Among other things, I finished my little bunny ornaments up yesterday. They were pretty much done yesterday, save for the fact that I needed to apply hangers to them so I could use them on my little ‘all season’ tree for the spring. I must admit – I sometimes get lax with keeping my tree decorated for the season. While I seem to keep up with the fall and winter themes, I don’t do as well for the spring and summer seasons. But after the kind of winter we had here (l...
Well, I am finally in the home stretch of making my decoupage bunny ornaments. It isn’t that they were difficult or complicated to make, but there has been so many things that have come up in between that needed my attention that they have been sitting on the sidelines, patiently waiting for me to finish them. I love this project because it combines three of my favorite forms of creating – woodworking, painting and needlework. They are cut from 1/8” Baltic birch plywo...
Must have missed a day of posting! Blank was cut from block 4 days ago actually…... Yesterday I drew on the left side profile, carefully accounting for the distortion from the original flat paper drawing, to the multi – angled blank. Today I hope to finish the other side, and top view. Then the actual carving will begin!
Okay so my schedule hasn’t allowed me to run to Home Depot to buy any clamps, and my spools of plastic plumbers strap appear to be playing hide and seek with me, and winning… And that danging hose just bugs the tar out of me… But what to do? Improvise! I stumbled upon an old, HUGE nylon zip tie, probably 3/8” wide by 30 or so inches long. I think it may have been from the compressor pallet. Anyway the thought occoured to me that the plastic used here was the same...
It’s funny how I have gotten into the habit of writing here every day. As I am approaching my fourth anniversary of starting my blog, I think of all the time and energy that I put into posting each morning here and it boggles my mind. If someone were to approach me four years ago and tell me that this was my ‘assignment’, I don’t think that I could have pulled it off. But looking back, I realize just how important posting here has been to me on so many levels. Thro...
It has been a long time since I did any work on the wood for the workbench. It was Steelhead season after all and a man has to have priorities :0), I landed 3 in this, my first season. Now that the season is over, I have been busy processing the wood. The legs and stretchers were planed using the Dewalt 733, which was very difficult due to the weight of the wood.Today I hand planed down the last rough sawn side of the second beam that will be used for the bench top: Here you can ...
Further progress. Details on the twigs and buds are much easier to do with my new Helvie knife, I am really beginning to love the tool. I will be concentrating on my other project for a few days to get it established, then I will start splitting my days between the two.
The weekend seemed to go by in a whirlwind. Finally it appears that we are getting above freezing temperatures and that the warmer weather may be here to stay. While it rained all day on Saturday, it was beautiful and bright and sunny and it looks as if today may be the same. I am so ready for it. I was incredibly busy over the weekend. Not only did I have several orders for wood kits, but I also had some large printed orders that needed to be prepared and filled. Our business is defin...
We’ve been seeing above 0 degrees the last few days so I thought I’d turn the heat on in the shop and finish my bench. I’d reinforced the apron mounted the faces and planed everything flush. A closer view: I think this is the first task in the shop that is done, no further intended fiddling I can just go and start using it! I am a bit concerned that there seems to be a bit if racking when I open the vice, not sure if its not installed correctly or if that i...
Don’t have many pictures of the before to dig up but I’m sure in my other posts it can be seen. the shelf portion in this picture i took back out ( it was deeper than the bench top and kept hitting my knees on it) and gave to a neighbor who flipped it upside down and uses it to set his beer on while restoring his late 60s El Camino. It was sitting around originally made for another spot in my basement but i somehow measured wrong and it didn’t fit. The old bench, which...
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