I really love the discussions and thoughts that you all send me on what I write about. It gets me thinking in so many different directions and it gives me a perspective on my work that it is impossible for me to have here on my own. I received so many great ideas in the past couple of days regarding striking a balance with work and the level of designs and not getting burned out. It is as if we are all sitting here having a cup of coffee and discussing these things. There are so many typ...
Today, I have the chance of finishing the last 3 boxes. The target is only till tomorrow. In the morning, I have to be silent, there is no machine running and only handtools. Only in the afternoon that I was able to use my router and portable planer. Here is the progress… The FIFTH box – This was in dovetail and made use of the technique of David’s Box (PATRON).. where you have to make the box complete with top and bottom cover then slice it. I was lucky because the ha...
I really appreciate the nice things that everyone said about the Autumn Pumpkin Candle Tray. I was very happy with how it came out. On paper, it wasn’t too impressive but when I started getting it cut, I saw that it would be nice. It may be my favorite of the trays to date, even though I like the bat one so much. I really like it though. It is funny, but I keep going back and just looking at it sitting there on the table. I guess I am proud. I have a few painted pieces that are lik...
Well, today I am really slow getting out of the gate. Not really slow I guess, but woke up to several things that needed my attention. The first and most pressing issue was that I didn’t have internet. I am sure lots of you can relate to that crisis very much. We had some bad thunder and lightning storms last night (which isn’t really typical for Nova Scotia) and thought it was a safe bet to unplug everything electronic from the wall. We have everything on power bars and they...
Well, disappointingly, the desk top needed a complete re-sanding. In the higher temperature conditions late yesterday afternoon the finish did not flow well and left an unacceptable orange peal surface. The orange peel was just too rough, another coat wouldn’t help. the other parts were quickly brought to smooth with a 220 grit rubdown. I sealed the desktop’s new surface with shellac, which dried very quickly; warm today. Knocked down the nibs, and shot a coat of thinned poly....
I was going to write about something totally different today. I had something happen yesterday that wasn’t very pleasant that related to my business and I was going to share it here and tell my story. It wasn’t a positive thing, but everything did turn out OK and I am back on track and I thought it may be one of those ‘lesson learned’ blogs that you might be interested in. Then I woke this morning and was going through my email and I received some responses from a...
I apologize for neglecting my friends here at LJ. Since this morning, I will have some extra time on my hands. This morning I went to the corral at 6:30 and saddled up a horse that I hadn’t ridden that much. I rode out and wrangled the horses into the corral. As I started to sort up the horses into 2 pens, The knothead I was riding decided to start bucking. He was spinning to the left. As he came around I lost my right stirrup and that was the end of that. I landed on my right shoulder ...
Once the banding segments are organized we can now focus on creating the interior design. We’ll need a few outer rippings that will sandwich the segments together and keep them in alignment. You’ll notice in the picture that the outer hardwoods are walnut and maple glued together. In this case the walnut will be on the inside with the maple on the outside. The reason for this is to create contrasting colors within the banding and also with the mahogany picture frames that will...
The Glue Dance Day 1Everything is all ready for glue up. This is always much more fun with a friend, but I have my Lab who provides my much needed supervision. So here is all of the stock Ive got, and remember it was free so my “Kitchen Sink” bench top will be mostly cherry, with a little maple and walnut for added flavor.I used every clamp I could find that of course was big enough. My battens were 2×4 wrapped in wax paper to keep everything as flatt as possible Day 2-I was...
I am presently in the process of packing my shop. This is the 3 time in 5 years I have had to do this. Each time there are more tools than the time before. The place we are presently living is a bit high priced for just my income. The need to reduce our monthly expenses forces us to move. My wife has been trying to find work for about a year since I transferred down here. She has had several good opportunities come here way, but ends up being second in line. It has been very frustrating for h...
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