After 4 years I decided my boxer dog, Raiden, needed a friend. After it was decided that his new friend would be a mastiff that could be 3 times (!!) his size, it seemed like a good idea to build them a dog house in the yard that would be big enough for both of them. The project was started with some general dimensions in mind but from there was pretty much off the cuff. It is completed so I will do multiple posts as time permits to show the process. Foundation: 2-3 inches deep of g...
Some of my favorite projects to do is turning photographs into wood art. Each piece is unique and has special characteristics that mean something special to the customer. Taking something that a customer loves and turning it into artwork preserves that thing along with the memories that surround it. Some of the most common request that I get for these types of custom projects are vehicles, pets, homes, etc. I enjoy creating these because each one is custom and there is not another like...
The Wood Thief – MaggieThis past weekend, I realized I was being robbed by the wood thief. I began several new projects for clients and friends. One piece in particular, has a significant amount of very small pieces of wood. Each piece is cut out, sanded, and put together like a jig saw puzzle. I turned around to do some sanding and when I came back to my work bench, I notice one of my pieces that I had just completed was missing. After looking under my workbench and around the area,...
Shih Tzu – Angel IntarsiaPets are our close companions because they provide love, comfort, safety, warmth, happiness, levity, wonder, laughter, and friendship. Pets teach us to have more patience with life and to enjoy the simple things. They are always so happy to see you when you walk through the no matter how long you have been away. I completed this Shih Tzu – Angel Intarsia piece for my mother a while back of her Shih Tzu dog named Angel. Now that her kids are all grown my moth...
The crib is almost done, and has been for awhile. I started work on the crib before joining lumberjocks. I have one more coat of finish to apply to the side rails. I ended up using a 1/4” roundover router bit for most of the edges. I’m not sure how my joinery will hold up. I am not setup to do mortise and tenons yet, and used glue and biscuits for the head and foot board. I think having the large ash boards running horizontally will keep everything stable. We will see how it ho...
yes (if you’re wondering).....I built a snowman just so my dog can tear it down. He hates them! :)
I got my carving fixture completed today. Now I should be able to make some more progress on the carving. Been going slow because I have been focused on rehabilitation of my leg. Finally able to put a little weight on it (30%) and this means increased exercise, physical therapy and such. I’m still adjusting to the new level of activity. The fixture is made from some borg 3/4”by 24” by 24” plywood squares. I laminated two sheets together for the top to support...
Ok, so I have been meaning to have posted on LJ’s for a while now, but I was in Wood Working Hiatus for a bit because I was at a very busy time in my Doctoral process. So here is my latest projects or should I say version 2.0 of a project I did for my mother last semester. Hopefully the results on this one will turn out a bit better than the last. Not that it didn’t turn out ok, but always room for improvement! So here is the rundown. My mom asked me back during the summer ...
finally getting to work on the actual bowling alley part of the “bowling alley workbench”, although I really found Damian’s comment on a previous installment entertaining, and might refer to it from now as the “Alley Workbench”...lol. The top as can be seen in the sketchup model is made of 6 different components: Main Slab (nails and all), Dog holes strip, buffer strip, 2 skirts (front and back) and a breadboard End Cap. In reality this will change slightly...
It’s interesting how it feels like you’re standing still when you’re working on already dry-fit parts for additional features. After all – at the end of the day when you look at all the parts – they seem to look just the way they did in the morning. bummer. but even though things don’t seem that way somethings. Progress IS progress, and is one step closer to the finish line. Today I implemented the hardware for the leg vise in the right leg (I’m...
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