In this video, I build a boot jack to help with getting those mud boots off! http://youtu.be/onEJrdQw1o4
Yesterday I completed the combination pallete and wet canvase holder. It is constucted out of birch plywood with oak inserts for holding the wet canvases. The pallete is finished with two coats of BLO. It is shown out of the box with an inserted canvase and inside the box with the pallete in view. I trimmed the drawers with walnut and put two coats of Danish oil on the box. I’ll let the oil dry for three or four days and then finish with satin wipe on polyurethane. ...
I got about an hour in the shop today; enough time square of the bottom ends of the legs, drawer backs and sides as well as cut out six drawer fronts to the night stands. The really big thing that I did was get down of the shelf the Leigh Dove tail jig where it has been collecting dust. I have never used it and for some reason I am scared to death of that thing. The unknown sucks! I brought the whole damn thing into the house and tomorrow morning while I’m waiting for the family to wake...
Here is an idea for gun owners that don’t have a gun case or space for a wall gun case. That being said it is not just for guns, you can display just anything that will fit in the case, such as coins, knick knacks, precious mementos. The dimensions are 5’ by 2’ by 18” when it will be finished. There will also be a drawer under the showcase in the center of the table. The wood used is reclaimed barn wood from my barn.
I completed the mechanism for the inside of the box lid and fit it to to canvasse boards that it will hold. I believe they are 12”X9? I built the cover for the top out of baltic birch ply and chamfered the edges to make it a bit more sleek. I put my artistic abilities to the test and printed off a quote from the English illustrator Arthur Rackham. I made sure the font was something attractive but would still be easy to burn. I printed the quote out and taped it to graphite transfer...
Here are a few pictures, from the past couple of days, of the sequence of making moldings and of them put up. I don’t know how large fancy moldings are made but this was my solution to doing it. The ogee’s are made with one router bit then stacked on top of each other. The large partial cove moldings are made with Rockler’s table saw crown molding maker. It is a nicely made jig that lets you set up your table saw to cut into wood using the round blade to gouge out a large co...
Several people have inquired about the Pochade box I am building for my wife. A Pochade box is a painter’s box that can be transported out into the field. Varying in size, shape and style they can contain any, all or none of the following: paints, pallets, brushes, solvents, canvases, etc. What a Pochade box really does well though is holds a canvas while one is in the field painting. Mine is made of walnut sides with a bookmatched maple top. The base, sub-base and drawers are ma...
The 7th in the series about building a Allan Little designed ultimate work table with multifunctional top. In this video I layout and drill the holes for the Festool clamping elements. http://youtu.be/s-EsJzpOF9U
It has been a struggle, but I finally managed to get the drawers built. I made drawer stock by gluing up discounted (50% off) lumber purchased at the lumber yard. They sell “shorts” – boards that are less than 48 inches in length in various widths. I made the drawers out of poplar with the exception of the pull out tray. It is maple. With the boards glued up, I then planed them to just over 5/8 inch. Then I switched to the drum sander and sanded them to 5/8 inch th...
I had made a small cherry/birdseye maple box for my wife’s Aunt a few months back and have been banging my head against the wall trying to come up with an idea for my wife’s father. A little background on the project’s motivation, the wood was found in a barn on the family farm that we purchased four years ago. My wife’s Great-grandfather used to make furniture on the property in a shop that is now well beyond salvageable. He stored his rough cut lumber supply in ano...
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