Turns out the next step is making the back rail, clamping it to the glued up sides, and then clamping in a spacer in order to cut out the dovetails for the top, front rail. The back rail was relatively straightforward. I joint with a plane. It is a great feeling when you get those long shavings at the end of the process. I also like the impossibly thin shavings you get when using the smoother on the face. Clamped together and ready for the next step.
Walnut Dining Room and Foyer #3: Finished Foyer Table and Tealight Holder, On to Dining Table Design
I finally finished the foyer table – the top turned out great. Even though I was suprised / disappointed at the big knots during the resawing, they are what most people comment liking when they first see it. I attached the top with steel z-clips from woodcraft – 2 on each end since the ends were bowed up a little. After I finished the table, my wife (nonchalantly) mentioned how a tealight holder would be nice to put on the bottom shelf. So of course I had to build a custom ...
Monogrammed, sanded, and 50/50 turp and linseed oil applied, one coat of full strength to go!
This build is going slow because each piece is complicated and because the steps are a bit different than the usual fair. I also ran into some complications with my mortiser bits. But the first step of the build is now done. I marked the mortises carefully And then cut them on the mortiser. Cleaned up the mortises with a chisel—done with the mortises. I cut the double curves on the front legs (back legs were already done) on the bandsaw. With this build, the instructions ...
Technology can always be seen as a two sided sword. On one hand, it brings the world closer by offering instant communication from one side of the globe to another. People are now able to have video calls real time, text information instantly, and have the opportunity to learn, explore and experience more of our wonderful world than ever before. Sometimes, people feel that there is a down side to this as well. On places like Facebook, there are often posts about how the youth of tod...
Today I started working on the legs for the table. The picture above will give you an idea of what they will look like. The photos below are two views of the glue up. They are not glued to the table, but will eventually be bolted to the cleats. In these photos I’m using the cleats and the 2×4s sticking out the ends as spacers. I put a bit of duct tape on them to allow a little play. We’re getting there.
It’s starting to look like a table, even if it is upside down. While sanding the bottom edges today I learned some lessons of what NOT to do when I sand the top. I’ve attached the skirt to the top using homemade cleats(?) with over-sized holes for the screws. I should be starting the base tomorrow. (I might mention that the picnic table on which this project sits was also one of my creations. It works, but it’s a little bit too rustic to be called woodworking, more ...
While yesterday seemed like a LONG day in more ways than one (long stories – never mind!) at the end of the day when things were all said and done, I was able to sit back and look at the accomplishments and feel pretty good about things. There are some times when I really feel as if I move slow with things. I paint slow. I draw slow. I design slow. But as I look at all the projects that I have finished up, I can honestly look back with a sense of pride that what I have done is some...
I will keep things short here today because I have writing to do. I know I promised that the reindeer and sleigh pattern would be ready today, and it may be later on, but I probably won't really have everything done, including the site update, until tomorrow (Thursday). Sometimes things just take longer than expected. I will say though that the pattern will really be a nice one. I spent the day yesterday working on the 26 step-by-step photos that I will include with it. That is ...
After spending one hour flatening the stones in school i hade to spend an hour flatening and sharpening the blades of my two blockplanes. Than an extra hour of flatening the soles, reconditioning and correcting the angle for shooting.This all due to the flooding of the shop. Flat stone? Oh yes!
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