So…I’m a bit nervous. I’m nervous because the progress that I made on this box went very well last night. The other shoe has to drop at some point, right? Maybe the woodworking gods have decided that they’ve given me enough ‘experience’ for this project. Who knows… Last night, after having re-RE-glued one of my side pieces, I ran all four of them through the planer, being really careful to go as slowly as possible while bringing them all to the same thickness. I averted another disaster an...
So. The sides to this box seemed like they were going to go as smoothly as did my top. I’d just slap them together, line up the stripes, sneak up on the angles and glue everything together and it would be perfect. Silly rabbit… I took each of my side pieces (that I had cut intentionally a bit long ‘just in case’) and made a cut (or two cuts) to insert the matching pieces of cherry wood so that I could complete the laminations and have them done. I glued everything u...
For this project, once the initial planning and measuring was done, I started making sawdust – and a lot of it. I had a piece of curly maple that was already in good shape, but had started with a chunk of cherry wood that was beautiful…but still a chunk. I decided to pick the most flat edge and just go to the jointer…then the table saw…then back to the jointer…and back to the table saw – then to the planer once I had something sorta kinda flat to wor...
Over the past month, I’ve gotten into making boxes. The ones that I made so far have let me try some new skills/tools out and have let me practice finishing methods. The latest box that I am working on is much the same… Since I have been making boxes for others, I decided to try one out for myself. Basically, I wanted to try some new stuff out that would look really nice if it came off, but if it got screwed up, I have no deadline or person to disappoint…so I figure that ...
Snuck in some time during working on the coffee table. Trimmed down the table top and cut the legs and apron rails to length. Since I was on a roll, I kept going and fitted out the mortise and tenon joinery. Not bad for my first time cutting mortise and tenons on a furniture project. Router with a double-edge guide setup (for stability) for the mortises Ironically I picked up this tip from Bosch Fitting the tenons into the mortises My new toy is peeking out from the corner
My first woodworking project was a pine coffee table with lumber from Lowes. The entire project was screwed together long before I even knew what a pocket hole was. Thankfully, that coffee table end up being commandeered by my daughter to be her craft table, and is filling it’s role well as a beater table. The vacuum of space in front of my couch needed an appropriate successor piece of furniture. I decided that I decided the next coffee table would be a piece of furniture built with pr...
This is the 9th layer being clamped. The larger this piece grows (with layers), it requires more clamps. This process is not difficult but takes more time than the normal segmented ring glue ups that I have done in the past.
I have quite the back log of footage. So I figure I will keep mixing it up and putting out different themed videos instead of concentrating on just the coffee table build (where I am sitting right now writing this). I have done a couple of guitars for this guy, so he must be OK with my work. This 2003 Strat was one he bought on Kijiji and sent it over to me to get it working the way he likes them. A bit of wiring, lots of cleaning, and a bunch of adjustments later and the guitar is just a...
So I’m down to making gifts for the nurses at my doctor’s office. I rarely visit the office for a “Sick Call” but I do take care of their computers. It’s always an inconvenience for the nurses when I have to interrupt their routines, so I try and make up for it by making each of them a little something every year. My sister gave me this idea a couple of years ago when she gifted me a turned scoop and I’ve been meaning to make some ever since. I had some ...
My original plan for this project was to follow the process outlined in this article:http://www.popularwoodworking.com/projects/tips-for-finishing-cherry. Saving you the read, the steps are 1. Apply dewaxed shellac as a seal coat2. Apply glaze, a cominbation of artists oil and Liquin, for color3. Coat the fully dried glaze with topcoat of poly Seems simple enough, but in my own rush to finish the porject I did not cut my shellac with denatured alcohol, and as such the glaze would not reall...
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