After reading a few of the fellow LJ blogs, I decided that making one of my own might help stimulate my creativity. I’ve never really been much for blogging, but maybe this will spur a new interest for me. That’s how I got into woodworking in the first place. I needed some new hobby or something to keep me busy in my spare time. As time has passed, I wonder what happened to all of that spare time that I used to have. It seems like I don’t have any nowadays. (can any of...
In a good way of course. I got my DC and some of the plumbing installed today. I also made it out to my local mill and picked up some 8/4 hard maple and 8/4 purpleheart for Christmas gifts I will be starting in a few weeks. In one of the pics, you can see my new 12 inch craftsman planer that I recently purchased. Can’t wait to try the DC out.
After the last couple of days of chaos, it seems as if things are settling down. Richard is looking a bit better, and acting a bit more like himself. I think the medicine is starting to kick in and he has been able to catch up on his rest and recuperate from his ordeal. We are all relieved. I am happy he likes his new food. At $30 per 4 lb. bag, it was a risk to buy it. I hope he doesn’t find out the price because surely he will then stick his nose up at it, as most cats do. It is...
The bucket continued to come together using the marking methods explained in the previous blog entry. The last stave, or weeping stave was narrower than the rest which, by using the same method, I was able to mark out with the knife and plane down to the exact width prior to planing the angles. I then curved the outside edges of the staves with a spokeshave in a similar manner as Stefang. This process complete, they could now all be assembled into a fine looking wooden bucket. I t...
Ok, once again, a week with no real visible progress, so no pics this weekend. I managed to get the water based polyurethane on before the cold snap hit, so I did not have to bring those huge pieces into our tiny house and try to get them finished up. Now, as I look at my schedule I am seeing that it is going to almost impossible for me to work on this thing too much more between now and Christmas. My wife and I sat down the other night and looked at Christmas gifts we wanted to make. I...
Yes, I am still in the can and still trying to work things out. Storage, electrical and such. I have wanted to update the blog, but have not had a lot to say at the moment. Mainly because I wanted to have a solution to some of my issues rather than just telling you I am still working at it. But all I really have right now is that I am still working at it. So let me tell you a little about what has failed thus far in relation to trying to hang some upper cabinets or storage. I first t...
Yesterday I decided to put my page with HostGator. They charge by the month and are very heavy into customer service. I played with the web page creator today called Basekit Site builder and I have a good start. The easy stuff is done, now the hard stuff like linking sub domains and adding a cart and paypal functionality. http://gator135-davinci-primary.hgsitebuilder.com/ Like I said, it’s not done yet, just getting started.
I had a customer come by my shop with an 1880 Swiss music box.The box itself was pretty sound and the mechanism was completely workable but the finish was real rough. There were inlays and appliques that were missing and the old brass hinges had completely failed. At first I was hesitant to tackle this project because of its value as an antique but he said he wasn’t concerned about resale value. He just wanted it to look good. As far as he was concerned it was worthless like it was. I g...
For anyone who might be interested to help, my wife said she needs a bookcase to go with this. So, I’m open for ideas on basic design. Since the desk is so simple in basic design, I was thinking I’d do something just as basic. We decided on dimensions of ~76” h x 36”w x 12”d. Given the tapered legs of the desk, and the medallion inlay, we thought we’d duplicate the medallion, but I don’t know if I want to just taper very short legs at the bottom of...
So for my company you can only buy a present that has a value less then $25. One day I was watching the wood whisper. He was talking about “it is that time of year – too cheap to buy xmas presents”. Well, I was sitting in my lazy boy chair twiddling my thumbs wondering what to buy. And my wife was chatting in the back ground. She was asking me about the box I made for my mom. Well I spent a lot of time on that one. (Boy let me tell yeah cutting fingers by hand take some t...
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