A month or so ago, my Dad told me he had a slab of wood for me. OK, I thought, he sounds pretty excited about it so I’ll take a quick look at it to figure out what all his excitement is about. Worst case I have experiment wood: best case I can make something cool from it. Little did I know the best case scenario was pretty short sighted. My Dad lives in Portland and I live in Boise. Dad rents a minivan and brings me this dingy, weather worn, cracked, burned, and roughly cut slab o...
This is the queen size bed that I am building. Material is quartersawn red oak. -----I started with some veneers for the legs. I resawed some 3/4” stock at the bandsaw, and planed them to thickness. Then I wrapped them with some shrink wrap to keep them flat. ----- The veneers are slightly oversized, and 1/4” thick. Although the finished veneers will be only 3/32” thick, I leave them thicker because 1) they are easier to glue up, and 2) they come out of the planer lo...
Here goes…. Traditional work benches (roubo for example) are out dated. I know, heresy. But it’s true The reason they made those crazy over sized legs and joints was because they didnt have sheetgoods back then and they needed to over build them to deal with the lateral and horizontal force they experienced. It is my opinion that pine 2×6’s and 3/4 ply MORE than cover any of the structural needs of a work bench. So the next big argument FOR traditional w...
What do you see when you look at this picture of The Slab??? Please, join the conversation and Like the EZInlays facebook page. I upload higher resolution pictures there. I see a Phoenix rising from the flames. This is where I got the name “The Phoenix Project” for my Kickstarter campaign. Kicks off next week!!! The Phoenix Project goal: “To create heirloom projects and objects from The Slab while preserving and enhancing the natural beauty of this gift from N...
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...
A few days ago, I posted and BLOG and sent out a number of personal E-Mails about NO SALES – SHOULD I CLOSE SHOP. Well I got many replies and there were some said, “CLOSE”. However, and for the sake of good sanity a lot of fine family and friends said nice things about my work. I realize that at one time I said, “I fell in love with scroll work”, and I still do. Not sure if some sinus issues, lack of sales, HOT temperature in Texas or the crush of summer chores warped this old brain into sayi...
I am seriously considering closing PA’s Workshop as far as sales, craft shows and any thing like that. My wife and I have talked about this several times. 1. She thinks that it is effecting my sinuses being out there with all the dust. Yes I have done some major dust control but it is still there. 2. I tend to do that and not my household chores. I am retired and she is not, so I try to pickup most of the household chores for her. 3. I got a letter from the state controllers of...
This is a link to my shop expansion project. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1397609769/deer-antler-30-cal-bolt-action-pens-in-4-finishes
wow i havent been out to the shed in so long i guess its due to the fact that i have just finished all my exams and i really just was to lazy to do some woodworking but theres a big change about to happen, in about two weeks or so i will create a youtube channel, website and hopefully a Facebook page to do with me building projects. years ago i used to have youtube videos but they were dull and boring so i am giving it another shot, and i have to say with me being more experienced and with th...
I’m beginning to formulate a plan about how to use this remarkable wood. I am thinking I will turn it into several different items, some for sale, some for me, and some to give away. Because I don’t have a life I spent all morning cleaning 40 years of dirt and grime from the slab so I could see the total effect of what I am working with. This is what I have to play with!!! :) I am going to use the live edge as the backdrop of my headboard. I’ve been mulling over a...
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