Over the 4th of July long weekend we had our family over to our house to spend the weekend playing games and building tables. To make a long story short, my wife’s family had a barn on their childhood property. The barn blew over when hurricane Ike came through and they wanted to do something with the barn wood to remind them of the great times on the property. I came up with a design for a shadowbox type sofa/entry table. All the siblings bought into the design and agreed to build...
Hi all. Well, I took the plunge and bought some 2 by maple and some 1 by purpleheart with the intention of making a wood body bench plane. The maple is a true, full 2 inches (more or less) and the purpleheart is about 7/8. I figure on splitting the PH down to 1/4 for the sideplates and using the maple for the body. No separate sole is planned. Haven’t decided on a blade yet. Might go Lee Valley as they have a local outlet…
For those of you interested in fusing glass, I’ve given a short explanation about the process. Although working in kiln fired Warm glass (as opposed to Hot glass worked in a furnace), is secondary to my woodworking, it does provide another creative outlet. Here is some info for those that are interested in learning more about fused glass. Fused glass is melted in a glass kiln, which differs from a ceramic kiln in that glass kilns are digital and programmable because the glass must be...
Did you ever wake up and just know it was going to be a good day? I love when that happens! I feel like that today. (And, no. I don’t think I am “jinxing” myself. I don’t believe in that – although I do believe somewhat in Karma) Yesterday was a great day. There was no particular reason, but things just went according to plan – and then some. I got all my files in order and backed up on the new drive, I filled some orders, I made contact with the two ...
Burl On A Spit ….wood can out-tell tales,skewered through i ringed my heart, two sides of my-self….—by flp ————————————————————————————————————————————————————R...
I joined the arm’s reach club a few years ago. I can read without need of glasses, but I have to keep my arm stretched out a bit to do so. Two things that I’ve found that help me immensely in the workshop are1) Bifocal safety glasses. 2) An inexpensive LED headlamp. One gives me better focus, the other gives me the light I need exactly where I need it. Before using them, I had trouble making out those dovetail layout lines. Now I don’t. More specifics about help for ol...
Hello Everyone, I had fun in the shop tonight, working on my bandsaw resaw jig. A fairly bland post on the blog tonight, though Manfred did get some work. My first chiseling with my Lie-Nelsen chisel was a joy. http://bit.ly/9wl04y Brian
I started by assembling the window frames. I used little rubber bands, which works very well in this application. Thankfully I did not cut the mitres, so they actually fit. ;) I let those dry for a day, or so. So I worked on the wallpaper for the top… If you notice the lines, I had intended for the centre room to be a tiny bit bigger. and then I noticed that the margin for the paper was sooo close. So I just made the centre room 12” wide. That works. Painted t...
Today started off a bit slow. We began by choosing our lumber. We had the option between walnut and cherry so I chose a nice piece of cherry since it seems like I always work in walnut. Next, we traced the template for the back legs onto one half of our stock and rough cut and jointed an edge to create the plane for the back leg to side rail joint. We got to use the 16” Powermatic jointer after some adjustment to get the in-feed and out-feed table parallel. This was a bit dis...
This is seems to be a buzz. It looks very sleek and clean for a wood working website. I would make a great website to learn and share information on the world of wood working! Very useful for a timber teacher.
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