I got the last 2 of the 5 sections built last week, sans the corrugated roofing. Here’s how I did it, at warp speed: This marked the first use of my new truck, for 2×4s and small ply panels from Home Depot. What a joy! As an aside, when I cut this particular 2×4 to length… ...I made a new friend. I think it’s a fat bird. As another side, whenever I stack up cut 2×4s like this, I get a terrific urge to build a deck, or workbench: ...
I’ve started on a king size murphy bed. King is not one of the “standard” sizes. As in standard I mean there is no plans for this size. One of the problems with the king is the weight. Most of my murphy beds are perfectly counter-balanced. To help gain mechanical leverage I moved the position of the piston mounting plates. I could only move it 5/8” back. That may not seem like much but when the original distance of the pistons are 7 ½” from the pivot point, that’s about an 8% increas...
This is also a little bit of fun for anyone who wants to be involved..Here are a few pics of me… earlier than LJ’s.Me as a Recruit.Me as an Officer Candidate in the RAN.In the Snake Temple in Penang.In Hong Kong .,. on Victoria Peak over looking Hong Kong Harbor over to KowLoonMe now
Time to chop the pins for the dovetails. The key for me is making lots of marks on my pieces so I don’t screw up (much). The top is 1/2” narrower than the sides to allow for the back boards to be nailed to the edge of the top. And since the top’s tails are hand cut, they have all the variations that go along with hand cut dovetails (especially mine). So important to mark the front edge and left and right edges. Now get creative with the clamping so the top board w...
This turned box is the next step in my rings of things series. This is a project in progress and will soon have a story. I just thought I’d share what I’m up to. Thanks for looking.
With the carcass hung on the wall, I turned to the cheapest 1/2” BC plywood I could find at Home Depot for making the shelves. I’m trying this new thing where I don’t blow through wads of cash on utility projects and hair-brained schemes. They were pretty warped and ugly, but cutting them down to 23” (22-7/8” actual) x 16” got rid of most of the problems. These are utility shelves, so a little warp is okay by me. Here’s me cutting the 12 shelves fr...
So the brief was that they wanted a place to store all the paper work in the house. Passports, house insurance, car related stuff and all the other paper trails that we must keep hold off.I’ve checked out the room that they want the piece to go into, and they have a rather ugly looking Mahogany table with the computer on it, they have asked if I would try and match this piece. I’ve looked over it so many times and still the piece says to me “Ugly”. So I’m going t...
Hey Lumberjocks and Jockettes, Just though that I would let you all know that I am starting a job on Thurs. I know the Mrs. will be happy. I am not thrilled about the job but hey it brings home some cheddar. I am still doing the craft mall thing. So far nothing has sold, but it is still early yet. I am working on getting some hat racks and fishing rod racks together. Will post pics soon. Just thought that I would share the news.
Here’s my first attempt at the hot patina process. All but one of the chemicals arrived from ArtChemicals, the Cupric Nitrate being on back order. I decided I couldn’t wait and pressed on anyway. I printed labels so I could keep better track of the chemical blends and colors each was supposed to produce. I learned two things right away. The first is this is a complicated process. The second is you really can’t mess it up. I used the method demonstrated by David Marks ...
So here are the pics of the proposed area. Obviously my first order of buisness is to clean house. I should have more then enough room for all the power equipment in the second stall portion. All of the “seasonal” stuff will go downstairs. The area where my “shop” was is now going to be pretty open, so I’ll have enough room, and then some, for all of that. I bought 2 sets of the Rubbermaid Track Mount Stuff about 2 years ago, and yes, its still in the pacakge....
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