My trusty Craftsman shop vac has served me well for the past 25 years. It just won’t die; but it’s time to upgrade. I’ve simply taken in far too much hobby sawdust over the last 25 years. Bought a HF Dust Collector about three weeks ago. The Spousal Unit was pleased (she was curious as to why it took me so long). If I would have only known that… The box has not been opened yet. I’ve been plowing through the plethora of information available on Lumberj...
Hi everyone, Welcome to my first project blog entry on LJs. As I will write about (maybe) in another series, I have a blog on Google’s Blogspot (started before I new about LJs). Now that I am a member here, I thought I’d try using this site as a medium for writing about my projects, so we will see how this goes. As the series title suggests, I am embarking on a journey to build a shoe rack. This came as a request from my wife, who is getting tired of finding her shoes covere...
I’m very fortunate to have a sawyer close by that caters specifically to hobbyists. These are very knowledgable and nice folks. Shameless plug: Hobby Hardwood Alabama Here is a photo of the first batch of rough sawn cherry I chose: I recently reconfigured and upgraded my dust collector http://lumberjocks.com/projects/95715 which worked out great because I jointed and planed most of this wood in preparation for this build. This picture shows how well the thien baffle worked:...
I’m in the process of designing and building a cherry nightstand to match our bedroom suite. I’m going to try and preserve the style of the furniture while remaining within my skill level. I’m actually pretty far into the build now and since I’ve taken some pictures along the way I thought I would blog the process. I’ll try to post an entry for each step as time permits. The design of the nightstand took into account the style of our current bedroom suite i...
Two years ago i was introduced to high school wood working. I was formerly familiar with the trade and tools as my great uncle and grandfather were both career woodworkers making fine furniture. Ever since i made my first project the dream has been for a roll top , well its been three courses and 250 hours later , i have been all allowed to begin construction on my desk. This blog will be about building that desk. More for me to track my progress than anything but anyones welcome to come lea...
so after basically only doing shop projects, minus a few cutting boards I am ready to begin do a couple real projects… I have about 4 things lined up that I’m about to begin. 1. chess board for one of my co workers… going to make the squares from walnut and maple and the base will be alder. I watched steve Ramsey’s video on his chess board and I love how he finished it. so I’m going to attempt to do that, 2. I want to make a greene and greene style frame...
A while back, my Son and and his fiance’ commissioned a “Treasure Box” to hold the best wishes of the people attending their upcoming wedding and receptions (yes 2, 1 in the Seattle area where she is from and 1 in So Cal where He is from, small wedding ceremony to be held in San Francisco) That is the why, now for the what. I’m using Plum wood. Why Plum? It’s what I have on hand. I harvested and processed what I could of a tree 2 years ago. Tree died of na...
Well it was a pleasant surprise to say the least. I had never done this show before and did not know what to expect. What I found out is that I need to find a lot more of these shows. My sales out of the booth paid for the weekend a couple times over. With the number of people I had talked to, I had high hopes for orders being placed over the next few weeks. It didn’t take a few weeks , today I received 5 orders. That will make it the biggest show I have ever had. It may be a fluke, but...
Hello Readers, It certainly has been awhile since I have last shared about my small woodworking business (Spud Woodworks). I have been very blessed over the past year and I wanted to share some of those things with you all. 2013 2013 was my banner year. I started Spud Woodworks as a all around online retail store on Esty, expanded to selling on my own website and made a few sales to local stores. My first 12 month year started slow, and grew to a 5 digit revenue company in my fir...
I have never done these shows before, I assure you that I will again. All of my expenses were paid on day one. I would encourage the custom furniture makers to look into these shows locally. The response has been great. I was the only furniture maker there and that is always a good thing. They are expecting about 10,000 people to pass through today. Fingers crossed for the day.
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