After several hours of carving with my Dremel tool over the last two days, I completed the custom checkers for this project. This was my first attempt at wood carving and with 48 sides to carve, it was a bit tedious, but not too difficult. My skills improved a good deal by day two and I took some extra time to go back over the first day’s checkers and make sure they were all pretty consistent. I took some video of the carving process to post as a separate blog entry once I have...
OK Guys and Girls The Christmas Box Build Off Entries are ready for your Vote. Voting is now Open! Voting Ends Friday December 7th, 2012 and the winners will be announced on Saturday December 8, 2012. Viewer and public votes will be added to the Judges Votes to determine the winners of the Build off.. Click the link below to go to the voting page. READ THE PAGE CONTENTS CAREFULLY BEFORE VOTING The Photo entries as well as the Video Responses are in no particular order. To vote Che...
I got side tracked and didn’t accomplish any of the goals that I set for today. The day wasn’t a total loss though. I made a batch of chili and I watched a few videos on dovetail joints and marked up my boards. I need to clear space on my bench to do the cutting, so that was my excuse for not starting on them until I finish gluing up the top. Out in the garage, I glued up a few more rows and while I was waiting for the glue to dry, I started thinking about the game pieces th...
With a lot of free time on my hands these days I decided to move into the dangerous and addictive land of woodturning. I’ve been dying to get a lathe now for about 3 years and trolling Craigslist (I’m on a college budget). I finally found a great deal on an old Craftsman so I decided to jump on it! After I got it, I spent a couple hours cleaning and making sure everything moved like it was supposed to. I ran into one problem which was the motor has a slight bend in the shaf...
Here is a great little video showing the steps involved on how to make one of the arms for my new Template Project: “Building a Sculpted Dining Chair.” You can see that it is a very useful little trick. I hope you find this clip entertaining (it sure was fun making it). (The music is a real “toe tapper”)... Enjoy!
Hey everyone, the contest has been going well and we have had entries from all over being submitted. There is still time to enter the contest and win some great prizes from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, Laguna Tools, Woodworkers guild of America, A Simple Design of Ocala and the United Federation of Woodworkers. The Contest ends December 3rd, 2012. Here is a look at the contest entries to date.
Just a reminder guys and gals. There is still plenty of time to enter the Christmas Box Build off which ends December 3, 2012. You can enter the contest by submitting a photo of your jewelry box or keepsake box to Contest@asimpledesignofocala.com or a video entry by posting a video response to the video in the link below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aKAus5OogE There is a chance to win some great prizes from Laguna Tools , Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, Woodworkers Guild of ...
Well, as promised, here are some more pics of the process. Before; First thing I had to do was tap the end screw holes for the corner brackets. I could have used these with the t-slot connectors and not had to tap anything, but I wanted the brackets to do double-duty as end caps too. I didn’t have an appropriate tap, so I used my dremel tool to cut a groove across the threads of a screw, being careful to leave a good cutting edge on the leading edge of the threads. With a l...
I’ve been planning a 4-axis machine in my head for more than a decade now. Every time I go to put it on paper, I get another idea and end up trashing all my notes. I have a pretty good idea what I want and the materials I can acquire on the cheap will dictate most of what ends up becoming my completed machine. I want to be able to do 3 axis machining on a small basis, but also a 4th rotary axis for doing and carving on turnings and 3-D objects. I’ve found a lot of good c...
Hi everyone. For those of you who’ve been waiting for the dining chair templates to finally be released, thank you for your patience. The Templates are now available HERE It’s a great project – perfect for a set of four or more. I know you’ll really enjoy building them and even more…using them around your dining table. Thanks for looking!
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