I finished the doors for the wall cabinet earlier this week. The frame is maple, the panels walnut. Here are the two doors. If you look closely you might be able to see that the panels are bookmatched. The inside of one door. The mitered retainer frame is glued and tacked to the inside of the door frame. The color variation in the upper right corner is the result of a measuring error. When I cut the pieces I used the inside measurements of the frame, not the outside. So, I had to...
As I mentioned last night, I’ve got most of the parts roughed out for my version of the Thorsen table. I’m using cherry and walnut for the table. The cherry parts – stretchers, breadboard ends (there’s an extra one pictured), legs and aprons (still need to be cut to length). The walnut parts - the table top and the shelf. The shelf has been glued and is drying now. The parts for the top - walnut field with cherry breadboards.
My first router table was one of those real small tables you can get at your local HD. I think it cost about $45. It worked OK but for longer pieces it just wasn’t the one I wanted to keep past a year or so. My son bought it for me as a Christmas gift. Nice son – you betcha. A couple of years go by and I received a Rockler router table as a gift. The next day I went out and bought the steel legs and locking casters to go with it. Now I had a good router table. About a year later I b...
Ok, for the last week or so I was thinking not many projects were getting posted and my favorite thing on here is looking at all the great stuff… and usually commenting on how wonderful it all is. Then along comes Martin’s birthday… and BANG. So as a birthday present to Martin I’m thinking “class action” against him for all of this darn typing. Anyone wanting to be listed, just tack on a post here please. Oh, and Happy Birthday Martin! ;-)
After spending most of a week trying to figure out a good way to summarize my seminar with Frank Klausz, I’ve come to a conclusion… I can’t. There is no way to document everything we talked about in a reasonable blog entry – it would be long enough to make a small book! I don’t like to write like that and I think you’d probably not get as much out of it reading it like that. So instead, I’ve decided to write up shorter blog entries that focus on different aspects of the seminar. This is...
I just read Chip’s entry on table saws. They have to be the workhorse of American woodshops. My journey into what I term “decorative” woodworking started when I purchased my first table saw. It was a Craftsman – on sale – and I bought it to trim a solid door for our old house in Bisbee. (Bisbee is still full of older houses that have those old solid doors with wooden frames for the glass.) I discovered that it, also, made acceptable miter cuts for frame making. Anyway, that old Crafts...
I’ve just noticed that we’re so close to 1.000 projects right on my 27th birthday – YES, it’s today.. What a gift it could be ;) Who is up to this mini Birthday Challenge?
Well, I dug out all my walnut, well not all, but the amount Karson suggested. After jointing and planning and cutting it all up I found my 2 inch walnut I was going to use for legs ended up at an 1 1/2 inches so I’m making a wood run today out to my wood buddys place today to see if he’s got a 2 1/2 or 3 inch thick board. I’m sure he does he’s got about everything. I do have some oak spindle legs I made a year ago I could use and stain dark, but I want this all walnut....
I’m enrolled in the University of Cincinnati’s “Wood Technology” program and just started my 3rd class, Furniture Construction 1C. 1A and 1B were a shaker side table and shaker style coffee table respectively and 1C is supposed to delve into casework. The normal project for this class would be a bookcase however the only place in town that sold cabinet grade plywood has stopped selling retail, contractors only now, so the instructor had to come up with something using ...
The Mantrap of Hand Made ‘Wood Art’ ”….understanding the hearing of the trees, as their branches pluck at the strings of heaven, making music that creates within, the harmony of soul.” And so once again I realized that their remains the poet in me, who in the fiery need of the moment, can throw wily wills in reverent reverse of what others have called “do as I say”, and by stretching the ‘go for-go far’ of imagination: ….cre...
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