A few years ago I helped one of my nephews turn a baseball bat (visiting from Michigan). He’s now three years older and has grown out of the bat we made, however just last week, two of his younger brothers called me me a favor. They wanted me to build a custom baseball bat for each of them. As the “cool uncle”, I went right out to picked up some maple stock and turned two bats yesterday. See the picture below of the turned bats. Each of my nephews wanted there bats co...
Thank goodness it has cooled off a bit! It was so nice to actually get a good night sleep . The past several days were so warm and muggy it seemed that I was up half the night and then woke up tired and felt like I didn’t get much rest. I shouldn’t complain because I know that many people have it much worse, but I will say that I was very pleased when the sun set last night and the air cooled down considerably. It was a very welcome change and made for a comfortable and restfu...
I am building a flag box for the flag from my Father-in-law, Bob’s, funeral. Bob was in the Army during the Korean conflict and recently passed away. This is my third flag box (one is posted under my projects and the other will be posted soon) so I thought I would share my process. My design is based off of Tommy MacDonald’s from an episode of Rough Cut. I like the design because I think the 22.5 degree angles on the bottom are awesome. They aren’t the easiest angles to...
A local cabinet shop is going out of business and is selling every thing. They also tried at one point to retail lumber but the local market was not there. So, today I picked up these lumber items:Mahogany – 8/4×5 1/2” x 10’Cherry – 4/4×11” x 9’Lacewood – (3) 4/4×5”x 6’Paduk – (2) 4/4×7” x 8’Curly Maple – 4/4×5” x 8’Makore – 6/4×1...
Well, I have been working on this project for a little while now, the good portion of the summer. This is my first try at doing a bent form project. I was inspired after seeing Ken Dixon’s project from last year as seen here. I found a really nice piece of curly maple lumber online that I was going to use for the project. It was about the right size and 5/4” to give me some wiggle room. I have never used any curly wood like this before so I was pretty nervous to start cutting i...
Just a quick update on the Christmas Box Build Off contest from A Simple Design of Ocala. In this video I talk about the prizes and categories.
Hi, one of the investments a beginner woodworker thinks they really need is a nice cast iron bench vice. Now, I’ve been doing this professionally since 1982. In @ 1994 I got a used /discarded slab of laminated rock maple with a vice on one corner. some school threw out several student benches with the vices on them. some local persons “salvaged” them from the dumpster. my truck may have been used and I got one…. I never use it.I had gotten used to by then a homemade v...
A couple weeks ago I posted this project It was for the California Earthquake Authority and The American Red Cross. It is part of The Great California Shakeout™ campaign. The table has been traveling all over California and has been featured at various events including: MTV VMAs, Fleet Week, 49ers Game, Dodger Stadium, and the Miramar Airshow (tomorrow). To date over 50 celebrities and athletes have signed the table as part of the campaign. Click here. to see some of the people who hav...
In September, I started coming up with ideas for my wife’s Christmas present. The short of it is—I haven’t finished it yet. Fortunately, it was a minor part of all that I was getting/making her, so she didn’t go without this Christmas. Part of my problem is that I’m still a greenhorn and purpleheart is a jerk to work with. Tearout, checking, and pitting is something I’ve had to deal with non-stop. For the past two weeks, my shop (no heating) has been bel...
I started woodworking in my early 20s (many year ago). Prior to this the only real exposure to woodworking I had was building remote controlled model aircroft out of balsa. I started by taking a year long rough carpentry course at a local community college. What does this have to do with workbenchs you wonder.. I believe a well designed workbench starts with your experience with workbenches. Thinking back I have had the oppourtunity to use a few workbenches and there are a few things I discov...
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