I was posting a project this morning and realize that I was at 1000 post in 1600 days. WOW! It doesn’t seem like I’ve been here a LJ’s that long. Along with that I have 261 projects here. It is great to be able to go back and remember the building experience because of the write-ups. I sometimes even refer back to one on other builds so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. This is a great site with great people. I’ve leaned a lot from professionals to t...
Some associate veneers as being low quality and if you truly want quality go all solid. Really the opposite could be true. Veneers got a bad rap around the 60’s when cheap furniture was introduced into the market. There was delaminating, which is the lifting of the veneer, because of a bad process and gules. What is veneer? Veneer is a thinly sliced piece of wood glued onto a substrate or a another, usually manufactured, wood like MDF or plywood. With today’s technology these slices ca...
People often ask me about my finishes and I am always wondering about how others do their finish too. I feel the finish is the key to any furniture. A bad finish can destroy the look and the value of a piece. I thought I’d share what I do and what material and equipment I use. As in equipment, I use an air assisted airless. It takes the best of both worlds. Low air volume but without using too high of pressure as in the airless rigs. It works like an airless, which I used for ...
NORTH POLE – Due to the increasing population of the world and the “Cash for Toys Program”, it has been reported that Santa Claus (AKA Kris Kringle) cannot keep up with the many furniture wishes he has received this year. In his yearly press conference, Santa tells reporters that many factors have contributed to the problem. The popularity of a baseball bed, Murphy beds, and a Princess Castle Loft have made his schedule very demanding. Also complicating matters, many of h...
Posting on MsDebbieP’s blog for the new year got me thinking about how long I’ve been here are LumberJocks, 1282 days with 819 post. WOW! I just hit another milestone. Just posted my 200th project. I love looking back at some of the projects. I build them so fast that I quickly forget about them. I’m glad LJ is here to jog my memory and help me “reflect” (see my 200th project for the pun) on the past. Seems like yesterday that I was signing up for this “community” and ...
I think I’m turning into a ship builder. I have built four “boat beds” over the last several months and working on an order for three of them now. More info on how to watch us build them below.Standard add portholes in April Changed headboard in June Pirate in June Pirate in July Now I’m building three for a customer. I have the parts cut out and will be building on them today. Watch the progress: For more building pictures see my Current Projects l...
I am giving away one of my baseball beds to the person that can guess the winning team, last game, and score of the World Series. It’s not as hard as you think, we already have two games down. An example of a guess would be Texas, 4 to 3, game 7. Don’t post here. I can only track the guesses on Facebook. The bed will be a twin size Baseball bad with the score of the last game on the headboard. It will include the headboard, foot board, side rails, slats, and shipping (the ...
I have the design, cut the veneer pieces and now it is time to put it on the face. I tossed around ideas on how I’d put it on the face. My first idea was to order a large sheet of maple veneer (background wood). Cut the whale into the it like I did the rest and then glue it all onto a substrate panel. What I ended up doing was using 3/4” maple plywood as the substrate and cut in the design. First I outlined the whale. I then went around the border with a chisel. This allo...
I’m starting a very exciting project. Anything new that I try is exciting for me. I love new things and new techniques. I build a lot of murphy beds, as you can see from my post, but when I got customer wanting to add a whale design to one, I was all in. I don’t consider myself an artist or my work art, so this would be my first attempt at something like that. I’ve heard and read a little on marquetry and decided this would be the direction I’d take the customer....
Being a family business has it’s benefits and it’s struggles. One of the benefits of that family business is you get to bring your kids to work. I remember playing in the saw dust, making airplanes and swords. Those corner notches they would cut off waterbed decking was the perfect tail fin for an airplane or the guard right above the sword handle. I hope my daughters have those same memories. Here is a picture I found from February 2005. Katelyn is now 11. She still want...
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