I am in the midst of a bathroom remodel (which will have it’s own post later). We live in old arts & crafts style house.During this bathroom rehab, we chose to lose a closet which was our storage and hid the laundry chute. I decided to build a craftsman styled column built in that would serve as also storage and house the laundry chute. It is all to be built with quartersawn white oak. I love discovering what is hidden inside of rough lumber. I am using pocket sc...
https://youtu.be/J5ZFaT5BOHc In this video, I make a key holder with scrap poplar.
John Scarfe, one of Western Australia’s top turners teaches Harry Sinclair how to turn Tulips. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cjb5EmiCHBU
I’ve been pretty productive over my holiday break. I received a new 3/8” up cut router bit and collet. I tried finishing up the mortise on the breadboard ends on my router table, but was still getting a lot of vibration and weird sounds from my router. I tried slowing the speed down even more, but that didn’t help. I ended up going back to my plunge router base with guides to finish them up. I was concerned about using this setup, since I would be routing a pretty dee...
Working on a Craftsman side table for the living room. I started with a design I purchased from Woodsmith magazine, and redrew it in Sketchup to change a few things. The original design was narrower, had side spindles instead of slats, and a smaller drawer. I am making it out of cherry, and I’m thinking of using walnut for the top, and maybe the drawer front. The drawers will be maple with a plywood bottom. I have purchased the cherry wood, and now to get started!
I have some time off for the holidays, so I’ve got the top glued up. This took three days to accomplish. I put together a long ripping jig to to get a straight edge on all of the boards. I had an old oak shelf with a machined edge on it, and I used a couple of scrap blocks screwed to the board. I could then screw through the blocks into the edge of the boards to hold them while I ripped a straight edge on them. I made sure to have the top up on one edge and down when cutting the ot...
I have recently, for the most part, usually (!), been keeping busy with running my household, driving kids in circles for extra-curricular activities, fiber crafts (crochet, spinning) and trying to learn how to sew in order to create garb for our new SCA hobby, but I have also managed to find a little time to doodle with some wood carving. This is my current work in process. I had this stick, some unidentified hardwood. I had no plan, but it is turning out to a piece resembling native Amer...
I trekked to the local lumber mill this morning, and picked through their pile of 5/4 cherry looking for a couple more boards for the top. I also took the rest of the top boards since my planer sled can only handle 4’. They jointed one face and rough planed them all for $8. I have them stickered and weighed down in the basement for a day or two to let them settle a bit. I also picked up a piece of 5/4 soft maple to start the drawer boxes. I’ve never worked with soft mapl...
The front apron and drawer fronts we the next thing to tackle. The front apron is pretty straight forward, but it has four walnut accent pieces inset in it. The walnut pieces are faceted to mirror the through tenons. Also there a four slots routed on the back of it to hold the drawer supports. The drawers were a straight forward as well. I just needed to be careful since I am using one piece so the grain matches from one drawer to the next. It took me two tries on the drawer fronts, b...
Here is a neat little Christmas project. I built mine out of 1/4” baltic birch plywood and a piece of 1/4” oak. I did a video on the build and you can view it on You Tube, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtBROCtyd-U Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy the video and the build. Paul / paulsmessyworkshop
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