Glad to have my workbench in a usable state, so I thought I’d make the first video for this blog series. In this blog entry, I will be using my Stanley #45 plane to cut a groove along the face of a board. For the purpose of this example I am using a scrap piece of pine. I am using a 1/2” cutter, and have the depth stop set up for 3/8”, as well as the fence 3/8” away from the edge of the cutter. I am using the second skate in addition to the main...
Ok, so I know that finishing is an art all in itself. Finishing takes a lot of time and patience for beginners, but it seems that once you get it, you got it! I am struggling pretty badly with a Cherry Top entryway table that I am making my wife. The table started one Saturday as a ‘nothing special’ just needing a place to put a lamp type of project. My wife bought some curvy legs (the type with balls at the bottom of the feet) at Lowes one day because they were on clearanc...
I have often been asked how to get started in intarsia from people interested in this type of woodworking. I have thought long and hard about how to answer this question and I have come up with this Intarsia and Segmentation Woodworking for Beginners article with some tips and advice that I have for anyone interested in getting started with intarsia or segmentation woodworking. In the photograph examples that I will show, I am using a pattern by Kathy Wise called Clydesdale and Colt. The f...
The Cosmati wood inlay banding is glued up in part 2 of this YouTube woodworking video. Watch how the wood segments are fit together to form the wood inlay banding log. See how the decorative pattern of the Cosmati design comes to life in this episode. You will see the woodworking method for gluing and clamping as demonstrated by the woodworker. Cauls with applied packing tape are used to distribute even clamping pressure to all glued segments. The clear packing tape protects the cauls ...
Learn how to make a Cosmati design for wood inlay banding. Discover how to inlay a wood inlay banding to customize your fine woodworking projects that you make in the workshop. The Cosmati or Cosmatesque design for this inlay banding derives from one of the beautiful patterns of marble inlay that are in many of the churches of Rome, Italy. There were four generations of the Cosmati family that were marble setters during the middle ages. This family of craftsmen produced outstanding wo...
Woodworking how to make sacred geometry designs. Learn how to make a wood inlay design…The Star. The design for this 6 pointed star & hexagon comes from a medievil church in the Trastevere district of Rome, Italy. This design is part of the beautiful marble floor pattern of the church. The wood veneer sheets are comprised of diamond shapes and triangles. Maple, walnut, and cherry are the hardwoods cut in order to make this cosmatesque pattern. The angles for the wood inlay de...
In this video I make a simple, easy to build crosscut sled.
In the last video, I began making screen doors for a set of exterior french doors. Today I started to make the grils. The owner wanted vertical slats that rose at least 24” as he has a medium sized dog that wil punch the sceen out without them. I’ve decided that a dog needs to go in and out so I’ll put the grills on both sides of the doors.Cutting the slats, About a dozen per grill was a long tedious task with sanding and all. Below is a short slideshow video with narrated e...
Shelving, drawer fronts, utility cabinet tops. These are typical items that get built with plywood or other sheet goods such as melamine. The convenience of using sheet goods is great, but one downside is that quite often one or more of the edges must be covered. In this post I explain the process that I follow to apply hardwood edging to sheet goods. In this case I am covering the edges of melamine drawer fronts with poplar. This video shows me going through the process described here...
In this “Can-Do” video project I take you through the steps involved in making a simple, elegant candle holder featuring a unique contrasting lamination that captures the eye. More photos go here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/61244
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