Note: I thought I had published this post back in the summer—-I was wrong. So…only 3 months late, I post it now, in mid-October. To refresh your memory, here’s the first post on this long suffering project. Somewhere between my idea and my skills, between the New Yankee Workshop and the local dumpster, my hiss drive rover met its fate. It wasn’t the design’s fault, I’m sure of that. It will work. It has to. What didn’t work was my last minu...
The project for my photographer friend is coming along, at least far enough to bother documenting it. He’s fallen in love with making ambrotype images. He’s got all the developing equipment in a dark room setup in his garage, and he’s asked me to make him a portable dark box that will enable him to develop images anywhere. His idea is to start a side business doing portraits at conventions, fairs, and whatnot. I decided that a frame and panel box would be fun to try, s...
Haven’t had a lot of shop time in the past week, too many tasks around the house and yesterday was a complete wash (rain all day makes for stir-crazy kids). But, I did get out there today and made some sawdust. First I took the random orbital sander to the coopered first stage section and smoothed it out into a nice purty arch. Then I got busy cutting and planing the sides of the second stage. I want to let the final design of the hatch on the coopered section of the first s...
This design for this bookcase calls for a simple shape for the backing. In the previous post I mentioned splitting it in two for ease of construction. Here’s how I did it: Using the Versacut, I freehand cut every line in about ten minutes. Using the built in laser guide made it easy. In the end, I had some nice sharp, accurate angles and two rocket stages cut out. I couldn’t resist stacking them, so here’s the final height, 70”: It took far longer...
Wallowing the success of the princess castle bookcase, I quickly realized that with our third child due in February, it was high time to make Keaton a bookcase of his while I can. It’s too cold in the winter for painting and finishing, so with Sara’s blessing, I finalized the design and began gathering materials. Here’s the idea: Keaton loves…I mean LOVES rockets. We have a narrow but tall space in his room that just begs for something like a narrow boo...
For my castle bookcase project, I needed to make a series of 1” holes in a long strip of 1/4” plywood. I figured the easiest way was to use the drill press. To do so efficiently, though, required a fence and table. I’ve been meaning to make one of these for a while, so I figured, now’s the time! It’s very simple. Just a square of 1/2” ply with a little 2” square on the upper left corner to fit on the side of the drill press support pole. The...
Took advantage of some quiet time after the kiddos went down tonight to make up some time on another secret project. Finishing the router table was key to that project and can also be really useful on the Castle Bookcase so….it got bumped to priority #1. That meant tackling the fence. Luckily, my son’s bedframe broke about four months ago. I repaired the nice wood frame and rail and kept it in the lumber pile until today, knowing from the get go what it was to be used for. I...
As I contemplated working on Kylie’s Castle Bookcase, I realized that my plan for custom trim around the bottom and top would need the services of a router. I figured it would be easier to use a router table rather than clamp a 1×4 piece of wood to the bench and rout it by hand. To this end, I turned to the router table that my father in law gave me, but soon realized that the table was too small. It would be just fine for smaller parts, lighter work and such. But handling p...
Thus begins the home stretch. Yesterday, I glued up the letters, decorated some little stars and fimished prep on the mirror and frame. I also wrapped up touch paint and trimmed the excess paint off the base trim where it sat on a plastic tarp during painting. In all, I spent about three hours doing fine detail work. Today was he final day. I started applying shellac at 9am and by 1 pm I had two solid coats on the entire bookcase (using a paint brush). I have to say, after usi...
The color scheme on the castle is fairly simple, but it coordinates with Kylie’s bedding on her new big girl bed. Two shades of purple, one light, one dark. My master plan is to use flat paint, then cover the entire project in a few coats of clear shellac and sand and buff to get the perfect glossy-but-not-slippery surface. For the main castle and turrets, I got a quart of the light purple at the BORG. For the highlights, crenelations, roof, inner portals, etc, I got a sample cu...
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