Greetings all, As I mentioned last week I wanted to take this 3rd week of the month and focus on selling products. First a little background… My wife and I both enjoy making things, she in her sewing room and I in my shop, we decided about 4 years ago to participate in the local HOA craft fair in the fall. We decided to stick with one major theme for both of our stuff… Portable Pastimes.We didn’t even have enough items to fill one 6’ table, we shared a space with my ...
This past summer I had the privilege of joining an incredibly talented and inspiring painter named Terrye French in her group she formed called “Painting With Friends.” When painting for the group, we are given rough line drawings or sketches that Terrye drew up and we are then invited to take the idea and run with it. We can develop it in any way we wish, and are encouraged to use our imagination and incorporate our own ‘style’ into it. Once we paint it and make ...
Short blog today. Not much shop time. Cut the 60 degree angles on the sides of the box inner. and fitted them into the outer shell. Still nothing glued at this stage as a lot of work to be done on the inner (Padauk) liner before I can even attempt this. First I need to mark the inside to register the position on the inner where the legs will pass through the outer Remove the masking tape from one leg side and remove the Sycamore spacer. Its then a simple matt...
(Note: This blog is the most current, as of November 16. It should be #8.)* Hello winter. We have snow on the ground but nothing like to the north in Wisconsin. Still, timing is everything. I have spent the time between my last blog and now racing the weather to complete the bench and get shop ready for the car to come back. If I had one of those little compacts this would be no big deal, likewise a large garage. But the car is a Durango and the shop is only 18×20. And my pl...
Since I finished up the nightstand, I’m moving along to building a chest of drawers for the bedroom. Before I get to that, though, I decided that it was time for me to start tuning up my table saw again so it cuts accurately. I had to re-square the rip fence which took a little while, then I got to work making some new zero clearance inserts. I already have two of the Leecraft ZCI’s for my R4512 (one for the standard blade and one for dadoes), but since those cost around $27 ea...
While at work the other day i realized that i might be “sitting on a gold min.” Well not really the old gold mine is about a mile from where i’m working, anyway i was looking at the waste pile near the log loader and saw ’ and 3’ chunks of wood. Most of it was oak but there is some hickory and maple. Most of this stuff is probably firewood quality but there are some short straight pieces. Will these pieces dry here and still be usable for lumber? ohh and 1 mo...
I’m in the market for a new table saw so like every other well informed consumer I’m reading everything that I can get my fat little fingers on. One great source of product information is product reviews from magazines and online sources. I particularly like the side-by-side reviews but I’m a little skeptical of the results. When the newest edition of my favorite woodworking magazine shows up with a product review in it, it’s the first place I go. I love them and ...
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.
The move is almost complete, after spending that last month and half living with my father; We close on our new house in Omaha NE July 5th. I have a 3 car garage with 20ft ceilings to build into my shop. MY wife only wants on stall to park in…I guess I will let her have it. Any Local jocks want to grab a beer sometime IM me.
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,...
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