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.
I cut out the skeg and rockers about a week ago with some hand saws. I now have the skeg finished up and will be adding it to the bottom of the tender soon. The rockers are getting close but it is slow going finishing the curves off with rasps and files.
Well, despite 60 MPH wind gusts, downed trees, and frequent showers, we braved the elements and used the planer sled to mill the lumber for the table today. I must say, the sled worked like a charm. The wood came out as flat as I can tell with my straight edge and winding sticks. Final thickness is 1.25” thick. Now on to edge jointing and glue up. (Jointed and planed)! Looks pretty flat:(Edge view)! The proud table-owner-to-be:(Proud owner and shop apprentice)!
I need your help if your a cabinet maker. What size building should I have for a three man cabinet shop? We do traditional face frame cabinetry currently but our current shop is way too small to be very functional. Also, should I build a steel or stick built building? What are the pro’s and con’s with each? Is there anywhere where I can get floor layouts? Maybe even building plans? Anything helps! Thanks!
It was so much fun gluing the frame of the bench together (!#$%^&* *&^%$#) = need more clamps , I forgot to take pictures.I like how it’s shaping up though.This is after glue-up, before finish:To glue up, I wiped all mating surfaces (including the dowel holes), with acetone. I used TiteBond III; hope it goes well.To finish, I sanded down to 220 grit, wiped clean. I then wiped with acetone, and applied Penofin. I had to take it outside to see how it looks in its future ‘...
Just a quick tutorial on how to draw through dovetails in Sketchup. In this one, I would not even want to try pins first. Tails first all the way in Sketchup. This is the first time I used Photobucket and the images are a bit odd sized to match the forum. I will fix them as I get stuff figured out. Ok, you want to make a piece the length and width of your stock: Take the end where you want to make the dovetails and right click to get the menu and select divide. You will want to m...
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