My wife asked me if I could make a coffee table for the living room and after she bought me the planer for my birthday I can’t say no. So I spent some time on Sketchup and showed her a view models and this is the one she likes. She likes simple grain patterns and a darker finish. I think maple with a nice darker cherry stain would be a good choice. I don’t have much experience with finishing wood but that will have to be the focus of another blog entry. Well anyway here is a pictu...
I woke up this morning, snagged a cup of coffee, and went out to the shop. By the time the cob webs started clearing up I realized it was 5:10 in the morning and I was sitting in my stool staring at my latest project. I couldn’t help but chuckle thinking about my bride asking me constantly if my mind ever quits thinking about woodwork….. Maybe it doesn’t…. I will take that badge with honer…lol Well I started looking at the top of my little box I am making my b...
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Thought I’d share one of my more popular projects with everyone. This is a candle holder that I make quite a few of and still now and again make mistakes as you will see. I hope everyone enjoys this episode—
Last year (July 2009) I was diagnosed with stage 4 (terminal) colon cancer. I had metastasis to my liver and lymph nodes. The doctors told me to get my final affairs in order, and that I might not live through the end of the year. Well, clearly I have managed to stay here a bit longer then expected. Thanks to the good Lord for providing me with the people I needed to beat the cancer back, and the attitude that was required to help it all come together. I was told by my oncologist that there w...
As many of you know I’m working in the DRC, and have been for a couple of years. All of my jobs in the Congo so far have been on mines, and mines always kill trees. You just have to look through my blogs and projects to know that I hate seeing a tree go to waste. On my first (and second) Congo mining job I made an offer to the Mine – Give me an equipped workshop and your dead trees, and I’ll teach the locals woodwork in my spare time. The reason is three-fold: a.)...
after i posted this box , which took a total of about 5 hours in time , but two days , because i didn’t have the handle and clasp i got enough comments to post a tutorial on it’s building process , so here goes . thanks for looking . this is the finished box.i start with the wood for the whole box straight and milled to thickness all the same ,the top and bottom are wider here ,and the length of the body must be long enough ,to take the width into account for the ends .i cu...
I need some help finding a venue to sell my clocks and furniture. I’ve considered Ebay but I would much rather deal locally and not ship items. Craigslist is just kinda scary to me. I would be concerned about unsavory people knowing that I have thousands of dollars worth of tools in my house. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt. I read this quote and thought about it for a couple of minutes. It is short and to the point, but full of hope and a sense of adventure. The words are few, but very powerful. My day yesterday didn’t turn out so badly after all. I think it could have easily gone south, but all in all it was a good day. I learned a lot, got to reflect on some things, and also had an inspiration for another project. So ...
i have been in my home for 10 1/2 years now ,and early on had to choose between a house ,and a well .i had to chose to build the house , as it was beginning winter , and i had no place to live .i hauled water first in milk bottles , and then 5 gallon plastic jugs .i setup all the plumbing first ,got water heater , shower , vanity , toilet , and sink .everything was ready , but i had no water ,my friends would laugh , i even had a clothes washer .i bathed at the neighbors , and did laundry in ...
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