I finished the Coffee Table last week and took some pictures of it at my neighbor’s house yesterday afternoon. Here is one more set of pictures from the Shop. These show the finishing process- The final look and finish is no doubt not to everyone’s taste. The gilding wasn’t in my plan till way late in the process -even then I hemmed and hawed a lot over weather or not I should…I decided that I had the 1st coffee table with a single finish all around and that this was t...
The projects keep getting heaped up on me. Last night was a directive to get the not yet fully refinished cabinet doors out of the shop and back onto the kitchen cabinets. My fault, I have been taking too long with them, and refinishing is only a stop gap anyway, we are building new doors and drawer fronts to give the kitchen a whole new look… I managed to get about a half hour of shop time last night and finished sawing and planing down the cedar 2×4s to 1.5” x 1.5”...
One of my many hobbies is the SCA, recreating Medieval history. One of the things we do is recreate the physical artifacts of medieval times – and some people even do so using nothing but the tools and techniques of the period.Here in a picture taken last summer, my two woodworking mentors are building a bucket using medieval hand tools.This past weekend I went to our Kingdom’s Arts & Sciences competition, where artisans and craftsmen from around the Kingdom place their work ...
The has been concern expressed about the size and location of the St. Louis Woodworking Shows. Please find below is a copy of the email I sent to the WWing Show people and Ann’s response. Any comments are welcome.John On Mar 4, 2010, at 9:37 AM, John Gray wrote: Below is a copy of an email I received this morning pertaining to the St. Louis Show this year and I tend to agree after attending the show the last 3 years. John, I see that you too were brave enough to attend the...
Here is a nice little candy box I make . Showed wife and nearly got throwed out of the house !!
The last entry in this series closed with the blanks setting overnight for the epoxy to cure. After this is complete, the ends of the blanks need to be squared to the same axis as the brass ferrules. This is achieved using a drill that is sized to the inside diameter of the ferrules, which is topped with a 4 winged cutter head. The drill is square to the cutter head, and the ferrule aligns the bit to the axis. Don’t overdo the drilling here. You can inadvertently erode the ID of th...
Well I took a different approach, I did not finish mounting the router, I went back and framed the second top I had cut yesterday. It was nice and flat, I checked before I put the new frame in it. I also glued it up laying flat on a table rather than clamping to the frame and I think that helped as well. It don’t look to much different than yesterday, but the new top is a nice .012” from the bottom of the fence all the way around. This shows the mounted router. I still need...
I don’t know if this is how I was supposed to use this function on LJ but I understood the “buddy” section of the page to be a way to show cast those on LJ that truely inspire me. I saw it as a way to be made aware of when those I have come to respect on this site have posted new work. Also to make them close at hand when I need a dose of inspiration. I have grown in my work to the point that those magizine plans are of little use to me. I go straight for the gallary. I̵...
Lets get something straignt right now. I have been carrying this stuff around with me for over 15 years. Probobly close to 20. This story starts out in northern New Jersey about 15 + years ago. During one of my “UP” periods with woodworking, I was looking through one of my local newspaper classifieds. This was back in the day before craigs list for all you younger jocks out there. Came across a small addvertisement ”Walnut boards for sale” The ad had the name ...
Here's the link to a short book review of blade-maker Ron Hock’s new book The Perfect Edge. If you’ve read this book I welcome comments and opinions either here or on my blog.
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