So I have been bit by the woodworking bug. The evolution to the point where this blog comes in has taken a relatively short time. I have always wanted a shop for my various handy-man tools and such but back in March of 2015 around the birth time of my 3rd daughter I got sucked into woodworking. I cannot really explain how it started as I believe the desire had always been there just had never reached the combustion point. My wife and I decided we would save our $$ over the summer while wo...
Time to plan out the design for my first Humidor. This will be a very basic box built to minimize cuts, make efficient use of lumber and hopefully hold a regular humidity. I started with a simple dimension that I wanted, I figured an internal box dimension of 12” by 8” would be a nice size to fit a beginners collection of cigars and cigar paraphernalia. I knew I wanted to have a depth of about 6” simply because I wanted to use the approx. factory width of the lumber I get...
Although I don’t smoke regularly, I thoroughly enjoy a good cigar from time to time and have a small store bought humidor to store my growing collection. Humidors seem to go far beyond just being a simple box, they have an essence of class that is rare these days. A good humidor can allow you to easily romance the hobby of cigar smoking, especially when paired with a nice scotch in the evening. It can transport you to different times and places, where the world wasn’t glued to the...
Fitting the frame to the legs The face of the burl, it has been rough sanded with a belt sander and then with an orbital sander down to 400 grit sizing the stand
I recently completed this pergola shown here in its mostly completed state.I’m happy with the way it turned out, but having gone through the experience, there are some things I would do differently. The legs are 4×4 treated fir wrapped in re-sawn cedar. I should have just used solid cedar posts and come up with a different way of achieving a similar look. It would have been much easier and probably not much more expensive.These pictures show the details.Each 4×4 is wrapped in eig...
I am building a canoe for my sister’s boyfriend. He wants a sixteen footer. I am going with the Wabnaki model from Gil Gilpatrick’s book. I’ve never done a blog before and am not real good with computers, but I will do my best. I’m going to start off with just a few things and if I see there is interest in this blog I will continue until it is done. So if anyone out there is interested just post and let me know and I will continue. So, first pic. is the white cedar I b...
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!!
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