I was asked months ago if I would trade some wood for one of my custom turkey calls. i told the guy sure but then forgot about it since I never heard from him. This week he called to ask if i would take a look at what he had to trade. When I got to his house most of what he had was firewood but then i looked and found a pile of spalted maple that was the best I have seen here. Our maple tends to be soft and colorless. Then I saw a big Osage Orange root ball and he showed me a red oak piece...
Soooo, it’s been a while. There’s been a lot going on and I haven’t found a lot of time for woodworking. I’ve worked on a few small things here and there, but nothing major. I’ve recently gotten back into woodcarving and have been enjoying dreaming up projects and learning new techniques. I got out to the shop one day a couple months back and decided I wanted to shorten my bench and put the vise closer to the end. At first I tried to do it with a skill saw...
The Sides are S4S Red Oak and the Lid is S4S White Oak with a little character. The lid is a floating panel which I glued up with the box sides and then I cut the lid on the table saw. The bottom is pretty simple, and is made of 1/4 inch oak ply with upholstery leather. Next part is the tray for holding standard sized paper.
Watch a cheap woodworker repair his grain shovel’s handle rather than buy a new one!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUdZCRm3aXA&list=UUd5zJvEvBsWALUYaChpNX8Q&feature=share
I make a small narrow hand held sanding block form a plan in the most recent Woodsmith. Check it out. http://youtu.be/Uo6-JWj-L7E
This cabinet is made from leftover red oak, Luan, birch plywood and plexiglass that I had in my shop. It is approximately 17”T x 7 1/2”W x 6” deep. I would have liked to make it a little taller to handle a couple more shelves and slightly deeper to have been able to recess the back panel. The Box I first sent the oak through the joiner to ensure I had 1 flat square edge. I then cut the board to the proper widths on my table saw then to final lengths on the Miter...
I frequently hear from my partner Keith that I create projects and then “make work” for myself. He says this because I am not really satisfied with creating one version of a project. If I envision the projects several different ways, I can’t help myself but to make them all. I know that isn’t the most efficient way to work, but it is part of me that can’t be helped. I figure if I can picture it several different ways, then others will appreciate having the ch...
As the deep freeze continues to grip both Canada and much of the USA, we here in Nova Scotia have been very fortunate in that instead of bitter cold and snow, we are having rain. In looking at our weather service, it appears that although we are slightly below freezing today and may receive a small amount of snow, our temperatures will be nothing like the biting cold that much of North America has experience. In fact, yesterday was almost ‘balmy’ as it rained for most of the day...
For the casework I am using red oak, milled to 1×6. I mitered the corners and let it stand on end overnight before final milling. I have tapped it together to determine the top panel size. I am currently waiting for inspiration for the top panel which will be inset. I will be going to Bylers Kiln sometime this week to look through their figured woods to find a suitable panel.
There are very few woodworkers that I know that enjoy sanding. I am sure that there are some out there, but it seems that most of them really don’t like that part of the process at all. As usual, I don’t necessarily go along with popular opinion. While sanding may not be my favorite part of the process, I still find joy in shaping pieces and bringing them to life by sanding. I love to remove old, outer layers and see the fresh wood underneath exposed, revealing it natural bea...
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