When my son and I tore the ceiling out last summer to repair the truss’ and replace the heavy 3/4 fiber board ceiling with luan, we had to remove the existing upper cabinets in the kitchen because of the way they were built. Once I could get into my wood shop and after most of the horrible winter snows and freezes were pretty much over, I set about building the cabinets I had done the drawing for previously. The new cabinets should be much lighter but install like normal kitchen cabi...
Well I thought it might be best this evening to get to the shop and keep up with the spoon practicing and see where are am at with things. I felt good and energized after a fine meal of venison burger, potatoes and greens. I have to say that deer meat is a terrific source of rocket fuel and lucky for me I have no better source than my uncle Topper who lives in the cold hills of the upstate NY. When it comes to some well hunted eats there’s no better of a choice than Toppers freezer for some d...
Last month my brother had local Mennonites build a porch around his house and they used what I think is called rough-hewn pine. It is so beautiful. My brother built a couple bird houses out of some leftover wood and Rick fell in love with the look and had my brother go to the workers’ sawmill and buy us some boards for the as-of-yet unknown projects ($8 Canadian/board). Today we actually used the wood to make a garbage bin for our back door. It’s rough—just the way I ...
I have two daughters; both married with children. One lives not far from where I live in Melbourne, Australia. One lives in Vancouver, Canada. Earlier this year, I planned a trip to Vancouver to see my family members that live there and to spend some quality time with my two Grandchildren. My daughter had an opportunity to take a seven day vacation in Florida, so I agreed to look after her children during her vacation. The experience has been awesome. I’ve made lunches, washed clo...
I never gave it the thought of showing you what they gave me to carve from. This picture was as much as I could get. A lot of my time this weekend was spent on getting the leaves shaped and the backs cut out to give them the depth. I also started to sand off a few areas.
In my last post on this mantle clock project, I mentioned a new wood that I discovered at my local Woodcraft store…sipo utile. Here is how it looked when I started:This wood mills and works like a dream. Last weekend, I spent the afternoon milling the rough stock down to 5/8” thickness. I left it stacked and stickered in my garage shop for a week to aclimate.I was finally able to get out to the shop to start cutting the parts for my clock. After an enjoyable afternoon in the shop,...
Ever since I got my 8” Oliver Jointer I have wanted to replace the standard HSS knives witha Helical Carbide Cutter Head. My buddy at Jet said he would get me one at cost but that was going to be $341! Being forever “thrifty” or at least not liking to poor more than I need to for my toys, I have been looking everywhere for a bargain. I finally found one on eBay for a brand new Jet Helical head for only $215!!! Heck of a bargain. I finally got the cutter head today and it ...
You can probably guess, given the time lapse between this post and my last one, that following the decision to redo the parquetry panel I did loose a bit of momentum on this project. However, I did cut a second marquetry panel and I am back on track. I made a few changes from the first version. I adjusted the size to better fit the top of the oar. One of the things I did not like about the first version was my choice to use dyed blue veneer for the sky and the cartoon like clouds. ...
OK so now I know I’m really on the mend. I’m planning, planning and planning some more! First thing I know I need to do since most of any major projects for a while will be hand tool stuff (with the exceptions of those trivets I want to try on the router table), I decided that I need to make sure my tools are sharp, clean and ready to work. With all that in mind – I’ve collected my sharpening things, my chisels and educational materials to prep myself to actually...
I came real close…real close…to just going ahead and using the little carving mallet I made in the end I decided to take it to the bitter end and finish it proper-like. This is how I did it. After hand sanding the handle with 100, 150 and 220 grit to get rid of the obvious chatter marks from the chisel I used as a spokeshave (need to build/buy one of those bad boys), I pulled out the belt sander of justice and went to town with an 80 grit belt. Then, and only then, was I fi...
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