Students who decide to take the footstool workshop will start to work and understand wood in a way that just is not a part of mortise and tenon or dovetail joinery. In fact, the footstool is not about joinery in the way that the toolbox is. It is about shaping: take a square blank, apply a pattern, rough it out. fair the curve and work to a final shape. Turned work and moldings bear some resemblance in that symmetry, proportion and light are in important part of the final piece, but as shapin...
1, 2 – skip a few – 99, 100 – skip a few more – 175, 176 dovetails later, quite a bit of sanding and the dresser (or is it a chest of drawers?) is ready for it’s paint job. There are only two parts left to make – the drawer pulls and the tills that will go in the small drawers. I’m figuring that the pulls and tills will keep me busy while the paint dries. The inside will be finished with shellac. I only have another three days at school for the summe...
The design is taken almost exactly from Making Authentic Shaker Furniture. The only changes I’ve made are to the layout of the drawers, the addition of a chamfer on the underside of the top and an open top to the carcase, which may or may not be a change. The “measured drawings” don’t go into much detail. It’s a new construction technique for me and I just didn’t like the idea of screwing two solid pieces of wood together; it seems like a bit of a waste eve...
I’m sorry that I have fallen behind on my writing while I catch up on my unfinished projects. I am now a month into this thing and just about 75% finished. Progress List x Dry wall basement ceilingx Paint kitchen/dining roomx Paint basementx Build basement entry stairs x Paint bathroomx Paint master bedroomx Paint living roomPaint officeHang new bedroom doorHang new bathroom doorStain and finish oak trim Paint trim Install trim I am satisfied with my progress even if building stairs, pa...
I have been trying to describe the feeling to my family for 3 weeks now. Its hard to put into words. The only thing I can think to relate it to is that of someone meeting a celebrity they care greatly about. Like a kid heavily into basketball meeting an NBA star then spending a couple years with him…on a pivate court…with others as obsessed and determined about basketball as he is. Even when described its not easy to comprehend unless you experience it.4 Weeks ago I took a plunge....
3/26/10 So I as you can read in my previous blog posts about my woodworking education, I have been seriously contemplating enrolling in a full time furniture craftsmanship program. I recently returned from a visit to Palomar Community College in San Marcos, Ca to meet with the Cabinet and Furniture technology program instructors and take a tour of their facility. I mentioned that I was about 90% sure that I would be going there this fall (August 2010). Well, I’m not at 90% any more… ...
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