Hi, I’m Donna Menke and I enjoy making things out of wood. You can see more of my projects and links to other woodworking and carving blogs on my web site: www.woodworks-by-donna.comI have some nice cherry wood on hand- so I’m going to make another harp similar to the last one, but with a few variations. Stocks above, and view of grain below.This is the harp I made from plans from MusicMakers back in 2007, out of walnut boards. http://harpmaking.blogspot.com/Here is the rough stoc...
As a young Architect about fifty years ago, a seminar speaker surprised me with the statement that ‘within limits, light can substitute for sight’. Although the principle is obvious, I’d never thought about it quite that way, and it influenced my lighting design throughout my career. Many years later when I laid out the lighting for my shop, I used that principle along with good advice from an article in “Fine Woodworking’ magazine. My rather odd shaped shop with an area of 530 square fe...
FREE BOOKS HERE! GET YOUR FREE BOOKS HERE! I like to read free ebooks, and came upon one “Woodworking Tools 1600-1900” that I thought some of you may enjoy looking at. It is a free book- easy to download. If you don’t use a kindle or a nook or those new fangled reading tools- just click the html option and the book will open right up. I am a total technophobe- and if I can read these ebooks anyone can – believe me. :) I hope you find this book enjoyable. Cons...
There’s not much to add to this little slide presentation.I hope some of you find it useful. To see more on this build please click on the link to my blog:http://shopprojectsandjigs.blogspot.com/2011/01/simple-outfeed-table-that-takes-little.html This is only an example please click on the blue text above. From Drop Box
I am relatively new around here and thought I would share something I find useful. I have built a webpage that employs google’s site searching code and allows you to do google searches that searches only woodworking sites. The site is : http://sandbox.wgcinc.com/Wood/GoogWoodSearch.nsf/Start?Open The site is very simple, just select the type of search you are interested in (Suppliers, information, or Plans)Type in your search criteria just as you would any google search. The di...
recently i was asked to figure out a way to mountunder table hinges and stopsfor a series of square tables to round folded wings (4 each).when the wings were folded upthey had to lay flat to the underside flushwith the table top(no room for crumbs or crud to gather)so had to be inset to bothhere is the generic jig i came up withwith the top and wings upside down and a business card in between themfor spacing i cut out the hinge profile (twice)and registered the jig to the corners of the topwi...
How many of us have made plans to do more than we accomplish over the holiday season? I know I do! It seems that no matter how much I plan ahead, the last week before Christmas is one of me wishing I had done more. I am SO happy that I spent much of the summer and autumn painting the skating pond set for Bernie and Ellen. That is one big relief to have it done (although I still need to build another bridge for their set. Oh well – I have a couple of days yet!) I needed to go to ...
I’m now looking at putting in ducting for my new shop. I know it is a bit early considering I may only get occupation by the 1st April 2011.I’m hoping to have the DC and power points fitted prior to moving in the machines.I’ve found a great 10” x 2” plastic section. It also comes in 4” x 2” To me this seems better than using round:It is easy to make junctionsInspection traps would be easierIt takes up very little space So my question to the know...
My mother always told me that I would get in trouble if I did not behave, and she was right. I set here in theoffice with a beautiful snowfall outside that I should be crosscountry skiing on, but I had to clear the concreteapron in front of the shop this morning and then plow the 600 yards or so of the driveway, and since I had the plow out, I had to help the lady across the road clear her driveway and parking area. It was foggy and damp, so it took awhile. While waiting for the shop to wa...
The next box in the series Oops!, A Llittle Cabinetree, and now Facets is on the build. It had to be started because I’ve been obsessing too much on the finish of Cabinetree and in order to amuse myself between coats I had been so bored I had started making micro plywood and then micro boxes and banding. It had to stop.So the other day I started to think about what the next logical step would be keeping the theme and some of the aspects of the others but going a very different direction...
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