Working some more on the end cap today. Finished chopping out the pins on the end cap dovetails. The fit was far from perfect so I had to do a little adjusting w/ a sanding block. Here they are together, hope they mate up! After a bit more fussing I got them to go together, still far from perfect but functional. I’m still fairly new to hand cut dovetails. I glued the dovetails and the front bench strip at the same time, here is the whole glue up. I used Titebond E...
So this last weekend we had a break in the weather and I was feeling pretty good! I went to our local center and rented a Ditch Witch trencher. I got the ride along model on the advice of my brother-in-law; with my vertigo and dizziness it would not have been wise to use the walk behind model. It cuts a 6in wide by 4ft deep trench. I started out at the big barn and where Theresa’s glass shop is going to be. It really is an impressive machine! The ma...
As I mentioned in my last project post I have been busy doing things for other people and have not had much workshop time but was getting ready to get back into it. What better way than picking up 24 rough-cut kiln dried 8/4 inch oak boards, between 5 and 6 feet in length each. These boards were taken from an oak tree at the church that had to be removed for a construction project. I can’t wait to get started and see what comes of these beautiful boards!
I was exposed to a really great quote by artist, Chuck Close, while watching a show called “Art Race” and it really got me thinking about how I approach our craft, and about how I want to grow. http://secondwindworkshop.blogspot.com/2013/03/inspiration-wait-for-it-or-find-it.html Where do you find inspiration? What do you do? What do you give up to go get it?
Trying to ID some wood that I just picked up neas Los Angeles. Click link below… http://lumberjocks.com/topics/48308
Lately I have been very fortunate to connect with many important artisans. All of this spoon carving business, website, and wood crafting has not only shown me things about myself, but has begun to show me the interest and support that other people can supply back onto me and this work I have been doing. I am very grateful for the positive communication. Thank you! It is nice to leave the daily news turned off and make some of our own positive headlines I think. Far too much negativity and...
For those so inclined, an instructional video for three simple handcrafted projects to fill an empty weekend. So turn down the sound and relax watching these craftsmen at their best. Enjoy …...... http://youtu.be/rJ1TKkkF1ps
The Glue up wasn’t going perfect because I didn’t use a flat surface to work from. That is now remedied. I was real close to starting over when things started working out. Here’s where I’m at as of 30 minutes ago. Not bad. I got it straightened while I was doing the final glue up. I did some sanding with 40 then 80 grit to level off the worst of my mistakes on the top. I then used the sanding dust and some Tightbond III to make my filler and started taking care ...
Well, finally time to advance this blog. It has been more than 4 years ago when I created the last entry on this blog. I was out of the country on business for more than 3 years, causing my shop to be mothballed. Most recently work has been eating into my weekend time. Today I finally started cutting wood on my Miter Bench. After a full morning with my tracksaw and table saw, I had a nice stack of wood, all the 3/4 plywood pieces are ready to go: I spent early afternoon ...
This summer while on vacation in NH, we made a stop in Maine to hit some woodworking stops. First off we hit Christian Becksvoorts shop in New Gloucester then we went to Lie Nielsen tools and finally stopped at Liberty tool in Liberty ME. I had heard about this place in magazines and online and those didn’t even come close to preparing me for the number and variety of tools they had there. If you are in the area, I highly recommend stopping in. I know I will be making another trip t...
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