The curb appearance of the house was terrible. The yard had never really been taken care of and was overrun with weeds. In areas where the dog, old cars and other junk sat for long periods of time, the grass had died and large brown spots were left behind. The stucco was cracked, pieces broken out and long rust streaks ran down the side of the house. Most of the lower windows were no longer functional and all needed new caulking and glazing. Most had various pieces of the window...
I’ve decided to build a simple nightstand as my first project (or at least my first project since buying a table saw and joining LumberJocks.com). The basic design of the nightstand comes from a fellow LuberJock. Check out the original here. Last weekend I bought the lumber, $65 of Red Oak from the local lumberyard with a great hardwood selection. I highly recommend this place (Schutte Lumber) to anybody in the Kansas City area. I pulled out the mitre saw to chop everything dow...
Yesterday was busy – but good. Spent most of the day out and about – picnic lunch, movies, and packages in the mail – WooHoo! Ordered a box of assorted mesquite and ebony logs from BlueStingrayBoots. I’ll be surprised if either of us don’t get a bill from the mailmans chiropractor. I sure wasn’t expecting this much booty! (oh, yeah, and some new hearing protection.) Today is shaping up to be another hot day – so I’ll be heading off to ...
I don’t have much time to post this, so it will be short. Two days ago, on August 8th, I became a father. My beautiful wife gave birth (via C-section) to a beautiful baby girl, Molly Hannah. She was only 19 inches long but a healthy 9 lbs 3.6 ounces. So, I have a good excuse for missing the DeCou LumberJock picnic. I’ve got to get back to the hospital now. I’ll post some photos on Flickr later on. (I know this isn’t about woodworking at all. Sue me.)
Wood Ballet Dancing in the FreeHand And so it’s time, time to get back on track here and answer some questions, plus try to give an understanding to any and all that want to try this type of slabbin’ at wood. One of the issuing egresses that make my projects so long, is the time and effort I take in the planning of the project from start to finish. I really do try and make use of telling the truth, that when I say ‘hand made’ the ‘wood art’ that I co...
Ok – so I said that I was going to pick a project from one of my favorite books and then post my progress on line. So here we go. I’ve chosen as my first project a box from Doug Stowe’s book – Basic Box Making – A sliding top Pencil box. The first thing I decided about this project was that I wanted to cut the fingers on the router and not the table saw. The reasoning for this is that the two ends are very short and to hold the end against the fence I would eithe...
I’m a newbie. I make no pretensions to be anything other than a newbie. To make matters worse, I’ll soon be moving away from a home with a 12×16 garage to a place with a 6’x6’ storage room. It’s going to be tight. However, I’m not backing down from this. Right now, money is far to tight to build a workshop in the back yard. There IS a screened in back porch and a patio that I’ll be able to make use out of, but my wife has this silly idea in...
The first Rose handle I carved, didn’t give me any trouble, but I wasn’t satisfied with the light color of the sapwood. So I decided to go with the darker heartwood. I cut some rose patterns for a couple of Roses. I started carving a couple of flower petals, & snap! the flower broke off of the 3/8” stem. So I decided to go with a 1/2’’ stem, & the same thing happened, SNAP! The burly heartwood is kind of brittle. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...
After a long battle with the flue in my house, I’m finally able to get back in the shop. I had a list all ready of the things that I wanted to build around the house, but of course that got scrapped by necessity. As soon as I know what it is that I am actually going to be working on list wise, I’ll make sure and post it. This weekend, my wife, Jenny, wanted me to work on some garden stuff for her. She gets real excited about playing in dirt and some part of me just doesn’t want to discoura...
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