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...
I have an old Mahogany (I think) blanket chest. Looks like it was hand carved. Really nice piece of furniture. It has a little wear and tear, and thats where I need your help. There are a few large scratches I would like to clean up / fix. Is there an easy way to fix this, to get the color close to matching? What kind of general advice do you have for cleaning up a nice old piece such as this? I will be buying new hinges for it too. The hardware on it is goldish – what i m...
Working out the fence design. It is not unusual for me to put in more than two hours of drive time on certain work days. This allows me considerable time to contemplate upcoming steps while building a project. Since creating the fence for my new router table has been rapidly approaching, I have been thinking of combining two router table fence designs seen in separate issues of Fine Woodworking magazine. If you have been following my progress, you most likely have already seen this imag...
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