After looking through some other blogs here on LJ and watching some Youtube videos I thought that the tumbling block cutting board was something that looked challenging, cool and something I wanted to try. I learned some good ideas from these other blogs and wanted to share some of my experiences having now made three of these, my setbacks and discoveries to better produce these tumbling block patterns. I purchased a Wixey digital angle gauge as it looked like you really needed to be accu...
Grandson Weslee holding the box I made for his older brother Darronmaterials used on this boxSpanish CedarMartin Luther King CherryFiddleback MapleWengeTurquoiseMartin Luther King Cherry explained Another Look into my Haunted Forest taped on the inside of lid …link to Haunted Forest printlink to Haunted Forest tiles Aromatic Spanish Cedar left unfinished on inside
3 more … and some photos of the previous 3 alsoMy grandson Weslee gets his choice of these 3 for a belated Xmaz gift. He spent the holidays with his mother in Tennessee and returned today.medallions are African agate and turquoiselumber used in the various boxesKentucky Coffee TreeMartin Luther King CherryFiddleback MapleWengeTeakRosewoodPurple heartSapele
I started a commission for a custom bath vanity a few months ago. I am going to try to blog the process in as much detail as I can remember for anyone that would like to follow along. The project is not quite finished yet and I had been meaning to start the blog ages ago but I guess better late than never. Here goes. Ok so the concept was to build an open style furniture vanity unlike your cabinet type units. So I came up with a concept as shown below modeled in sketch up. It was origi...
I finally got around to making this small router plane. It’s been on the “I’ll make it someday” list for a long while. I’m sure many of you can relate. It didn’t take long to make, even while trying to capture the build on camera. I used a pattern that I found online, it was titled $5 Router Plane. You can watch how I made mine here. I made mine a little smaller than the one in the plans. It’s made from Cherry with only a couple coats of paste wax on ...
Sometimes you end up with a little dent and its always in the spot it will show the most. There are several ways to get rid of them, but here is the way I do it the most. I’ve actually tried sanding them flat only to end up with a bump. This is were the dented wood is still there and the finishing process caused it to raise. So its sometimes beneficial to address a dent and fix it unless you want an eyesore that you’ll see every time you look at your project. http://youtu.be/ek...
Let’s see, I had a couple scraps of Black Walnut sitting around the shop. Also had what was left from a Black Cherry floor joist ( From an old barn tear down) Both were being abused by every new-to-me handplane that came into the shop. Decided to try and make SOMETHING out of them, before they wound up as just a pile of shavings. Edges were planed square and ready for glue-ups. Didn’t have a way to make slimmer pieces, so I just used the scraps as is. Got a slab out o...
Maybe this blog can help some newbies. Experienced woodworkers and those with good training (not me) know that you should cut the mortises and tenons while the stock is still rectangular. Since I didn’t remember this until after cutting some parts for a toy baby cradle to their curved shape, I had to find solutions to problems encountered when cutting some mortises and tenons. The first problem surfaced as I was cutting the tenons on an upper rails for the head board and foot boards....
Here are a few pictures, from the past couple of days, of the sequence of making moldings and of them put up. I don’t know how large fancy moldings are made but this was my solution to doing it. The ogee’s are made with one router bit then stacked on top of each other. The large partial cove moldings are made with Rockler’s table saw crown molding maker. It is a nicely made jig that lets you set up your table saw to cut into wood using the round blade to gouge out a large co...
Boy I love working with cherry. Not too hard, not too soft, doesn’t chip out much. Creates much smoother grain with router bits compared to oak which I am used to working with and is chippy. I’ve got 4 doors up and 4 more in the hopper (ready to glue together). I decided on a thinner, svelter look to these doors. I have three raised panel bits, ogee, curve, and straight. I used the straight raised panel bit on these. I love the grain of unstained cherry. This is just 3 coat...
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