“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see Nature at all. But, to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is imagination itself.” — William Blake, Letter to the Reverend John Trusler, August 23, 1799 Jason Tennant is grounded. He is rooted in his place with strength and dignity, not so distinct from the trees surrounding him. Before ...
I built me a clamp rack added some more shelfs, and bought me two 36’’ heavy duty clamps by Jorgensen made in the USA. I still have a couple of shop projects I wont to do! A hand tool workbench and a Norm Abram style router table.
Dentil mouldings are a distinctive member of the classical moulding family. Often you will see a distinguished building and then when you look up to view the architectural moulding of the cornice you will very often see dentils as one of the cornice members. The same holds true for furniture. Visit a museum that features fine woodworking from the past few hundred years and you are sure to find a furniture piece with a cornice that includes dentil moulding. So, if you were building f...
Here’s today’s update. Adding the shop-made curly maple veneer to the front of the headstock was a little tricky because it’s attached to an existing neck. My plan to rout down the face to accommodate the thickness of the veneer didn’t pan out as planned because the radius on the fretboard made it rock. Instead, I ended up using the flat edge and back of the “paddle blank” as a reference and sliced the cutout on the band saw. Once the veneer was in place an...
WOW I’m so excited. My wife brought home a book from the library the other day, and among other things there was a section about making purses, wallets, pillows etc. from fused together plastic shopping bags. Well me being the cheapskate that I am (oops I mean recycling conscious citizen) decided to try this out but apply the technique in a roofing application, and possible siding too. I have a second chicken coop i need to finish up in the next couple of weeks and I thought maybe...
One Sunday afternoon I was sitting in my loft/reading area and found myself looking at the large, plain white wall and thought…I should build bult-in bookcases across this wall to give this room some character. After a couple of hours of taking measurements, looking at similar and completed projects online, drawing some rough plans I had a basis to start a new, large, and intimidating project. I am coming to the end of the first floor to ceiling bookcase (approx 8 ft tall 30 inches wi...
I’d pretty much run out of excuses for not starting the Big Bench Build. Every week at church I see the kind woman who arranged for me to get all that beautiful lumber for free. I always fear the question, “So have you built it yet?” Don’t ask me why it has been hard to motivate myself to do it. I think maybe it’s because I’ve been planning this workbench for years – literally – and in my head maybe it’s become this grand opus that, despit...
As I am creating and writing down the instructions for the skating pond figures, I see the need to give the characters names. There are many ‘skating boys’ and ‘skating girls’ and I found that it will become quite confusing if I fail to name them individually. Numbering them would seem so impersonal for such a personal project. Sonja is not modeled from anything in particular in the original set of figurines. Many of the characters that I am doing are not. There...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #78: Another Skating Figure Complete - Meet "Sonja"
Yesterday was a good day for tying up loose ends. It seemed that about half the day was writing to customers and answering emails. I enjoy that part of the job though, because it really lets me get to know my customers a little better. I also get to see some of the wonderful work they do. I also have some personal correspondences to keep up with. I have one friend in particular who wrote me yesterday. She is a friend from high school, but we became friends more so when I kids were bab...
Hold down clamps!This story are based on a real bench drillpress, all you see are reality, and all at your own risk… So time for the last part for now, the hold down or hold fast clamps.My solution are quick and dirty…Two china clamps 2,5$, some work. First file of the little metalpiece, that makes sure the clamp cant part in two.(It’s at the end of the long silver arm). Then slide it of. Bore a hole thrugh, that fits, a bolt for your fence. Make the mounting,...
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