I’m in the middle of an oak trestle table build for my son & DIL, and currently just finished gluing up the top. The top is made from three 17” wide boards, purchased at a local saw mill, and the owner was gracious enough to provide S2S for me on this purchase, as I mentioned to him that my planer is limited to 13”. Even though the top boards are surfaced to 3/4”, I know I’ll need to plane & scrape after glue up to remove all machining marks, so I want...
I really wasn’t going to post today, but I did want to share some information that many of you may be interested in. While I know that many who read are involved in woodworking, I also realize that lots of my woodworking readers also are interested in different finishing techniques and some painting. I belong to a wonderful group here on the net called “Tole Town.” It is an entirely community that is dedicated to decorative painting. By belonging to Tole Town by obtaini...
Today I received this unexpected package in the mail from LJ Peteg in New Zealand. Inside was a miniature vase and a miniature cone shaped hollow vessel. The vase is the gift which is a twin to one that Pete made for a challenge on another site. Thank you very much, Pete. It is just gorgeous. I really like the detail you put around the rim. These pieces were made from NZ native Matai wood which is now a protected species. Along with the pieces was a 2×2x8 block of Matai f...
Yesterday was a pretty productive day. I wound up pretty much finishing the design that I was working on for the holiday issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine, and I began to map out the companion piece that I will be making with it. Usually, once I get things rolling like this, I am well on my way. I am pleased with how the project looks. Even on paper it is nice, and once it is cut in wood and I have added the ‘extras’ to it, it should make a nice presentation. I ...
This video is by Merv French of Australia in his Case Quadtrac, like Merv, I have been there, done that!.... With all the modern technology in farming today, farming can get a little boring!... When the work is done, to the woodshop I go!
It seems that there is always that bridge of uncertainty that I need to cross between one project and the next. It is when the afterglow of successfully finishing one project begins to fade and I am looking towards the next. Fortunately, most of the time I already know which direction I will be heading following the completion of one project, for while I am working on one thing, my mind is usually racing ahead and planning on what is to follow. Sometimes though, I get so caught up in wha...
As I have been “scrolling” for four years and other various woodworking projects for over twenty years I seem to have developed more sinus issues than normal. YEs it could be just this year or my “older” age. However I have decided to take a longer look at the issue. I have somewhat of a dust control system (post in the projects section” plus a use a shop vac. on the table saw and router. I was on the lookout for the DeWalt dust control unit that cost about $...
Yesterday morning, just after posting my blog on Lumberjocks and my site, the unthinkable happened – we lost the internet. Nothing really makes you appreciate something as much as being without it, and this was no exception. At first, I thought it was just a hiccup. After all, the weather was fair and there was no wind or rain or ice, which are the usual culprits for knocking out communication. But this time there was no apparent reason, so it made me wonder. I was happy that...
Well I finally finished what I had been working on for the past several days. At least “Phase 1” of the design – creating the first prototypes. I now feel pretty good about things and feel like I am able to move forward with other things. Designing painting patterns is a great deal different than designing woodworking patterns. When working on scrolling patterns, the bulk of the time is spent in the drawing. Once the computer work is done there are usually only some m...
Good morning! I just want to write a quick correction to the contest sponsored by Rhinestone Canada that I mentioned yesterday. In yesterday’s post, I stated that all entries needed to be in by June 1st. But the cut off date for the contest was actually July 1, 2013. I am sorry for the error. I write my blog pretty early in the morning and my eyes aren’t always awake when I do! If you want to enter the contest, the link is here: Rhinestones Canada Giveaway If you misse...
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