Another beautiful week is beginning.The sun has just come up, revealing a crystal clear blue sky. There is dew on the grass and cars and the birds are happily chirping. A light breeze is whispering through the tree tops and you can still feel the crispness from the night air. How could it be any more "perfect"?What a way to start a week!We've had several days like this now, and I think that Mother Nature is perhaps making up for the long, harsh winter we experienced here. To me,...
A lot has happened since the last update just nothing that looks like much of anything has been done lol. I hate that kind of progress but it must be made to move forward. Yesterday I was able to finish up cutting and fitting the track for the doors to ride in. Something that should be done before one of the panels is immovable… yeah.. that got a bit tricky but with the help of some brass stock and some juice cans I got it all glued up successfully. After tha...
View on YouTube I like the look of bandsaw boxes, but I don’t have a bandsaw. I wanted to see if I could make something that emulated a bandsaw box anyway. It’s not emulating the more familiar drawer style box, but the kind with the removable lid. All you absolutely need is a jigsaw, drill, router table with flush trim bit, and some sandpaper.
I’m still waiting for my mini kanna to arrive, and I’m kind of in-between big projects. I’ve really got nothing noteworthy going on. It’s been a slow period for my woodworking, consisting of nothing more than a sharpening day last week. My wife kept dropping a deck of tarot cards and the box is now mashed up pretty good, so I decided to do a quick little project and build a card box. I didn’t feel like doing any “high woodcraft”, so I grabbed so...
I finished up the cigar box guitar I started in the last video, which you can watch here: http://lumberjocks.com/iamcliff/blog/45729 I play it at the end as well. I’ve never played one before and I am still trying to get used to using a slide. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDp0rIEt-xA
I have wanted to build a cigar box guitar for over two years from the date of this video. I found some kits online at cbgitty.com so I decided that would be a good intro into the world of cigar box guitar building. This video shows the construction of such a kit. I decided to do all of the work and make the neck myself instead of purchasing one that was pre-made & pre-drilled. This one will be fretless, simply because the instructions don’t include how to add frets. I did purc...
What are the differences between stains and dyes? Very simply put: With stains, the pigment tends to remain on the surface of the wood and lodge in the pores, while dyes penetrate deeply and color the wood from within. Dyes Dyes are colorants that are usually mixed in a carrier vehicle (solvents) such as mineral spirits, water or alcohol. The dyes used in woodworking are characterized as transparent, as they bring about color changes in wood without obscuring the figure. The molecula...
Carving kit is done, carving blocks cut (not shown), basswood, butternut, and paulonia. now searching for a good beginners carving book.
Further along now. Spalted maple accents around lid, hinge screw backings and rare earth magnet anchor spots done, insetting the hinges. Maybe tomorrow the finish will start to go on…..
The folks I am making the table for have two boys around the ages of 7-9 yrs. Their mom told me they are constantly swiping her paring and small steak knives to carve wood they find on their property. They are both inquisitive and artistic and are fascinated with my work. So with parental permission I am making this carving kit. Two beginner knives I got at the Greenville, SC. show, along with silica carbide powder for stropping, and Vetwrap tape for their thumbs. I made the strop, and the co...
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