After my joints broke since my last blog post. I decided to use the plans i had as a guide, and design my own cabinets. After a couple weeks of thinking about it here and there, getting some new wood from a real lumber yard and letting it dry out. This is what i came up with. all cabinets are 30 in. wide inside. So, 34” overall width. 1 of 2 small cabinet units. 1 of 2 large tower cabinet units. I am a little disappointed in how much flex or r...
Put up a post over at www.woodshopcowboy.com documenting the build of this shaving horse, as promised. I should have an idea about how she works, maybe a video, tomorrow. Hope you spin by for a look. —WW
I learned an important lesson here today. Wood shrinks, especially when you expose end grain and drill holes in it. I decided on this project that it would be easier if i just batch created parts. It would be less setup and less hassle. So i resawed a couple 2×4’s down to 1” thick x 2-9/16” wide and 5-11/16” long. Drilled my 3 holes per the instructions of the plan and threw it in a box. I only work on the weekends for the most part, so it took me about 2 weeke...
I’ve recently started woodworking over the past 6 months and I’ve been getting my shop together. I needed a table that I could use as an assembly, outfeed, and work table. I got the idea for this project from the newest Shop Notes Vol. 20 Issue 115. The idea is a small footprint work table that can expand to hold a full sheet of plywood for cutting. The table also has a sacrificial top so that I can abuse the thing without worrying about it. This bench is also completely made of 2...
So, I just posted my entry about working on my daughter’s dollhouse. Well, about halfway through that, I was interrupted when my wife commissioned me to actually make something out of wood with a purpose. The conversation went something like this: Her: I need to stop at home depot and get some pvc pipe to make a thing for our son to store his swords. Me: ... um… Or, I could make a sword rack out of wood. Her: You’re still not giving up on this woodworking tangen...
I have suceeded in reaching my goal of posting the completed project by the end of the week !! Here is the next piece of furniture in my office. One I have been looking forward to. The Ottoman I will be posting it as project shortly, but wanted to finish out the blog series on it. Like the rest of my office furniture it is General Finishes Antique Oak finish with 2 coats of poly. I did somethinga a little different this time and used a spray can poly. I really like the way it came out a...
Well it has not been as long between furniture projects as the last time but still a bit. This time I am working on my ottoman. I have finished assembling the frame this evening and plan to work on the finishing and the upholstered top this week with a little sewing help from my wife. Here is here a few pics of what has happened so far. The paper you see at the top are my basic plans. I am really bad at plans, this or a general layout in PowerPoint are how I do most of my planning. Fr...
In early December, a little more than a week before I flew home, I decided to make mom a cutting board. However, the garage was a mess. I spent some time figuring out what I could attack, cleaning off the back table to use for flattening the board after the glue-up, building the router sled and rails to perform the flattening, and as a slipped-in, totally unrelated side project, I built a quickie rolling lathe stand on the cheap, as I’m still looking for work. When I say “on the c...
Ok, So this coming week I will be married for 5 years (how time flies). It just happens that the traditional gift for a 5th anniversary is wood (How lucky!). I wanted to do something a little different and beyond what I have done before. After looking at various ideas on the web for small boxes to put something else in.. I found RunnerDucks small keepsake box. I thought this was a great idea and would hold the other gift well. So I decided to first make a prototype out of what else.. a 2×...
On July 3rd I threw together a chair to bring to the 4th party the following day. I decided to use up some scrap 2×4s. I had no plan, no chair experience, and about 5 hours time in which to make it, so I just sort of winged-it, inventing as I went. Here’s the test-fit of the cut pieces for which I used my miter saw and band saw. It looked somewhat chair-like, at least. I used countersunk deck screws and glue. I banged pieces around in the clamps to get everything exac...
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