The new shop is coming along. You may have seen the Spidey Box project I posted about. It is nice to work in, but still in disarray and needs some organizing. I am building a big storage unit and getting video of it. Just making it out of construction material, it has to be sturdy and yet look decent. Here is a photo of it part way through and a video of how I went about getting there. I have more footage of it and I am going to edit them into “bite sized” pieces and post th...
I had a few requests for more details on the corner cupboard so I thought I would post this series of photos I took during the project. As the pictures are installed into the blog it chopped off the right side. Sorry. The face frame and the doors are joined using pocket screws. The top is made using 1/2” plywood for a base and then applying the alternating pallet wood and barn board. I used the thickness planer to get both down to about 1/2” so that the total thickness of ...
Yesterday I posted about the new Inktense colored pencil set I had purchased. There were several people who wanted to know more about them so since I was cutting wood most of yesterday at the scroll saw, I thought that I would answer some of the questions and talk about them some more here today. The "Inktense" products by Derwent not only come in pencil form, but they also come in pure pigment blocks, which resemble pastel crayons. At first thought, one would think th...
One thing I like about living in the Seattle area is the huge variety of stuff you can find here. I have 5 different salvage stores to choose from and 4 different slab stores (that i know of) . You can find just about anything you can imagine and a lot more beyond that. A few weeks ago I found some small-ish chunks of redwood at a salvage shop for $20 each. They are about 20×20 and 5 inches thick. I was pretty happy with my find but on sunday I found something bigger. MUCH bigger. ...
Some girls like shoes. Others like fine jewelry. Still others, fancy clothes. . .While I enjoy those nice things, they are something that I can take or leave. Don't get me wrong – I love having a couple of 'extravagances' such as my Chanel perfume and soap. (After all – I want to smell divine when doing my woodworking and painting! ;) ) But for the most part, I try to keep things simple. Except when it comes to art supplies . . . I can almost hear you guys c...
I had a couple things I had sitting around I wanted to add to my chest to make it mine. One I’ve had for ~23 years, just waiting for a repurpose. The most important thing, I installed a “pull” on the fall-front, that just happens to be able to open a bottle of beer. A few years ago Marlboro sent me this for my birthday, I am not sure why. But anyway, I put it away in a cabinet thinking I would find a use for it one day. At some point while building chest I figured it ...
End.. being a fluid term, since it will be a long time before a toolchest will ever be finished. Organizing, rearranging due to acquistion of “new” tools, always changing to fit needs, and adding personal touches leaves the end somewhere on the far horizon. But I am getting close to saying this chest is done… enough. Then move on to other things. That said, bear with me as i edit this post over next day or two. I am juggling time constraints, my phone and the site a...
When I was fixing the knot blowouts in yesterday’s project, “Strip veneering kitchen cabinet doors”, I wanted to finish quickly and I made the classic mistake of hurrying. I know better, “fast” should be way lower on a woodworker’s list than quality, and patience. My impatience resulted in these two ugly basketballs. I wanted to keep the knots, but I did two things wrong. I planed where I should have sanded and I did not keep the knots. When I went i...
It is hard to believe that we have another weekend under our belts! But with the mornings getting cooler and the darkness lasting a little longer each day, it is hard to forget that the beautiful summer weather is giving way to autumn. Time surely passes quickly when we are busy! Yesterday I spent the day with Keith updating the site and getting out my bi-weekly newsletter. We changed all the sales on our Pattern Specials page and we added another new pattern that Keith created. This tim...
I wanted to take a picture of my wife’s new kitchen bureau, spice rack, and utensil hanger so that I colud post the finished work here on my blog. I wanted people to see what I was talking about. When she caught me taking pictures of her kitchen, however, my wife stopped me. She refused to let me post pictures that included the crummy cabinets above the counter. At the very least, she wanted to replace the forty five year old formica veneered cabinet doors. Wanting both to please my...
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