After not getting to work at all Saturday in the shop because of family commitments, I got to work on my project most of the afternoon today. I wasn’t feeling to spunky after not getting back home till almost midnight last night. That was two hours after my normal bedtime. I trudged along and manged to complete the project and declared Victory at about 7:30 pm. I added an additional modification at the last moment for three more attachment storage holes and then decided to use a tub...
I made a lot of progress this past week. After getting the top together and cut to shape, I fitted it onto the sliders, and attached the tabletop levelers, to see how that would work, and to take a look at it all with the leaf pieces in place… success! The table sliders worked smoothly, and the top looks great all together. I then spent some quality time with the smoothing plane, raking light, and card scraper to get the top in final shape… some tearou...
I save just about all of my scrap. It comes in handy for jigs, blocks, shims, whatever. It’s also my city firewood. Each year in Chicago, smelt fishing season runs during the month of April. It’s an annual tradition for our family to throw some nets into Lake Michigan and wait for the little fish to swim into them. As you can imagine, this is a tough way to fish, so we bring a year of scrap lumber, have a fire, grill some sausages, drik some cocktails, and have a marvolou...
I have a side job as a handyman and one my clients is this fine woman (not as fine as my wife, of course) who lives way on the north side of the city. She owns this condo and rents it out. Occassionally, she has me fix a door or window or switch. It’s a pretty easy gig, a rarely deal with her, and she always pays a fair wage on time. The problem is that since she pays me, she expects me to jump through hoops, which I find annoying until I remember I expect the same from those I pay....
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd I think it’s done. It still needs a coat of wax but other than that it is ready for use once the 3-2-1 dries. I tried the “Espresso” crap and what a load of poo that was. I told her that I would rather masterbate with a cheese grater than cover this oak with that! And she agreed lol so this is the result. It’s not the best changing table in the world but it’s solid and and should last quite a while I hope. Thanks for followi...
Yesterday was a pretty productive day. I wound up pretty much finishing the design that I was working on for the holiday issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine, and I began to map out the companion piece that I will be making with it. Usually, once I get things rolling like this, I am well on my way. I am pleased with how the project looks. Even on paper it is nice, and once it is cut in wood and I have added the ‘extras’ to it, it should make a nice presentation. I ...
Trucking right along here. The bulk of tonight’s work was trimming the table top and carving out a couple through mortises. I have never done that before and don;t quite know what possessed me to do so but they turned out “OK” for a couple firsts. They are nice and tight but are less than pretty from the viewing side so some wedges will be in order. I do however feel very confident in their holding ability since I had to pound the crap out of the stretcher to get it set ...
I made a lot of progress yesterday. I was able to finish up both side panels and today after work I got started on the top and planning out the stretchers. It turns out I may not need to use any of the twoby materials I bought with the shelves due to the large amount of miscuts from the bench build. I also wanted to address the comments about never using the changing table for changing diapers. I know this… you know this but I have a 9 month pregnant wife who is going to be induce...
Ive been fixing up a one bed bungalow as a hobby. In england. Its now finished and up for sale.Full rewireFull new boiler/radiatorsNew shower room New timber framed plasterboard walls with heavy insulation and skim plasteredNew ceilings with lots of insulationNew HD Sky TV and terestrial arials and FMNew real flame gas fire with marble surroundOak kitchen, Bosche electricals tiled and lots of power sockets http://www.louis-johnson.co.uk/property.php?property=304&info=images&histo...
It seems that there is always that bridge of uncertainty that I need to cross between one project and the next. It is when the afterglow of successfully finishing one project begins to fade and I am looking towards the next. Fortunately, most of the time I already know which direction I will be heading following the completion of one project, for while I am working on one thing, my mind is usually racing ahead and planning on what is to follow. Sometimes though, I get so caught up in wha...
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