This is my entry into the Christmas Ornament Challenge put on by Alan Stratton and Carl Jacobson. This is the third annual challenge and I ma amazed at the beautiful ornaments folks have made! This idea came to me as I have made toys quit a bit in the past and I thought just make a version of an airplane that is smaller. Proportions were determined mostly on the fly and are just approximations of what should look good. Much of what I did I had in my head and I made the first piece then fit ...
In this entry, I’ll cover some design and the construction process for the top. This blog series is not in chronological order but for the ease of reading, I’ll cover all of the top in a single entry as opposed to covering it in a few separate entries. As I wrote in my first entry, I decided to make the top more stable without making the top too thick. I call this “the spine”. The center section of my top is made from 8/4 maple and I decided to put a half-cove on ea...
In my last post, I covered the rationale for my design and how I made several cuts mostly on the bandsaw to make one base. I will now discuss in greater detail how I built the rest of the base including the legs and stretcher and how I did the glue up. I left off with this base: Although I made a very similar drawing on my second base none of the line remained after I made a few cuts on the bandsaw. Since I deviated a little bit from the plan, I decided to use the actual first base to c...
Howdy, I’m trying to fill knotholes and such with different methods. I’ve seen the beautiful turquoise and metallic fills that just take my breath away. I believe I might be able to do those with the right materials. I will say that some of the work to make my own copper shavings is out of the cards. Turquoise fill is far more likely. Any metallic dust will be purchased. Still I choose to experiment instead of going with the tried and true methods. Here is my first. ...
First off, lets start my establishing that i have the best, most understanding wife ever. I installed the cabinetry and had the plumber install my sink on the 20th of February this year, after which I was to make the doors and shelves in short order…. well…. with the 2” slab of hardwood counter top, pine or fir wouldn’t cut it for the doors, and oak was expensive, in addition i had to finish up my thesis for my university and had other projects, so I knew it was going ...
A few weeks ago, I decided to join the Coffee Table Build Off started by Neil Cronk. You can read more about his initiative here: http://www.cronkwrightwoodshop.com/coffee-table-build-off/ From the start, I wanted to design something incredibly challenging (at least challenging in the 21 days allowed for the build off). I knew from the start that I wanted my table to look “organic” with not many straight lines. Curvy might be a word to describe what I was aiming for. A bent laminated base ...
Started the glue-up yesterday, finished it today. Yesterday: I started by checking the fit for all the pieces. First up, the panels. And they don’t fit, which was expected. The groove has round ends while the panel is square: A few ways to fix this, but I picked up the mortise chisel and mallet to square off the ends of the grooves. The panels fit now The panel was a pretty tight fit, but I can address that later. Glued tenons into the first rail And then the rail into...
When I got up this morning, Spawn had coughed up a hairball overnight. Right in front of my coffee station. I think he knows I’m writing about him. The next step in the door build was the panels. First making the panels and then cutting grooves into the rails and stiles to accept the panels. The panels are 1/2” MDF. I’ll spare the reader the details on cutting the sheet down. Suffice it to say, I’ve got 5 identical panels sized to fit their openings. I decided...
To begin with, I want to thank you all for the encouraging comments on the new ornaments. It really feels nice to have so many cheerleaders when I am making a new project. It makes all the hard work so much worth it, knowing that people appreciate what I am doing. I spent the bulk of yesterday working on cutting out the remaining six pieces, and I began the finishing process. The cutting took probably about three hours and then I carefully sanded the pieces. I was a little co...
Yesterday was a busy, yet positive day. Mondays are always busy because we have the trip to the post office, the bank, shopping and the gym. I like getting these things out of the way though and it puts me on a good track for the rest of the week. I was really anxious to get home though, as I couldn't wait to begin cutting out my new designs. Because of all the errands though, I didn't get started until mid afternoon. I decided to do the sleighs using maple for the sleigh be...
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