Alrighty folks, I try to ‘splain my wood drawer slide process. First, find a hardwood in your rack that would be good for the slides. I used some 5/4 red oak in this case. Then, make a jig that will fit that stock snugly. Make the jig so the groove is centered on the drawer side, so it will work on both sides of the drawer. For the jig I use scrap plywood, brads, and a tablesaw for the jig. Takes a couple minutes: After you have your grooves in you drawer sides, find some stock to make ...
Solid bookmatched panels. They seem simple, but there are techniques to getting great looking panels. On a piece like this blanket chest I working on, I start with the panels. They get the choice cuts, and I want to have some flexibility on the project dimensions depending on how the panels are turning out. With QS material, I like to find medullary rays like this. For something like knotty alder, I would strategically place the knots…etc. When cut and bookmatched QS can have ...
I always have the best intentions of taking some time off and doing some things that are not work related. It seems though that more so than not, that doesn’t seem to happen very often. This isn’t a complaint, mind you. I don’t for a minute want anyone to think that. I honestly love what I do, and most times it is very difficult for me to refer to it as ‘work.’ I realize that I am very fortunate in thinking about it like that and I know that it is rare for s...
Okay here I go again.. I have just about had it with all this junk going on that they are passing off as work in our congress and senate.. I mean really, everybody is getting their hand slapped six ways to Sunday and these guys are completely blind.. they wouldn’t have a clue if it fell on them… that’s the problem with the way our political system is set up.. once you get there, you have to forget where you came from and become one of the chosen ones… “I wont sup...
I am just going to post a quick update today, as I still have quite a bit that I want to accomplish. I am working on writing the pattern packets for the new projects that we are in the process of adding to our site. I finished two of the three packets yesterday and I want to have the third one posted by the end of the day. Keith has also been working on some new projects that will be included in the update. Below is a picture of an ornament from his new set that he designed. He calls t...
Please don’t laugh, I know all of you out there have “real” power woodworking tools. I could not afford the stuff I wanted as I’m just getting started, and I thought a used Shopsmith might be a good way to get going fast. So I bought this 1954 Shopsmith Mark V on Craigslist for $200.00. After I got it home, it promptly started making all kinds of terrible racket, and I discovered that I had bought $200.00 worth of junk, well almost. I found a place where I cou...
My very first woodworking hand tool was this Stanley – Bailey No. 4. I bought it from Craigslist for $10.00. It’s about 50 years old, I bought it from the 45 year old son of the man who had passed on and left it to him. He was not a woodworker. I subsequently bought all 6 of his Henry Disston saws for $30.00 which I will showcase in a future blog entry. The first picture shows the condition of the plane when I bought it. The subsequent pics show the restored plane from a ...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1173: New Projects Completed! Time To Write Pattern Packets!
I will get right down to business this morning because I have a LOT that I want to accomplish today! I pretty much finished up the new ornaments and today I need to write instructions for the pattern packet, as well as the ornaments that I showed earlier this week and the “Gloria” candle tray that was featured in the holiday issue of Scrollsaw Woodworks and Crafts magazine so I can get everything on the website and do the site update. Here are pictures of the “Gloria...
It’s really amazing how many every day things we take for granted. Sometimes we are just so used to having things one way, we don’t appreciate it much until it is gone. I recently had an experience such as this. A couple of weeks prior to my trip to Chicago, I scheduled an appointment with the new eye doctor in town. I was just about due for my annual checkup, and I was noticing that I was not seeing my computer screen well and making several mistakes on orders. I realized ...
I am really thrilled at the overwhelming response of the ornament sets that I featured here over the past couple of days. For someone such as myself who works here from home, it is a great boost to hear so many positive responses from everyone. It lights my fire and makes me want to do even better! I know that many of you are waiting for me to offer the pattern for those ornaments on my site. Several of you have asked, and I want to say that we are planning a site update for early next we...
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