Thought you might like to see the progress tonight over at my blog.
It took probably 4 hours total to unpack and get it all put together, but definitely worth the effort. Given what I’ve been working with for so long, I can see why people pay the money for a big heavy table saw. I turned it on and it just hummed…what a beautiful sound. AND…I could still hear the radio!!! I can even imaging continuing a conversation with this thing running. This coupled with moving my dust collection outside the workshop is going to huge for keeping ...
Hello All, What do Alfred Lord Tennyson, Bill Clinton and I have in common? Ok, not much at all. In fact, my attempt at loosely connecting the three of us, is not well executed at all. That being said, this is one of my better blog pieces. Ok, maybe it isn. I really don’t know. I do know that I very much enjoyed it. I hope you will too. :-) http://bit.ly/9Qqee6 Brian
INTRODUCTIONThere is very little new in this Blog, I intend to show more examples of how to analyse, and make templates for, more Celtic Patterns. I should point out that the examples shown here and in my previous Blog are all prototypes and not display-class pieces. Here are three more examples: TRINITY, and what I will call SQUARE KNOT and PENDANT:.. TRINITY.This must be the most ubiquitous and simplest Celtic Knot, yet is still elegant. ....The template for this is very simple and obvio...
Well the shop class is about done with their part of the project (the outside). You can see that my nephew got the electrical roughed in a couple of weeks ago. Three 220 outlets a number of 110s and plenty of lights, I hope. Since its the middle of track season I haven’t gotten much else done on the inside. I’m hoping to start putting up the ceiling this weekend, I think I’m going with all OSB on the ceiling and walls, paint it white for a nice clean look. I still have to pu...
My only daughter is having her first baby due in July. I told her I wanted to build a 4-in-1 crib for the baby. Needless to say, she said yes, and asked if I could build a matching six-drawer dresser as well. She wants the pieces made out of cherry and stained walnut. The first thing we did was agree on a design that she liked and I felt I could build. Whenever I build something with greater detail, I like to make some shop sketches. This helps me to figure out how I am going to build i...
I posted a couple of different new projects today. I leave sunday morning for a homeschool highschool world series tournament in Florida and I won’t get back til the following sunday night. So don’t expect any new projects while I’m gone but I’ll get going again when I get back.
I was given a bundle of strip oak by a friend. He dismantled an old whiskey cask and was going to give it to someone else for burning in their stove! When he told me this my face must have changed colour rapidly or something because he asked quickly if I wanted it instead! Well, not ever wanting to see any hardwood used for burning, I jumped at the chance. There is a range of sizes, all around 450mm (18” or so) long by about 100mm (4”) wide and an average of 25mm thick, with aroun...
Not much to report at this time. Just finished the mock ups for a set of birdhouses that a client has ordered. (She knows I am taking my time to get it right. I have recently bought a 26 gauge (I believe) pin nailer so I can tack the sides on the birdhouses without splitting. Bought the Harbor Freight brand and love it. I am getting my shop cleaned up as well. Jockmike2 and his lovelyy wife will be here next weekend. I have also been playing with the new sign crafter upgrade kit I bought a...
Aaaargh! I’m…not smart. I was just working on a tapered leg for the end table I’m building. It’s a beautiful blank, made from two glued up pieces of cherry. I tapered all of the legs on the tablesaw the day before yesterday, so now I’m working on planing out the saw marks with a little Buck Bros block plane. About halfway down the length of this particular leg are some deeper saw marks that it was taking forever to reach. Because I’ve only had two or ...
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