So unfortunately I got carried away actually working rather than documenting the process, but I did snap this photo before I quit for the night. So far I’ve gotten all the face frame pieces cut down to final size and have marked out the tenons on the rails. I also cut a test mortise in some scrap that went through the same milling process so I can test the fit of the tenons as I cut them. The dado stack is in the saw ready to rock. I will begin cutting the joinery tonight(I ho...
My wife gave birth to our second child a few weeks ago. In preparation, we moved our 2 year old daughter from the nursery into her “big girl” room. We spent upwards of about $2000 on a bedroom set, which we are hoping will last her the next 16 or so years. I’m already disappointed in the poor quality of workmanship. We made the furniture store replace the dresser once already and I just noticed that the replacement dresser drawers are starting to hang up. I took the dra...
Yesterday was a good day for tying up loose ends. It seemed that about half the day was writing to customers and answering emails. I enjoy that part of the job though, because it really lets me get to know my customers a little better. I also get to see some of the wonderful work they do. I also have some personal correspondences to keep up with. I have one friend in particular who wrote me yesterday. She is a friend from high school, but we became friends more so when I kids were bab...
I think that I shall never see, a poem so lovely as a tree. – Joyce Kilmer Well, my trees may be poetry but they came out nice. I designed four different trees for the pond, in addition to the large tree that will be the center attraction. I am only going to include one in each set, but I will offer additional trees and lamp posts if people want more. Although the trees are relatively easy to paint, they are probably the most time consuming to cut. As I showed in a previous pos...
It is amazing to me just how much difference the way you look at something can make. Looking at something with a different attitude and perspective can magically change something from unpleasant or distasteful to something that is fun and exciting. Physically, nothing at all has really changed. Only the way we look at it. This is an incredible power that we all have within ourselves. It costs nothing, takes none of our time and all we need to do is consciously apply it and it can make al...
It is so quiet out this morning that I needed to check if we even had the windows open. They were of course, and if I listen carefully I can hear the quiet flutter of the birds in the near by tree. It appears that everyone slept in this Saturday morning. And what a morning it is! Still and calm and only a few white wispy clouds high in a bright blue sky. The temperature is perfect – I imagine it is about 70 degrees right now – and the humidity is low and at a comfortable lev...
I spent the day yesterday refining the ornaments that I showed you in yesterday's blog. Those of you who have come to know me realize that I just can't do things one way. Keith often teases me because I think of so many variations of many of the different designs that I create, but when I think of several versions of doing things, it is hard for me to only make ONE – so I make them ALL! :)I know it takes longer to do and I don't really think it matters. Even after they are f...
Well, we are in the home stretch of completing this order. After only two short days of working, we can tuck it under our belts and wrap it up. It’s a great feeling to look at the piles of pieces and see how much we accomplished in such a short time. It feels good to me, and I hope it does to Keith, too. Working together like this is something that is new to us. While we are partners, we are usually each working on our own individual projects, which are at different stages more s...
Our hike began with a sense of fun and small adventure through a parade of awaiting sticker bushes and many fallen trees laid out before us like a maze of dominoes in there felled awkward patterns. I felt so blessed to have my father leading the way down the slopes of leaves and enjoying his memories about the hillside with so many tales from his experienced 75 years. We were up for taking a chance at finding some birch wood for spoons and kuksa, not much of the fine tree stands in the cur...
Hi all,I have this slab of Birch measuring 5 1/2 ft by 19” by 1 1/2 inches thick.I rubbed it with some spirits to show the figure. I think it is a nice piece,my question is how do I use it to maximise its figure and make something of real personal value?? Any ideas or suggestions of any sort very welcome.Thanks a mil…Brian
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