If you ever go to Scotland (Edinburgh) you MUST MUST MUST go spend a 1/2 day at Abbottsford – the home of Sir Walter Scott. For the lover of carvings, it’s incredible. These are a few pics of just one room – his writing room or den.. .Sorry for the fuzziness of the next one. This was a carving in a chair. I guess I was so excited I couldn’t stop shaking ;) .This is a carving on the armrest of another chair. It’s a little worn due to wear. .Every cor...
I want to build a bench. I don’t have a decent clamping surface in my “shop”. So here are my plans as the are now. The material will be douglas fir 2×4 and the leg vise will be red oak 3/4”x8”. The screw will come from LeeValley. The sides will be drawbore mortise and tenon, and I’ll be using bed bolts for the long stretchers. The dimensions are: 24”w 33.5”h 84”lThe legs are 4.5”x3.5” The stretchers are 2×4...
These videos are bending continuous-arm (c-arm) Windsor chair parts. I use locally harvested, green, red oak that has been split and rived down to a workable size. Then I use a draw knife, hand planes, and spoke shaves to shape the oak piece. Here is the exciting part… If cracks occur, they are repaired with thin CA glue and C-clamps. In the past few weeks, I’ve done five c-arms and four have needed repairs. These failures are common with this type of chair due to the ...
I’ve put plenty of sweat into this project but today was the first blood. I cut myself on a plane blade clearing a shaving from the mouth. I guess that means it is still a pretty sharp blade. No tears yet but I’m sure when I put the little one in he’ll add plenty of them. Here are a few pics of the project so far. ” target=”_blank”>http://i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz192/michaelmbuffalo/Baby%20Tender/DSC02384.jpg
The project is pretty much done for my part at least. The owner is finishing it himself in order to color match it to his chair. Great project, I always enjoy traditional work. http://birchhillwoodcrafts.com/ottoman-project-part-ii/
I’ve been remaking all of my sister’s raised panel Oak doors for her kitchen cabinets. There are about 25 of them and I’ve got them 2/3 completed over the past few months working on and off. Today I was working on three of them; long ones. Rails and stiles came out fine and I had to glue up two boards to make the center raised panels. While I was routing the edge of the raised panels two of them chipped out enough so that I can’t use them. This has happened once befor...
I decided it would probably be boring to show each step from the previous ‘milling everything flat and square’ post, to the final board, so here’s the final board, all finished: It is 6-3/4”x8-5/8” and a little over 1.75” thick. Or, you know, about the size of the US hardcover edition of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” though the book is a little less than an inch taller in the longest dimension. Note the butcher’s block c...
I’ve renamed my 5 preexisting project series from “project: whatever” to “00n: whatever” where n is the number of the set of posts in order. E.g. instead of “project: a rolling base for my planer,” that was the second project series I made, so now it’s “002: a rolling base for my planer.” The projects were starting to scatter in my series list, and I’d have a few series listed at the top in the drop-down for new posts, then an ...
I have moved.. and moved a considerable amount of WOOD! I have updated my lumber rack projects with new photos of the current racks. My new shop is the entire basement, and to say its bigger than my last basement shop is an understatement. I have four times the space! and at least 88” of height between my floor mats and floor joists! I have repacked the racks and have collected EVEN MORE WOOD! You see my new house was built in 1918, and the basement had a few excellent resource...
Cora’s, a local Mexican restaurant went out of business recently. On my way back from the bearing shop with the new bits for my planer this past week I noticed a crew tearing the insides out. I stopped in and asked if I could look through their scrap pile for free wood, and as happens pretty much always here in west LA, they looked at me, shrugged their shoulders, and said “sure.” There’s wasn’t much, and nothing great, but the wood looked old, and I t...
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