Well its been a while since I posted an update on the everlasting build of the nightstands. I’m starting to move much quicker now with the build, but still only get a few hours a week to work on it. I’m still on though to apply finish before end of July so hopefully by August it will be fully assembled. All thats left now is the Drawers and top, and a few big fixes to some mistakes which might be more time consuming than I think to fix. These pictures don’t show too mu...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #25: Rainy Days and Mondays, but I'm Not Down!
It’s not quite light out yet, but I can already tell it is going to be a dreary day. It’s already raining, but not the kind of violent storms I have been hearing about in the states but rather a soft rain, even and gentle. It seems more like autumn here than summer, as it is again quite cool. But that’s OK, because autumn is my favorite time of the year. With all the rain and flooding we have been hearing about, people around here say its been too dry. My partner told me...
Excuse the pun on an old Led Zep track. Just a quick one. This is how I’ve chosen to enjoy the stuff I’m doing currently. With the added bonus of reminding me every time I go up or downstairs to ‘Get my arse in gear and make boxes for some of them to go on’
Ok, so it has been a while since I posted an entry. The top is finished and now stored letting the polyurethane cure a bit before I do the final rub out and wax. I have since turned my attention to the base. The hardest part was making the cross beam. I laminated a piece of walnut between two pieces of VG fir. Once the glue dried, I resawed it in half and cut the mortises for the pegs from the inside using my router and a jig cut at 5 degrees. I then re-glued the two halves together a...
Making the drawer fronts was similar to making the drawers themselves. The actual construction of the fronts was not overly hard but there was a lot of repetition in terms of milling the wood. The one thing I could have done to improve the overall construction was mill the wood close and then let it acclimate it a bit more. Here’s a picture of the drawer fronts on one cabinet Here’s the cabinets being integrated together.
Up to now, things were relatively easy. Now the actual work was going to start. To make the drawers, I decided to use Poplar. However, I did something I would now change. I purchased 4/4 of the stuff with the idea that I would resaw in half on my bandsaw. In retrospect, I should have purchased 8/4 and cut it into thirds. After resawing, planing and sanding, the boards were much thinner than I had hoped. The next decision was how to construct the drawers themselves. I have an Akeda Dovetai...
The third element to the show was the demonstrations and exhibitions. Here’s a couple of highlights. More photos and details @ the love of wood.
I started with taking measurements of the initial cabinet and combining that with measurements taken from the miter saw itself. With these numbers in hand I created a basic plan in Google Sketchup. Usually I put together a rough drawing and some basic numbers and then I’m off to the races. This usually means I am constantly “planning” throughout the whole build. Learning to use Sketchup is helping me get away from this. I have also made drawings at full scale to see how thin...
Last year I bought a half kitchen with the idea that I would add the cabinets to my workshop and give it an upgraded feel. (Right now everything is gray melamine which I got from an office that was being torn down.) When my wife saw that I was going to use the cabinets in my shop she immediately said they are too nice to get beat up in the shop. Too nice is a relative term. Let’s take a look. Here is an example of one of the cabinets. Here it is from different angle. Th...
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