On my way from the ferry to the Sounders game yesterday my wife & I passed a Woodworking Store (in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle on First) that sold handcrafted items. Displayed in the window was a natural edged maple burl bowl probably close to 20” in dia & close to 12” high that was simply GEORGOUS. The chest it was sitting on was beautiful as well. It was in the same shape as my maple bowl I just posted. I told my wife that the cost of the burl alone was severa...
I found a retailer which can send us Festool items. I thought I could get Festools again finally.But that shop will never receive my PayPal account because of type of my PayPal account . Though they require confirmed address, we Japanese can’t have it through PayPal. Dead-end again. But I couldn’t give up, so I approached again and that shop allowed me to trade through bank wire transfer. ——that was fantastic! But again I researched about international bank wi...
I’m a list maker and a planner…which appears opposite of my nature to just get frustrated and jump in to ‘just do it’ some times. I’ve been working on slowing myself down for the past few years and have had some success with it. I definitely have in the workshop. It also helps me to break things down into smaller chunks that I can handle in a short period of time (since most of the time I only get an hour or two in the shop anyway – and that time will be dw...
So how I decided to build this came from another project I wanted to start which was a large bible stand for a friend. I decided I wanted to add detail to the joints by dovetailing them but found my chisels were horribly wounded from a year of not knowing how to care for and sharpen them. So from the this I decided to learn to sharpen them and from there wanted to do so in a controlled way. After looking on lee valley I say a chisel grinder stand and wolverine turning guide that i though...
Before you look at this picture just think of what you amagin firewood as. Some terrible wood that kmart is trying to get rid of . Well think again, after a little band sawing, jointing, and riping, I have a nicely milled peice of Red Oak. Thats right Red Oak. It is a shame we burn these things because underneath it is truly beautiful. This is my first time milling lumber from a log so to speak, so this has been a great experience. It is fun to see the end product compared to the begining thi...
Yes.. we’re on the count down. This is the last chance to enter your project(s) to the Summer 2007 Awards. The exact deadline is July 31, 2007 at 3 PM CDT I’d like to remind you of two important things: Your project may be older to be considered as the valid Awards Entry in both categories (Garden Project and Wood Joinery). I’m sure that many of you have created at least one interesting garden project in the past. So don’t hesitate to enter it. Your project s...
I am beginning to build a new workbench so I thought I would try out blogging it. This is my first attempt at writing to explain a project so please feel free to comment on my style. My current bench is a ‘whitewood and screws’ model, that was built by the former owner of my house, worked great for what I needed at the time, but it is showing signs of age as well as some other issues that need to be dealt with. The old bench has begun racking, the screws are not holding well enoug...
Sunday night we were going to start on the bathroom vanity, but Charlene didn’t feel like hanging out in the shop, so I went out to make some sawdust. We’ve got a bunch of spare birch, so I took the scrappiest of it and started to push the limits of how I interacted with our tools and wood. This is where I’ve gotten to so far. I had a chair for my office, one of those standard el-cheapo office chairs you get from the big box stores, and it broke. Then we moved, in t...
I have had a DeWalt scroll saw for about three years and it has been one fine saw. I did buy it used but still got a deal, I think. It has started showing signs of wear and age. Perhaps a few parts would make it much better but who knows. So last night and again this morning, I talked to Ray at Seyco and they have put on reserve their last Excalibur EX-16. This is reported to be one of the finest saws on the market and well fits my needs. I know some people will say they like others and th...
There’s a new Little Good Pieces blog post: Outdoor Morris Chair 1 – Ready to Begin. I bring home the wood to build an outdoor Morris chair. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/outdoor-morris-chair-1-ready-to-begin/
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