Last night I worked on my first shelf. Let me tell you I was very nervous. First thing I did was working with some scap. I got it worked out so that I had a test piece that had the correct nosing depth and thickness to test my frame notches. When I first created the notches on the frames, I went ahead and made them a little bit smaller than 3/4. I did this because I really want a tight fit between the frames and the shelves. So with my notch tester in hand I checked each notch and then san...
“If you do not expect it, you will not find the unexpected, for it is hard to find and difficult.” ...Heraclitus 500 B.C. This woodworking online episode is part of the Let's Build Series Woodworking Tips and Techniques:1.) Creating a foxtail wedged tenon joint. We continue with Part 6 of our arts and crafts wood project, the making of a Koa wood veneered jewelry box. We begin by finding the center on the wooden box lid. To do this we use a straight edge to mark diagon...
I am finally getting proficient with Google Sketchup version 8. Here is my version of a craftsman style TV console. It is halfway done at this point, however the Sketchup program was very helpful in getting the proportions pleasing to the eye. Especially shaping and sizing the corbels. I printed the corbel component, and enlarged them to scale. By simply taping the pattern on my workpiece I was easily able to cut and sand the corbels. Cheers
The Front Frame is Finished (ala 3 “F’s). Here’s how I made the front frame and recovered from my disaster. I started by jointing the inside edges of the stiles flat and square with my #7 plane. The a little layout and I was off and running …no, I meant mortising. Chopping down and levering up the waste, I made a mortise. Checking to make sure I made a square mortise as I went along. As you know, the ends of the mortise are saved for last. Once the center is exc...
Well it seems that nice things come all at once lately. I signed a lease in a new craft mall and now need to stock my shelves, quickly. Then I get a package from the original craft store I am in saying that they had signed me up for a craft show Sept. 22nd. That would be just under 7 weeks from today. I was in the show last year and it was great. Now they are paying for the booth so, like, I need to go. Stocking two craft stores with scrollsaw items, also, getting enough product ready for ...
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...
I just cut into some more Black walnut. The 2 pieces are 14 1/2×32 x 4I keep getting impressed by our creator!
I promised you photographs to catch you up on my current build. First one is my 8 year old son on his first camping trip with dad. We had a break in the rain so he and I wanted to get the kayak and canoe in the water and figured that we would spend the night. We froze when the tempature dipped to below 32 degrees last night and we were trying out a new two man tent. It was fun and he thought it was the greatest thing ever. Top rail that sits on top of the head and foot boards.4/4 Quart...
Greetings My Buddies, well this week a got an interesting item brought into the shop by RozIt is an Edwardian Masters Desk. It looks as though great attention to detail was done by the original makerI’ll post photos and describe them as I go through them The Desk belong to Roz’s brother in law who is a teacher at one of the local high schools. He has an interesting student that has some physical disabilities with his arms. Between us I made a slant/writing slope. The wee lad ca...
I have wanted a thor’s hammer pendant for a while now. I am pretty big on jewelry first of all. I just like it. Watches, leather bracelets, my own necklaces, etc. And I always kind of thought that thor’s hammer pendants looked kinda cool. That and they symbolize strength and courage blah blah I just thought they looked good. So I figure I want it to last and I buy a sterling silver one. Problem is that it’s the size of my stupid THUMBNAIL. I tend to like my pendants a little...
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