I devoted some more time to the fireplace project. Created the mantle. All pictures so far are unfinished, in fact, everything is just set into position. I am still trying to figure out how to secure this to the wall. I will likely also continue the wall behind the fireplace to the ceiling and mount the television to the wall. Lately I have been leaning towards a frame and panel type wall instead of painted drywall.
Today, I was able to glue up the top, cut it out, and sand it. It looks pretty damn cool.
I began working on the mortises in the top and had a complete relapse in talent. The first one was horrible. I used a drill guide I bought from Sears in hopes of everything being perpendicular and cleaner. Boy was I partially wrong. The first one came out horrible, but cleaned up so,so. I’m so glad this wasn’t one of the mortises in the base. I started trying to use a 1-1/2” fostner bit but eventually downsized to a 1-3/8” and chose to clean them up with a chisel. I was having a hard time sta...
I haven’t been spending too much time in the shop ever since i finished the Jellyfish Table. I actually moved about 10 miles away from my shop so it is not as easy to “casually” do woodworking after work, after dinner, here and there on weekends, etc. My shop is on family property, so its not going anywhere. It takes me about 25 minutes to get there from where we are staying now. So I mostly go on a weekend day here and there. I have been up to the shop a few times to ...
Another set in a little different finish. This one has fired in ground glass. Really cool textures
Yo whats up everybody I just got a router table that my grandfather wasnt using and it is a shop mate 5 amp router. It is a fixed base and it came with a table. It came with a flush trim bit I think. I think the collet is a 1/4 in but im not sure.
While surfing the web, (at work of course), I ran accross a great website William Mcdowell, box maker extrodinaire, . Not only are his galleries fascinating but if you follw through to his tips, he provides some great information and is funny as all get to boot. Just thought I’d share.Hope you see some value. Doug
More to the point, the cutting board… Now mind you, I KNOW that a cutting board is probably NOT the thing you want to get or make for just any wife, but my wife likes to cook, and LOVES high end kitchen goodies. Pampered Chef is like crack to her… Completely addictive… Sort of like Lumberjocks I guess… Anyway I digress. I made more progress on the board today, and it is really starting to take shape. I fished through my roundover bits, and my routers, found th...
This is my ongoing project. Started this a couple of years ago. I guess I consider myself a pretty good do it yourselfer, but this job was a whole lot more than I expected. I pretty much went from an empty basement to what you see here. I put up all the walls, ran the electric with the help of an electrician friend of mine, hung the ceiling, and did the laminate floors myself. The bar is a big 12 feet by 7 feet. I made it mostly out of 2×4’s and plywood. I attached the rail to ...
I am starting a new side table, three legged, with a round top. QUESTION: I want to make the bottom a hexagon. I also have to make a jig to route out the slots while the piece is still in mt lathe to utilize the index, anyone have any ideas??? I know I can set my saw to 30 degrees to make the cuts, but a little stuck there.
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