It could be said that miter joints are definitely one of the most common joints in woodworking or carpentry. This is a joint that we are taught early on in our apprenticeships because we will be cutting miters throughout our entire career. As an apprentice it sounds simple enough to just cut a left 45 and a right 45 and glue then together to form a 90. If it were so simple then why are there open miter joints? Let’s take a look at how we can make perfect miter joints. View the comple...
“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” Albert Schweitzer… (1875-1965) Humanitarian, Theologian, Missionary, Medical Doctor One of the challenges in making bandings of wood inlay is maximizing the material. We certainly do not want to cut the banding too thick or too thin as either would be wasteful of our decorative inlay that we took the time to make. We also want to be able to cut the wood inlay to a uniform thickness. Cutting bandings to an equal thickness ...
I am looking to design and build new bar stools for our kitchen island. I am looking for a design like that of the Aaron Stools (Pottery Barn) which I already own that style but the workmanship is junk. They squeak and are loose. Any ideas on where to find plans or designs to inspire my design? It has been a year since I made my last project which was the cherry tv stand. BTW, Home Depot has the Dewalt 12” double compound sliding miter saw for $599 and you get the $200 HD stand fre...
“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” Aristotle…Greek Philosopher (384 BC – 322 BC) Many of us are surrounded with pictures that we cherish. We may have pictures of family and friends throughout the years. Then again we may have photographs of special occasions such as births, weddings, or graduations. Simply put we have pictures and art work that are everyday reminders of many pleasant thoughts and memor...
All the boards have been cut to size, planed, and tenons cut. I cut 2” tenons on the short rail boards – why, I don’t know, other than adding 4” to the length seemed like a good idea at the time. Now that I’ll be cutting the mortises I’ll pare them down to 1.5”. Next, will be measuring and cutting the mortises, and the rabbets for the maple ply inserts. One of the nicer pieces of equipment I have is the Hawk router table – the router table...
I’ll use this to help keep track and to motivate me to get this project done. I’m making a platform-style arts and crafts bed with cherry and three maple plywood inserts. I started with rough cut boards purchased at a specialty lumber yard (side note: maybe I don’t understand how they calculate board feet, but I think they added at least an additional 40% onto the totals. For my next project I’m going to hit a different supplier). Since the boards are really roug...
The Problem…If you want quality wood inlay …where will you get it? What designs will you get? How much will you pay for it?The Solution…We use our woodworking skills and make our own wood inlay in the shop. (We will make our own picture frame moulding too!) As you seen in previous postings we have been busy creating bandings of shop made wood inlay. There are a variety of wood inlay designs now available for our use at this time. So now we are in the process of creating p...
Actually, I still have so many pending designs such as spiral, rectangular and the parabolic that are on halt. However, when I experimented on this rhumboid …. that from a square rod, I can convert it to a 60×120 degrees rhomboid. Simply saying, I can create two equilateral triangles out of a square cut 45 degrees from end to end. Meaning 45 on x axis and 45 degrees on y axis of a miter. Here is the design: THE CONSTRUCTION.. And here is the latest photo of the proje...
Let's Make Bandings of Wood Inlay #3: How to make Wood Inlay Bandings like the Buffard Freres of Paris
“Never underestimate the power of a single thought.” Ender Ilkay…(1966 – ) Salesman and Friend When I first saw these beautiful bandings I felt the excitement and the desire to learn similar to what I first felt when serving my woodworking apprenticeship. Obviously, these patterns are so remarkably unique. I thought to myself that these are truly great designs of highly trained craftsman who took the craft of woodworking to a much higher level. The Buffard Frere...
My next project is ambitious! Here’s an in-progress shot of the back of a mission style desk made of red oak. The kicker? The middle of the desk tilts up to become a drafting table with ratcheting positions! Skill I’m learning this project? Doweling pieces together. (Though this will mostly be pocketholes) structure is complete. Currently working on sanding, then finishing. Definitely looking for advice on finishing red oak. This will be a heavy-use piece, so the finish need...
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