I’ve been negligent in wrapping this up….but here’s the next stage, finishing up the hull itself. I out last episode, we had finished up the one side and now we’ll close it all up. Before we close up the other side, we’ve got to trim down the first side to get a nice clean line to work with. Nothing too scientific here, for the most part we eye-balled the parts around the stems and laid a strip down the keel-line to mark off the center. Getting the keel-l...
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 ...
This is the first entry in this series, but I’m already halfway into the White Oak version of my Rockler Adirondack chair. I’m also building a Western Red Cedar version, but haven’t started dimensioning the boards yet. I’m starting the blog at this point in the project, because 1. I wasn’t a member of LJ before starting the project and 2. I need to get my thoughts down about what I’ve learned so far, because this is really my first TRUE hardwood project...
More progress on my daughters bridal chest. Not too much left to do. A rabbeted lip covers the interface between cedar and maple at the top edge...One of the paper templates made to cut the curves in the skirt boards..The skirt boards cut, glued, and clamped in place. A cove molding will be mounted on the top of it later..Front skirt board .Side skirt board.Next will be to mount the top with a piano hinge.
Now that I have a list I suppose I have no excuse not to at least attempt to finish this thing. So this week I got started on list item #1… The stretchers. I had originally planned to build them out of the same ceder that the legs are made from but changed my mind in the name of weight and durability. So I rummaged through my pile of oak cut offs left from the top and found a slab just the right length for the long stretchers. I figured I would figure out what to do about the sh...
I couldn’t wait till tomorrow to put the top together. This did not go without it’s fair share of oh sh#t moments one of which almost had me starting the whole thing over almost.. But I’m getting ahead of myself.. I had planned to use pegs instead of bolts. I am trying to keep the number of mechanical fasteners to a minimum on this so lets have a go at it.. Marked out the location of the peg holes and drilled just the end caps.. Then fitted them and marked th...
__My husband is retiring, soon, after 24 years of service in the US Navy and I am in search of something special for him in terms of a shadow box. I am new to this site and have never “blogged” before so, here goes. I recently found a shadow box chest, a most impressive one I might add, on this web site and I would love to be able to find someone to make the same for me. Since I am new to this site it will not allow me to message the individual for information on this particular i...
I had written an earlier post about slabbing the wood I needed to build my family’s home in Papua New Guinea. Well, we got our home “finished” (I use that world very loosely) and just thought you guys might like to see some pictures of the progress. Every stick of lumber in this house was slabbed from local trees in the Hewa tribe where we live. The only wood in the house that was not slabbed by myself or co-workers was the plywood floors (which got destroyed by 4 big rain s...
Sorry for the rant, but I went to Lowes today to get some supplies for making some Christmas gifts. 1X8X8 ceder was $12 that meant my bird feeders would be $24 each in just lumber. Does anyone know were I can find any good deals on lumber in Ormond Beach, FL? I got one lead from a local woodworker, but the shop was out of business… maby its just me, is that a good price for ceder? Thanks for any help
These wren birdhouses are easy to make. Six pieces make this wren birdhouse. The two sides, roof, front and back, and bottom. I used a brad gun to tack the pieces together, but you could use screws. It has a 1’ hole, drilled with my drill press and spade bit. Here’s a photo of them,The wood is cedar, the wood will never go bad. The hole has a screw in it, you stick your screwdriver in the hole, and screw the screw in the tree. Thanks!AJ
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