With the confidence gained recently with the use of properly sharped chisels, I decided to make hand tools the center of my next tool splurge. True to my word, with the great customer service provided by Highland Woodworking, I placed another order and received the following - The spokeshaves were an impulse purchase at Harbor Freight. Both for 12 bucks and I haven’t seen spokeshaves at any local stores. I picked up a Crown dovetail gent’s saw (good reviews on fine wood...
Woodturning has taken its hold once again. In this video we are back at the wood lathe with our turning tools working on a new woodworking project, a segmented vase of 18 rings and 432 segments. You’ll see the woodturning process from the very beginning along with edited clips displaying the various wood gouges chosen to cut and shape this segmented vase of mahogany, cherry, maple, and walnut. When the actual woodturning is completed we will break out the sandpaper and illustrate ...
After a good day in the library, i decided to reward myself by gluing up one leg (it’s the only one with all 3 pieces dimensioned properly). I opted for the Schwarz’s gluing up accoutrement (part of a multi-grain cheerio box in my case) rather than my roller, as i didn’t want to wash it up after one use. Jury’s still out on the method. I did dare to change one piece of his advice, though, and i am throwing it out there for other beginners who find making jigs more inti...
Thought I might start a blog to give some insight into how to build a set of custom cabinets for your kitchen. This seems to be on every woodworkers list, and with all the books and instructions out there, it can get a bit confusing. I will focus my attention on a faceframe set of cabinets with 1/2” overlay doors and drawers. The kitchen you build can be as traditional or as funky as you want to get. There are though a few guidelines that need be followed for everything to work out....
A couple of years ago, the family took a roadtrip out to the east coast. I stumbled across these pictures and thought I’d share them, just for the curiosity they present. While visiting a heritage site called Ministers Island in New Brunswick, we explored the buildings on this site (the summer cottage of Sir William Van Horne, engineer behind building the railroad across Canada). The buildings on the site were built around 1892, though the original settlement on the island was ab...
My sister always accuses me of trying to incorporate too many styles into my projects… maybe she’s right. The design is basically finished, and I say basically because there’s always tweaks and adjustments to be made along the way. I will get a chance to start the project this weekend and just to tell you a little bit about it… I want the finish to have a high gloss, clear coat, and I want to inlay it with a few cherry blossoms on the top lid. I don’t think I&...
This weekend, June 25 and 26, Lie-Nielsen is having their final hand tool event for the season at the shop of the legendary Frank Klausz. I’ll be there demonstrating some carving techniques and I’m wondering if any of my fellow Lumberjocks will be there as well? Here's a link to LN’s webpage about the event. I hope to see lots of LJ’s there.
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #19: It Isn't Finished Until It's "Finished"
Did you ever see some really beautiful woodworking done only to notice that it wasn’t really ‘finished’? I have been doing woodworking and scroll sawing for a long time and I must admit that finishing is one of my shortcomings. I have been to many shows, too where people have on display the most beautiful, intricate fretwork that must have taken them days to cut, only to have little or no finish on them – or worse yet – a poorly sprayed on finish which has drip...
Well last week I was in Christchurch …. New Zealand…. and dropped in to see Moshe... and have a look at the workshop… I needed a wood fix.. away from the shop for a whole week…Here are a couple of pics…and had a closer look at his variation of the Step… very impressive… more so up close… Enjoyed a cold beer with him and left with a few pieces of wood…Nice bit of Rimu and a piece of recycled Matai..Good to finally put a face and voice to th...
While in Juneau Alaska on Mt. Roberts we were shown these tree carvings. They are carved in to live trees. One is a Raven and, the other is an Eagle.The Tree Carvings are known as culturally modified trees. It is an ancient custom of the Tlingit People. One of the purposes of the trail markers was for identifying different clans’ rights to use a certain trade route. Always placed on spruce trees, each carving is made without endangering the tree, which creates a protec...
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