Entry period of the LJ Woodworking Awards Summer 2012 is now officially open and will close on July 31st. Here’s the theme again: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Personal Picnic Butler – Summertime means outdoor eating and outdoor eating often means having a plate and a beverage in hand and no where to set them down – until now! Build your version of a “personal picnic butler”, some type of plate and beverage holder for outdoor eating. Perh...
Entry period of the LJ Woodworking Awards Winter 2012 is now officially open and will close on January 31st. Here’s the theme again: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Category: Your Inner Child – Children love to play with toys, explore the mechanics of an object, hide things, find things, touch things, listen to things, and just look at things. Our Winter Awards, this year, is for the children. Create something for a child, something that he or she will play wit...
Entry period of the LJ Woodworking Awards Summer 2011 is now officially open and will close on July 31st. Here’s the theme again: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Birds of a Feather – Yes, we are talking birdhouses. Build a birdhouse, any birdhouse. It can be a decorative style suitable for indoors only or constructed for the birds to use. It can be big, small, chip-carved, scrollsawed, painted, and the list goes on. It can be made by (or assisted by) little hand...
Well, it looks like I won’t have the money for Darrell’s class at William Ng’s school this weekend (or Disneyland either for that matter). I’m pretty bummed. I had to do the right thing and spend my tuition on sailing instructor seminars to further my “real” career. Luckily, the woodworking classes are offered often (I’ve got them all on the calendar), and Mickey will always be there. I may just have to bite the bullet and plunge back into the s...
Being as it’s Labor Day Weekend, and I’m out of QSWO, and my lumber yard isn’t open until Tuesday, I turned from my other projects and worked with what I had, a butt-load of mahogany. My buddy was over talking boat stuff, so I asked him to give me a hand with the behemoth boards. We laid out both 3/4” x 18” x 10’ boards on the sawhorses and looked at the magnificent, flowing grain patterns. We picked out the nicest 4’ section and he helped me rough...
I’ve spent a couple of hours in AutoCAD trying to find the right proportions (using the Golden Mean religously), and here’s what I’ve come up with: It’s 36” wide and 30” tall. Please let me know what you think. This project is too important to leave it up to me…
This is my most ambitious project to date. I’m going to make a Greene & Greene sofa table that closely follows the design of premier G&G LJ Darrell Peart. I pinged him the other day, and he sent me to American Furniture Design Co. to buy plans. As you can see, they’re not identical to the one made by Marc in Darrell’s class at William Ng's woodworking school. American Furniture’s Version: TheWoodWhisperer’s Version: What I plan to do i...
Hey… just a friendly reminder to all who want to submit the entries to our Winter Awards. There is just one 3 days left – entry deadline is January 31, 2009 at 3 PM CDT. We have 41 entries in A Knot Like No Other and 34 entries in A Secret Compartment so far – can we make it 50 in both? ;)
Here we go, folks – this time for real. Someone must be first, and I volunteer. This is a barrister bookcase of my own design. I created it in eCabinet Systems, the program I use to design and create furniture pieces. Dimensions are: 60”H x 36”W x 14”D This could be built in modules, but I elected to do the bookcase as one piece. The model can be easily modified, now that the entire bookcase is designed. I also attach an exploded view, to pique your interest ...
Finished! Well it’s been a long journey and it did not end without one extra push. I finished installing the copper handles Monday by 11:30. There was a couple of scratches but I was certain I could buff them out. This is a skill that goes with the territory. I worked on the finish for the next six hours and I could not get the finish to blend. How to Remove a Scratch- After exhausting all other options this is what I resorted to today: Yes you are seeing it correctly...
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