I made this for a friend for her birthday. Fastest work I think I’ve ever done. I started it this past Thursday morning and now today (only two days later) it’s done. I only did 3 coats of poly on it due to time allowed but I think it turned out pretty well. I actually worked around the clock to get it done in time. You can’t see it in the picture but on the top there is a 3 1/8” diameter by 1/2” hole for the candle to be placed in.
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Last go-round, I insisted the project was moving along quickly. Hah. Today it was still like this (foot in the picture and all), on the floor of my shop. Some planing of the inside face got the post-glueup faces cleaned up, then the #62 was called on to get the mirror doorframe to size for the cabinet’s overall frame. It fit! Now onto some hinges. Old hinges, found screws in the wood screw drawer (which was tough, eight of them rqd), got to do some chislin...
After hurting my arthritic fingers using an old folding knife, I decided to try making something that would better fit my hands. Here is what I came up with. I started with an old rasp Some work on a bench grinder brought it down to the rough shape I was looking for. I worked the blade into shape on successively finer grades of sand paper. Followed by wet/dry sand paper And finally a leather strop with green polishing compound. To create a handle I st...
When I started turning wood I wanted to get myself a “versatile” turning kit that would fit my budget and “small projects” needs – so I got the mini turning set set with the aluminum handle and replaceable HSS cutters. it’s been working out OK- no real complaints, other than it’s small, so you can’t really extend the tools to your body for controlling the action with your entire body for smooth and precise cuts as easily as you could with a full...
The pouring of the floor went well. The moisture barrier was placed down and the forms for the floor were set and fastened in place using the top edge of the wall and measurement as a guide. The floor forms were amply fastened and braced so they would not move during the pouring. The rebar was bent down to tie the floor and walls together and more rebar was laid in and tied to the rebar in the walls. We originally thought that we might need to build a temporary dirt bridge to allow the concr...
As many of you know, I not only design woodworking patterns, but also I love to paint. While some of the woodworkers that I come across shun putting any type of paint on wood, others like to embrace the idea of adding to their projects with color. As for myself – I see the advantages of both. There are times when wood is best left to its natural beauty and other times when you can really do your projects a favor by adding color. I suppose it depends on the project and situation. I...
I failed with my first attempt at a recurve bend. http://lumberjocks.com/Loren/blog/38142I was prepared for that failure since I used a strap on onlyone side. This time I’ve added another backing strap anda fixture to make the transition. While the backing strap wasn’t directly “backing-up” thewood (which helps with grain blowout) nearest thetransition, the part came out cleanly bent with neitherexpansion failure nor compression crumpling.
With so many places to post, I’ve decided to do my “main” blogging on my own site, http://dcwwoodworks.com. So this LJ’s “blog” will be a place for me to crosspost HERE for those of you (ok, almost all of you) who aren’t going over THERE. Thanks. My latest is a post about getting into making windows and interior/entry doors… http://dcwwoodworks.com/blog/2013/11/14/windows-and-doors-by-hand
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