No one is more aware of how quickly time passes than I am. It seems as if it was only a couple of weeks ago that we were at the car show on a wonderful road trip in the ninety degree weather. Yesterday though, we had snow throughout the day, with huge, fluffy flakes falling on the six inches that had already arrived during the night. Although winter is in full swing, I know that spring is just around the corner and before long the snow will be gone and warmer weather will be here. So w...
I really made good headway yesterday. Today I am in the home stretch of things and it is going to be really fun to see all four of these trays come together at once. I have never really done four at a time like this, but since they are all kind of different styles, it is rather exciting. I will get right down to business and show you where I am at with everything. I took pictures this morning, but nothing here is finished or even sanded for that matter. I do sand things to be pretty sm...
As I am laying out the plans for the show in Saratoga Springs, it seems that each day brings more excitement. This is the way that this are supposed to happen, right? I have a list of what I need to have prepared for the show, and one by one I am getting things checked off. It is still seven weeks away, but so many things count on other people or companies and I want to be sure that everything is in order so there are as few surprises as possible. My new printer ink system arrived yes...
What makes Sam Maloof’s work so attractive at first glance? When I saw my first picture of his rocker in the old 1983 article in Fine Woodworking, What jumped out at me and said, “Wow”? What inspired all that has been said and done by woodworkers and lovers of fine furniture based on that initial look at his rocker? Maloof was a master woodworker, designer, finisher, personality and other things wonderful but my thought is to capture all of us so totally with that first g...
Now that you’ve seen the portable spray booth I built, how about some custom crafted, straight from my own experience, Spray Finishing Tips. See you over at Upper Cut Woodworks.
This is where I’m at today! I’ve pretty much taken everything apart so I could paint. I did forget to mention that this lathe has the step pulley, not the variable speed (wish it was VS). I had some trouble taking the tool rest apart, the support clamp bolt was rusted to the shaft. Finally after a lot of WD40 and a use of a small sledge, I got it freed up. It was missing the original plate on the underneath side of the tool rest. Going to have to see if I can find one. The h...
I’ve been a LJ now for awhile, and even before i joined i was constantly on the site looking at projects. There were always things that i admired about every project, beginner or advanced. – quality of work, even the beginner has areas of great skill – the creativity of the projects, especialy art boxes, simply mazing – the different species of wood being used As i get into woodworking more and more and want to experiment with different species i began noticing th...
about 15 or so years ago i went to one of my wood suppliers looking for a bit of hardwood after picking some i asked if he had anything different,after all we are always looking for something different ,he said he had some english elm after climbing a ladder and looking at it in the rough i decided to take some about 100 bf ft mostly 2”stock ,he said sombody in halifax needed a tree taken down off there property.when i got it home and dressed a small bit then wiped a little shellac on i...
When I first started working on my Roubo workbench, I was given the advice to buy 2×12 lumber, rip the sides off to use to laminate the top, and then toss the pith section from the middle into the scrap bin. Needless to say, I ended up with a lot of pith scrap. The idea as I understood it is that the pith section is the least stable and to have it used in the bench top (or other critical parts of the bench) could lead the problems later. Pith scrap end grain: I did use some of ...
I suppose that you could call yesterday my ‘weekend’. As I said in my post, it was a time when I was on top of things and I went into town and did some errands, and I decided to get something that I had my eye on since before Christmas. I suppose it could be a small tool gloat if you want to look at it that way. It is a slick little set of four boxes that can store all that small hardware that we tend to accumulate. Lately, I have been also using several types of beads and jew...
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