I spent part of my Sunday in the Sawdust Shed, as I often do. Yesterday’s time was spent working on some salvaged lumber that I picked up from an old tobacco barn a couple of years back. I originally got the lumber to make a manger for our Christmas display in the front yard. I had enough left over to make a table top and hopefully a small bookcase for my son to take off to college with him. Next weekend will most likely be spent doing quarterly tool maintenance. Adjusting, lubricating ...
Since I haven’t done much woodwork since high school other than Pinewood Derby and making pens, I decided to make a test piece. I picked up some pine and after the boards were planed, I did the basic layout. I still have a lot of work to do, but I have the pieces cut out. I was debating how to do the jointery, but I decided to try pocket screws and glue. Maybe I’ll get a couple of pics when I get the holes drilled. For now, here are some pics of the work so far. ...
My wife wants me to make new towel bars out of wood for the bathroom. These towel bars will have to hold moist towels while they dry. What, if any, finish will hold up to this kind of use? I would prefer not to paint them but that may be my only option.
The previous owners had installed a lot of built-in shelving using 2×4’s and hollow core doors. I decided to remove these since the space they filled would be better suited to lumber storage:Here’s what it looked like after I finally removed everything this past weekend – it left the drywall in pretty bad shape, so there’ll be some repair work. The torn out sections of drywall along the bottom are from their dog chewing up the walls. The kennel was built-in alo...
Wow!!! Thanks guys for the warm welcome. It is kind of neat to see such an active group of people. I just moved to Selma, NC from Chesapeake, VA. I have been here a couple of months but my tools are still packed up in a couple of trucks I own. Still got to get the house, etc. in order before Arlene (my better half) will allow me to set up the garage as my play area. I have downsized considerably both in area and tools. Now I am wondering why I got rid of so many tools. It is like starting ove...
I went to a firewood supplier and asked the owner if he had any burls, knots or branched pieces. He said to look around. I found a few likely pieces of Live Oak and Pecan. The one piece of Live Oak that I turned was infested with termites but the wood came out beautifully figured. I have it soaking in a bucket of mineral oil to be sure any remaining termites are “kaput”. I will post this one later when it is finished. The piece of spalted Pecan was also beautifully figured and is ...
Warning Let me preface this post by saying that I am not normally a negative person. In fact I am probably one of the more easygoing people you will ever meet. But certain aspects have started my blood boiling and despite my relatively young age I feel like I need to don my old coot cap and rant a little (no offense to any old coots who happen across this). I should also warn you that I am a Neanderthal woodworker since I don’t have any room for heavy machinery. Don’t get m...
I started a build on a Jelly Cupboard for the house the other night. So far I have been able to get the Carcass built and dry fitted most of the components. I used biscuits to join the sides together. From Windows Live Writer From Windows Live Writer I milled all the parts something I might not do next time around since I ended up re cutting a couple of parts. From Windows Live Writer I setup all the mortises and routed them out. This was my first time doing this and did pretty ...
Vienna hardwoods is a great local resource for finding wood. They have a ton of wood jammed into a small space and carry all the normal domestics along with some exotics here and there. They also have a ton of shorts and scraps hidden in corners. For example last time I was there they had several large mahogany crotch veneer core panels (52×36 x 1.25) that I grabbed to use as a table top. Check out there website http://www.viennahardwood.com/ and stop in and check out their stock. T...
What do you think will keep you from woodworking? Well, here’s a news story to keep you going back to the shop!! Mr. Milburn of Union County Mississippi! Look to the upper right corner for the video story. I hope they keep it on the site.
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