My sweety procured a desk, under the condition that we figure out how to remove it from the house it was coming from, thinking that we’d use it for the wood. It’s got a typewriter lift, so it’s definitely pre-computers and probably pre-electric typewriters, and as we’ve dug into it, even though we don’t need a desk, we’ve started wondering whether we should cut it up for lumber or try to restore it. The vertical pieces are all solid wood, the top and dra...
I am not sure why I am so excited about finishing up a pattern packet. Perhaps ‘excited’ is the wrong word. ‘Satisfied’ may be a better way to describe it. It was nearly 10pm last night when I finally finished everything together into a packet form. I had worked on it all day. I didn’t have any errands to run and only took short breaks for meals. It probably took a little longer than I expected, but as I am looking at it now, I know it was worth it. The...
Even though I am not going to be producing a finalized product by request of the client, our friend Todd asked me to show the process regardless. So, here ‘tis. http://birchhillwoodcrafts.com/ottoman-project-part-i/
It’s Been Launched! I just got my website up and running- http://amcraftsman.com. I still have to get a “Contact Us” page posted, and maybe tweek it a little. I will do that in the next day or two. I have been working my butt off here in Ohio. The work days are long, then I have to go home and figure out my computer and how to build a website. God Bless Apple Computers! I love my Mac and the potential that I have with it. You guys have to understand that I h...
At work, I’m doing my best to build a bookshelf/workbench - This is my design so far, subject to change. I’m trying for something pretty sturdy, storage for games and such, but an open top to convert into a workspace if needed. The middle of the bench will be spanned by a 2’x4’ piece of 1/4” hardboard….the top will probably have to become thicker, won’t it? Any thoughts? Whiskey.
Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure: Items to Build for Fundraiser #7: Progress Update on the Fundraising Items
I haven’t posted anything in a while regarding the progress on the projects I’m making for my wife’s fundraiser coming up next week, so I thought I might do that. The curly maple, walnut, and cherry cutting board/serving board is almost finished. I lost track of how many coats of mineral oil it has now seen. I’ve stepped my coats back to once a day. Another day or two, then it’ll get a final rubdown of George’s Club House Wax for the finishing touch. ...
Workers of Wood I have a woodworking friend who once related to me this story and though I am taking no sides…. as there is no right or wrong, I think this story says a lot. After telling me the story, we both were laughing since we both saw ourselves at the extreme opposite ends of the story, one a worker of wood using machines and the other using hand tools. See if you can see where you fit in and then laugh. My friend and his wife were visiting a couple for the evening and as t...
Not to make this a discussion of religion, but I must admit something here. I am not the best at following the 10 commandments, specifically the 3rd and 4th commandments. The 3rd typically when I cause myself some sort of stupid pain, and the 4th because somewhere in my head there is this voice telling to get it done now or it will never get done… Typically that voice belongs to my wife. But sometimes it is my own inner monologue doing dumb things to me… And at my age, I now re...
I’m not sure if this is standard practice or not, but when I’m building a piece where the dimensions don’t need to be exact, I start with the doors and build out from there. I’m building some simple shaker-style doors, mostly because I don’t have any actual stile and rail bits for my router. In the past I’ve done all the cutting—slotting and tenoning—with straight bits. For this project, though, I decided to spend some money on a slot cutting bi...
OK – This is so easy its silly Run to your local auto parts store and buy you some type of “Swirl remover” I picked “Mequiars SwirlX” and you put a dab on a paper towel and you rub it till Itstarts squeaking (like ya ears – as my mom use to yell “I WANT THEM SQUEAKY CLEAN”)then switch to a terry towel and repeat.. and you get this! Total time for a 8×12” surface was like45 seconds? That is the piece that was the one I finished ...
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