Just a reminder guys and gals. There is still plenty of time to enter the Christmas Box Build off which ends December 3, 2012. You can enter the contest by submitting a photo of your jewelry box or keepsake box to Contest@asimpledesignofocala.com or a video entry by posting a video response to the video in the link below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aKAus5OogE There is a chance to win some great prizes from Laguna Tools , Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, Woodworkers Guild of ...
With a small arsenal of tools from my estate sale scavenging, I needed a place to work on projects and get the tools off the garage floor. I was originally going to build the “Getting Started in Woodworking” bench from FWW, but I decided that a more typical garage bench would be better suited. I needed something easy to build, and solid as a rock. I wanted a 2’ deep surface and I wanted to take up 1/2 of the back wall. My wife has given me 1/2 of the garage because she...
The Nets are done and I’m really pleased with how they came out, this being my first attempt at steam bending or building my own net frames. Two of them will make nice gifts for my Dad and my Brother. Net#1: Walnut and Alder Hoop with a Walnut Handle. The inside diameter of the hoop is 9”x14” with an overall length of 21.5”. One of my hand made fly fishing lanyards is on the table behind the net. I fish with a lanyard to hold my fly fishing tools rather tha...
It’s been a while since I posted my last update on this project and I’ve made a lot of progress. Once I got the basic shaping and sanding done, I had to stop until I found the net bags that I wanted to use on the frames. As of this week, I have everything I need to finish the nets, so here are some more photos to show you what I’ve done so far: Here is net #2 after bending, but before glue up. This photo gives a good look at how I pegged my circles to the melamine ba...
Well, time has slipped away and it has been too long since my last blog post. In the interim, thankfully, work has been keeping me hopping and have gotten small projects out of the shop. Also the bandsaw and I had a disagreement and the bandsaw won the day. Thankfully no major damage was done and in a few more weeks I’ll be as right as rain. I have finally finished the poplar mockup and tommorrow the “real thing” begins in earnest. I made all of the changes that I not...
This week I share with you a decorative box which features hand cut dovetail joints. This box is made of Mahogany and Pecan and its center piece being a Spalted Pecan Panel Lid. I am no authority on dovetails joints so I don’t go into a lot of detail on making hand cut dovetail joints. There are a lot of training videos and materials out there to reference off of. I used some of the pecan Which I had milled from free logs delivered to me by a tree service. When I re sawe...
Hi my names Roger im 21 yrs old and my gf and I are currently in the process of buying our first house. The garage on the house has a nice sized workshop attached to it and the first thing i thought when i saw it was i need a hobby. Going to my moms house and rummaging around in the basement i found a table saw a 12” lathe and a bandsaw which im planning on putting it the workshop. Just looking for general knowledge on woodworking ive done a few things before but never anything too inte...
Just a quick update on the Christmas Box Build Off contest from A Simple Design of Ocala. In this video I talk about the prizes and categories.
With the holidays right around the corner, I thought it was a perfect time for a contest. I want you guys to build a Keepsake or Jewelry Box. It can be any Shape and size, just be creative. The Contest is from October 3, 2012 – December 3, 2012 So there is plenty of time to get out out in the shop and get building. We have some great prizes to give away thanks to the support of our contest sponsors. Laguna Tools Woodworkers Guild of America Rockler Woodworking & Hardware A Simple...
I need serious help here. I have the aforementioned sharpner and can sharpen my plane irons till I can shave the hair off my arm. I sharpen at 25 degrees then change to 30 for the micro-bevel per the instructions. Yesterday, I was sharpening my 1 1/4” chisel, and could not get it sharp enough to shave an arm hair no matter what! I set the angle at 25 degrees, and then went for a micro-bevel at 30 degrees. What am I doing wrong? Seems if I can do one I should be able to do the o...
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