Earlier in this series I mentioned a set of stair rails I was supposed to be building for one Mrs Customer, a couple of towns away from my town of Laporte. I got distracted by any number of things and just got back to them this week. The previous stair rails were built to match the existing porch rails. They had deteriorated sufficiently that they had become a hazard and Mrs Customer wanted them replaced in the same style, as her porch rails are in good shape. There were a couple ...
Part of every workshop success is being organized and having templates on hand to trace and cut out, my shop is no different, for the longest time I kept my templates stuffed in a box, as of lately I have been getting request for shelves, rather than dig out these templates I created the “I SEE IT BOARD” this way a person can see the options that are available, it will be easier for me as well because I will be able to grab what I need and when I am done I can easily put it back ...
I inadvertently have found myself in a position where there is an expectation of woodworking gifts for the holidays this year. I guess that’s what I get for posting all my little projects on Facebook where my family can see them. So, for my father I am going to be making a six-pack beer tote out of mahogany and quarter sawn sycamore. I’m hoping it looks as good as I envision it will when it’s finished. It’s going to have rare earth magnets for catching the bottle ca...
This is what I have been up to lately. Bought a cd2100 Husky and a milling attachment. Now I can turn logs into timber. Milling a blue atlas cedar here. Fun!!
I’ve been living in the natural world of Rivers Inlet, British Columbia my whole life and I’ve never found anything that astounded me more than this. As a beachcomber, when I find a slide it’s a perfect treasure for me to sift through but what I found the day I came across this slide, completely blew my mind. At first sight, the log was a beautiful old growth red cedar – already a gem in itself. But once I started milling, the unique treasure I discovered within ...
So last Thursday I look over at the neighbors house and there’s a recliner upside down, sitting out in the trash. hmmmm I thought. I’ll bet there’s some springs and levers and such I could use off of that! After looking at it up close I said damn I’ll just take the whole thing. I had to clean all the dog hair, dust and webs off of it and…she cleaned up nicely. I tossed it up on the bench and stretched it out to see just how this thing works. It took about an hour but I came up with ...
Need help identifying this wood from this image. I want to discount some because of grain pattern, etc., and hope you’ll give me your expert opinions so I can. Thanks!
Time always seems to move much too quickly, and lately more so than ever. I think because I have been keeping so busy the days just seem to bleed quickly into one another and before we know it, another week has passed. It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the year. As those of you who read often know, I spent the last week or so working on some new scroll saw patterns for the site. At the time I was working on them it didn't seem like it was a lot, but seeing everything ...
I am making my own v shiplap siding for a little lean to shed I’m building. I wanted to do something besides just butting the boards together and thought this would look nice. This is just a little mock up to see how it will look. Any thoughts or words of wisdom would be great.
View a video of this build here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16o0Ic0RPro We had an old fire pit where we had taken its top off and were using it on a different base in the backyard. The old base was taking up space in the shop, so I was going to throw it away, but then had the thought to make a table top for it. I used cedar and teak oil finish since I had planned on using the table outside, but we are actually using it inside now. The cedar was green so there was a good bit of warp...
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