Beginning of this year my wife asked if I would build her a cabinet for her china and dish collection. I think she was channeling Martha Stewart as she has several sets of 16 place settings (i.e., needed to build a super-sized china cabinet). The original objective was to have flush mounted doors with push open doors. Below is the carcass building sequence. The project uses 3/4 birch plywood and 1×4 boards with adjustable feet for the base. I used my assembly table to cut and as...
I kept myself pretty busy yesterday finishing up the new projects that I created for the site update. Today I will be writing the instructions for them and hopefully getting a newsletter out either later on tonight or early tomorrow. We have been trying to send out a newsletter every other week or so, as we feel that time frame is comfortable for our customers and is a good goal to complete our next round of designs. Now that we don't have Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine to think a...
I need to start off today by thanking all of you for the wonderful comments and responses on my witch boot project that I posted yesterday. I was really overwhelmed by the many, many kind comments and inquiries as to when the patterns and kits will be available. I plan on spending the weekend working on writing up the patterns and figuring out the cost of the kits so that I can charge a fair price that will make everyone happy. Of course, the biggest cost will be the shipping. My boots wer...
Two days ago I started construction of my new miter bench. It will be constructed primarily of shop grade 3/4” Birch plywood and some left over bass wood for the top supports. My original plan was to build it similar to my last bench which you can see in my shop pictures with the only difference being no bottom shelf since it will have primarily drawers in each cabinet. Now I’m contemplating weather or not to include a face frame. Funny how you think you have it all planned out u...
I had a very full day yesterday, but I did manage to achieve my goal of finishing up the other two versions of the Hare Herb Garden Markers pattern that will be featured in the June issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. I am very happy with the results, although it didn’t happen without hitting a couple of stumbling blocks and figuring out the processes that I used. But that is part of why I write her and part of the reason I try to offer accompanying articles when I am te...
I got started on a new projects yesterday. This one is going to be fun. The project is mainly geared for painters, but will be suitable for everyone. It is one that I am doing for the “Painting With Friends” group and is inspired by Terrye French. I love having the opportunity to work with Terrye on these projects because working with another really helps us think in different directions. Even though Keith is my partner, he and I don’t collaborate on designs (at least we...
Today’s blog will be quick and to the point. I awoke a bit early this morning and I am eager to get to work and (hopefully) finish up painting my little ballerinas. I had many requests from my painters that follow me to make the ballerina scroll saw pattern into a painting pattern. While the thought of cutting many of these little girls for production was a little bit intimidating, I feel that I am up for the challenge and didn’t need very much persuasion. It would just take a...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1187: Doing Something for Myself - "Reaching for the Stars" Tree Topper
As a “professional designer” and a craft person, it seems as if I am always creating things for someone else. Be it the magazine, items to sell, or gifts to others, it has been somewhat of a struggle for me to be able to justify taking some time to make some fun projects that I want to keep for myself. Especially at this time of year. But when I changed over my little “all season” tree to a Christmas theme last week, I noticed that I didn’t have any type of s...
After what seems like months (it really wasn’t!) I finally got back to drawing and I will be working on a new painting/wood design today. I know I have said that before recently, but “life” and a busy, growing business just got in the way. Believe me – this is not a complaint. I love being busy doing what I love to do but it seems that there are so many creative things that I like, I have difficulty finding the time to do them. Several days ago I bought an avocad...
Those of you who read daily know that I like to make different versions of projects. I talk many people who prefer different techniques and I try to accommodate as many as I can. Besides – I really like the variety and playing around with seeing the different ways to finish projects. Last week I introduced some new ornaments for Halloween. One set was of Halloween keys, with the key tops being made of cute characters. But some people didn’t care for the key theme, so I made...
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