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Making a Small Wooden Box #4: It's the Small Details that Matter

08-28-2007 08:11 AM by Don | 15 comments »

After my detour to make this box, I’m back to working on the box that is the subject of this blog series. Today I worked on the small details of the trays. The longer I make boxes the more I realize that it’s the small details that distinguish a well made box. Unlike larger furniture pieces, boxes beg to be picked up and examined closely and in detail. There is no such thing as a hidden back or bottom; all surfaces need to be treated with equal importance. The series of p...

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Green Man #1: The beginning

08-28-2007 04:47 AM by Buckskin | 5 comments »

Given my recent success with my carving projects. Granted they are simple and beginner level which fits me at this point. However, I have decided to up the ante and create a whole new set of challenges for my self. The photo below represents about six hours worth of work in layout, rough out and finally picking up a gouge. The piece is about 6 3/4” by about 8 1/2”. It is being made from a piece of 2×12 SPF that used to be a leveling block under our TV set in our old ho...

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Distressed History #1: Stories To Tell

08-28-2007 12:08 AM by Russel | 4 comments »

We receive bunches of catalogs at our house (we like to look at pictures), and from these periodicals come ideas for things to build. The latest had a collection of furniture pieces that were distressed, and the wife pointed them out saying that she liked them. Unfortunately, I was less than agreeable. I really don’t like distressed furniture. If you do, I have no quarrel with you. For me, distressed furniture short-circuits one of my reasons for building furniture in the first p...

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new workshop

08-27-2007 11:01 PM by woodnut | 4 comments »

I have not posted here in a while and thought I would tell you why. The new shop is under construction!!!! I have needed a shop for a long time and finally looks like I will get it. The size of the shop will be 40’x20’ I wanted a 40’x24’ but just did not have the room for it. I am still well pleased with the idea of getting a 40’x20’ building dedicated to just my woodworking. It will be a pole barn still building and I got the poles in the ground this weeke...

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Woodworkers Help Save the Children #1: Idea

08-27-2007 10:57 PM by Martin Sojka | 24 comments »

Our Summer Woodworking Awards Event has come and gone and the Award recipients are already enjoying their well-deserved gifts. With yet another challenge completed, it’s time to start planning our next event and what better time to think of helping others than right now. Not only is the change of seasons heading us towards the time of year that many children look forward to (Christmas) but many children are also being threatened right now, by the effects of natural disasters as well as the...

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First Commissioned Piece #1: My First Commissioned Piece

08-27-2007 09:01 PM by Ethan Sincox | 7 comments »

Well, it isn’t really my first commissioned piece, but it is the first one commissioned by a complete stranger. I seem to have an unending list of people I know who want me to make them something or another… When I made a presentation box for my best man’s sgian dubh (wedding present), the guy who made the sgian dubh posted a picture of the box and knife on his website with a link to my own personal website. A few weeks ago, someone putting in an order for a sgian dubh ...

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Making a few tools for the wood lathe #1: Metal working for the wood lathe

08-27-2007 04:11 PM by Bob #2 | 6 comments »

I never seem to have the right tool for the job at hand and most are easy to make if you have a few tools.I use a power hacksaw and or a dedicated Beaver table saw to cut/grind out a pattern then refine that on the bench with a power grinder.The pieces are made from “01” tool steel and tempered after the refining process to keep a decent edge for turningI will try to add pictures as I progress with these tools to show you all the steps.The metal is prepacked in 3 foot lengths and ...

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Hummingbird Moth

08-27-2007 02:05 PM by MsDebbieP | 22 comments »

After seeing Dick’s wonderful photos of the deer, I was reminded of my great photo opportunity of the summer. I’d never seen this creature before and was fascinated. Since my first sighting, I saw it three times. That was last month and I haven’t seen it since. These moths supposedly love honeysuckle and feed during mid-day. To me, they look like a cross between a hummingbird, a crayfish, and a bumblebee.

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Quality Control in The Workshop

08-27-2007 08:56 AM by Rob | 7 comments »

Thought I’d explain why there is a Bengal kitten leaning over the side of the table in my avatar.Her name is Bonnie and she helps out, with her cousin Dora and Auntie K in the workshop. Here she is checking M&T joints on a Red Gum Coffee Table. Thus, her nick name “The Scanner” and the reason I can categorically state that all my furniture joints are Cat Scanned before leaving the shop!

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Changing Table/Dresser #2: More Detailed SketchUp Drawings

08-27-2007 04:25 AM by chambbj | 2 comments »

I’ve updated my SketchUp drawings; still no dust panels, shelves, or door. Clicking on any photo should take you to it’s Flickr page, with higher resolutions if it’s too hard to see some of the detail here. Here’s an exploded view of the current plan, to reveal some of the internal blocking and joinery plans. The current thought is to use mostly 4/4 Lyptus, except on the back and drawer bottoms, where I’ll use plywood. Dimensioned drawing of the divid...

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