I’m so close to finishing this little project. I looked back at the date on the beginning of this blog series and it’s nearly 70 days ago! Today I fussed with the little doors, getting them aligned as best as I can. There must be some trick to this that I’m missing, if anyone knows, please let me know! I had applied a coat of Boiled Linseed Oil a while ago so once the assembly was complete, I sanded everything to 360 grit. The fine sanding dust mixed with the BLO m...
There seems to be a lot of talk about planes on the forum these days, so I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring. In David's Hand Planes #1 - Stanley Bench Plane I said I’d try to post some pictures of my great grandfather’s old planes, so here they are. I wish I had some wonderful story to give you about my great grandfather using these planes, but all I know is that they were his old wooden tool chest that I found recently in my mother’s garage. He passed away wh...
I’ve been accepted for clinical trials of a new chemo therapy drug at UT Southwestern Cancer Center in Dallas. Judy and I will spend half of each month in Dallas and a couple of weeks back home recovering. The plan is to continue this schedule for 3 to 6 months and see if it helps. To me the biggest down side is that the doctors don’t want me doing any woodworking. Bummer! I will be prone to infections and a simple cut could require a trip to the ER. So as usual I am depending ...
With all of the outer surface cleaned up, it’s time to separate the top from the bottom. On my prototype box I used only a handsaw to separate the top from the bottom. My saws are not sharp or true enough and I had to trim way too much afterward. So I decided to use the table saw function on Shopsmith instead. I made sure the fence was adjusted o match the scribe lines on the box. and adjusted the depth of cut that ti would NOT cut all the way through the side wall. First cut ...
Yesterday was a rather dull and dreary day. I know it is part of spring, and that we need rain in order for our world to function, but I found myself feeling 'blah' nonetheless. I am certain that another factor to my somber mood was seeing the three Mounties from nearby New Brunswick were being laid to rest. It was a violent week in both Canada and the United States and it was hard not to feel pretty down about the state of our world. I will never understand the senseless violen...
Hey All, When I saw this contest I figured that it would be best to come up with a novel entry. So instead of a normal bookcase, I decided to go for a bookcase. Specifically a Childrens Bookcase. This bookcase was designed to be hung low on a wall for easy access. When closed the bookcase looks similar to a giant children’s book. When open, the children’s books are easily accessible. Some pictures are at the links below. Picture 1 - Bookcase Closed Picture 2 - Bookc...
I lost my dad to lung cancer almost two years ago. His passion was his talent of working with wood which I am going to miss tremendously. Because I was such a fan of his work and my husband also enjoys tinkering with wood, my dad left his wood working tools to me. After his Joiner & Planer have set in my garage for 1 1/2 years, I have made the decision to sell them to someone who will be able to use and enjoy them as much as he did. Although after he purchased them, he became ill so t...
I’m getting ready for a total kitchen cabinet remodel and I want to make my cabinets out of Mahogany. i was going to get African Mahogany because of cost and availability but I have heard a lot of talk about how it finishes poorly compared to the American Mahogany species. I’m looking for anyone who can make a testament to the quality of African mahogany either way. Thanks!
Today’s post is going to be a short one. (I know – I ALWAYS say that!) I awoke a bit early today and I want to take advantage of the day. Yesterday I didn’t get to work on my ballerinas at all, as there were many other things that came up and before I knew it the day was gone. I did get to do some scroll sawing yesterday. I had several orders for wood pieces and I was happy about that. I really like that side of the business because it gives me an excuse to get a li...
What’s happening in the shop for February 18, 2010 . Today we’ll putting the final touches on Barrett’s loft and a dawer section. We should apply the finish on a chalkboard murphy bed. Betz bed should be started today. For missed video and building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. Watch us live:
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