Just a little musing here; nothing of consequence; merely a curiosity. It seems that those that create contemporary woodworks are often referred to as “artists” while those that create more traditional works are considered “craftsmen.” Now this is simply my observation, but I’ve seen it often enough for it to make an impression. The question is, “Why is that?” Does “art” mandate non-traditional? If utility is the objective of a piec...
Certain aspects of the site work or don’t work, depending on if I’m at my home computer or work computer. I’m looking for a remedy. Everything seems to work fine on my work computer but if I click on a photo of a project at home, nothing happens. If I want to see a full size image of a project I have to right-click and “open image in new window”. So none of the slide-show type features of the site work at my home computer. Also, the drop-down on the “My Lumberjocks” tab does not drop down. An...
Well, it is finally painted and today is an exciting day. It is hard to be at work and know that I get to go home and finally put the hardware on to complete a project, even if the project is to simply hold taters and onions. It is still a handcrafted piece that will be cherished for a long time. Hopefully, I will remember to take some pictures so when I am at my office next week I can post the pictures for everybody to see.
My time with the kids is limited due to divorces and work, but I think that I have instilled the passion for wood working in them. When they come to my house, it seems that the first questions are “when are we going to the garage and what are we gonna build”. I usually let them decide what to build. My daughter (6) got to digging thru the scrap bin and she was hit with inspiration, she wanted to build a boat. After helping her build 2 scrap boats, she insisted on painting them ...
On page 4 of the plan we have 2 assemblies, tracks and the cabin for the locomotive.I already made enough track when I built my other locomotive. If you want to see how it’s made you can go here.For the cabin we have a front wall, 2 side walls, a roof, a boiler door and some trim.I started with the boiler door. It’s a block 2 7/8”x2 7/8”x 1 1/2” with a rounded top.Then I cut the sides and front to size from1/4” stock. I marked and drilled the sides for the windows. I then cut the windo...
A bookcase. Seems like such a simple project. I looked at the tools I had, or were going to get anyways, and I either had it or could get one inexpensively. So, I made out some rough plans in my head. I’ve had a ton of help with the actual design over on T-Chisel’s forum. The design discussion was mostly on specifics, nothing that required new tools (perhaps new router bits, but that’s a continuing thing for life I suspect). And yet, every time I turn around, I find mo...
And so we have another version of why I refer to myself as woodbutchery. So, I’m finishing up the bottom of a 6 panel box and I’m reminded that I need to repair the bottom portion of the attic stair. The wood has split on the bottom third of the sides, and it makes the two sections very loose. So, looking at the ladder and saying to myself, “How hard can it be?”, I start designing on the fly. Those of you who are trying to wave me off, flag me down, or signal...
I got a chuckle out of this one . . . I’ve kind of done that first thing shown, only my flying object was a peice of PVC pipe chucked out the Shopsmith blade. Wheee!
Looking good so far. Now its time to mangle the pretty box up with hardware. I used a jig and routed out the quadrant hinge form. Which fit nicely. Only to provide me a box with a 3/16 offset the first time around. I assumed I messed up the jig, so I planed the top and bottom flat again, and re-read the manual before attacking some scrap wood. 3/16th again. A few emails back to the manufacturer, and I got a new one. (Beall, best service in the biz!) Now, the next ro...
I decided I need a nice place to keep some china what-not that has started to accumulate around here. My parents keep dropping off stuff that they have stored at their house, now it is getting stored in mine… After much looking around and cogitation on the matter, I decided the first thing to make would be a cupboard, specifically a step-back cupboard. These are open on the top, and a closed cupboard on the bottom. Sometimes two pieces, other times one. Later I’ll look into...
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