Awhile back, I was experimenting with designs for a type of lap easel for my Mom. Mom had hurt herself at work awhile back and she has difficulty doing a lot of walking. So she was looking into a hobby that she could do while stretched out or sitting on a recliner. She recently developed an interest in drawing so I thought a lap easel would be just the thing for her. Now I could have just went to the store and shelled the 20 bucks for one but, no…, I had to be a woodworker and do it ...
There are 8 fluted columns to this bedroom set. The columns were turned on our “Legacy” Ornamental Milling Machine, by one of our shop craftsman, Dennis Nygard. I’m carving the 64 acanthus leaf’s by hand with “Pfeil” carving knifes and a small brass mallet. It’s easer to cut the solid cherry by lightly taping with a small mallet. Each leaf takes about 3 hours per leaf. Plus set up time and drawing time, which takes about 2 hours. So, each spindl...
I bought some 1/4” x 1/16” x 24” basswood strips to use as batons and continued with the lofting. I’ts about like doing the full size lofting with 3/8” planks and crayons, but it’s a good start. I started with the sheer line in both profile and plan view to get a sense of the shape. I also lofted the keel and keelson. And then the stem. And finally the deadwood. The upper waterlines all turned into a bit of a mess because they are so clos...
I joined LJ 2 weeks ago. Someone welcomed mean warned me that this site is addictave. He didn’t say how addictavie it can be. I find myself coming in at noon, reading LJ, supper reading LJ, then in evening reading LJ. In between times I have TV on watching reno shows and DIY (Gotta keep in touch) ha ha.POINT IS.I do enjoy the topics the people post here. Keep it up ,it makes this “oldfart” smile.“A smile is free, the more you use one , the easieir they become”
Hi guys! What with all this talk lately about safety and power tools, I thought I would post a video I made about this time a year ago showing a project I made with nothing but hand tools. It’s called a Governor Winthrop desk. It’s unplugged and pre-beard. Enjoy! Detailed plans here!
I must say, I wasn’t pleased to see a “Harry Reid.com” ad on your site. I thought I left politics in the other room. Oh well….this is a free country, paid by advertisement. Am I the only one who feels this away??? BigD1
“There is a knowledge in the muscles of a workman that goes beyond the mind, a skill that lies in the flesh and the fiber, and my hands and my heart held a love of the wood…” Louis L’Amour. Words of a great wordworker. Trying to teach woodworking to a beginner really brings this home. No matter how smart, or talented, it just takes time to learn how to hold a chisel, or run a belt sander. This is something no hobbyist can know. He might build to a higher standard (and ...
I got most of it unpacked last night after posting the first blog. The instructions said to get a buddy to help roll the cabinet off the pallet and stand it up but I managed to do it alone. It’s heavy but doable alone if you know the right way to lift and follow the instructions. First Impressions:- It is really well packed. I’ll be surprised if I find anything that was damaged during shipping.- The instructions are very well written with color drawings. Even I’ll be able...
Hello All, Let me say first off, I am sorry that I didn’t get the blog piece written about how I did the dust collection on my router table. I had planned on doing that tonight, but the neighbors were outside, and before I knew it I was visiting with Don and Jackie and eating pie. So tonights blog, which is not my best work, is mostly about my woodworking purchases today, helping my sister get on Twitter and eating the aforementioned pie. http://bit.ly/atmKCr I would say th...
So, as a part of Marc S’ “Woodworkers fighting Cancer” guild build of the shaker table, I decided to treat the project as a skills builder regardless of how the end product turns out. If it gets trashed, then I’ll start again! The drawer called for a half blind dovetail, but we were by no means bound to follow that suggestion. So, here’s my first attempt at half blind dovetails! Not great, but despite the gaps, it was still a tight fit on the first try! I d...
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