I am delighted i went into McQuillans in Dublin yesterday and got my first piece of exotic hardwood, i got some zebrano (zebra wood) they were selling loads of pieces of exotic harwood in blanks and in little bocks, its around 2 foot long and around 2 inches square. It was the first proper tradesmen shop i had been in, so it was the first shop i had seen with table saws, power planers, bandsaws etc. it was amazing.
In the last session I finished the 10 drawers. Now it is time start on the door. In this session, I: 1. Veneered the door panel2. Cut the rails and styles for the door3. Used loose mortise and tenon joinery for doors4. Cut the tombstone arch5. Assemble door6. Cut mortise for hinges I started with the main body done. Session ended with a completed door. First step was to create the veneered door panel. I used 1/4” maple ply with amboyna burl on the front and mahogany...
Quick picture update for anyone following this father’s day gift builds. I put the bottom of the bench together this morning before Tom and I went to the pool for the afternoon. Tomorrow I need to put the braces on the legs as well as put the back on it. I should have time because my wife is going to a concert with her friend so it will be just Tom and I tomorrow night. I have it sanded already to 150 grit and only need to hand sand it 220 to remove the pigtails before I spray it with spar va...
While at work on a commercial job, we were removing some large modular cabinets and millwork. Many of these work perfectly as a bar, and so I decided to keep one for myself. Last summer my wife and I began to mosaic the front and sides with ceramic tiles and celtic knot work. While researching designs for the bar-top, she came across a decorative wall hanger; an oak barrel bottom with the Harps Lager logo embossed on it. These were available for sale on the interwebs ($90) and were obvious...
Isn’t funny how some smells remind you of things from your past. As it turns out the scent of red elm reminds me of my late Great Uncles Barn. He owned the family farm that dated back to the 1800s and it had the original barn until just about 15 years ago. As a boy my cousin and I would play in the lofts and at the time I didn’t know it but that wood it was made of must have been elm because when I cut this red elm it reminded me of that old barn. Enough of that! I was able to put seven hour...
I have been away recently because I have been so busy on projects lately but I am going to post them right now. The projects are an end grain cutting board made for mahogany and oak, a small stool made entirely from hand tools and a new and improved chisel and screwdriver rack (at least compared to my old one) using my kreg jig i got for my birthday and a great way to store wood in a shed workshop without putting up shelves or losing floor space.
I would do a proper review on this tool, but I have no idea who the manufacturer is or if it can be purchased currently. Quite some time ago I was at a home show at Pheasant Run Resort and there wan an infomercial style booth set up where a guy was selling a bench clamp. I got caught up in the sales pitch and shelled out about $100 bucks for this thing: At the time, I was living in a townhouse, and believe it or not, the two car garage was bigger than the one in our current single ...
Believe it or not, I finally have some pics to show of my progress. If all goes according to plan, the only thing left to do when this week is over will be the finishing work. So, here we go…. This first image was taken a few weeks back, when I had completed gluing up all the panels. There are the top, the main shelf, four adjustable shelves, both ends and the middle dividers in this photo. Starting with just rough sawn lumber, it seemed like it took forever to get to this po...
I did a little bit this weekend. I made the drawers for the right side. I will put false fronts on them later. I will post more next week.
This is the first project I have ever posted on any forum for any experts out there to comment on. So with a little trepidation I submit this to you all to comment on. I’m restoring an old gate leg table I made in 1980 from oak timbers salvaged from a local church tower which was built in 1492. http://j.mp/KU6Cs8. This is a link to the history of the church for any one who is interested. The timbers had to be replaced back in about 1980 due to insect infestation. I’ll wr...
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