As an artist, I love getting new supplies. Besides loving to work in so many different types of media, being active on the internet and participating in classes and online forums exposes me to many, many different new and exciting products. It really keeps my creative juices flowing and I love trying new techniques and products. It is a wonderful part of what I do. Many of you know that I live in a very small place. Keith and I have lived in a one bedroom apartment for over seven years n...
In this video I show you how to make a band saw box-in-a-box.I hope you find this helpful and informative!
Paint boxfor my daughters artist area This Christmas I gave my daughter a easel, she had a specific wish and so I decided that where I could bring her some of me, was in making her a box for all the paint gear. She is quite dedicated, spend many hours in her room painting with a deep focus and in a meditative state of mind.Nothing less than wonderful. I have made her a jewel box at a ealier time and as some of you know I have a soft spot for the Japanese crafts, so I went in that di...
Here it comes at last! The final steps in this project. With the shaping out of the way, I decided to work on the finish next. I figured it would be easier to pre-finish the individual pieces before gluing them together. I have to apologize because I don’t have any photos of the finishing process, or of the individual finished pieces, but the finished project will be shown below. Because Wenge is a fairly “texturous” wood, I wanted to preserve its feel, rather than encase...
This is a video if me making 20 conation boxes for a local animal shelter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HKfAD4GZ7U
Well, after many months of hiatus from this project, I managed to get back on the horse. Looking at the May 30th time stamp of the last post, I realized that this is right before My convocation (graduation) ceremony at my university – so you can officially feel free to call me Dr. Ovens! This of course led to several months of job hunting, the success of which is still to be determined. In any case, the last update showed the joinery I used to couple the Padauk corner posts with the ...
So, I’m having a bit of woodworking ADD lately while trying to work on holiday gifts. I have a million things to do so of course I’m procrastinating. I decided to attempt making my own pattern and went with a simple cupcake box. I’ve seen the ones that are round and look like actual cupcakes, but I wanted mine to be a flat box with a sort of intarsia top. I drew up the pattern in Inkscape and started cutting. The box is being glued at the moment so I’ll cut it tomorrow...
I’ve been making a few boxes lately and have at least one more to go. I saw this technique for fine tuning the bottom or top edges of a box on a YouTube video about guitar making. In the video the luthier had a large sheet of sandpaper glued to a piece of plywood. After creating the sides of the guitar body, he would rub the edges of the body (sans bottom or top) on the sandpaper to even out the edges completely. Since my joinery is far from perfect, I’ve been using this m...
Here is a quick and easy project for the upcoming holiday season or any special occasion.
Here’s a prototype box that I made from some leftover MDF baseboard. It has a lined interior with a lift out tray. It’s a quick project that shows what can be done with scrap materials.
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