A few weeks ago, I conducted a consult with a local client in the neighborhood about their damaged credenza cabinet base. They wanted the top repaired or rebuilt, but upon inspection, it turned out that the entire cabinet was beyond saving. The amount of weight on it over the years, including a hutch, took it’s toll. After a few days, I sent them a design to view and they agreed to a new cabinet, one built to withstand far more weight which would be a pseudo-replica. In order to keep it econo...
After blasting out the parts for the new Birdhouse last week on the band saw,The assembly went just as quickly. The parts were taken home, the necessary access hole added, a top post/hanging bracket fashioned, and pilot holes were drilled for the attachment of the slats for the roof.I forgot how much fun building a birdhouse can be!! They’re for the birds, after all, and they will never be overly critical… :)With the assembly finished, it was on to the finishing department… ...
I bought a set of harbor frieght plug cutters and could not get the 3/8 plugs to fit my screw holes. The cutter burned even when going extremely slow in the white oak. I went to rockler and picked up another 3/8 plug cutter. I could tell from design alone it was superior. For one it cuts a tapered plug. Here is a pic of the rockler in the press and the junk one laying on the table. Needless to say the harbor freigth plug cutters are going in the garbage. I’m so glad I finally...
Picture from my last blog post http://lumberjocks.com/dustynewt/blog/15613 ; I managed splitting the gnarly oak crotch piece with my trusty 14” Remington electric chainsaw (I didn’t think it would work). I got four slabs, 4-6” thick and about 14×26” in width and length. Interesting spalted grain. Will bandsaw it maybe Wednesday and sticker it for drying. I can’t wait to see it smooth with some finish. Thanks for looking.
Last night, after dinner, I went out in my Parent’s yard to have a smoke, on one of my favorite benches in the world…It’s an old-timer I found at the dump about 40 years ago… I brought it home, and my Dad put new slats on it to replace the old broken ones… a fresh coat of paint and it’s been “in-service” for many years…You may ask, “What does that have to do with Band Sawing?!” Well, I’m glad you asked!!I looked up from m...
I have been working on a pair of nightstands for a while now and I’ve been trying to sort out what stain to use on them. They are quartersawn white oak and reproduction Stickleys so I wanted a nice older look. I started digging around in magazines, books, online, etc… and I found some great resources – like Captain Skully's forum post. Unfortunately, viewing something over the net always makes it appear a bit “off” to me. So I decided that I needed to prototy...
From left to right-Orange wood – gnarly, twisted top end Oak – burly crotch wood,Mahogany – straight grainedPecan – (I think) wormy holedOak (again) – straight grained Any suggestions on cutting the oak trunk to manageable (12” bandsaw) size? I have a 14” electric chainsaw.
This article on the oak appeared in today’s paper. In case the link disappears, the articles is pasted below:The tree that shaped BritainA POINT OF VIEW BBC NEWS As the House of Commons prepares to welcome hundreds of new MPs, its oak-panelled surfaces are a reminder of the significance of one threatened tree to our national identity, says Simon Schama. You’re a new MP. At some point after the polls closed between midnight and breakfast, your life changed and so did the c...
This clock is made of oak and the knife is made of pine and cherry.
I just finished my drafting/desk and finally brought it into the house this evening. This was a great project to make and there were two new techniques I used on this project, so I learned a lot. As part of the design for this desk I decided that I wanted a slight taper and curve to the legs and I wanted a deep red Mahogany color. After making a template for the legs I contemplated how to cut each leg out, the fastest way would have been to either use a flush trim bit with a router agains...
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