I make simple boxes, mostly of cedar with poplar inlays. There are many fine ways to make boxes and this is about the simplest. I make them 11”x8”x2 1/2” deep with hinged lid. 8” is my limit of the width of wood so anything over that will have a splice in it, which I avoid doing. I start by planeing and re-sawing the 1” thick rough eastern red cedar to 3/8” thickness on my band saw. I then cut strips to 2 1/4” to form the sides ...
As anyone knows who has glanced at my postings, I owned (still do but trying to sell) a Porter Cable scrollsaw. YES I had my rants about it but, all in all, I think that I made it produce to its maximum level. I never understood its problems because it was the only scrollsaw that I had ever owned. AND YES I defended it as an entry price scrollsaw because I feel that some just can’t afford the higher priced units BUT should still try the art of scrollsawing. I DID. Now with some extra money...
I loved the palm boxes I saw being made before Christmas. With no original wood working ideas or experience of my own, I have to copy. Plus I was running out of money for hardware on the other boxes and the palm boxes didn’t need any hardware. I posted my first box in the finished projects already. This box needed a begining, so I started out with the size. I used a dollar bill as the base size to build from. So with the boards marked, I cut the pieces. Ok, some of you ...
So i am embarking on my biggest and most involved project to date. My wife has wanted nightstands for our bedroom for quite awhile, and now that my shop is very well setup i’m going to give it a shot. We did alot of research for a design that we liked. Myself being a lover of all things G&G but my skill level being no where near what’s needed i had to comprimise. We settled on an A&C look that i began modifying. Being an architect by trade i was able to take an idea...
Found a great little set of plans on line for this little bi-plane. http://www.craftsmanspace.com/free-projects/biplane-kids-toy-plan.htmlThey are very detailed and had drawings for all the pieces. I simply placedthem on a computer and sized them accordingly and I was all set. I used some pine and some old pallet wood I had kicking around. The darker wood was from an old pallet which I salvaged from my print shop. Someone told me it was swamp wood but being a novice at this I really have no i...
After sanding, conditioning, and staining, I decided to try shelac. It worked fine. Shelac is a lot different than lacquer or polyurethane. I’m still experimenting with the finishes. (LOL, I’m still experimenting with everything). I like that Shelac drys fast. I was able to put on several coats in one day. Now I need to work on my photography
I moved on and finished the box. I cleaned up the joints, sanded and added a little filler. The lid is some kind of hardwood and I really wanted to see it finished. These are before and after sanding shots on the lid. I conditioned the wood, stained and added several coats of lacquer.
Dry assembly of the base frame for the Morris Chair I’m building. I’ll post progress as I get more time to work on it.
Early start on the road for us today and Tom didn’t mind because I took him to McDonalds for breakfast. We did our weekly grocery shopping afterward as well as picking up supplies for the Vet clinic. It really went fast and we were home before 1030. I paid bills and balanced the check book before going to the shop to finish a frame that goes around the outside of a house address sign made of terra cota that my wife and I bought two Christmas ago. I will install it tomorrow morning and then a...
I’m starting today with the glued up panels for the blanket chest. I acquired some curley maple veneer that’ll I’ll glue to 3/8” Baltic birch plywood. First up was straightening the veneer with a plasticizer. After squirting it on both sides and letting it air dry, I put the veneer between poly finished and waxed 3/4” pieces of mdf. Unprinted newspaper was used to absorb moisture. Change the paper a couple times and after a day, the veneer becomes flexible and easy to work wi...
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