I am working on a reception desk for a local business. Using birch plywood with birch trim. Had everything done over one weekend except for the finish. I like to cut dados first with the router on a festool track and then cut into separate pieces the design features a built in monitor in the top. the easiest way I found to do that was to build around the monitor. 2 small dowels hold the monitor at the right angle. I had to assemble this outside because it is a li...
Yesterday turned out to be a really good day. It was one of those days that was somewhat quiet and I stayed focused and made good progress on my project. I tidied up the house a bit and then I spent some time refining some of the drawings. When I draw on the computer, I do so at 600% or more and sometimes what I am drawing comes out a bit more detailed than I want. I usually know what limitations that I have when scrolling even if things are magnified quite a bit. I forget about it some...
Got a client who’s being a little slow this morning, so I took the time to whip together a seat for my chair. A few lessons learned: I really do need to be able to visualize the chair all the way through the seat, the ad-hoc mounting here meant that the seat is a little higher than I wanted, so the backslats don’t ride on my back where I wanted. The Domino makes joinery almost too easy. I love that tool. For a real “Maloof” style look I need to be wo...
Well, yesterday was pretty much a wash. I went to the pharmacy in the morning to get something to deal with the bites and the pharmacist said “Wow. Those look bad” (no kidding) He gave me some cortisone cream and told me that pretty much my only option was Benedryl. He said that it should clear them up in a few days. I told him that it really made me sleepy, but he said there was really nothing else that would help. So I came home and put the creme on right away and held o...
This is a project that I will show as an ongoing work in progress. When I was a little girl, my grandparents had the most wonderful Christmas decorations. They had some beautiful hand-blown glass ornaments from Czechoslovakia among other treasures. One of my all time favorite decorations that they had was a little skating pond scene which they placed under the tree every year. The pond itself was a round mirror and the figures were made of (what I now know is) painted lead. We would u...
What a good day yesterday turned out to be. After the sluggishness of the past several days, it felt really good to have a day where I felt like I moved ahead and accomplished a great deal. I think my lull is over for now, and I hope that I can keep this momentum that I have and continue to cross things off of the list. My goal yesterday was to get through cutting the witch boots for the kits that I am making. I need 1200 of them to make the 100 kits and it is somewhat of a daunting ta...
Yesterday was another day that just seemed to go by too quickly. I was fortunate that the rain seemed to let up for the most part for the day so that driving was not so treacherous. We still needed to be cautious though because many of the roads were flooded. About half a kilometer down our own street (right where the river bends) the river was actually so high that it bled into the street and flowed across it. Fortunately it was only a couple of inches deep, but it was a quick reminder th...
It appears that I have found the solution for the dilemma that I was having regarding dividing up my time. I suppose that part of being a designer and the process of designing is that we learn more about ourselves every day. What may have worked for us at a certain point in our life may not be a good solution today. And even though we fins something that works in one set of circumstances, it does not mean that we can apply it to all similar instances and expect the same result. But at leas...
The weekend was wonderfully productive. While I certainly could add “Grossly underestimates the time it takes to do things” to my resume, I still accomplished a great deal. Last week I was working on some little bunny ornaments. I am excited about them because I had four distinctly different versions of them hopping around in my head. I didn’t know which ones to actually make, so I made the decision to make them ALL. After all, who’s to say that there is a limit ...
First of all, I want to thank everyone for all the nice comments and personal messages you sent me regarding these ornaments. Nothing makes the extra hours and effort spent more worth it than knowing that others enjoy what you made. Anyone who creates can attest to that. The long hours at the saw spent working on these (as well as my sore back!) are now just a faded memory, replaced by a sense of accomplishment and achievement. It really does me good to see how much everyone likes these, ...
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