This past week I’ve been building a small bench that will sit in the entry hallway of my house to sit one while putting on or taking off shoes. It also will house unworn shoes to keep them out of the entry way instead of scattered around like they are now. Unfortunatly, my first idea failed badly. I used 3/4’’ stiles to connect the legs with 1/4’’ plywood inside the styles much like a cabinet door. Here is what it was supposed to look like The problem was ...
I’ve been trying not to neglect this blog, but it’s been difficult to push myself and get on and upload the pictures everyday, So here’s what I’ve been up to. Entertainment center is almost done: And started on my next project, it’s going to be a pair of bookcases with drawers in the bottom;
I was reading my RSS feeds the other day and came across this article in Woodworking magazine. As soon as I saw it I knew that I had to make one for myself! I have a Bessey vise that I got for a few dollars at the Columbus Flea market here in NJ. You know the old saying, you get what you pay for? Well I did! Needless to say it still served some kind of purpose for me, I tuned it up and made the best of it.When I looked at the article in WW online zne I started to get excited and w...
Lord bless the UPS guy!Ok. Maybe that was just a tad in poor taste, but I was so happy that my clock and new plans arrived. I was not happy that I failed to read the part about, “battery NOT included”. I started to town to get one since it is an odd sized type N battery. I stopped for gas though, and after getting over the sticker shock of the thirty cent increase in gas since I filled up my wife’s Jeep yesterday, I made the decision that the clock doesn’t actually hav...
Hello LJ’s Last weekend I started on some small boxes, just a bit of fun. These projects are a nice way to try out new ideas and see if they work. The first serie’s are made from walnut with a top of pau amarello with maple and walnut veneer. The second attempt is based on the stringbox-design i saw on LJ. This is my first attempt and this kind of box making. The body is wenge and the veneer is maple. I’ll try and post some more pictures when it’s ...
First things first today, I had to finish cutting the lower side gable trim.Here’s a view of the side gable trim pieces in place.Here’s the front side gable trim. Also, this is where my day started getting uh, umm, interesting. I think that’s a good description of it.I cut these two pieces, but for some reason they were too short. It took a lot of head scratching for me to figure out how and why. When I done the roof, I didn’t follow the plans. Since I had built this b...
Well I just turned 17 years old today, February 23, 2011, and I have always wanted to make a CNC router. So for my birthday, I asked my dad to get me a CNC hardware and plans kit from www.buildyourcnc.com. Then I went to Lowes and the Home Depot to get a sheet of MDF, aluminum angles, threaded rods, and various other items I needed to make the machine. So the whole weekend last week, I’ve been working on cutting all the parts I need and then drilling all the holes in the pieces. Here is...
The last few days have been exceptional as far as moving forward on the shop. Monday saw more cleaning, and organization, getting the last bit of organization to be done to the lathe bench. I have a concrete floor in the garage apparently. The Orange BORG yielded storage bins, electric supplies for two 20 amp circuits, and the expansion of my 15 amp legs for lights, etc. Apparently my new table saw will work on 15amps, so I’m not too hurried to get that taken care of. Tuesday...
I have been working on various design’s to follow up my Segmented Abstract Model, Flower, for several months now. I’ve got a few different designs that I would like to pull together at some point. Recently I came up with a design that felt just right. I knew it was time to make it happen. With all the sketching done, it was time to make some saw dust and cut some segments. I started the segment cutting Sunday and finished up Monday. I hope to get most of the glue up done over t...
What can I say…when the bug bites, it bites hard! I had about 1-1/2 hours after work before I had to be at the gym for Karate. I got busy with my “scrub” plane (heavily cambered iron in an a modern Stanley #5). I spent about 45 minutes in the shop, got the bench almost entirely roughly flattened, and still had enough time to clean up and get to the gym on time. Well, things went great at the gym (I got promoted! :) ) and came home pretty pumped up. So, I got busy with my ...
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