These last three days I have been in what seems like a drawing frenzy. It was just one of those times when I have several detailed ideas of what I want to make and I can picture things in my mind so clearly that drawing the designs seems to come almost automatically. That is a good place for me to be. Yesterday I finished up two more designs. One of them is something that is dimensional and took a bit more thought and time, but on paper at least, it appears that it will work out well. I ...
Yesterday was another great and productive day. I don’t know why things happen this way sometimes, but I wish I could bottle up the formula so that on my unfocused and unproductive days I could take a dose of whatever it is that is driving me right now. I am sure my fellow designers know the feeling. It is when you just can’t seem to draw fast enough to get all the ideas out and you don’t want to stop because you know this feeling may pass. I love when I feel like this a...
As the saying goes – I’m on a roll. It seems a long time since I drew fretwork, and I really missed it. While I like to do a lot of different types of designing from painting to cutting to building things, one of the things that I find to be most satisfying to draw and cut is fretwork. So that’s what I am gonna do! Yesterday I hit a good rhythm and was able to not only finish up on the design I featured in the blog, but completely finish a second one: . . . ...
The one thing that feels good about doing so many different aspects of a job is that you never really feel tired of doing one particular task. There always seems to be such a large variety of things that need to get done and before you have time to feel get sick of doing something, you are finished with it and on to something else. I was never one for doing repetitious tasks for a long time. While I still don’t mind doing stuff like production work for a couple of days at a time, I ...
Hello Readers! There is a glimmer of light in the progress department of my small business. The brightest spot being that orders keep coming in at a steady pace. The Ugly has reared its head however in the form of doing the same process, over, and over, and over again only to repeat it again and again… I find myself trying to stay ahead of the orders, trying to not think about the fact that in the course of three weeks I have made over a 1000 square 1.5×1.5×1.5 inch blocks&...
Because everything is in the classroom now it is more difficult to gather photos i will try and get some for yous. Just to give yous an update i have finished 2 out of 3 drawers (the big one and one of the smalls) i have to say half blind dovetails arent easy but the end product is pretty spectacular i also have the plywood back on the cabinet now, only one more drawer and the two doors and then its finishing time :)
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1) I first started with these drawings with i pretty much followed….. 2) I cut my 3/4” chipboard to 3’ by 2’ and same for the 1/8” MDF 3) i cut a rebate to house the saw in the chipboard this also give you more of the blade and drilled a hole for the router. 4) i then mounted the saw using screws and wood blocks, and mounted the router using bolts 5) i then flipped the wood over and cut a 1” wide slot in the chipboard paralell to the bla...
I had a somewhat unusual weekend. Nothing really outstanding happened, but I found myself feeling quite a bit “blah.” That is unusual for me. Usually I am rather driven and focused and I spend the days pushing ahead or catching up on the rest of the world while they have their weekend. But this weekend, it seemed that there was little wind in my sails to drive me. I must confess – there was barely a breeze. I had spent the past two weeks working harder than usual and ...
Hi, Everyone - I just wanted you all to know that yesterday we completed the site update. We are also offering a new free pattern just in time for Easter. These are two beautiful crosses that Keith designed. The Free Pattern link is here: Free Pattern They are from his larger pattern set SLDK215 Filigree Cross Ornaments which contains these two crosses, plus four additional cross designs. Today I am (still) finishing up the SLDP211 MUD Bunnies pattern packet. I am just about...
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