Just a fun way I decided to celebrate being a wood worker.
I was asked to build a Chuppah for a wedding using small diameter, nearly green aspen logs. It was a challenge finding the logs but building it sure was fun! How do you incorporate logs into a wedding? It seems to be a growing trend – this is the third wedding project I’ve worked on. Please share things you’ve made for weddings by posting pictures below! If it’s a log item, I’ll share it on my FaceBook page with a back link to your page!
I’m working on this coffee table as a wedding gift for my cousin and his wife-to-be. I’m a log furniture maker so there are a lot of techniques I haven’t been introduced to until I started working with fellow Lumber Jock, Kris Williams. Kris makes fine rustic furniture so I’ve been quite fascinated by some of the ways he does things and decided to start playing around with some of it. Of course, I don’t have all the machines Kris has so I require his help for a f...
I have to say, one thing that really bugs me is the tiny drawers you typically find in bathroom vanities. I mean, I’m a guy and I don’t have very much stuff at all in there and it’s always a cluttered mess and a pain to find stuff. No matter what house we’ve lived in, it seems that the people who make vanities love to torture people. So, I decided to do something about it. I got the idea from an article I read online sometime last year and filed away in my mind...
Flush with my modest progress in the last post, I decided to jazz up the little box some before attaching the bottom (which I have already cut and have waiting for installation). I drew out some lines and squares on the front of the box and made a nice little border on the top and bottom. Here’s the first shot, after I had already completed the top border. It went surprisingly fast. Took about 10 minutes to lay it out and 5 minutes to carve it. Then I drew the pattern for the bot...
I’ve been working for about two weeks off and on now on this project and I was so engrossed with that I didn’t even remember to post my regular blog updates. Oops. So this is a big catch-up post…. It all started with my desire to practice skills. I had a pile of scrap laying around and one afternoon it hit me (the design, not the scrap). Here’s the design: As you can see, it’s just a simple box. But I wanted to work on my joining skills, I wanted to u...
More progress on Jim’s light plates has occurred lately. Here’s the update: I took the piece of siding that he gave me and measured out where the crests and valleys were on the back of the wood and went to town with chisels and Kröktskaft. Boy, aspen sure does pare nice and smooth with little effort (well, sharp tools help too): In short order I had carved out a nice groove on each piece that fit perfectly onto the siding: With the exception of the fact that my plan ha...
Got a hold of some free time today during naps and continued work on Jim’s aspen mounting plates for his new garage lights. I took the two blanks of wood that I had sketched the design on from last time—-here’s the picture from the last entry to refresh your memory (Thanksgiving and vacation right before that really but a damper on my shop time): As you can see I had cut the first plate with the coping saw (that took a while and wasn’t that easy to control, but I...
For the version with pictures, please click here. My father-in-law has commissioned me (I guess that’s still the right phrase, though it’s really pro bono since he has given me a router and table, grinder and drill!!! I owe him!) to make some mounting plates for a couple outdoor lights he wants to mount on his garage. Naturally, I jumped at the chance. More woodworking! He wanted a shield-like design to go with the lights. Here’s what I came up with: To give y...
This week I decided to make a two fer project..lol… It is a 2 sided game and message board. On one side you have a checkerboard and on the other side a chalkboard. It is meant to hang on the wall so the checkerboard and checkers are magnetic. The main frame is Maple, the checkerboard is oak and aspen with the boarder being mahogany. The chalkboard is birch plywood primed and 3 coats of chalkboard paint. And it is finished with Tung oil Varnish
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