Ok, it’s been awhile, but here I go with a few pictures of what I have done so far. Mind you, it’s far into the crafting of this desk, but everything will be clear I hope! First, the desk in its upside down assembly set up. It’s upside down because my wooden floor in the shop is not level, and it’s not easy to put the pocket screws into this thing by having to shim everything. Shim the workbench and be done with it! Next, the axes are put on top and measured...
Note: All of the pictures are clickable that will load a larger file for easier viewing. A fellow engineer and friend at work wants me to make him a lid for his 20 gallon pickle crock. The plan is to make the top out of walnut sense I have a few bf laying around. :D Then from there, I got the idea of maybe trying my hand at some inlay work. It’s a nice big area and with the dark wood of the walnut I figured it would make an excellent contrasting wood. So I ran the idea of doin...
For those of you interested in fusing glass, I’ve given a short explanation about the process. Although working in kiln fired Warm glass (as opposed to Hot glass worked in a furnace), is secondary to my woodworking, it does provide another creative outlet. Here is some info for those that are interested in learning more about fused glass. Fused glass is melted in a glass kiln, which differs from a ceramic kiln in that glass kilns are digital and programmable because the glass must be...
The top was glued up as any other panel would be, only thinner at about 3mm. The material was a lucky find at a local lumberyard. Nicely quartered cedar is easy to find here in BC. Unless noted otherwise, Titebond 3 is the glue used. Rosettes in classical/flamenco guitars are most often mosaic and herringbone inlay. I love the look of traditional rosettes, but they are complex to make from scratch. Mass-produced rosettes can be purchased from most of the big luthier supply houses. As...
As I said in the previous blog, I had today off. It made for a short 3 day weekend. I have to say that my weekends always go super fast. I think it’s because I have a ton to do, so I always end up getting busy doing things I don’t want to do. For instance, I had to drive to get my daughter today and she lives 1 hour away. It took almost 3 with traffic. It’s not that I didn’t want to get her, it’s that I didn’t want to drive. Plus I wanted to go a lot...
Today I got back onto the Gracie project. It’s been awhile since I really spent time on it. I was able to sand everything and started the staining process. Today I stained the belt black, as well as the letters accross the chest. It’s very tedious work. In case your wondering about bleeding into other areas, it turns out that the glue holding the inlay in helped prevent it pretty good. My hands aren’t as steady as they used to be, but I still was able to keep between t...
My wife and I have been working with Turquoise a good bit in our wood turned works. The project titled “Blue Starburst Bowl” received some great feedback along with a couple requests for a blog on our process of inlaying with natural stone. Unfortunately we have never set out to formally document our process so we don’t have any photos of intermediate steps. Therefore, I’ll do my best to describe the steps in detail. Starting outFirst you need something to inla...
Here is this weekends progress. I won’t have any time tomorrow to work on it unfortunately so once again the project gets pushed back. I’m glad I don’t have a deadline. I’d have to have a year lead time LOL. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time for this type of project. I started at about 9:30 this morning and it’s 7:30 now. It literally felt like I was out there for an hour. Amazing how these little pieces can take so long to put together. Whe...
After posting Sandy I was hard pressed to post here again. I didn’t think posting a funny project among “friends” was such a big deal but apparently some people just can’t have it. But that’s the kind of forum I have enjoyed for almost 2 years, and now with so many people, can’t. Never the less, I started this project here and figure that I should, for my true buddies here, post the progress until the project is done. I will also post the Jewelry box He...
I had a lot of response on this subject, and finally got around to doing a blog discussing the entire process. So this is the machine that I use. It is a Haas SR-100 sheet router. This could be done with any CNC router/mill, really, this is just what I have. This is the tooling that I use – V-Cutters from Hersaf. I did a lot of research into v-cutters, because I do a lot of engraving. I was told by several people that Hersaf is the best. I have a set of them and I have to agre...
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