So I’m down to making gifts for the nurses at my doctor’s office. I rarely visit the office for a “Sick Call” but I do take care of their computers. It’s always an inconvenience for the nurses when I have to interrupt their routines, so I try and make up for it by making each of them a little something every year. My sister gave me this idea a couple of years ago when she gifted me a turned scoop and I’ve been meaning to make some ever since. I had some ...
Joe Lyddon asked if I had another piece of butternut, and I found that i did… so I decided to take it through from rough lumber to a cutting board, and since I had the jointer out, I took some cherry along for the ride. butternut for joe That board had some serious cupping going on cherry boards, pretty darned rough…
[_]D Morning all, Since the powers that be frown on WIP photos in the projects section, here are some in progress photos of what i did yesterday:I was cleaning out the tool shed (distinct from my Shop… it is where the lawn stuff, and family stuff is stored) and I found a whole bin of short cut-offs plus a single 5/4 cherry board. The board was weathered (it was when I got it) and I’ve had it for at least 8 years now. My how time flies when life gets in the way of woodworking. Th...
This Blog is being started to pass on information about my father who was a custom cabinet maker for more than 40 years. All of his shop machines, hand tools, over 100 lg stacks of lumber, and a collection of antique tools are up for sale. The auction is an online only auction and is being cunducted by Fahey Sales. Their web sight is www.faheysales.com There you search Buyers view all auctions and look for “Complete Wood Working Estate Auction.” The direct link for the sale ...
I made a bench for a gift, but it was just too rustic looking. So, I made another one from red oak that looks more modern. This 2” walnut slab still makes a great looking bench. I sawed this slab 57 days ago from a nice walnut log. It’s going to sit at the end of my bed to be used as a dressing bench. Here's the project page to go with this blog. I cut the shoulders from the legs, leaving a 2 1/4” tenon. Then used the cut off pieces of leg material to make a jig to cut th...
At our old house we had what my wife liked to call a breakfast nook, it was a small table with two benches that occupied the corner of the kitchen. It had cost us 50.00 bucks on craigslist and is/was just the right size for that kitchen prompting us to leave it there. The fact that the benches were notorious for dumping the unsuspecting on their asses may have assisted the decision. The result is that the wife is requesting a replacement. I decided that I really like the look of butternut ...
I am just getting started as a wood carver and still exploring where I will go with it. I have a few knives and chisels and adding some along the way as I learn what I need and where to get them I am also trying to find the best source for wood. Since I am currently only doing chip carving, small sculptures and reliefs, my needs are not great. I am purchasing small blocks of basswood from Rockler and Woodcrafters locally. Is there a better / cheaper source for my wood? I have been unabl...
I have moved.. and moved a considerable amount of WOOD! I have updated my lumber rack projects with new photos of the current racks. My new shop is the entire basement, and to say its bigger than my last basement shop is an understatement. I have four times the space! and at least 88” of height between my floor mats and floor joists! I have repacked the racks and have collected EVEN MORE WOOD! You see my new house was built in 1918, and the basement had a few excellent resource...
After some online snooping, it looks like the branch I found the other day is of the Juglandaceae Family, which is to say it’s a walnut. Here’s some evidence… The chambers in the middle, seen here in my sample comprise what is known as a “chambered pith” (a pith being the center of a tree/branch/twig). Here's how it happens (in elaborate, if brief science talk). When it comes to chambered piths, it seems the only two choices spoken of online are black walnut (...
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