I am about to start on a desk clock for a client, Its going to be my first project for money. I am making it out of some hardwood scraps I had laying around the shop I am using wenge, mahogany, for the top, bottom and sides and claro walnut for the clock face.
I am not sure how much time I’ll have for this project, so I’m taking every moment I can and do baby steps to hopefully drive this thing through. Last night I went and picked up what boards seem to be most fitting for this project that will yield the best materials for the parts. The toolbox is 10” deep, but I did not find anything that wide. the widest I have is 8” so I’ll have to make some glue ups for full width boards. I did get a good selection of mahogan...
I’ve seen machinist toolboxes here and elsewhere a couple of times, but never felt they would be useful for my woodworking needs as they seem to be aimed at organizing smaller items/tools/etc, so I never paid much attention to these boxes. With my recent interest in machining, I find I need a toolbox to hold all my small gauges, tools, keys, wrenches, tooling, measuring devices, etc. A machinist toolbox would be perfect for the job. I’ve looked around, and to be honest- these b...
Getting all the mortise and tenons to fit good is taking a bit longer than I thought it might. I have to admit that I’m actually enjoying the hand labor though. Being able to hear music while I’m working is a nice change from the usual noise of machines. The joints are not quite as good as I’d like so I’m using Gorrilla glue which is space filling and will help make up for the sloppy joints. Anyways, here’s the first side glued up. Hopefully tommorrow I’ll ...
Right Click to DownloadRight Click to Download in HDSubscription Options This is the first in a 3-part series dedicated to the design and construction of a trestle table. But its not your everyday trestle table, since it will have a smooth sculpted look and will be used as a PC gaming desk. Made from solid Honudran Mahogany, it will only get more beautiful with time as it ages to a deep dark red color. And for the first time in a long while, I am knocking a “honey-do” proj...
Let's Make Bandings of Wood Inlay #3: How to make Wood Inlay Bandings like the Buffard Freres of Paris
“Never underestimate the power of a single thought.” Ender Ilkay…(1966 – ) Salesman and Friend When I first saw these beautiful bandings I felt the excitement and the desire to learn similar to what I first felt when serving my woodworking apprenticeship. Obviously, these patterns are so remarkably unique. I thought to myself that these are truly great designs of highly trained craftsman who took the craft of woodworking to a much higher level. The Buffard Frere...
Since I began woodworking (not that long ago), my wife has wanted me to make her a jewelry armoire. The Greene and Greene style really appeals to me, so I thought I’d give it a try. Here is my concept I’ve been refining for a few months now. The sides will open for necklace storage. The top will also open with a mirror. For those of you familiar with Darrell Peart, and Darrell himself, you might notice his obvious influence. I couldn’t post this here withou...
The second requirement of this “Suggestion” Box, was that it be locking. To that end, I began cutting out a hasp, starting with the loop through which the lock will pass…It’s a good thing these are small parts!! My scraps of Mahogany are getting awfully small… It took about 20 minutes of musing, and about 5 minutes of cutting to get here…Since this box already has “Ears”, I’ve been referring to this as the “Nose”... Next came t...
“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot…and missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s precisely why I succeed.” Michael Jordan…(1963 – ) Former professional basketball player, active businessman, and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. Wood inlay has a mystique about it. Some of the finest furniture created by...
What with working all weekend, I didn’t get more than a few hours to work on the suggestion box. But I did manage to get a few important details out of the way…The first, was one that I approached with the most trepidation, the cutting of the slot. I wanted it to be slightly tapered from outside to inside… so I tilted the table of the scroll saw and made the two cuts… from the bottom side…It worked out just fine and the sample card fits with room to spare…T...
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