As progress is winding down, I take time to try out the planning sled and review the bench.
Hello people I know this is not really supposed to go here, but I was wondering if anyone knows how to build a birdhouse. I have been looking all over for some good instructions but they all seem pretty plain. Please consider this post as an open discussion type of area to build bird houses.
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #406: Some Hope For Selling Our Woodwork Items
It seems that even though we are going through some tough times with the economy, not everyone is suffering as much as they have been in the recent past. I look to this as a sign of hope that people will be able to make a little extra money by selling their hand crafted items and that perhaps things are looking up just a little bit. There are many small businesses where I live. Most of Nova Scotia consists of small fishing and tourist towns where work and prosperity is seasonal. As time ...
Craftspeople, Artists, Artisans! Are you concerned about the state of arts education in our schools? Does your craft have an application to primary or secondary schools subjects? My name is Rodney Hopkins; currently I am working towards my Master’s Degree in Education at Prescott College. Specifically, I am investigating the classroom applications of crafts. Since many minds are smarter than one, I am conducting a survey of craftspeople and artists to see where they have...
This interview with PURPLEV is from the August 2011 issue of the LJ eMag. 1. How did you first get started working with wood? My first few projects (spread over several years) were out of necessity for some tables/cabinets/shelvings for personal use that required custom dimensions, and custom features. It wasn’t anything much to look at, just some plywood cut with a circular saw and screws holding it together. no glue, no intricate joinery, but it did what it was bui...
So the other day I was closing a drawer in an old bureau…I had done a quick fix on all the drawers a while ago, so quick in fact, that I had never mentioned it…The problem with the old thing was that when the drawers were shut, they shut unequally, i.e. at varying depths… a few simple drawer-stops were all it took to straighten that one out…But in closing that drawer, it reminded me that there was another little task… On yet another bureau, we had one of those ...
One of the bookmatched side panels of the chest had a large knothole that needed filling. I’ve seen lots of neat stone inlay here on lumberjocks and wanted to give it a try. My Dad found some crushed turquoise and fancy epoxy at a jewelry supply store, and I bought some bigger pieces at a local gem and mineral show. After testing the technique on some scrap, I epoxied the turquoise pieces into the knothole: I tried to place in big pieces first, then fill the rest of the gap wi...
The new tool box at work. It’s not a pretty thing, but the design has a long gestation. Chris Schwarz has been promoting his conversion to hand tools for years now – and he finally documents the slow spiral in “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest”. He’s got a book, I guess I have a blog. Either way, I decided on a 24″ by 18″ by 18″ dovetailed box. The moldings and bottoms were nailed and glued on, while the top has a split piano hinge as it’s method of movement. Most of the dovetails are ...
This method is for those who prefer polyurethane glues as I do. If you have a long linier glue joint leave evenly spaced sections of the joint clean (say 1/2 in. every 6” ) in this space place a dab 1 min. epoxy and try to keep the two from mixing when the joint is compressed. Push the joint together and hold for 60+ seconds. The epoxy will hold the joint together until the polyurethane glue cures, Then they will both work together. We are very fortunate today in that we have so ma...
We all dream of getting a new purpose built workshop. I finally had the opportunity.with my wife getting moved for her work. I got to leave my cramped workshop with no windows and minimum power behind, to move to a purpose built shop. There were quite a few issues with this move, first of course being the distance, 7,138 km. Logistically, if you forget it, it stays behind. Plus with a moving company, they do not move things like glue, finishes, or great piles of boards like I had. So that ...
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