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...
Howdy! The build is done so I figure I have 8 days of sanding and finishing left to do. The dark wood running down the legs and across the stretchers is African Mahogany. I’ll start building the final table of the set some time this week! Yee Ha…...
Before I get to the top, I left off in my last post on this build with the tricky addition of the dust port to the back of the router table. This would have been a lot easier if I had completed this step prior to attaching the back to the case, but it just didn’t happen that way. To get started on the dust port, I taped it in place on a thin piece of pine… Using a flush trim bit in my router I create the template I need to cut the hole in the back… After pos...
Making a mortise with an old drill press. I have said before that an old rickety drill press is better than no drill press at all. In the photo above, I am using my Dad’s old Craftsman bench top drill press to do some deep mortising. This drill press shakes worse than a wet dog; it shakes so much I feel like I need to call someone to help me keep everything in place. I am doing some mild exaggeration here, but in the photo above I am using several clamps while drilling some mortises. Th...
Hello. It has been a while since I last had a project build on this site, but I think my next build will make up for the silence. I am currently planning and ordering hardware for an electric banjo. A few months back I started playing the banjo and have really been enjoying it. I have also wanted to make a musical instrument for some time now. After jamming with some folks on my banjo playing along to pop, rock and folk music I thought an electric banjo might make a nice fit. So I began...
I’m going to use this blog post for my wood species wish list for some recommended types especially useful for making scale furniture. I find that I source information on the internet and promptly forget it once I come across an opportunity to use it…)Anyone who knows a great source for any of these can feel free to chime in with a link or connection to any of these materials. I’m going to post them one by one as I source, use and then evaluate my scale experience with the...
I have spent the better part of my life building what I would call rustic furniture, I love the experience of going out into the woods and find some unique natural branch, bark or burl and incorporating it into a design.. Doing this thing on YouTube where I have been sharing ideas and jigs that I build to (I hope) inspire people to thinking out side of the realm of traditional craftsmanship and maybe try something new.. any way the link below is to a slide show of a few off the pieces I have ...
The goal with this entry– create the case face frame (shown in blue) and… …build the back, then put the case together. I find woodworking to be a humbling hobby. I have been working with wood for about 30 years and while I don’t consider myself an expert, I think by now I should know enough to keep from making silly mistakes. But, as I have made progress on my new router table several mistakes have surfaced; two of them being significant ones. I thought about listing them in this blo...
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