Saturday I was off to Chester Dawe\Rona for some lumber for the deck. I had to pick through a whole bunch to find some decent stuff. I later remembered that they sell #2 lumber for #1 prices. I normally go to HD, but I needed long stuff and HD did not carry it. My first task was to make a base plate for the 4×4s to rest on. After 5 years the bolts sticking out of the concrete were still good. I figured the tread would be rusted. Here is the base laid in place. I ...
It has been some time since I have updated my blog on my progress. The bench is coming along nicely. I began working on the table top and am learning a lot as I progress. The top requires a lot of work. I don’t see myself building another bench for a long time. I am glad that I thought about what I would need before ever beginning. Since I started my bench, I have seen other’s benches on this site that look great. It has made me think about a wish list for the next bench,...
LAMINATING THE LEGS When I left off I had cut most of the strips. That was a very tedious job and I broke it up over several days (over 80 total). I finally got to the point where I could start bending my laminations. Here is the “dry” trial run: Here are the strips laid out to apply the glue. I had to mix the special glue made for laminations: And here is the first glued up leg in the form: After about three days I had all eight legs. Some of them are s...
I have flooded Karsons maple burl wood gloat platter with clear Danish oil and let it sit for 4 days to completely dry. This piece soaked up a little more than 1 pint of Danish oil. Here is what the piece looked like before the Danish oil was applied: Here is the platter after the Danish oil was applied and left to dry for 4 days. There are a lot of wild grain patterns in this piece and the Danish oil gave them some character. I will start applying satin wipe on poly today and ...
Recently I was commissioned to make an oriental style cane. I posted a question here asking what it should have on it, and have decided on the dragon. The price of this cane is low, so I had to figure out what I could do to stay in budget. Needless to say, I’m not on budget, but it’s a nice cane. I couldn’t spend the time I wanted to designing this piece. The price wasn’t accomodating enough I guess. I did the dragon inlay work and unfortunately that’s prob...
The strongback is completed and the molds are in position. Starting to take shape! The strongback is the very flat, level and squared box in the photos below. It is attached to short (2 foot high) sawhorses on each end. The molds are attached and braced to the strongback. The boat will be constructed upside down over the molds. So far, I haven’t built anything that will be an actual piece of the boat when it’s completed! Everything in the pictures below will eventually go to the l...
Hey Everyone!, well summer is finally here and i am jumping into a ton of woodworking. here are some projects i am planning on making this summer. – bow front desk – slant top desk – sugar chest – tea table – cool coffe table – pie crust table – shaker armoire and dresser So the first in this long line of projects is going to be the serpentine bow front desk. this is going to be built out of sapele. so i went ...
Well I never expected to find what I found this morning upon my return to Rockler. The pallets were still there, but with the look of disarray. Gone were the extra wide boards. I did see 2 that were over 12”, but they were not sapwood free. I think my lumber gloat was too big!! After going through what was left, I did manage to find 7 boards. I only bought 4, due to the fact that I was in my G6, and couldn’t get the wider, longer boards in the car. I think I got the prett...
Well,I will be turning 29 on Monday, and this afternoon following lunch, the wife took me by Sears to pick up a 10” drill press and then by the Home Depot to pick up a new table saw blade. I am feeling pretty loved right now. The drill press went together in about 20 minutes, and though I am not big on electronics, the laser crosshair was dead-on right out of the box. It appears to have no slop in the spindle when extended either, should be more than good enough for me. I am going t...
Updated 1/15/12 At this point we have a box body with corner splines.Our lid is still oversized, so we can stop here and just use it to make a traditional box,one where the lid sets on top.DO NOT CUT THE LID TO SIZE UNTIL YOU ARE SURE OF THE STYLE OF BOX YOU WANT TO MAKE! For some, this may be the best option. They may not have all the required tools or may feel their skills need a little more honing.Or, you could leapfrog over the next few stages and pick up the project again when we d...
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