My wife would like a new mirror in our bathroom over the vanity. She want’s better lighting so she can put her make-up on. I have an idea I want to use but, I’m not sure on the lighting issue. I’ve thought about putting can lights in the valance over the mirror. Will the lights get too hot in the valance encasement? Should I use low wattage lights such as LED’s? If I do, will the LED’s be sufficient lighting for her? Should I scrap the whole Idea and just ...
I took a look at my project lists this morning, like I do every Monday, and picked out a something that had been waiting a while. It was a carpenter project, custom exterior stair rails. I went out to my shop to take a look around and decide where to start. I decided that before I went outside in search of material, I needed to clean the place up. As I vacuumed the planer shavings out of the base of the band saw stand, I decided to finish the case and build the drawer that I had p...
I recently built a scrollsaw basket from a design I got from Steve Good at www.scrollsawworkshop.com. Steve has many great patterns on his site. My build of this project is located on my YouTube channel. The link to the video is:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBiYGd3Gtes I hope you enjoy the video and please take the time to check out the rest of my channel. Thanks, Paul
I had an opportunity to visit the Nelson Atkins Museum & Art Gallery in Kansas City. It a beautiful museum and gallery, well worth the visit. Of course my first stop was to see the original version of Rohlfs slant from swivel desk. Last year I had an opportunity to measure and photograph another original that was being restored and based on this built a reproduction. Here are some pictures of Rohlfs original desk. l
I hope no one was holding their breath for the chilling conclusion of Part 2, because they surely would have run out of air. But better late than never, they are done, and well photographed by a friend. Read all about it over on my blog… http://dcwwoodworks.com/blog/2015/9/22/prairie-sofa-and-love-seat-part-3 Thanks for reading!
Continuing on with my desk project… I milled all of the lumber roughly to size. I left everything a little oversized in case any internal stress warped the boards. Also, my planer blades were shot and leaving raised lines. For now I’m sticking with the HSS blades and got two sets on Amazon for a decent price. The new blades cut like butter. After a few days, I dimensioned all the parts for the legs and all the end pieces. Next, I marked all of the mortise locations. I ...
The current edition (Oct/Nov 2015) of Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement (CWHI) magazine includes my most recent woodworking article “Build a Charles Rohlfs Rocking Chair”. I’ve built two of these rockers and previously posted them here and here. Most people are familiar with Arts and Crafts era furniture makers such as Morris, Stickley and Greene. Their furniture has been widely reproduced . Charles Rohlfs has not received the same popular notoriety. Rohlfs ...
I’ve been working my way up to this project over the last few years. I have an old “80’s oak” desk in my home office and while it is fine, the style is out of date. When I started in woodworking, my hope was to learn enough and hone my skills to be able to replace my desk some day. I can across this design by Kevin Rodel on the Fine Woodworking site, but there was not much information on it just a few photos. I came across a free plan from Mr. Rodel (FWW July/Aug...
When I sit back and dream of all things woodworking this image is what I see. Credit to Nick Offerman’s Woodshop (If you haven’t checked it out you should. Very cool dude!!!):http://photos.vanityfair.com/2015/06/08/55761c49ca2dc24e4d26559d_nick-offerman-woodshop-ss19.jpg But my reality is:https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/t1.0-9/11949487_1033562810009910_9120745669717242544_n.jpg?oh=7b17151b4d884f3db85bee18bfe24d00&oe=56A9E967 I’m sure you can see a...
I’ve been living in the natural world of Rivers Inlet, British Columbia my whole life and I’ve never found anything that astounded me more than this. As a beachcomber, when I find a slide it’s a perfect treasure for me to sift through but what I found the day I came across this slide, completely blew my mind. At first sight, the log was a beautiful old growth red cedar – already a gem in itself. But once I started milling, the unique treasure I discovered within ...
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