I spent the better part of the afternoon trimming up insulation, and installing it in some odd wall cavities… To say the least, my wall studs aren’t right. I am marking the ceiling where the studs are as well… The good part is it’s getting cold here so I won’t be sweating through the install… The better thing, with the power in, and the insulation going in, I won’t be sweating out there next summer… Yeah this is a bit of a gloat…
Well the polishing went pretty quick although I did burn through the finish a little on the back but I’ve chosen to ignore it. I’ve also discovered that the wipe on poly isn’t very hard and seems to dent/scratch pretty easily so I think I’ll do the laquer next time in spite of the fumes. I’ll have to wait till summer and do it outside. Still the last few things went pretty well. Had a couple of hiccups with the electronics but they are all fixed up now and it...
On this episode of Shop Time I get to talk with Hendrik Varju again. You can visit Hendriks’s site at passionforwood.com. In this episode we cover questions from viewers. We also talk about some changes to Hendrik’s site. If you have questions for Hendrik feel free to comment, Skype, or use the contact we will try to answer them on the next episode. All the Contact information is at the end of the video.
Just came back from seeing the movie Lincoln with Daniel Day Lewis.Besides it being a very good movie with powerful performances, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful pieces of 150 year old period furniture in almost every scene.Splendid examples of beautiful craftsmanship.I love movies set in this time frame and my hat is off to whoever the set designer was.Some wonderful pieces.
January, 2013 Did you know that there is a $500 prize waiting for the Award Winner this winter? Yes, indeed: $500. For the creation of handcrafted wood jewelry!(And there is a runner-up and a random prize as well). You haven’t heard about the Awards? See our Awards Page for more information Do you still have time? Of course you do! The deadline is January 31st, 2013 … at 3 PM CDT.
I got a lot of work in this weekend. I learned a lot too. As I’ve stated, I don’t work with plans. This causes the need for one of two things, or both: good foresight / planning (plans are nothing, planning everything – Dwight D. Eisenhower) and/or good woodworking skills to overcome lack of the former. Sadly, I have neither. This means I incorporate two other assets: patience, and acceptance of imperfection. The first actions were to cut, miter, etc. and glue the front edging: Not per...
I’ve had the flu and haven’t felt up to doing too much. I’m been puttering around though and doind what I can. Yesterday, I pulled out my grinder and oil stones. It was something I could do sitting down. So I got some of my lathe tools sharpened up nicely.One of my older sons had brought me a small pile of firewood. It was still pretty wet, but I remembered someone telling me green wood was a good idea to start with for practice. So, today, I pulled out my electric chain saw...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #969: New Video Posted on Painting and Finishing Techniques of the "America!" Word Art
While the weekend had its ups and downs, I suppose that overall it was productive. On Saturday I had a bit of quiet time and finally got the opportunity to make the video on painting and finishing the “America!” word art. The process I used to do so is simple, but needs to be done in multiple steps and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to show a variety of painting and finishing techniques in one video. I had only made a couple of videos with the new camera, and...
I finally got an entire weekend at home to work on my garage. It was a strange feeling. Saturday I was able to put up the french cleats on the opposite wall. Here’s a pic of the finished product: After completing the first wall and getting halfway done with the second wall I was sick of changing bits in my drill and keeping up with the one I wasn’t using along with the screws. Just then, I had a stroke of genius (these moments come few and far between). I attached small piec...
just to follow up on what technique I used to clamp the inlay down – I put the wood across the middle of the inlay and clamped it down on the edges. This is what it looked like: I took the clamps off this morning and everything looked good – inlay was above the surface of the wood so i can sand / scrape it down. Here is a picture of the matching doors: The inlay was nice and snug with not too much air space around the outsides. Any suggestions on how to close up any slight openi...
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