Over the weekend, my daughter and I got to work adding some support to the bottom of the cabinets. My thinking was to add some structural support along with having a good spot to add legs to the bottom of each unit. Once that was finished up, I added the legs to all four corners of each of the cabinets. Next up will be arranging them along the wall and adding the top and setting up my miter saw.
This morning something occurred for the first time since moving to our new home. I awoke and it was still pitch dark outside. I admit that I had a somewhat fitful night. I am not sure if it was the excitement of the day or thoughts of the days ahead or the warm humidity of the evening that was the cause. Maybe it was a bit of everything. Perhaps it is that I am feeling a bit more comfortable in our place here and things are (finally!) getting back to normal. I don't know. I am o...
Well, the Cherry box is awaiting a delivery this coming Sunday. There is a little bit of leftover Cherry sitting around. Time to cut the other slab down to size? This used to be 7’.....cut the top slab at about 38” long. The other two add up to about 4’...Decided to cut the long slab down a bit.. Took a lOT of candle wax to cut through 2-1/4” thick slab. What I though was another slab of Cherry, turned out to be… Walnut. This slab was 9/4 thic...
It seems that I frequently mention in my blogs here the importance of finding balance. I think for most of us, it is something that is an ongoing quest. We have our work and responsibilities to fulfill, and we have our home and family obligations. Sometimes that doesn't leave much time for ourselves. I am fortunate in that I truly love what I do. The saying "If you love what you do, you don't work a day in your life" is usually applicable, but there are still time...
So now that I have the rough lumber down to final dimensions, I marked out the middle of each piece, both vertical and horizontal and then marked 7mm on each side for a 14mm wide dado. The depth was approx 6mm as well, which I had to consider when cutting the horizontal slats. The slats themselves I wanted free floating, as I didn’t want to domino all the slats into one piece, but could have. I did a quick dry fit to ensure there were no problems (other than my camera skills)..... ...
Once I had the lumber roughly the dimensions I wanted as well as having one face and the edges jointed, it was time to get gluing! I pulled out the domino and started joining the two jointed faces on each board with dominos and glue. This was followed by A LOT of clamping, although not as much as some have done for their projects. Clamping cauls were used on some parts while pine spacers were used on others simply to avoid marks or indentations on the cedar itself. The main comp...
I promised my better half that I’d complete the outdoor projects this summer and so far, haven’t been able to hold true to my word due to a wet and unpredictable summer. I did want to get a healthy start on the projects though and started by planning a simple gate for our seldom used side of the house. Simple but appealing is what I was looking for, so I started with rough dimensions for the gate. As I had some new & stained cedar, some old, weathered cedar and scraps to ...
Ok, had to decide which type of finish to use on this Cherry box The “Olde Standby” Witch’s Brew? Not quite what I was after, colour wise This is a 70/30 mix of BLO and Varnish. Had to go out and get a new can of each, and find something to mix it all in.. Also that evening in the shop….Box was final sanded. I fought to get those tiny hinges nailed in place, had to glue in a backer strip inside the lid, and then add a strip of scrap between the sides of...
I had to come to terms with not being able to restore this piece an keep the original finish, there was just to much corrosion. I used a progression of wet/dry sandpaper starting at 320g an working my way up to 2000g. It came out pretty good and I’ll probably follow this up with some sort of aluminum buffing compound and a buffing wheel.
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