I can’t imagine why this catalog was sent to me.I can’t imagine who’s buying this pricey stuff. Its a catalog of turnings and furniture parts. 1. I have NEVER purchased anything like this from anyone.2. The items in the catalog are so expensive as to be ludicrous. An item picked at random is a 42” long “Fluted thin-long post farmhouse leg”.In cherry wood theyre asking 79.95In pine its 49.50In walnut its 100.95None of these are provided with finishe...
I thought I better post some pictures of my real workshop in case anyone thought I just had drawings. If you’ve been in on my home page work shop the following is what you saw. I put the overview in here so you could make sense of my detailed photos which follow. The shop is 220 sq. ft. and was a carport attached to the garage with a small workshop running across the back of the garage. The loft which is about 550 sq.ft. spans the garage and the workshop. It’s all insulated and pa...
Well, Friday was my last day at my day job. I got a good severance and have insurance for almost a year so I’ve got that going for me to help out. I have to admit I’m a bit numb as in 30 years I’ve never been out of work, but I’m still focused on woodworking. Right now I’m working on my dishwasher, moving furniture, and remodeling my living room so I will try to post some progress pictures soon. Since my woodworking is focusing on Greene & Greene, that is...
Sept 21/09 Once again, there will be a FREE DRAW in our next eMag. This month’s book is: The Great Book of Wooden Toys Norm Marshall. I didn’t have time to make one of the projects this month—but if you are interested in making trains, planes or transport trucks… well this is the book for you. Check out the website for more information. I will be providing my review of the book in the October eMag. (Kindlingmaker was the recipient of August’s book ...
On Friday afternoon I arrived home to find a package containing 10 freshly-printed copies of the Oct/Nov Woodcraft Magazine which includes the feature story on my shop! It went something like this: Navin R. Johnson: The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here!Harry Hartounian: Boy, I wish I could get that excited about nothing.Navin R. Johnson: Nothing? Are you kidding? Page 73 – Johnson, Navin R.! I’m somebody now! Millions of people look at this book e...
Today I’ll be staining some maple. The customer want a cherry finish. Not a new cherry wood look, but the old antique look with years patina. More like the stuff you’d find on the a showroom floor call “cherry finish”. As most of you know, maple doesn’t absorb stain very good, so to achieve a dark, rich finish is impossible with stain only. Several years ago, I standardize this finish for my customers and make to sample piece with the steps that need to be...
Buddy of mine gave me a chunk of bowling alley earlier this year. I was going to make Something out of it, and my wife asked if I would make a rolling kitchen island to replace our kitchen table. It needed a little cleanup on the ends, and I lucked out, only barely nicking this nail with a router bit. The plan is for it to be counter height: I decided to do a decorative treatment on the ends of the rails, somewhat ‘greene and greene’ influenced, but just out o...
Curving or wrapping might be better terms. Once again Sketchup is a big help in this process. The plan calls for rounded corners on the footboard so yours truly doesn’t bang his shins on them, or when he does it won’t be a sharp corner. This is also another good example of the versatility and accuracy of the Mortise Pal jig. The Dimension tool in the Sketchup model measured the outside of the two staves 1 7/8” in order to achieve a 2 1/2” inside radius with 1”...
I have been collecting old auto/trucks for some 30 years. Today I have my latest restoration. A 1917 International [Harvester] Model ‘H’ truck. The truck was discovered complete, but with every board in the coachwork rotten. The wheels are wooden, and they were in salvagable condition. Today I got the truck up and running again. I had it running two years ago, making sure all of the machinery would function. Today, it ran for the first time in nearly two years. Yesterday ...
well.. I made the trip down to San Diego to pick up the Lathe.. and it was great..I finally laid eye’s on it for the first time and after the owner explained everything to me..I couldn’t get the money out of my pocket fast enough.. The speed control lever was gone and he installed a really cool off/on speed control box, that even allowed reverse.. the speed varies from 300..to 6000 rpm on a 1 hp motor..it has a cool dial that controls the speed and a switch that allows off/on/ ...
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