Left work a little early today to go by Vienna Hardwoods (that’s Virginia, not Austria) to pick up some African Mahogany for the Adirondack chair. I’d considered some other wood sources in the area (particularly Exotic Hardwoods over in Maryland) but Vienna Hardwoods had the best prices that I found and on an earlier scouting trip I’d seen plenty of acceptable boards. If nothing else, Vienna Hardwoods is an adventure—a small warehouse space jammed with a jumble of ...
Hang your bananas with style. Made this banana hanger yesterday for a Christmas gift. A suggestion was also made that this would hold headphones nicely, this coming from a music creator. Only tools needed were a jig saw, router, and a drill. You can watch the video HERE.
I’ve read about this happening, but this is the first time I’ve been the recipient. A friend of mine is finding interests other than woodworking. We play Irish traditional music a couple of times a week around town, and recently he and his wife (both fine players) hosted a house session and gumbo fix. The gumbo was good, the music flowed, the company was good. I was talking about my recent re-discovery of the fun of this hobby, and he mentioned that he was currently findin...
I was out sailing with my friend Scott a few months ago, and noticing his very worn, rotten, and duct-taped tiller, thought of an excellent barter. Scott is an excellent amateur blacksmith, and me being at least an average amateur woodworker, I offered him this trade: I would shape him a new tiller in exchange for him smithing the iron parts of my curiosity cabinet project. Scott agreed, and a week later this lovely, silvery weathered mahogany was waiting in my driveway: Along with the...
Just a little thing from a wood and tool beginner. I found this old hack saw in my fathers summerhouse. It from the former owner of the house, an old bicycle mechanic. It was very rusty so I put it in citric acid and. The handle was pretty poor so I made a new, a bit more fancy. I finished the handle with shellac. I’s the first time I made and used shellac. That stuffs surprisingly easy to use and the result is very nice. Its not the last time I will use ...
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I have over the past few weeks been able to start taking some overstock merchandise, merchandise that the customer either forgot about or didn’ t have the funds to pay after the customer used the companies sharpening service. Some of the blades, router bits and some shaper bits , I will be keeping for my self but, to be albe to buy more I have to sale items I don’t normally use or if there is way more of an item or group of items than I can use myself. This is one of those time. ...
I’ve been working on this really cool coffee table for about three months now. The customer wanted a big coffee table to set in front of a very large massive fireplace in there great room. I’m almost done with the base, which has a ton of carving. I first had to make a clay model of the ball and claw foot and carving for the apron to get the look they were after. Next I will be starting the top, it has some very beautiful parquetry and inlays, with a really cool 1 3/4”...
Originally i was going to include my adventures in vise making, into my blog about my new work bench. But the farther along i got and the more mistakes i made, the more i realized it should be separated. Here was my goal:1. build a leg vise that is extremely strong and worked well.2. Not to spend a fortune (ie +$300 for the BenchCraft kind)3. Try out some new ideas – could i use regular threaded rod? – is there a better way to make the stop on the bottom part of the ...
My grandiose ideas gave gotten me in trouble again. I am NOT a blacksmith. I have little or no metal working tools. So what made me decide to make my own hinges out of cast iron? Who know. I do this all the time. I get these great ideas about something I’ve never tried before and without even thinking about it decide to try it. Sometimes this pays off, sometimes not. All i know for sure is, i spend 4x the amount of time making “forged” looking hinges, instead of just...
I hit the jackpot last night on my salvage rounds. I’ve been frequently checking the discarded cutoffs behind an office furniture maker near my workplace, where I have found small, scrap pieces of cherry (some long, skinny pieces too, but nothing spectacular). Well last night I hit the mother lode (as far as I’m concerned anyway). Mostly poplar and american cherry, some clear pine and a flat, thin piece of mahogany (i think). I bound it up really well with twisted wire...
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