Here is a video showing how I rough turn wood blanks for lidded boxes on the lathe from wet wood. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klYnaje3vqQ&feature=share&list=UUU_N6BtSICI7yMMvubPFSlw Sorry, the embed isn’t working for this video but the link works.
So I made a decent pair of hinges, but when I placed them on the box, they looked a little big for the application… Well, I can’t enlarge the box very easily… So I guess I’ll just have to “shrink” the hinges!! It’s good that these are versatile, but it took a little extra work to achieve…The center/lid stop part had to have its hole re-sized (in order to become a slip-fit) and I thought it “Stuck out” a little too far… so...
I finally have had a chance to have some Fun! We’ve been so busy, trying to turn our new apartment into our Home, that there has been no opportunity for Shop-work other than repairs… But I had some scrap maple…And the shop is at least usable…And Boxes are always a blast to make…And sometimes, you just gotta make something… So I began in the usual fashion, plowing out some dadoes in the Maple… It’s on my mind to make two boxes out of these pi...
I finished painting my patio planter boxes today. I like the way they came out. Thanks to the mortise and tenon, and panel construction, they are very sturdy. The were a lot of dadoes, mortises, tenons, and trim to cut for this project, but it was a lot of fun fitting all the pieces together. The colors are Martha Stewart’s “Monk’s Glove” and “Chianti” from Home Depot. Working on these in my garage attracted a lot of attention. As I was fi...
I spent the better part of a day, almost two weeks ago, cogitating and musing on an idea I had for another set of wooden hinges… The idea was to make a simple set, in the style of what I’ve begun calling “Finger Hinges”...This time I wanted two smaller ones, to put on either side of the box, rather than a “piano” style across the whole back… I also wanted them to thin almost to a point, as the fingers extended… I had a very hard time visua...
I’ve made a lot of progress on this project, but I’ve been so busy since the kids got out of school for the summer, that I haven’t had much computer time lately to update my blog. Here I have the three piece legs glued up and I’m testing the fit of the tenons. In this photo, I’ve finished the sanding all the parts, have the tenons glued into the legs, and have the panels installed. Now they are starting to look like planters. One of the changes I ma...
My wife and I are visiting our son and DIL Sofie in Lycksele Sweden. A small community in Lappland in the north of the country. We visited Sofie’s mother and stepdad yesterday in Umeå, just a 2hr. drive southwest of Lycksele. The first photos show us approaching the bridge over the Umeå river and then a typical house along the route. The majority of houses were all painted red like this one. The whole area is a vast forest with wolves, bears, moose, reindeer herds and many other fur...
As inspired by Steve - Mere Mortals... I’ve had two pieces of 1/8” scrap Curly Maple & Zebra Wood kicking around my shop for years!This seemed like a good way to use them… so I made two…Steve glued his up very quickly & simply… mine, being 1/8” stock was harder to glue-up… but, I made it. My wife liked the Zebra Wood one… I got the Curly Maple… (big grin) Here are four pictures of them… Steve, th...
Hello everyone, a short time ago I posted a project titled Cedar Window Box. In that project post I mentioned that I would check with the client for their approval on posting the dimensioned SketchUp graphics I created. Well, they approved. I put together a brief, and I mean brief, video that includes the dimensions for all of the major components of the window box. I had to do it this way because the graphics were too large to post on the project page. The clarity is not as good as I had ...
I’m still trying my hand at the EZ Mitre boxes. So, I took three pieces of cherry and, after joining them, I applied a thin layer of (what I think is) birch plywood to, what will be, the inside layer of the box. I know of two good reasons to put another type of wood on the inside layer of these boxes: 1) looks good2) run the wood grain alternate to the outside layer and it adds cross-grain strength Here’s two more things I NOW know 1) don’t use cheap plywood ...
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