I can hardly believe that tomorrow is Christmas Eve. The last several days have gone by faster than I can believe. Last Monday I sent out all of my packages and I thought I would pretty much coast through the next week. After all – all of my deadlines were met for my magazine and woodworking projects and since we are only have a small gathering for this holiday with our families locally, there isn’t much to do. I do have some gifts to wrap though and I have some baking to do. ...
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So what is the big Deal about upholstery fabric. What do I need to know? Is there a top, left side, right side and bottom. Is it stretchy, is it velvet, is it thin, is it thick, is it heavy, is it slippery, is it clothing fabric, is it drapery fabric, is it upholstery fabric, is it, is it and is it? In this part of the blog, I’ll answer some of those questions. I’ll focus a lot on the fabric I selected. And then I’ll just answer your questions as they come up like –...
I built a coffee table right, red oak 5/4 ripped in inch & 1/4 wide strips then turned up on edge to show rays and flecks, it was just a great look, then machined it down with router to inch or so, looked great done a arts and crafts style base with little square spindles on the legs or framed ends, then used dye without a wash coat put on like 3 coats thinking the pores would fill boy was I wrong, then went up there this morn and the dam thing had white streaks on it, I almost popped my ...
Hi everyone, more eye candy in this blog since I’m having a go at a wooden tobacco pipe for the first time. Why? Are you kidding! Pipes are tools as old as spoons and bowls…important stuff! And you guys already know I want to be a tool maker. :) Actually, I should blame the current Pipe Swap that’s just begun for pushing me to try this now… In my quest to learn more about Native American life, I’ve carved a couple of pipes from stone, using simple tools. ( ...
I had a very full day yesterday, but I did manage to achieve my goal of finishing up the other two versions of the Hare Herb Garden Markers pattern that will be featured in the June issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. I am very happy with the results, although it didn’t happen without hitting a couple of stumbling blocks and figuring out the processes that I used. But that is part of why I write her and part of the reason I try to offer accompanying articles when I am te...
I fully embrace the global community and think the world is an interesting place with everyone from all walks of life in it. That being said, I am a fan of American made. Call it one part pride and one part liking to make sure my neighbors and my neighbors neighbors are employed. Recently DeWalt has made a commitment to this ideal and has moved production of many of its tools, including power tools, back to US soil. They have a pretty awesome video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUvnK...
..when I build the new shop…This shop/carport has been in the planning/talking stage so long that even the moss it gathered grew old. Though plans changed drastically along the way, there’s finally something to see and appreciate. This reminds me so much of building our house 35 yrs ago in that you work and focus intently and it takes going back out an hour or two after quitting to enjoy and appreciate your day’s accomplishments. After nearly four weeks of...
I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately, as it just seems that there is always so much to do and the time just passes too quickly. Even though I get up early in the morning, I find that before I know it, it is mid-afternoon and then dinner time and then darkness. I always enjoy being busy, as it means that our little business is thriving. I never seem to run out of ideas and my 'to do' list keeps growing longer with each passing day. There are days when I feel on top of thi...
Getting my tools ready #14: How do I get the best out of an OLD DELTA 40-650 Type I? Need experienced advice!
LJ’s I purchased a Delta C arm 18” scroll saw. It has been a misadventure born out of poverty. LOL! Have an intarsia, project in mind. It’s for an artist friend. An inlay into a box made from one of his great paintings. Purchased the 40-650 Type I Scroll Saw at least 3 months ago, maybe longer ( brought it home driving several hours in a blizzard). De rusted the aged metal table, painted and cleaned up the old girl. Looked good! The clamping mechanism and the cl...
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