I plan on starting the playhouse this weekend. I got all the lumber delivered today. Since the weather isn’t looking great for the next two days, I’ll probably just do a lot of measuring, marking and cutting of wood. I’m also going to try to prep the site where the playhouse will go. With the exception of paint, hinges, tar paper, LP smart trim and door latches, I have already purchased everything I need. I’m big on having lots of various size and finish fastene...
I have been working at The Elle Sharp Museum of Art and History as a 1800-1900 woodworker. We are currently working with early elementary kids from schools around the county and even as far as Detroit. We talk about what it was like on the marches and forests of Jacksonville (as it would be named during that time. I give the kids a change to try a double person saw, and a go at the shaving horse. I haven’t found one that doesn’t like it, once they try it. We also have a ...
Here’s my first attempt at video recording my work. I’ll add more videos and images as the project progresses. This is another customer request. It will be made of Solid Oak for the Star and Stripes and the dark lines will be Mahogany. The center will be stretched to creat an are for the flag to fit in and other metals. Thanks for looking! http://youtu.be/AyXemPePmvs
I have been trying to pick up some tools to allow me to do all my woodworking powerless (well electrical power anyway). I scan ebay a lot and take the mighty chance that what I get is in decent shape and can be restored and put back into use. Recently I scored 3 hand augers for $20 total. The sizes are 1”, 1/2” and 2”. The 2” one is massive and still pretty sharp, just a little rusty. I also just got in the mail yesterday 6 hand brace for a descent price. 3 are Stan...
Between my realty work and doing side jobs, the end of a very hectic week is finally here. 5 straight days of getting home to change clothes and then flying off to various homes for new and emergency work. I clocked 44 hrs at the day job and then put in another another 46 hours doing side work. My work days normally start around 6 am, but I work independently and set my own schedule. I’ve done most of my browsing on here using my Android this week. Monday: Hung 12 boards in a kitche...
In case you missed it, here is Part 1 in this series. First thing I did was employ my new-to-me drill press to establish an inner curve for the vaulted feet. Placing the center brad of a Forstner bit ensures that an even radius is cut into both sides, which were held together with blue tape. Not an ideal clamping solution, but it’s adequate for this. Always use a backer board to avoid blowout! I had a bit of tearout around the mortise here, but the rack will obscure the flaw af...
I’ve read about The Schwarz using a rabbet plane as a first step to dovetails, and it’s made me think I need to get me the Veritas Skew Rabbet. With a little project I’m doing with #2 Son, I have recycled boards that needed cleanup. What I tried was the Stanley #278. I set the fence to the baseline, Did some cutting (sorry for the lack of strong shaving, I was in a hurry), Results were very strong! The tool has a Special Purpose! ;-) Thanks...
The next step in trying to come up with an acceptable japanning recipe/method was to test some blends of finishes. Internet research turned up a few possible recipes, mostly involving powdered asphaltum/gilsonite dissolved in a combination of turpentine and BLO &/or spar varnish. The woodcentral link Mafe posted in the first installment has one and fellow LJ Derek Cohen has mentioned a similar recipe he uses. Well, the reason I went with the liquid asphaltum was that it takes care of t...
The Design. The two-color concept gives me an idea of using two colors of wood that are contrasting. With the limitation of making contrast, a big board requires stripes motif or grilled motif to give the necessary symmetry of a solid wall. A diamond grill makes it so attractive with a background wall in it. The Wood. Since dull red Narra (from old floor parquet flooring) and a few strips of white board (probably a hard pine from crate) are available, the red and white grill ca...
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