As one of first, very simple projects, I’m going to make some shelves in the bedroom closet (which is oddly shaped). So I have some newbie questions. I’m concerned about the smaller shelves to the right. These shelves will hold shoeboxes and folded clothing. I’m wondering if support is needed along the left side of the shelves. I don’t want to put L brackets since I think they’ll look ugly. There is the possibility of clamping a support mechanism to the near b...
First attempt at a hutchI started this thread with questions in the forum section but I’ll finish in here since I am posting the progress.I thought I started this blog already but couldn’t find it so I’m starting this one.I bought the New Yankee workshop plans for #111 hutch. Having never built a piece of furniture I thought it was going to be hard. So far it’s is coming along fairly easily. I go back to the video when I have questions and they are usually answered in there. Tonight I a...
I have been known to take up a hobby or 37. At 42, on the cusp of 43, and well into the ‘balding’ years, I have decided that, in lieu of a midlife crisis, I would take up woodworking. Don’t get me wrong, a new car and a 27 year old with huge, firm, hands would be wonderful; But I can’t afford the 27 year old, and I am not into cars that much. In the summer of 2009, I went to an arts festival in Des Moines. The gentleman, who won best of show, did so with some amazing etched clay bowls. I a...
Last night I worked on getting the tiles cut up and prepped for painting the numbers. I decided to go with 12 tiles as opposed to 10. I wouldn’t have enough room to put the numbers on 10-12 if I made all the tiles the same size as they would bee to small to get two numbers on. I remedied this by making two different sizes. I made nine tiles sized (7/8 inch) for numbers 1-9 and three (1 9/16 inches) for numbers 10-12. After I finished all the measurements, I used my miter saw to make ...
Hi, So here is post #2 of my bed construction series. After a tough week (was knocked down by the influenza for a few days), I managed to finish all of the building work on this bed. I must admit that I am very pleased with the results. The only thing left is to:-Fine sand some of the rougher areas-Apply the finish As a matter of fact, I am no expert in finishing techniques, so I am asking LJ: What finish would you use to preserve the natural feel and color of the wood, while using...
Hi, So here is my attempt to creating a queen sized bed for my Girlfriend and I. Greatly inspired by beautiful beds I saw around LJ, I generated my adaptation of the design using CATIA v5 3D modeler. around march/april 2009Bought several tools to start up a workshop from april to juneGot the materials in June.Paused from june to september to learn how to use my tools on other projects (workbench / few things for the apartment) and to settle in my new appartmentStarted actively working on t...
All, As glad as I am to have found this hobby, I’m equally glad to have found this group. It’s doubtful that anybody here (who can walk upright, rather than swing through trees) is any newer at this than I am. I’m hopeful that I can give back … in some small way … by… telling this little story…. .... Our hobbies are like our relationships. If—like me—you’ve been with the same wonderful spouse for a while, then you kno...
I’M DONE…I’M DONE!!! I finally finished my sewing table. Here are the final pictures in it’s new home. This thing is HEAVY!! All that oak! So, the pictures show it completely closed up, opened with the sewing machine up and open with the sewing machine down. I am really happy I finally finished.
Progress….yadahooty! Got the top on, the hole cut, the lift put in and the doors hung…this will be the last post until I put the finish on. I still have to put the second top on, the one that folds out and covers the open top, but I set it on top so you could see how it will look when it’s done…sort of. I still have about 10% left to do…and you know what they say about that… I didn’t run into any real problems except that the entire thing is not e...
Yadahooty….got some shit done!! I got the doors done and the top, half way. There are really two tops, one will be cut in two pieces and will flip out at right angles to make more work space. I only glued one of them up so far. According to the directions I was supposed to put the doors on already but I decided to wait until I do the top, sometimes the order in which they want you to do things doesn’t make much sense. Next big step is to install the sewing machine lift and cu...
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