So several months ago I promised to build my wife a wine buffet. It was a fairly ambitious plan since you could equate my woodworking experience with that of an infant. Fate intervened in my ambitions though when I found out my wife was pregnant. The wine buffet got the boot in favor of a much more practical and needed project, a dresser for the kiddo’s new room. So, the dresser project began. The goal of this project is simple: to build a simple, sturdy dresser that has a pleasi...
OK when we last spoke, it was decided that the urn would have Maple sides, and Walnut top, bottom and miter splines… So I printed out a cut list and got to work. I cut all the pieces of maple slightly over sized so I could sneak up on the miters and get them perfect. Then I planed and rough sized the walnut for the tops and bottoms. The maple pieces were cut from a board I had planed down to 9/16 some time ago and the pieces were slightly cupped…not good for tight miters. I dec...
Every year my beautiful wife, Debra, takes me to school to present a talk to her reading classes at Alvarado Junior High. This talk began, in 2004, with me telling the kids all about being a graphic artist and how important reading is in that job. Since I began doing this I have stopped being a graphic artist and started being a woodworker. So, last year, I changed the talk, splitting the time between one job and the other. Since last year my business started taking off, so this year I...
What has turned out to be a simple and relaxed day has been a long and tedious one. The chess board that I’m building has been what seems to be a chess game in its self. The 4”x16” strips have turned out good but seem to have a little cup to them after the glue up. I took the board and sanded what I could till it was level and smooth. Then the cherry side strips are not perfectly flush against the maple ends. I planed everything but the butt ends just don’t seat all th...
I have a high school fine arts and academic competition coming up this spring and I decided to build a music stand and enter it into the woodworking category. Right now I am in the planning stage. I want to use a similar design to the Graham Nash music stand made by Blake(http://lumberjocks.com/Blake) . I am considering using walnut veneer for the panels and hard maple for the frame around it. I have been working on it with SketchUp. I am hoping to create a stand that is height-adjustable but...
I have afforded the opportunity to create a great piece for the local karate school. Both of my kids are in the program and my daughter is close to obtaining her black belt in karate. It has been a journey that has taken her nearly 3 years to complete and an experience that she will be able to draw upon for the rest of her life. As is always does, the karate school closes down over the Christmas break. When classes resumed after the first of the year, we came back to a redecorated interio...
Once I had all the pieces in final form, it was time to sand everything down and assemble. Everything was sanded down to 220. Bottom AssemblyFirst, the skirt and leg pieces. Since the corner brackets I ordered from Rockler called for 1 3/4” square legs, and I had 1 1/2” square, I had to make my own corner brackets. That was simple enough, but gluing up was a challenge. I chamfered the top 3” on the inside corner of each leg. That allowed a lag bolt to be screwed in and th...
Inlay a wood inlay banding to customize your fine woodworking projects that you make in the workshop. This Youtube woodworking video shows the basics of how to inlay a shop made strip of decorative wood inlay banding into hardwood. In this case, a dado that has been cut on the table saw will house the 3/32” wood inlay banding. (Keep in mind the dado could also be routed on the router table.) White glue is applied the inlay process. A wooden caul is clamped along with the inlaid wo...
Alright everyone – get your minds out of the gutter. It gets to be rather hard thinking up over 900 unique blog titles that would peak your interest. If you are reading this far than I have done my job. And all of my bunnies are definitely ‘naked’. So we’re good. Yesterday was a day that I suppose I could call a ‘banner day.’ It was one of those days when lots of things happened, I was terribly busy, but I accomplished a great deal. Although it was d...
Hey all my friends. Just spent about 20 hours getting this Spalted Maple Burl from a guy in Sweet Home, OR. Nice place! It was one tree and about 10,000 lbs. 6” diameter burl at the butt. Beautiful colors. Grade A burl. Went over the scales at 25,000 gvw and I tared at 13,300. All to say I got lots and I am grateful. Spent 12 hrs just to load it. My team did not have the word “QUIT” in their vocabulary. Grueling work but good work. thanks for looking!Gregwww.OregonBu...
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