Every year my beautiful wife, Debra, takes me to school to present a talk to her reading classes at Alvarado Junior High. This talk began, in 2004, with me telling the kids all about being a graphic artist and how important reading is in that job. Since I began doing this I have stopped being a graphic artist and started being a woodworker. So, last year, I changed the talk, splitting the time between one job and the other. Since last year my business started taking off, so this year I...
__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 recently came across a supply of lumber from a business here in Cincinnati, OH, Midwest Woodworking. It is owned by a second generation businessman, Frank David. The warehouse he has is probably well over 40,000 sq feet. Spread out across 2 floors are some of the longest complete boules of lumber I’ve ever seen in Sapele, Mahogany and Makore. He lets customers dig through some of the most amazing piles of lumber and pick your favorite boards. One board, or 1,000’s of bd/ft, ...
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...
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...
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
Love to build tree houses they are a challenge in that they are always so different in design and make up. log onto my website www.azzanarts.com to see full my photo albums of my projects in and around San Antonio.
Just had to add my own free wood gloat. Last fall a friend of a friend decided to clean out his workshop. My friend called me and asked if I was interested. I couldn’t get there fast enough. We loaded up in my truck and hit the road. Let me say first I thought I might get 2 or 3 boards out of this trip but decided what the heck. We get there and talk to the guy and he’s decided he doesn’t have the room for everything he had and we started loading my truck up. And kept loadin...
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.
I just got a lot of neet tools at an auction today. Just wanted to share with you.In dont need the wood rasps so if any one wants to make an offer I would sure entertain one. There are 8 files I won’t be keeping. Also I threw the Makita sharpener on ebay. I already have one.I got the scoll saw for $60 with the stand! I am excited! Does any one know what it is worth?!!http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy21/OregonBurls/PlanerBladeSharpener003.jpg!
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