First, thanks for all the great comments so far! I’ve only been here for a few hours and I already feel like I found the best place to explore woodworking. : ) So in my planning I figured that I would build a toy box and hide the secret compartment into the frame/trim area in the bottom. I would attach a drawer to one of the sides of the trim which would act as the drawer front. The biggest issue I had with my planning was how to lock the thing. I thought of a few different de...
I have a client that lives close to me, and we have had a lot of fun designing and building things for their home. They sort of “pushed” me into quitting my day job by offering a long term commission to transform their home with functional-art pieces one at a time, according to an overall game plan. They had a general idea of what they wanted, but needed someone to turn the dream into wood. They were willing to adapt their ideas to mine, and vice versa, and I have really appr...
I admit, I had a heck of a time when I first started with Sketchup; I was not getting it – and I have been working with software for 20 years. But I saw the value in Sketchup. I could create my own WW plans, and manipulate them like crazy to make sure everything fit, and that particular woods and finishes would look good together – before ever cutting a single piece of wood. I bought a “for Dummies” book, and watched some YouTube videos; I tried playing with it o...
”Dreams are made possible if you try.” ...Terry Fox This episode is part of the Let's Build Series Woodworking Techniques: 1.) Cutting 45 degree miters using a flat board miter sled on the Table Saw.2.) Cutting dados on the Table Saw using a Sacrificial Fence.3.) Sneaking up on table saw cuts with the aid of shims. In this online video tutorial we continue the woodworking process of using an exotic wood in the construction of a jewelry box. The walls and base of thi...
”Dreams are made possible if you try.” …Terry Fox This episode is part of the Let's Build Series Woodworking Tips and Techniques: 1.) Using blue adhesive tape to aid the gluing process.2.) Using Ulmia spring clamps for assembly and fitting of miter joints.3.) Cutting perfect miter joints on the table saw using the Dedicated Miter Sled. In Part 3 we are back in the woodworking shop as we continue our build of the Koa wood veneer jewelry box. We have previously fit the comp...
”I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.” Albert Einstein… Physicist…1879-1955 This woodworking online episode is part of the Let's Build Series Woodworking Tips and Techniques:1.) Using cyanoacrylate glue for a quick glue-up…along with a spray accelerator.2.) Turning wood using a spindle gouge with a fingernail grind. In this episode we continue with our wood project, a Koa wood veneer jewelry box. If you recall we started out this woodwor...
The Splined Mitre Joint is a decorative yet very strong joint. The addition of the spline and glue makes a regular mitre joint all the more stronger while aiding in keeping the mitre nice and tight. By using a contrasting wood the woodworker can achieve a very distinctive appearance at the joint. This woodworking video tutorial shows how the spline mitre joint is made using a woodworking jig on the tablesaw. For more information.visit…www.TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com.........
My Design ProcessFor this contest, I wanted to design an Arts and crafts style bookcase with some unique features. When designing a new piece of furniture, I prefer to start from the intended uses of the piece, any requirements for the dimensions, and any preferences for the style. In this case, the primary requirement was that the bookcase be “one of a kind”. Based on this, I developed my own short list of requirements for the piece as follows:1. The bookcase must offer a s...
I just wanted to update on the status of the class and inform every one of the delay. For those of you that do not know, I had a misfortunate (stupid?) accident and broke a bone in my right hand a couple of weeks ago. I was hoping that I had progressed far enough beforehand that it would not affect the class. Unfortunately the bones are not healing correctly and it is taking longer for ir it to heal. I tried again tonight, but do not have enough dexterity or hand strength to sand while I...
I wanted to recreate this Jeff Jewitt finish from Fine Woodworking #157, however the article didn’t list which formula was used. I consulted with Jeff, and it was Transtint Brown Mohogany dye, followed by McCloskeys Walnut stain. McClosky no longer makes stain, but sold to Valspar / Cabot. ---So I set out to make a sample board to achieve the rich, dark color I was after. ---The top colors are stain only, the middle colors are dye first then stain, and the bottom color is dye only. ...
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