One thing about posting here less often – when I do post there is so much to share with you all! I feel like things are going fast forward again and I am back on the 'creative track' after a bleak two months for me. Those of you who have followed me for a while know that I usually try to look at the good side of even the not-so-good thing that happen. But sometimes, that just doesn't work. Try as I did, I found it hard to feel good about things. It was time for me to s...
I took a bit of time off over the holiday period but for all of you who were following the Octave Mandolin build… Here is the latest part. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0Z3w0zclIM
I tried a handful of new things and learned a lot, building this box. I did some things well and some not so much… Some things that went poorly were due to my lack of equipment…and PATIENCE to properly check and double check that the equipment I had to work with was set up as precisely as possible before making any final cuts. Other things went poorly because I’m inexperienced and/or a bit uncomfortable with some tools. Full disclosure – routers make me nervous. So far, I’ve been abl...
This was my first time using tung oil. I watched a couple videos on youtube about it just to be sure that I wasn’t going to mess something up after reading the instructions on the can. It was really easy and I really like the results a heck of a lot. I waited 48 hours to do anything with it. After that, I suppose that the wood expanded a bit from absorbing the oil. Maybe I’m imagining things, though, but I had to do some sanding on the lid in order to have the lid fit like it did before I ...
I’ve been sick for about a week, so I was unable to do anything with this project so for those of you who are following along and looking forward to my next entry, my apologies for the delay. All of the repairs set up pretty well and are stable. I tried making a paste with sawdust and glue for the repairs to the maple (in each of the four corners, where my router bit went too deep), but the color isn’t right. They’re stable, and the box is for me, so it’s ok. I think part of the issue with...
Thought I’d try making a small “finished” box for my watches. Had some walnut and maple and thought they would make a smart looking combination for this. I re-sawed the walnut to create book matched side panels. After I found one of the boards had some stress in it and bowed a little. That didn’t make me happy. So I cut the side pieces to rough size and then wet the side that was causing the bow. I then clamped them in my bench vise for about an hour. Low and ...
I realize it has been a long time since I posted a blog. To be honest with you all, it has been a rough couple of months. After losing my dear kitty and constant companion Pancakes suddenly early in December, the following week my other kitty Richard became gravely ill. The vet seems to think that his illness was triggered by the stress of losing Pancakes. Cats are very sensitive creatures. The combination of Pancakes just 'disappearing' and me being grief-stricken was something that ...
I took the clamps off of my box and flush trimmed the lid using my router before doing some sanding to remove and glue or dings and dents that were especially bad to my eye. I didn’t really go nuts sanding, as I planned on doing it thoroughly and properly once all splines and any additional detail had been trimmed and shaping had been completed. I cut the kerfs for my splines with a newer blade of mine, which was a mistake. Since I’m cheap and don’t have $100 to spend on a single s...
I went ahead and glued my sides together the other day. The sides actually went together well. I never have had band clamps on hand and I liked how they seemed to make the process simpler for me. I had previously used blue tape to hold mitered corners in place, which had worked well, but these clamps really allowed me to apply pressure where tape would just not. Then, I glued and clamped the lid down while trying to keep the detail work lined up as closely as I could. However, before I...
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...
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