Tonight, I finished tuning up the shoulders of the stretchers, since I noticed that some of them were 1/32” or slightly more out of square on one or more edges… that’s what I get for adjusting the fit of the cheeks with a sanding block. Also, I had to make the stretchers the correct length to match the shelf – the long stretchers were about 1/8” too long. So, I made a couple of paring blocks (also cut for paring dovetails), and cleaned everything up. A test fi...
I hate some of my tools. I love some. It doesn’t really follow any pattern. It is not the most expensive or the cheapest. I picked up some oddballs in my “collector” days and never really used them. Now, I am actually using them and see them in a different light. Here is a short list: I hate my Stanley 45. It is the proverbial jack of all trades and master of none. The adjustments suck. The seating for the cutters is pitiful. It chatters. The screws shake loose unless you...
Getting Things Under Control I see my schedule loosening up and I will get back to blog entries with information that woodworkers crave. Until then you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t Be Hatin’! Now, I know that many of you don’t like the social sites like FB and Twitter, but they have become very important for me lately. They have become the means by which I have been able to feed my need to share. The things that I post may change your mind about Face...
Hello All, 198 days ago, I posted my first blog post. It was a bit if a lark, but then a bunch of people left some really nice comments. It spurred me on to write more. Which I did. After a while I bought my own domain. And over the last 30 days, over 4100 different people have stopped in to read my drivel. It all began right here on LJ. I really appreciate all the encouragement everyone has given me. I wanted to share some good news here first. I have just been accepted to be ...
I admit it. I am a wood hoarder. My garage has plenty of untapped talent in it. Tables, chairs, shelves, car ramps… Now just the time to do something with it all.One of my earliest gets was a brace that was rejected at the timberframe shop I worked for.I was able to locate a second one and decided it may hold up a vanity top one day. Those sticks on top were cut out of 8x timbers as a screen channel. Those are 1×2ish at varying lengths. Probably my most prized are these cut ...
As plans usually do, this one has changed. The wife didn’t care for the idea of the playhouse on the playset once she learned I was planning on making it house-like. “If you want a playhouse, build a playhouse.” Well, my idea was to build a playhouse and a playset combined. So, the playhouse has transformed into more of a fort, what you would usually find on a playset. In many ways this is good – it’s much easier to build! Below is the revised plan I drew u...
Has there ever been a time when you saw a wood banding design inlaid into a table, jewelry box, or picture frame and you asked yourself the question “How did they create the banding?” I did too. Fortunately, about two years ago I came across a video on Woodtreks and it was there that I witnessed a craftsman form Orion Woodworks that explained the process of this particular banding design. The following is my interpretation. Pictured above is the look that I’m after. N...
I’m about as good at blogging as I am at woodworking, so I haven’t been very good at keeping this going. I have spent the past few weeks working with a bit of vacation thrown in but have got back to work on the trestle table. I am at that stage of a project that I really want to be done with it, so I purposefully slow myself down so I don’t make stupid, rushed mistakes. I cut the curves on the feet, risers, beam, and support arms on the band saw and then did lots of san...
Here is the update on the 4th day… 5 boxes were selected.. One on the left was the previous HUMIDOR, I made and was now a choice as GILDA's. ALVIN's and BRENDA's also chosen, and lastly ELLEN's box is the largest. One was left behind… intended for the other. Of all the 7.. 3 off to USA + my previous HUMIDOR..
WELL ladies and gentlemen… the journey that was the jewellery box has come to an end. I am quite pleased with the final outcome. I havnt taken many pictures, it’s late here and there’s no good light available, but thought you might like to see it before I upload some pictures to the finished projects section. I give you, the jewellery box: a view of the front side of the box, with the latch in place. a view of the marquetry I did, it’s finished laqueri...
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