i had 6 mahogany chunks for lack of a better description. i was told they were african crotch mahogany from a near by wood working store. i had four of hem milled to 5/4 pieces and 8/4 pieces. i still have two chunks left. they measure roughly 48×15x10. i had thought about selling them but at the same time keeping them for down the road projects. i could use the room in my shop plus the money to buy some new equipment. but at the same time they arent hurting me by keeping them. i...
In the process of makeing a router plane. Check it out on my blog at the Red Dirt Wood Shop.
Sorry for the break, I’m not good at getting things down. I wander to much. :) Well there was a post tutorial discussion with my Right Hand Man Gordon. (I must make a note to tell you about Gordon my RHM) Pulling teeth was our consensus. Gordon asked if he had paid the full eight weeks? Worse, nine weeks. I had thrown in an extra week. Some folk who travel will often come for a weekend or two. I prefer doing it weekly and give them homework for the next. After eight weeks they reall...
Late for a party so I have to be quick This was my set-up last night to fill the voids. It’s midnight black sanded grout. This is how I left it to dry last night. Close-up… didn’t work too well. I seem to have a habit of doing things wrong before reading up on how to properly do it. I should have and will use just cement and water to fill in these little buggers. Maybe some color too. While grouting, I attempted to fix my problem area. When I...
Well I didn’t finish much. My appendix acted up and I spent 3 days back and forth to the hospital before christmas. Luckily I got out on the 23rd and though I was in great pain I was able to finish the sewing of the bedding for the doll cradles and the wife painted them for me. Of course she spent the whole time worrying that she wasn’t doing a good enough job. I had to keep reminding her that they are toys and don’t have to be perfect. So the cradles got finished. I ...
I got some time today to work on this project some more and here are a few pics. I’m trying to decide what to do about the frets. I want to go fretless but I’m thinking about marking the positions someway. Maybe cut shallow grooves and then burn them or something. Any idea’s out there?
Hi folks. I decided about a month ago to start building a garden bench to replace a broken one that we bought from a shop near my place. Shop bought garden bench was cheap and flimsy. This is my progress so far. I am nearly finished with the construction. Just the seat rails and Back slats and that’s it. Front and Back legs are laminated because I didn’t have stock thick enough. Wood is unknown, probably some sort of oak. Arms are probably red wood I think...
I spent the evening cleaning up and rearranging my shop the night that I got the top flattened and the leg vise installed. For the first time since I moved into this shop, it actually feels and looks like a work shop. Everything is actually in the proper place, as opposed to being thrown randomly some where in the hectic scramble to get our house remodeled so that we could move in last year. After getting everything cleaned up and organized, I started working on some of the remaining acces...
Another short update from Mike’s inferno. I never was a math whiz and I still have problems dividing those darned willow branches. Maybe numbers are easier to work with after all. I ran out of willow branches, having destroyed all but the one I successfully installed. I would harvest some more branches, but we still have a lot of snow and in fact it’s snowing pretty heavily right now. I know you aren’t reading this blog to get a weather report from Norway, but I need an ...
The following is my third post at Discovering Wood: I’ve been debating which tree to start with, and then the answer came to me quite suddenly. Less than two weeks ago, the world where I live was still stuck in the greys of winter, but then it suddenly began to explode with the colors of spring. In my area, the eruption of color begins with the Bradford Pear (definitely a tree worth addressing later) followed by forsythia, daffodils, crabapple and dogwood. They are all welcome har...
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