I originally wanted raised panel arches for over the windows in the kitchen similar to some I had seen at Menards. That was three years ago. I drew them up full scale and gave them to the cabinetmaker who did our kitchen. He never got to them so I decided I would make them. I had done all the trim work in the kitchen, fluted some pieces, and added corner blocks with rosettes to trim between cabinets in the dining room. After thinking on the arch design for a period of time, I decided t...
I have been finally able to get back into the shop this weekend. I have been working on some votive candle holders for my parents. I am making 1 out of purpleheart and red oak, the other one I am not sure of the species. I think it is walnut. I have noticed that I have found new use for my scraps. (candle holders). I have the purpleheart one just about done. I need to put a few coats of poly on it and sign it. Each one will hold 3 candles. I also have a few projects to build for my wife for ...
Okay boys and girls, couple months ago everyone posted their “wish list” when the government anounced their economic stimulus check (return of our own money). On somewhat the same note; give it up, what did Santa bring you for your shop? I guess I’ll go first: a hot iron to mark/brand all my projects. Yeah it was a wish list item…...........by the way Merry Christmas morning everyone.
I went to the woodworks show in MA yesterday and made the previous blog entry because I wanted you guys to be able to see the pics. Took a long time processing them first and uploading them to flickr. It was difficult to get the preview here on Lumberjocks to show what was posted even when the url’s were all there. In fact, it was so difficult that I may not do it again. To me, It really appeared that the picture posting to this blog was not working properly and it was very frustrating.
Yesterday I had just a little bit of shop time. Enough to make sure the tops of the legs are all level so that there is no wobble when the plywood top goes on. I had to glue on a few shims, but otherwise it’s all good to go. Before I glue the top on, I thought it would be a good idea to have the kids go to town on the underside. Here you can see them in action: our son (and my wife) had one half, and our daughter (and I) had the other. P.S. Notice the mess of legos at the top of the ...
Calling all woodworkers in the greater Toronto area and others, don’t miss the Toronto wood show next weekend many of our fellow Lumberjocks will be present . Ryan Sherville will be building a walnut and birdseye maple tool chest and work table in the Master’s Workshop. There will be a raffle and a lucky winner will be going home with the chest AND the tools used to build it all proceeds are going to Habitat for humanity a truly great cause. So if you are around drop by and say hi to R...
Today I managed to get the second door glued up, the top glued up, and the frame and doors prepped for finishing with scraper, sandpaper, and tack cloth. Both doors now done Scraping the cabinet frame. Notice the nice angle my newfangled bench can position the frame clamped in. I jointed and glued the two pieces that will make up the top. A cove molding made on the router table This will go against the cabinet under the top overhang.
One more time someone told me I was too expensive so they got their cabinets at Lowes. Did they ask me for my price…No! They just assumed. The reality is every time I’ve bid against Lowes and apples were apples my bid was cheaper. I guess we can get brain washed. I’ve even seen that prejudice here at Lumberjocks. Yes most shops have gone after a high end clientele. It might even be hard to find a local cabinet maker who would do “low end” work. We even have a ten...
Here’s how I managed to get this far, without a major setback (and I think I can fix the dog hole alignment issue without too much pain.) My Procedure List I try to break it down into manageable steps, then order them to make sure they’re done in the right order. Would love comments AND Critiques!
Sometimes, the means to produce a part of a project are nearly as interesting as the project itself! I’m building another box (Shock!! Surprise!!), similar to the “Quiet Little Oak Box” only larger. I again needed to cut some skewed tenons.I didn’t want to do it the same way as last time. Not that it didn’t work, but I wanted more control and accuracy. Also, this time was not a change of mind, where I could use the first, straight tenons as a handy guide for sawi...
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