I thought I would start bloging some of my projects from start to finish. This is a really easy project that will be given to my parents once it is done. They have woods all around their house and enjoy all the wildlife in the woods. My wife and I had planned to buy one of these, but seen a price on one in a country shop and I decided to build one instead. This is the starting point. I dont think it should take long, so maybe by tonight I can post a pic of the completed project. Anyway heres ...
WE had a 60 year old oak tree in the back yard that died – DRATS!!! Anyway we had to have it taken down because of it’s size. I was smart enough to save some branches to use on furture. I have enough for several projects. One picture shows two branches that I have cut into strips 3/8 inchs wide. NOw I need to plane and sand them to size. The real story behind the tree is that when my daughter was about 5 or 6 we played ball under the tree in the evenings. I am sure ...
Fine Woodworking Magazine published an article many years ago of a table that Sydney Barnsley built in the 1920’s.The table is now in a museum in Cheltenham England. The article had original drawings that I redrew in Sketchup.I traveled to England last year to see the original and I have just procured some old white oak barn beams that I am going to use for the undercarriage. The table fascinates me and will require a lot of hand work and chip carving.It may take a while, but I wi...
This weekend (March 23-25) is the 18th annual Philadelphia Invitational Furniture show. The show has moved to the 23rd Street Armory and features artisan handmade furniture from over 75 exhibitors. The preview party is Friday from 6-9pm and features special guests David Rago and Suzanne Perrault appraisers who appear on “antiques roadshow”. For more info go to www.Philaifs.com . I will be glad to email discount certificate to anyone who wishes me to do so. Anyone who attends be ...
I had to get on here tonight and post a picture of the legs for my eight year olds new bed. I am using a design from Wood Magazine that I have made one change too and that was the legs. If you have seen the plans for this bed they give you an option of bunking the bed and due to the ceiling height in his room I will pass on that. They cut out where the mortises are located for the rails and then laminated three boards together to get the finished 2 1/4 inch thickness. So my change is the use ...
When ideas come to mind, I find it imperative that I should try to work it out. The least I can do is to make a sketch or visualization of what that idea is all about, lest it goes to waste. The lowly saw horse is an example. There are many versions, from simple to complex. Some are easy to build the others require more advance skills. My version I would think is fairly easy. http://www.flickr.com/photos/edurink/sets/72157624855604149/detail/ The illustrations were done with “Wing...
Hey Lumberjocks I ran a test run of tiles. All finished the same way with the exception of background color.All are fired stoneware clay handpressed into a plaster mold made from one of my wood carvings. 10 backgrounds with a wash of bronze finish … see my 100 pounds of clay blog to see the brand. These are unique in that the bronze finish is patinated using “liver of sulphur” to a dark brown.. Topcoat is a matt laqcuer to lock in the patina. My question is which...
Well it has been one heck of a great weekI finally got Annes wee cabinet finished. :)She has given me twa wonderful Grandchildren and keeps ma wee boy happyit is the least I can do :) Twenty one days late but who is counting.The wee man on the base was a gift that I’ll explain just the nowWe have had the Dane Invasion known as LJ Mads Here he is arriving from the airport, saying something about me not picking him up at the airport and him having to mug an OAP for his wheels LOLDoes a...
I love to do detailed fretwork. The more detailed the better. However that don’t, or is not, paying the bills. Sales of those products at the price I charge, which is getting lower and lower, Just does not seem to be worth the time. Therefore for the first part of the year I am turning to toys. Not the I really like doing them or that they are any more worth the time and effort. All the painting that needs to be done are a pain in the backside. I am or have been in three different...
Thanks for the comments and suggestions on my last post. I don’t have a dado blade yet, but after a quick search I found a box joint jig for a single blade table saw. It is basically a drill bit that is the same size as the kerf of the saw blade stuck into a piece of wood. I did a test cut in some plywood and found a drill bit that just fit. I then drilled an undersize hole in some scrap wood and pressed the bit into place. The only restriction here is that the bit be closer to the...
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