Not much in the woodwork line today. Its Sue and my 15th wedding anniversary today. This coincides with the 50th birthday party for the company I work for, Mole Valley Farmers. Their party is down in Torquay so off we go. Had an eye test, last week and I need new glasses. They’ll be calling me Pebbles before long. Not surprising with the sort of woodwork I do. Should pick them up next Thursday. There was a project posted recently of a 2 cubic inch box. My little Bess Ring box come...
I have been working feverishly on this saw. I have spent quite a few hours wire brushing the castings getting ready for paint. After the majority of the paint and old filler was removed I had to borrow a lift to get the trunnion casting removed. It weighs about 100# and not wanting to injury an already sore back I felt it was safer. I have applied 2 coats of filler and am ready to do the final sanding. Here she is as of today. The motor came apart fairly easily. I am replac...
Hello All, I worked 11 hours today and had fun. This left little time for woodworking, but I was able to add another chapter to the latest Henry Wood. I hope you enjoy it. http://su.pr/8JxZtq Brian
This project is for my son’s 10th birthday. He needs a place to store his money for college, a religious mission and whatever else. My wife asked if I could build him a little box with three compartments. She gave me an idea of big it needed to be etc. The first thing I decided on was the wood I would use. Last Spring a co-worked gave me a couple of aromatic Easter Red Cedar logs he was trying to get rid of after cutting down the tree on his property. Unfortunately he had cut th...
It was a full day of fun and excitement yesterday. I even got some work done. I like days like that because even if I don’t accomplish everything I want to, I made a big dent in the list and it makes me happy. My new designs are all ready to cut, but the first order of business was to set up the final cabinet left from our reorganization and mount it to the wall. We received several cabinets for free last summer and although they were not of the highest quality, they were sturdy an...
Just a short EMERGENCY BLOG concerning the dowels in the buckets. I haven’t noticed it before, but I found a picture of the dowels used in the traditional buckets. The dowel was shaped like a woman, that is a slim waist in the middle and pointed on both ends. The reason for this is that when the bucket swells from water a great deal of pressure will be applied to the dowels and they can break in the middle. There’s no explanation in the book, but I think the most vulnerable ...
During the finishing, I used some white abrasive sheets to clean up the stain edge where the masking tape was. I also had to correct some swirls I actually introduced as part of the sanding between coats of Arm-R-Seal. With that done, the table tops were attached using figure 8’s from Woodcraft. I don’t care for theirs as much as others, because they are not flat on both sides. But they seem to work fine. Here are the final steps to completion Prep: Sande...
I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about the Zen aspect of this project, and I had to be completely honest with her. While I enjoy woodworking and the hidden beauty of wood, Turning logs into lumber is loud, dusty and hard work. Using the chainsaw to get 2 relatively flat faces. Next is taking off the bark and sap-wood on the edges with the bandsaw Then after planing, and planing, and planing, and planing, and…..... I have a useable piece of lu...
Well although my week seemed a little slow to start I am happy to report that I was able to get a good amount of time in the shop. As of my writing I completed 3 different things. I have been looking at wine balancers a lot lately. Not entirely sure why as I do not drink at all but they seem really cool and I thought it would give me something to do with all of those bottle of wine that people have given us and just sit in our dining room buffet. My other thought on these is to make a number ...
I’ve got my own site where I like to write about my projects so rather than duplicate them here I’ll just provide a little teaser. If you’d like to read the full post just click here. Well, some four and a half months ago I started building a proper entertainment center for our basement. I have now been told if the entertainment center isn’t finished by June my wife will be going out and buying one, so I am back at it. If you check out the first post for this project you may look at these ...
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