The weather has turned in my area of the US and my landlord has not prepped the property for the deluge we usually get. I spent an hour this afternoon figuring out an alternative water flow for runoff that was coming into our garage and threatening to flood us out. But that wasn’t the first of it. When I initially went into the garage it turned out that the power is busted too. I ended up running an extension from my apartment in order to power the garage door and all my tools. This ...
Started to build the RoseBud inlay that will go on the lid of the Bubinga and Purple Heart jewelry box. For this inlay I am using maple, yellow heart, rosewood, and kauri. Tomorrow I am going to do some sand shading to give the inlay a 3D effect. Should be pretty cool… P.S. The only down side to sand shading is the wood can sometimes stink and yellow heart is one of the worst!!! It is almost as bad as zebra wood… not quite but almost!!! Now that I’m finished with...
Over the past few days I’ve been working on an idea that I’ve NEVER seen or even heard of anyone making before. Therefore I am obviously having to work out methods & techniques “on the job”. It’s only a small item that I hope will sell well at some craft fairs & markets, and possibly on line sales too. I’m NOT going to reveal what this item is, until I have got it the way I want it, and have made a few ready to sell, BUT…I WILL reveal it on...
As a reminder, I am making an Art and Craft style clock based on one at The Grove Park Inn for my eldest daughter’s upcoming wedding. See post #2 for the goal. I’ve decided to make the back frame and panel assembly first. A little sharpening is order before I get started. Next I planed the stiles flat and square with my Lie-Nielsen #7. Then I just couldn’t handle the suspense anymore and had to lay out the panels and rails to see how it was going to look. This allowed ...
So finally I can see the finish line but to be honest these simple flowers were intimidating. So much more appreciation for artist and there skills. This is the final enrty into the blog and i will post the finished pics under my projects. Thanks for visiting.
In this video I build a craftsman style bench with storage. This design is much like an oversize blanket chest. I built it out of white oak, and finished it with the customers selected stain color and a satin poly. Once I finish editing the pictures I’ll post some glamour shots in the project section. Please watch, thumbs up, and subscribe to my channel. Watch on Youtube
This is my first furniture grade woodworking project that I have done in about 10 years. The chest is dry fit together in my basement. I brought all the pieces in from my cold, northern ohio, un-insulated barn. I created my own plans based off of pictures in another post on LJ and from a picture of a similar chest on the L&JG Stickley website. It is made from Walnut that my father-in-law gave me. He figured that it had been drying in his barn for longer than I’ve been alive. ...
Here is a link to yet another informative “older” 1891 book on wood carving that is free to download. https://archive.org/details/manualofwoodcarv00lela If you take the time to do a bit of searching on this site, you’ll find many more publications that are available on many topics, so have fun.
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 ...
this is the 4th year I have made Christmas tree ornaments, and given them to the elementry schools in my area. This year was one of the most gratifications I had ever recieved. The ladies in the School office insisted I go around to esch class and give them out. I got the idea from my younger Grand Kiids. These are about 3” – 6” tall, blanks, and ready for the kids to paint them as they want. each year the kids get more and more greatful for them and write me cards from each...
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