I spent over an hour this afternoon in my local Home Depot. After picking through their stacks of construction grade lumber, I was able to bring home some of the straightest, clearest 2×6’s and 2×12’s that I could find. It’s all now stacked and stickered in my garage shop to acclimate while my wife and I are oon vacation. When I return it will be on to start squaring, dressing the lumber and rough cutting the parts to size. Now that I have settled on a design, and ...
First Barn Wood Project #1: Preparing to prep the wood before I start to get ready to begin to start the project
Here goes my first blog. This is basically a continuation of my forum question: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/18730 I picked up the boards yesterday from a carpenter in Creedmoor, North Carolina. He told me it was from a two-story 1850’s barn on his property. He also had the old beams sitting around, the hand-carved pegs from the beam’s tenon’s, and a board where someone was calculating profit on cotton prices and dated it 1929. Pretty cool stuff, didn’t even kno...
I spent, (what started off as) a nice cool Saturday morning, cutting and fitting the mortise and tenons for the base. Since I cut the tenons by hand, I figured I’d break out the brace and bit I inherited to drill out most of the waste for the mortices…. Not for a lack of trying, but I just couldn’t get it to hold the bits… so I moved over to the shopsmith. It was still set up in drillpress mode afterall. Aligned the table height and fence, and two seconds later I ha...
This has been a challenge to say the least!!!! I have the utmost respect for the people that make marquetry look easy… damn. This has been the biggest challenge on this project, and I’ve had more than one set-back along the way, but I’m pleased with the final look of things. first things first. The box, as mentioned is pretty much finished and I have chiselled out the slots for the hinges. The picture above shows 2 of the 4 hinge-slots finished. 4 hinges might be a...
This week LJ’s I have made progress not so much in bringing in work but Gaining space, air, and narrowing my marketing list. Monday started off as usual and then the strange stuff began One of my family members walked in and give me a monetary incentive to prod me into working harder on my business. Tuesday followed by me purchasing a mailing list to start my postcard marketing campaign, Wednesday was quiet Thursday I bagged a tenon jig for my tablesaw, List 80.99, My price 35.99 Fr...
So everything is attached, the rocker to leg joints are ready to be final shaped and sanded and the rest of the chair is ready to get sanded to 500 then burnished before the finish. The leg joints have 4’’ screws through the rocker into the leg, plugged with 1/2’’ plugs The last picture is myself with a good friend of mine. I’m in the camo shirt
Yep. It’s a rainstick.
Decided to totally re-vamp the garage into a full on woodworking shop. Have misc. crap cluttering the place up, including a bunch of “almost” worthless wood. So, in the interest of clearing some space & finally starting to build my first real workbench, I decided to start with a nice thick top. The wood – I acquired a bunch of rough lenga (a hardwood from Chile that resembles Cherry) that is a hair over 1/2” thick. It came from some 6/4 material that was re-s...
... is shavings in your cup! After finishing my morning espresso, I set the cup down next to my lathe. This is what it looked like about an hour later. It reminded my of a joke that my friend and fellow LumberJock Todd Clippinger tweeted to me.
While building my 6-panel cabinet recently (pictured left), I decided to capture the process of mortising for a butt hinge. With a router, a small straight bit, a chisel, and some careful layout, you’ll find mortising for hinges to be fun and easy. These simple tips will make the process much easier:- Create some sort of story stick for repeatability.- Use a marking gauge and knife to scribe the hinge locations for ultimate accuracy.- Use a router remove the bulk of the material at a consi...
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