Well, I didn’t just quit woodworking for two years. I just let that box sit. I did turn this chunk of mahogany into a bass guitar that same year, I just haven’t posted that project yet. Back to the music box. A longgggg time ago (~15 years ago) I purchased a music box mechanism to make a music box for my wife. It plays “It’s a small world” as we’ve been to Disney World a bazillion times and her favorite is the Small World” ride. Ob...
Like magic, all the mitre cuts are done. This part isn’t difficult, but it requires SUPER CAREFUL setup and no haste. Here it is folded back together. Everything looks good so far. I re tape it for glue up Only after it is all glued up do I see my small but significant error(s): My mitre cuts were a hair off. This caused small gaps along the sharpest edges. No going back now, so I decide to bevel out the edges to compensate. I am good at compen...
So, in 2014 I started the works for another box with no real idea of what I was after. I used Martin’s (BritBoxMaker) technique (see it here ) as I like to do. It’s a fantastic technique as Martin demonstrates in his work. combining Padauk with Cherry, I built the base boardwork for the mitre cuts: If you ever need justification for a drum sander, see me. I love mine and use it ALL THE TIME! I have the Jet 10/20 and I bought it about 8 years ago. I’d...
Before jumping into the mortise and tenon joints I thought it a good idea to make sure my chisels have a proper edge. For this project I need a 3/8 mortise chisel, a 1/2” firmer chisel for the half blind dovetails, and a 1-1/2” bevel edge chisel for the tapered legs. A proper edge is actually quite simple. You need but two intersecting planes. Generally, the smaller the angle between the two planes, the sharper the edge and easier the cut. The smaller the angle, though, the less force it ...
I started this a few weeks ago so I thought maybe it’s time to share the progress with my fellow model makers.Most of the wood is American Cherry and Walnut. I have added a few small pieces on New Zealand Swamp Kauri.All the dark colored dowel’s were made by me (see my blog on making dowel’s with a router). Hopefully I will get a bit more done before Christmas. Speaking of Christmas I would like to wish all my fellow timber ...
It finally stopped raining! I shouldn’t complain because we actually needed the rain, everything had become so dry. But, at any rate, the sun is out and I can see all the way to the back of the shop. So it is time to get this little stand laid-out and rough cut. I glued-up the top a few weeks ago. I think the Ambrosia maple looks awesome … you? It is currently over-sized by a few inches, I’ll cut it to fit once the base is completed. The lumber I get from Suwanee Lumber ...
It’s been raining for a day or so here in Lilburn, and as a result I haven’t had much shop time. Too dark. But, I’m still moving forward with my little Hepplewhite stand. Given that the original stand was built 19 years ago, I thought it prudent to measure all the parts, as I did not measure anything back then. I simply established a comfortable height and filled the space where she was going to rest. Unfortunately, I kept no notes; at least I cannot find any, other than...
I felt like it was time to actually build something for this project. I started with a component which I felt was relatively inconsequential. As woodworkers, we should strive to put due care and skill into every component of a build I know, but it can be prudent to try out new techniques and methods on a component which, when talking in practical terms, just isn’t as important as the rest. In this case, that component is the small rail on the toddler bed circled in the diagram below. ...
So, my bride comes to me this morning asking, “what’s wrong with this picture?” Realizing that it had been quite a few years since my first Hepplewhite stand, I committed to build another to even out the look of our bedroom. The first stand, built in 1997, has red oak legs, hackberry sides and drawer font, and a sassafras top. It was finished with shellac and beeswax. The top has been re-waxed several times over the years and is in need of a touch up. As to the new stand,...
Made a lot of mistakes on this one, which caused me to learn a bunch of new tricks and fixes. Firstly, I shouldn’t have used crooked wood for the box sides. I knew what would happen. All the corners were bad of course. I cut them out! Then when I was doweling the new corners, they cracked. Just wanted to show my project that I love and hate and maybe hear some feedback, or other horror stories.
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