The finish is coming along nicely. I am up to about 6 coats of tung oil finish. I have lost count and still have at least a couple more to go. I didn’t want to keep posting the same pics of the finish process so I decided to do something else. I have been leaving the bottoms plain since I use cedar and I really like the way it looks, but this time I wanted to do a little something extra. I haven’t lined any of my boxes recently and this one seemed to need a soft touch to it...
Well, I got some time to spend in the shop. The first thing I did was build some saw horses per the design in Schwarz’s book. I figure I needed some additional space for this build, I also figured I could use the saw horse later, so I got that done. Next I milled up the lumber for the top. The LVL worked fairly easily. I had three pieces, (2) 7’ and (1) 8’. These thick long cuts are where I start wishing I had a full cabinet saw instead of my 1.75hp hybrid. Anyway,...
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first child and I thought it would be a good project to document in a blog, her crib. We have looked at countless cribs and I was even close at one point to just buying one, thinking that my wife wanted a black painted crib and not a ‘wood’ color for the nursery. I refused to put the time and effort into something that she was going to cover with paint. So after throwing several tantrums and refusing to build what she wanted I ...
Even though I spent most of the day yesterday drawing, I am still not finished with the last sets of designs for the calendar. I really wanted to be, but it just didn’t happen. I took time choosing my subjects and it wasn’t as easy as I initially would have thought. I still have the months of November and December to finish up and I hope to do so today. Sometimes when I have too many choices it gives me more of a problem then when I am not sure what I will be doing. With so ...
I am still working on drawing up the new sets for the calendar project. I spent the majority of the day doing as much and I am making good progress. Hopefully, I can finish up today and then tomorrow will be a day of cutting the pieces out and then on to writing the instructions. I made a little sample picture to show you: Today is just one of those days that I am short on words. I don’t know if that is a bad thing, or a good thing. I am quite focused on completing this assig...
So I hung the old kitchen cabinet on the wall with some cleats. That was a pretty quick job, although I put the cleat on the back of the cabinet just slightly out of level. . . an easy fix on another day. For now, it’s off of the top of the woodstove. Speaking of the woodstove. . . Well this stove has been in the basement for probably 15 or 16 years. It was one my brother took on trade years ago. It was made by Hearthstone, in Vermont I think. I don’t think they make this mo...
It works! That doesn’t always happen, for me! I still have a little tweaking to do on one cam, but this is pretty much how it will operate. I’ll be able to start on the painting and finishing next, which shouldn’t be too bad. Of course, one of the things that slows me down, is all the “testing” I just have to do! So, as a thank you to those that have followed my blog, I decided to post a little preview of it in action. Thanks for eeveryone’s encourag...
Hello. I have finally put out the second installment of the tutorial. I had to break up the video into two sections in order to fit it onto youtube. In this part I begin work on the tap by making the guide block my friend Chris Legendre designed. The lumber you want to use for the guide should be a hardwood at least 2” thick. Depending on the size of screw you will be making the block can be 3” – 6” wide. It only needs to be surface on one face and one edge. Then...
At some point in December, I decided I’d be building my bench out of Douglas Fir. As stated in Chris’s book, Doug Fir is stiff and moderately hard. It isn’t that heavy, but given the amount of material I’ll be using on the bench, the final product should be heavy enough. Also as recommended in the book, I realized that a big box store would be a fine place to get the lumber. 2×12s are readily available at every Home Depot and Lowes near me. I have a good tabl...
Hello. I have decided to start work on my new chest tool. I am not sure when I will get around to starting the build, but I have got the design and materials ready for when it comes time to begin. I bought the book by Chris Schwarz “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” back in the early parts of summer http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=67610&cat=1,46096,46109. I have always enjoyed reading his blog and when my friend told me about the premise of the book I though...
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