair Arts and crafts section. This is a bowl not turned on a lathe but cut out on the scroll saw. A lot of fun to make. It is finished with shellac and wax. Hope you like it. The other 5 entries will eventually be posted. Thanks for looking.
The replacement of the warped main column of my old chevalet is all done and dusted and it won’t be warping again any time soon. Here are some progress pics and final shots. It still needs a little more finish on the new part but that can be done all assembled. I also made the new column an inch longer so that at my 25 1/2” setting the adjustment is no longer topped out.I’m really pleased and just can’t see myself ever building a chevalet out of solid wood again. ........
Hooked my Rockler universal dust port hose to my current Ridged 1HP DC via an adapter and 4” flex hose Stumpy Nubs may have a point; I get a lot of build up in the 4” hose and I can see the flow is very restricted at the 2” hose end. When I pull off the adapter the chips disappear from 4” clear pipe like magic. So the restriction via from the stepdown and the jig itself are creating a super low velocity. After talking with my friends over at Rockler in Tukwila, they informed me t...
It has been over three weeks now since we made our 'final move' to our new home. In reality, it is closer to four. I look back and consider 'moving day' as the day we finally brought the cats here to our new home and began sleeping here, after our bed arrived. One would think that we would be all settled by now. Anyone who knows both Keith and I know how much we love to be organized. While he and I have many differences in the way we do things, one thing that we really se...
I realized shortly after posting Part #2 that some inspirational pictures might go a long way towards illustrating my point (like the pun?). After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. Last summer we visited the Chicago Art Institute. Wow what a place. We saw plenty of major works of art. This one might be familiar: Of course there were plenty of other Masterpieces. Then, towards the end of the day we sauntered into a gallery that had furniture in it. I immediately spotte...
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