I have always been interested in punky wood, the discoloration and lines caused by the decomposition of the wood makes it much more interesting to me. And since I do a lot of work with repurposed wood, including firewood, it is part of what I get for raw materials anyway. So when we converted our wood-burning fireplace to a gas insert (that’s another story entirely) I figured I had a whole pile of future punky wood. That was two years ago. Unfortunately, it looks like that is a ye...
In the previous episode we created bandings for wood inlay. Now, we are ready install the bandings. It’s time for cutting, fitting, and gluing. visit…www.TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com …......................Learn more, Experience more!
Started this in January as a gift to my wife for Christmas. This was “given” to her this pas Christmas as a picture and a note telling her I was making it as she said she wanted one. I could not find any worth a crap so I am making.
The Front Frame is Finished (ala 3 “F’s). Here’s how I made the front frame and recovered from my disaster. I started by jointing the inside edges of the stiles flat and square with my #7 plane. The a little layout and I was off and running …no, I meant mortising. Chopping down and levering up the waste, I made a mortise. Checking to make sure I made a square mortise as I went along. As you know, the ends of the mortise are saved for last. Once the center is exc...
This is a piece I plan to build over the next few months to use as a show piece in craft fairs and possibly to put in a gallery. I have lots of connections in the art world so hopefully I can find a home for it.
I have posted, several times, about which direction to take in making and trying to sell scrollsaw items. Many have responded with thoughts and ideas, and a big thank you. In reality, why not do what you love the best. My purpose in scrollsaw work is just a hobby, really. Now looking at the money I made last year I am truly surprised. However when compared to the hours spend the return per hour is very low. However the satisfaction of seeing people love and want to purchased my work is rea...
This is in response to a viewer, Helluvawreck who had questions concerning what turning tools were used during the video of the Salt and Pepper Mills. Thoughts:1. Turning salt and pepper mills is essentially spindle turning.2. Due to the length of your wood lathe you may need to bore out on your larger lathe, the drill press, or carefully by hand. However, you may be very well able to bore out on your Jet lathe.3. You can start out with this wood project and you will do fine. Suggestion...
I would guess that the frustration for all of us is that we make a great product – or think so. However, to make this hobby/business interesting we need to sell some of it. That will be the main subject of my rant today WHERE – HOE = WHAT PLACES. I have found two “craft” malls in North Dallas and tried them both. The first one closed and the second was far too expensive. My search for additional locations has proven fruitless. I have a FaceBook specifically for m...
“It’s not that I had a message that was outstanding or unique or anything like that. I just expressed the feelings that a great number of people had … ‘Live the life that you want to live. Don’t be unhappy in your work.’” ...James Krenov (1920-2009) In this woodworking article we study the making of a custom bathroom wall cabinet of beautifully grained black walnut with raised panel doors. The cabinet measures 20” x 24” x 5” and features bras...
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