Well, I’ve done it. I made it to the other side. Sitting here next to me on the table is the final pattern for the autumn catalog. The wood is prepped (a beautiful piece of 5/8” birch), the pattern is completed, and I all have to do is my favorite part of spending a couple of hours at the scroll saw and cutting it out and finishing it. That’s the easy part as any designer can tell you. It’s funny, but at 8:13 last night when the printer was spitting out the fina...
I’ve been playing again. with CAD this time. I’ve come up with this. Not original by any means but I think it might appear on a box in the near future Any thoughts? You may need to back off a bit to get the full effect!
Well, I finally got to the dry fit. It took forever. I know I still have a lot to do before these are finished, but to see it assembled felt great after all the mess ups I’ve had to fix. I still have a couple more minor things to do such as planing down the top aprons a bit, and a few of the tenons aren’t as snug as I’d like, but other than that it went together really well. I could always reglue piece and then redo the tenon, but at this point I kind of just want to mo...
It is a horrible feeling to break a piece that you have been working on for some time. After all the hours of drawing and planning, and then the additional hours of the actual cutting and seeing the piece come to a beautiful reality, one of the worst feelings is when you pick it up and hear it ‘crack’. The only thing that can be worse is when you do it to someone else’s piece. (Ahem – that would be me!) My partner had been working on a piece for over a week now. ...
How to have PatienceGood day lumberjocks. It was kind of a slow week. I didn’t have to much to do. Yes I will admit it as hard as it is I got a little impatient because nothing was happing and I didn’t have anything to do. Like a lot of other people I started thinking what could I do to attrack more business. Instead of letting god do his work in me I decided to take a step back and relize what is happening. Then today I was checking my email and saw that someone had emailed...
It is not always nice to have to stop a project because it is bed time, but it does give you a better perspective view the next morning. Before having this sharp object in your project, I figured I might as well do most of the shaping before the glue up. What I am not sure of is how big to make the handle. It seem too big, but I’ll make an other one after this anyway. I used the Elmer’s Epoxy. I hope this stuff will be strong enough t hold this together. Remember this is ...
Today I started working on a router table idea that I came up with. I currently have a router table (more like a cabinet really) but it takes up to much room in my shop. If you’ve read my profile you know that I only have 99 sq. ft. of main shop space, so maximizing space is a constant challenge. I’ve decided to move the left-hand table saw extension of my table saw to the right side and replace it with some material that could be used for a router table. The material I select...
I’ve started a blog called the Red Dirt Wood Shop. I hope to fill it with all kinds of good knowledge. Be sure to check out my video shop tour and thanks for stopping by.
I picked up an old Diston and Sons rip saw a few months ago but haven’t need to do any large work with it yet. I did try to test cut the saw and found it to be impossible. Last night I bit the bullet and got out the saw sharpening equipment. I started by jointing the teeth. I couldn’t believe how far out some of them were and was begining to wonder if I would ever get a flat spot on all of them. I did finally get there and then I checked the tooth line with a straight edge. ...
Ok, I have started back to work on the entertainment center. I had posted a couple of blog posts on this project before I took a woodworking break. Since it had been so long, and since the design had changed a little, I deleted that blog series and I have started another one. First, here is a picture of the entertainment center from the front: A plywood carcase forms the overall structure of the piece. The frame and panel sides are put on the plywood. The top will be cherry. Ther...
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