After posting a few of these neat little calls I thought some other folks might like to know how to make them. They are an easy project and another way to use some of that scrap wood. The easiest way to make a scratch box is to have a dedicated mortiser set up with a 1/2”cutter but since I don’t have one here is how I do it. If you do have one you can quickly see how to use it to accomplish what I am doing. I start with a 1 & 5/8”“x4” piece 1/2” t...
I just made a happy re-discovery of a ‘local’ sawyer whom I’ve dealt with in the past. For those in the central NY area, chime in here if you’re looking for some decent hardwoods, Zach is the sawyer, and he has maple, ash, elm and hickory in 4/4 up through 10/4 at $1/bf. It may need some seasoning, but hey, that’s what lumber racks are for, right? I’m planning on making a run up his way in about a month, month and a half from now, just about the time that m...
Working some more on the end cap today. Finished chopping out the pins on the end cap dovetails. The fit was far from perfect so I had to do a little adjusting w/ a sanding block. Here they are together, hope they mate up! After a bit more fussing I got them to go together, still far from perfect but functional. I’m still fairly new to hand cut dovetails. I glued the dovetails and the front bench strip at the same time, here is the whole glue up. I used Titebond E...
Restoring a chest of drawers my wife’s grandmother owned.
So I bought a lump of wood from some guy on eBay. It was listed as being a piece of iroko, but I had my doubts. Anyway, at less than £6 I thought I’d give it a go. This is the eBay listing photo: I took it down to my friend’s shop (I don’t yet have a jointer), to plane the roughsawn edges off, and here’s what was underneath: Now, to me, that looks more like elm than iroko. But I don’t know much about it tbh. Anyway, I’m going to make a slightly bigg...
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...
I have already started to make a crib for my soon to be here son. I started with a sketchup drawing of what the crib would look like and to help me visualize what I would need to do. Also, it was to show my wife the design for approval before going forward. I read a few articles before starting the design since cribs have had quite a few recalls. I found some aspects that were important: Spacing of no more than 2 1/2 inches between the bars Keeping the mattress close to the side rai...
I went out earlier this week with my wife, without our satnav, to visit a lovely garden we had visited about 2 years ago. We knew it was in the New Forest but I had forgotten the route we had taken before. Any way we set off & found a garden really easily but as we entered realised it was the wrong one !! Never mind It was a treasure with Azaleas & Rhododendrons in wonderful bloom, my wife was in her element & then I spotted something under a thatched roof. Anyway I’ve...
If anyone is near Whitewood, SD and is interested in some Elm Wood slabs. I am being overrun by them. Not within me to refuse the wood. Give me a yell.
For what it is worth, I am beginning a new blog called Discovering Wood. I plan to post here on LJs also. I am an avid blog reader (I subscribe to more than 100 woodworking blogs through Google Reader), and I am starting a blog not because I know so much that I have to tell the world, but because I realize how much that I don’t know!!! The blog is not necessarily for the edification of anyone but me. I hope it will bring discipline to my quest to learn about various species of trees...
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