As I am creating and writing down the instructions for the skating pond figures, I see the need to give the characters names. There are many ‘skating boys’ and ‘skating girls’ and I found that it will become quite confusing if I fail to name them individually. Numbering them would seem so impersonal for such a personal project. Sonja is not modeled from anything in particular in the original set of figurines. Many of the characters that I am doing are not. There...
So with my shop taking shape, my tools off the ground, I turned to the web for advice on the first project. Everything I read suggested something like a workbench or sawhorses would make a great first project because it teaches a lot of valuable lessons for beginners and adds value to your shop. This was also where I discovered LJ. What an awesome site. A real social networking site for people across the globe to share their advice and projects. Unlike FaceBook or Twttter where you turn ...
Today, I installed a light, the shop finally feels usable, and the lightbulb is dimmly glowing in my mind. We have been looking for a house for the past year and a half and finally moved just before Thanksgiving. Moving is a bittersweet experince – leaving a place with so many memories that we made so comfortable over the past 10 years and then starting over – and the excitement of a fresh start, a new space, and a new neighborhood. Three months later, we are pretty muc...
Since I began woodworking almost five years ago and slowly building my shop, one of the things that has proven difficult for me to prioritize was buying clamps. We all know the old saying “You can’t have enough clamps”. And while this is true, the projects that I have mostly done didn’t require very many clamps. And the larger projects I did, I just made do with what I had. This bench project has spurred me to start buying parallel clamps, but at $40 + a pop and with s...
After band sawing the legs to rough shape in my last post, the next steps in developing the legs were to turn and shape the feet and to smooth and mark them for final shaping. This was an interesting process. There’s a good description and lots of pictures in the latest post on my blog. Let me know what you think – thanks for reading!
The reason I started this blog was to show a project that sort of evolved over time – at least a year so far – and illustrates one of the ways I seem to gain enjoyment from messing about in the workshop. I see a lot of small box makers who seem to work this way finding new and unusual ways of creating something from what seem to be left over cutoffs and so on.Anyway I can now show you the finishing touches to this stage of my project – but it is still not finished.It may bec...
My little palm box copy is in the clamps with the glue drying. The lid is close to being ready and will be finished when the glue dries. I have a couple things to decide on before I finish. I would really like to chamfer most of the edges and stop some of them with a lambs tongue. I’m a little nervous about this, for one I’ve never done it and two the purpleheart seems very brittle. If anyone has a good technique I’d love to hear it. I’m also a little nervous a...
continuing with the build Had some trouble with my phone so missing some aspects of what the next round entailed… grumble So i left off with frame assembled and sitting on top of the saw. When i got in shop today, after going to acquire some carriage bolts etc, i started with drilling some holes. I took time last night figuring out where the casters should be placed. marked my holes with the bottom up, and run small pilot holes through. Flipped the case over, used a 3/4&...
I’ve managed to work some more on my Telescope. One of the things that is very important in a telescope is that it be balanced. The last thing you want to happen is to point it at some pretty double star and say to your friend, “Take a look!” and have the scope move eight inches toward the ground. The center of balance determines the size of the trunnion bearings. So until I know where it balances, I can’t know the size of them. Before I determin the balance, al...
Some days my life seems like an oxymoron. It seems that I am forever burning the midnight oil and pushing myself to finish something, only to find that once it is completed it is weeks and sometimes even months before I realize the benefits of completing it. By the time the item is published in one of the magazines or in the catalogs, it has been so long since it was the focus of my attention that I am somewhat surprised when I finally see it in print. There have even been times, I admi...
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