Yep – I’ve been busy. I can’t do one project at a time. I am really one of those folks that have to have lots of different things going at one time. This is a project that got started a very long time ago. The prototype (see previous entry on this blog) is not very good. So I’ve decided to reacquaint myself with Google Sketchup by redesigning the cabinet and getting better proportions. The outside dimensions are set because the cabinet has to fit between two doors. ...
I grew up loving the smell of sawdust! My Great Uncle John Rutherford had a woodworking shop and a huge garden. I remember sitting and watching him turning stairway spindles for hours…and he did it all by hand without a duplicator! That was over 45 years ago! My Dad was also a woodworker. He built my bedroom suite and numerous pieces of doll furniture. He put beautiful pine panelling in the home I grew up in and remodeled a home that was originally built by a civil war veteran nam...
Just a short blog today to tell you what I’ve learned and to give you a few tips. Today I planed 6 stave’s concave and also cut out the dados in them for the bottom. As I mentioned in a past blog, it is easy to cut the lines marked out for the dado. I first scored with a knife. It’s a good idea to just lightly score the lines much like the pressure you might use on a pencil, then cut deeper the 2nd time. This will keep you from wandering off the line on the first cut. A...
What’s happening in the shop for February 23, 2010. Betz bed is build and ready for the finish. I will build Ridenhour’s murphy bed and bookcase today. I’ll also start on Griffith’s table and uppers as soon as the drawer ironing board get here. For missed video and building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. Watch us live:
Hello All, After spending a rediculous amount of time on my router table pushing device I finally decided it was time to complete it and get on with my life. http://bit.ly/cj0InC Brian p.s. After having read the one sentence above I realized that it was funnier than the entire post at the link above. To be completely honest, tonight’s post was not my best effort. If you are interested in reading a really mediocre post, then by all means, click on the link. But know this,...
My path to enlightenment appears to be rather random. LOL I am discovering the woodworkers path, and the sculptors path as well as architechs and others can be lumped into Art? Found and interview with Krenov. It was great, he was a true Lumberjock! Always called himself an amateur (sp?). A catagory he liked to be in. He talked about others who may have been more “well known” but differed from him. He may have enjoyed what they created but not their process in creating. Willi...
After hurting my arthritic fingers using an old folding knife, I decided to try making something that would better fit my hands. Here is what I came up with. I started with an old rasp Some work on a bench grinder brought it down to the rough shape I was looking for. I worked the blade into shape on successively finer grades of sand paper. Followed by wet/dry sand paper And finally a leather strop with green polishing compound. To create a handle I st...
Hello All, I did a very simply inlay today. It was really quite thrilling. Inlays are cool. Now I need to try something without straight lines. The title of my blog post is ‘Valley of Mediocrity’, which made me chuckle. Sometimes that is my only goal. :-) http://su.pr/2aD7RF Brian
I’m putting this entry in my General Rambling section because I don’t want to screw up the order of the Secret Compartment Toy Box series…. I know that only those who would be in a forum like this can truly understand the feeling of assembling a project that you’ve worked hard on to find that everything has come together just as you envisioned. Tonight that happened for me and my most ambitious project yet, the secret compartment toy box. Now, I know for some of...
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