I’ve got a few days off for the holidays, and i’ve been able to get a little more work done on my desk project. I’ve been trying to figure out what type and color wood I want for the inlays and accent pieces. After talking with the guys at the local woodcraft, I picked up some trans tint 0 black dye, a chunk of walnut and some walnut veneers. I played around with these (and after dying my hand black, be careful with this stuff), but did not like the pitch black look. A f...
There are mythical things in this world that people want to believe in, For me it is that elusive easy glue up. So I got the case to my saw till all ready to glue up. Everything was sanded and I had put the glue on the dovetails ready to stick it together. I had my cauls at hand and clamps ready to go. So I went at it thinking I had it under control. Half way thru I looked for the dowel I had turned to rest the saws on… Nowhere to be found, so like a chicken with my hair on fire I ran ...
Well, Landlord WAS coming over to finish the painting upstars…..fell asleep. he will TRY to get over here in the morning….he says. Wandered down to the shop, to see what sort of trouble I could get into…. Had three parts to make tenons on….two had curved sides. Might be a bit tricky to clamp in the end vise? I picked out a scrap of walnut from when I sawed the curved parts. Had to trim the ends back a bit.. So I could clear the “work area”...
Having previously varnished the units to match the bed, I started early today, the first job was preparing the drawer fronts, I decided that because they are recessed it would not have looked right, to route the edges, I sanded them up to 320 grit, then drilled and fitted the handle screws in place. They then had a coat of varnish, and were left to dry. I made some stops, out of scrap mahogany to stop the drawers coming all the way out, they are just held to the back of each drawer by a si...
I began writing a blog post yesterday (really I did) and just as I got started, the power went out. This was the second time in the past few weeks this happened, which was unusual because prior to that, we had kept power for years. One would think that I would have really been upset, but for some reason, I was not. I had just filled the orders that arrived overnight and the post was going to mostly be about some new things that I am going to work on in the future. Nothing that I can'...
The build has begun!!Today I milled up some curly maple and walnut for the saw till and I was able to shoot a little video of the construction. I am not sure if I will save it up and make a montage of the whole build or break it down piece by piece. I want to save up until I have enough video to make it worth the watch so we will just have to see how much is accumulated with each build. The till is going to be about 40” tall and 14” wide. It will have a drawer on the bottom for th...
Project was put on hold for almost two days….van needed work, had three planes needing rehab…..finally got some time in the Dungeon shop this evening… The bottom shelf is out of the clamps, and cleaned up. Will cut to final size WHEN I find out what it will be.. laid out for the long aprons/stretchers. Hmmmm, foot of the legs is a bit too small. Had to cut a larger “flat” where the stretchers will go….and still keep them off the floor, too. trim...
It has been a slow day, I spent half of the day tinkering around. I think I am a bit under the weather and didn’t have a lot of energy to move things around, plus I think I am a little sore from moving all the lumber across the street to my barn. I am getting ready to start on the saw till probably early next week. I will try to video tape it as I go and it will take a while to edit, but I hope to put out a few videos that show all the stuff being built. I used Grizzly shop layout to...
I got the new extension cord run out to the shop today. I have about 2 more volts, so there is less loss to resistance than before. I can’t run much more than before, but I can do it safer now. I was leery of using the 3 lighter cords with the connections outdoors. It is not as good as the sub panel I plan on putting in, but it should get me through the winter. https://youtu.be/iPRCwYvsSkQ
I can’t believe the whirlwind of time passing these days! It seems that soon after the sun comes up, it begins to turn to dusk again. I know it is ‘that time’ of the year, and the darkeness never really bothers me, but I can’t help but feel that I am in a time warp. Every day is jam packed with thing to do! It is actually very exciting. Yesterday we needed to head to Halifax to take my Mustang to be worked on and stored. For those of you who have followed the renov...
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