In this world of 4gs, Ipads, and Jpegs, we have more power than ever before. Never has it been so easy for an artist to share their work regardless of distance. I can contact a customer hundereds or even thousands of mile away. We can design an original piece via email, and I can have it delivered to their door without the client having to leave the comfort of their home. Wow! Sure beats the heck out to the old days. In Renaissance times, if the King of France wanted you to carve a sculpture...
Hi, Just read about this mobile woodshop. I think this is a great idea to keep kids engage and keep interest in the trade alive in the younger generation. This is a great idea. http://willieswoodshop.com/ Insert from his website… Welcome to Willie’s Woodshop Since 1985, Stephen Willner (Willie) has been working in a classroom and credentialed by state of California , teaching basic woodworking skills to children. He is now moving to his classroom to a converted ...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #373: "Roasted Birch" - a New Discovery for Me
I love when I am so excited about work that I can’t wait to get out of bed to start the day. It may sound silly to some of you, but it does happen a lot lately. I was lying in bed thinking about the new projects and I couldn’t wait to finish working on them today. What has got me all worked up, you ask? It seems that I have stumbled upon a type of wood that I had never worked with before and used it out of necessity and now that the project is finished, I absolutely love it....
Now that the front and back have been assembled, I’m on to making the sides and the shelves that will sit in dados cut into the sides. Today’s blog is getting thoses sides made and ready for the dado process. That means basic milling. So I start with rough lumber, layed out for the best match I think. I check the direction the grain is running by planing a bit on each piece. This will allow the grain to be running the same when the whole piece is glued up and, hopefully, make...
I also posted this in the Safety forum: •I often use my bare fingers around CA and will get it on my hands. This usually isn’t a big deal, however I recently let a good deal of it build up rapidly, and got a nice little burn. The burn was small, but the heat generated by the curing CA glue was very significant and extremely painful. I believe the heat caused the burn, and not a chemical reaction with my skin. The MSDS for CA glue also warns against using cotton gloves, as apparently CA wil...
I don’t watch much TV. It takes away from shop time. And most of it is garbage anyway. But I do catch a show or two, or watch a movie from time to time, on my computer. And I hate to admit it, I enjoy reruns as much as the next guy. I’ve spent countless hours and wasted precious life re-watching Star Wars, James Bond, Indiana Jones, Bad Boys, Kelly’s Heros, Sweet Home Alabama, etc… Why would anyone watch a show more than two or three times? It’s not like c...
As a bare bones woodworker strapped for cash and lacking in tools, there is no better way to get your foot in the door than refinishing and repair. And there’s no better source for raw materials than digging through the trash on town-wide cleanup days. Though it may seem a bit “undignified” to the average woodworker, collecting old furniture on its way to the landfill and giving it new life, is not without its own skill set. Through this practice, one can, with truly mini...
Was reading some blogs and people wanted to see projects in progress not just the completed ones so here we go, not sure how it is going to look when it’s done but it’s fun and challenging. Will post more when it is done.
Bought Mission Style drawer pulls at Rockler. They had some Stickley pulls that I really liked but couldn’t talk myself into $40 each (I need 3). Something about paying as much for the drawer pulls as I did for the entire unit just didn’t sit right with me. Found some mission style pulls that were more like $7.50. They look pretty good, but not as “Stickley” as the Stickley ones: Did some sanding of the third coat which is on the top of the unit using 280 grit s...
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