There is something about polar animals that enchant me. I don’t know what it is. I have always looked at them as creatures of great beauty. It strikes me as odd because as a painter, I am quite fond of color. I love painting wildlife and big cats and playing with the shading and tones and making them look realistic. Most of the Arctic animals are various shades of white and grey. You would think that would bore me. However, I did once paint a snow leopard in greyscale and it was ...
One of my prior Command Master Chiefs flattered my by requesting I build his retirement present, a ‘sea chest’ which would hold not only his shadowbox but also his collection of challenge coins and uniform items. We discussed general plans a few times until I showed him a nice blanket chest from a 2010 Woodworker’s Journal. He wasn’t sure about the arched configuration at first but after reflection it grew on him and I was underway! I love quartersawn oak but ...
Shown (not in order): Bubinga, Black Palm, Hormigo Negro, Ash, Lacewood, Padauk, Indian Laurel, Bloodwood/Satine, Yucatan Rosewood, Wenge, Bocote, Purpleheart, Bolivian Rosewood, Cocobolo, Yellowheart, Brazilian Cherry. I’ll also add some Douglas Fir and Spruce. The plan is to use these 18 different wood varieties to make a patchwork table top. I cut the pieces for the table top and laid them out where I want them. I removed the 3 domestic woods and will use just the 15 ...
I had a very productive day yesterday. I was able to get the next candle tray cut out entirely, as well as sand and finish the butterfly tray and the new one. The more I work with my new saw the more I like it. I have never had a lamp that was attached to the saw like that before and it is a vast improvement over having my little task lamp and having to move it around so that I can turn my pieces when cutting. It is great that it is out of the way. There are however a couple of things ...
Well, I am started down the road now to creating a rocking horse for my granddaughter, Emma.She will be two years old this Christmas, and has now just begun to walk. So I figure, if I start it now,I’ll finish in time for this Christmas… This horse is being created loosely from the Woodsmith Rocking Horse, issue #65, with a little creative flair this time around. I last built one of these some 16 years ago, for my oldest granddaughter, who is going to graduate from high school next...
Ok here we go. If you look back to the Beginning most of the walls were up but still lots to be done. This first shot is ater the exterior was completed, my litle truck and my other pal, Ivy. Overall size 24’ x 36’ with a full second floor. Two oversized doors 8’6” x 10’ for deliveries etc. and lots of natural light with oversized windows. My wife and I unload the trucks and push the wood up to the second floor. The next shots are of the second f...
I wanted to decorate a blanket chest and I was deciding between inlays and woodburning.I decided for woodburning for 2 reasons: -I wanted to try it.-I could sand it off I messed it up. I Watched few yutube videos And read a bit to get familiar with the process. After practicing few line with my electronic solderig iron, I set to a craft store and bought a burning iron that was cheap ($16) and had several tips bundled with it. I started with a practice run on the same wood as the ches...
I have been working on a project in Cherry and before I finished the desks I decided to try out some of the General Finishes Dye stain but on the scrap test pieces the blotching was driving me nuts. I came to this site and tried all the suggestions until I came across the discussion proclaiming that Charles Neil’s pre stain conditioner was the way to go. Bought some, tried it and still had minor blotching but it works well. Watching his video he said it was a water based PVA enhanced pro...
My last cutting board project was a lot of fun but it didn’t come out perfectly because I struggled to get my wood stock to a plane & uniform thickness. Well I’ve purchased a planer and it’s time to put it to the test! I picked up some walnut, curly maple, and ash today and they ranged from slightly under 1” thickness to about 1 1/8” thickness. I planed them down to 3/4” thickness and it came out great. So now I’m going to try to make 2 more cutti...
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