I have seen many posts on this site that describe a particular piece as “Zen” and while this word is not used in strict historical definition, I thought it might be interesting for some of you to share a bit about what I have learned about Buddhism and how one might be able to bring some Buddhist attitudes into the process of woodworking. So contrary to the title of this little post there isn’t really any such thing as Zen aesthetics. Zen refers to certain strains of practice within ...
Once the weather warmed up I was able to go outside to spray the drawer fronts. This is the back that will be screwed up to the drawer and so it will never be seen again. So here is your last chance. It’s quilted maple veneer. I used it because it was big and i had a lot of it and I wasn’t sure that I’d ever use it so now some is gone. I can’t believe that I never took a picture of the drawers being sprayed. But, here they are installed. on the drawers. ...
Well it’s been 232 days since I last posted on my Kitchen remodel. It’s not that I haven’t done any work. It’s just that I haven’t posted. I’d built the base cabinets and installed them in earlier blogs and it was time to get the drawer fronts created. Let me say this, “My wife is a trooper, she is willing to live with the mess (begrudgingly), but she still puts food on the table and doesn’t make me take her out to eat until it’s fin...
Hi Guys Well i thought you might like to see the fruits of the wifes labour and how the garden finished off looking The fist picture is the shed that i built for the wifes garden tools The decking area finished with planters that i made The veggie patch is going great guns so much food we are giving it to the folks next door Well i hope you enjoy my little tour of my garden Thanks for following Andy
Since I haven’t ever built drawers, it will be interesting to see if my design works. I used some scrap 1×2’s and 1×1s for the drawers railing. Essentially I placed rails for the drawers to slide on and rails on the sides for to keep the drawers sliding straight. It may be difficult to see in the pics but the drawers are deeper than the cabinet to allow room for the treadle arc. See the pics below for more details.Front view!drawer railing close-updrawer railing close-up...
Over the past week or so, I have spent some shop time working on the bench top. Have a look and let me know what u think! Next, I will be piddling with the drawers and cabinet space underneath the bench top.Thx for following!!
Worked a few random hours the last few days and made pretty good progress. My little brother even got motivated today and whipped out some pretty nice work. We have been working on the tension wheel, headstock, tool rack and hardwood work surface.making of the tension wheel.As in the above pics, the tension wheel is a simple design but should serve the purpose intended (prevent slipping of the drive belt).Headstock. Still have some work to do but the sealed ball bearings and axle are assemble...
Since I pretty much have the shop remodel all complete, it’s time to start thinking about some projects. I still have to build some storage cabinets, an outfeed table, workbench, etc…but I’m beginning to think I need to build my wife something to make her happy about all the work and time I’ve put into the shop. She has really wanted a nice bookcase to put in our hallway, so I sat down with Sketchup and did a preliminary model. I used some Greene and Greene elements as well as some Asian insp...
My nightstand is finished, finally. This took way to long to complete; the plans were poor and really got me into a funk that was hard to shake. Fortunatly Darrell Peart came through with e-mail support and I was able to get it all together. And from the side: Material is African Mahogany and Ebony accents. Finish was from Darrell’s blog using water based dye. It’s darker than I expected, even making a test board in advance. Top coat is Arm-r-seal in gloss, six coat...
One of the people that my dad works with in my company has asked me to make for him a Pen complete with a leather case + a wooden box for his boss. I guess that he thinks that a good gift will improve his chances of keeping his job. Either way, i have to make it really good. He has given me pretty much free reign on what wood to use etc. So this will be an important project for me because it is one where i can really see if i’m any good at designing, etc. I ca...
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