I try to use local wood as much as I can. This blog series is intended to capture and share some of the more interesting items I find. This entry covers some wood I’ve had for a few years. The wood is cypress that was grown and milled in east central Florida. The trees were felled and the boards were milled on order for my father more than 30 years ago. My father, brother and I used it to build a fence around my parent’s 3/4 acre property. After my parents passed awa...
I needed some shop storage and I wanted to use some pecky cypress I was given. So I figured drawer fronts of pecky cypress would be an awesome start. So I started by getting some free plywood after some old cabinets were demo’d on a job I was on. I would’ve preferred European style cabinets but didn’t think about it until after I milled and assembled the face frame. Here is the carcass from reclaimed wood. Cabinet set in place with face frame attached. Yes, I used a kre...
We have two young grandsons, Chance (almost 3) and Jaylan (6). I’ve decided to build a couple of toy trucks for them. For this project I’m using the truck featured in WoodSmith No 35 (Oct 84). Here’s a picture of the truck as featured in the magazine: Today I selected a piece of cypress to use to make the chassis of the trucks. The piece was rough sawn and 5/4 thickness. I used my Ridgid planer to surface the board and planed it down to 13/16” thickness. ...
Let me start with the following disclaimer: “I understand that cypress is not the ideal lumber for a bench top. Please don’t try to persuade me to not do this. It has started and there is no turning back.” I picked up some 6” x 6” rough cut cypress in Florida. I’m gonna attempt it all with hand tools. I live in New Orleans and my shop is not air conditioned. I can get about an hour of hand planing done before I’m too hot to continue. Check out the ...
well fellow jocks today started out with a small wood gloat, i was blessed with the opportunity of going into some friends land where a tornado went through and salvage some wood that was there, one was a good size dog wood tree, and the other was a very large mimosa tree, i found out that mimosa is a beautiful wood, and i wanted to try working with it, so i took the larger trunks to my local sawyer and while there, i was given a rare opportunity , if you have been to a sawyers wood lot, well...
These are some end tables i came up with a couple of weeks ago and am starting a series using different woods and stain tones, most are going for sale on ebay and to friends and family, let me know any ideas to better my design or different color combinations that people may like more. I am trying to get an idea of what the masses like the most THANKS!!!NewAgeWoodWorks
Here is the final installment of the build, the finished project. This is a entry bench with slats for shoe storage and a hinged lid with an area for storage under the seats. The lumber is cypress, joinery is mortise and tenon and sliding dovetails for the upper arm rests, the finish is General Finishes Medium Brown Dye Stain, And top coated with 5 coats of semi-golss poly.
Ive had a couple of weeks between posts here due to a small arborist project that i was called in on in the front yard … they were scraggly pines; no wood gloat here. But, in the past couple of weeks Ive completed all the M&T’s and all the other joinery on the entry bench, so this afternoon i was able to give it the dry fit test. Im happy about the way things are shaping up but i know i still have the glue up and the finishing left so im trying not to get too fired up and ru...
Djema dumps logs in my driveway from time to time. She’s foreman on a San Francisco city crew maintaining highway medians. Any time there’s a big blow I can expect Djema to show up in her battered pickup truck with fresh sections of cypress, yew, sometimes cherry and dogwood and the like. Green wood. So heavy I can barely budge it. And yet Djema simply hefts the logs and tosses them off her truck like an afterthought. I paint the ends of the logs with a waxy sealant that slows down the...
About three and a half years ago I got the opportunity to acquire several cypress logs that were being removed from a building site near my regular job. At first I planned to mill them into lumber myself using a chainsaw mill but I soon reconsidered that plan and they just sat in my yard waiting for me to decide what to do. Here they are, waiting… About the same time I also acquired several logs from three sycamore trees that were taken down in the neighborhood. Initially I had th...
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