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Ukulele #3: Back and neck install

12-07-2018 09:58 AM by Fchilly | 2 comments »

I sanded the uke and laid out the bridge location and installed it. This was very easy with the fretboard already glued in place, and the back not installed yet. After shaping the braces and prepping the neck joint i was able to move on to final installation of the remaining components. Before glueing the neck or back, I set my router a tad shallow and cut clearance for the back’s binding just in the area my router wouldnt reach later rightnear the neck. I glued the neck into place a...

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Ukulele #2: Binding and catchup

10-16-2018 07:51 AM by Fchilly | 5 comments »

After a cider or two I decided I had enough confidence for an attempt at the binding. I set up the trim router to cut about an 1/8×1/16 step for a Koa binding. I relied entirely on CA glue to attach this, and it turned out very nice. I havent decided what to use for the backside binding, but i’m considering a maple/koa/maple contrasting strip. I’ll keep my options wide open. The saddle and nut just arrived from amazon, this means I can continue on the neck and the bridge which I’m ...

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Ukulele #1: The Uke

10-03-2018 11:18 PM by Fchilly | 6 comments »

I’ve begun a new project. This will be my first attempt at creating an instrument. I bought plans online, there are many different providers. I’m following Youtube tutorials for tips and tricks, and planning out each step in advance to prevent significant losses. Tools needed so far: -Band saw with high quality bladeFor ripping the side walls and front/back -Smoothing planeFor cleaning up tool marks on the front and back-Shooting boardFor making crisp glue lines-Table sawFor cutti...

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Sofa Table from tension wood #6: more finishing work

06-23-2018 07:17 PM by cathyb | 8 comments »

Another week has slipped past. I take my time when I finish a piece. Koa is an opened pored wood, so it takes multiple coats to fill those pores. I could have used the sealer, much like the top and shelf, but it gives me pleasure to lay down a coat of finish, sand with fine sand paper and repeat multiple times. This might sound odd to some, but after the effort, I want to feel the piece I created. After all these years, with so many different coating materials, I like the results from ...

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Sofa Table from tension wood #4: leg attachment

06-16-2018 06:38 PM by cathyb | 4 comments »

You may remember I added a filler piece to my legs to completely fill the cavity, except at either end. There I wanted to added a stronger dowel to give me more strength on the foot and a dowel underneath the table top. Before I get to work on the dowel, though, I want to create an attachment for my legs to the table top. For I had to glue the two pieces of book matched koa together to create the top (and also the shelf). I used dominoes to strengthen these joints and assist in gluing. ...

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Sofa Table from tension wood #3: Table Legs

06-16-2018 06:10 PM by cathyb | 4 comments »

When I left off, I was in the prep stage for this sofa table. Last weekend , I was trying to find a good choice for my aprons and inlay for the leg. After finally selecting a suitable board, I constructed the legs, glued the table top together, created the attachment for the legs and began my finish work. In this blog we will talk about the legs. The legs are four sided laminate of the koa and walnut. To do this, I laminated the koa to the walnut. Then once dry, I cut the joint for my...

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Sofa Table from tension wood #1: Sofa Table from tension wood#1

06-08-2018 03:08 AM by cathyb | 7 comments »

This is a series to show my process when dealing with tension wood. I started this topic in a forum call “Darn that curly tension wood” to introduce the topic. Now that I have a plan in process, I wanted to show you how to deal with wood, which is unwilling to play nice: I am working with curly koa and walnut. I chose walnut because it is relatively porous and will be a good choice for my laminations. When you have wood with too much tension, you can still make a great piec...

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A box of Koa - Not a Koa Box #3: Mini bowls - board #3

07-10-2017 04:23 PM by sras | 10 comments »

I was just pondering a project for some of my Koa and I realized I never added what I did with board #3. This was a few years ago but better late than never. We hosted a dinner for a few years as an auction item for a fundraiser. The dinner featured several courses. The first course was simply some cubes condensed for plums from our tree. The theme was “Harvest” so I chose to and make some mini bowls to serve the first course and used fall themed shapes. I marked the ...

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Minnesota Spring.....

04-29-2017 01:35 PM by jbschutz | 3 comments »

The poet….I can’t remember which one…..said, “April is the cruelest month”.....knew what he was talking about. It feels more like early March than late April. We had 29 degrees yesterday morning….and had a touch of snow on Thursday. We have had a few lovely, sunny, balmy days already, but this weather makes you forget about those. I am eager to get busy on the garden, put my boat in the water for some bluegill fishing, hit the links, etc. Instead, I am grum...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1364: To The Scroll Saw!

07-21-2014 12:38 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I was able to finish up my drawing yesterday. Whether or not I was able to squeak the project in under the deadline for submissions remains to be seen. I honestly was not sure of the cutoff date, but in some ways (to me, anyway) it didn't really matter. Either way I wanted to create these designs. Either way I win. As time goes by and and I do what I do longer and longer, I have discovered that there are a world of options open for me. I used to get rather tense about deadlines and t...

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