I scored 2 1×6x7 boards of Catalpa today, they will be used to make my wife a cross for our home. I make and sell these crosses and she asked me why we don’t have one in our house hmmm good question. The grain in this wood is very beautiful, she should be happy with the outcome. When my wife is happy I am happy which is pretty much all of the time.
Since I pretty much have the shop remodel all complete, it’s time to start thinking about some projects. I still have to build some storage cabinets, an outfeed table, workbench, etc…but I’m beginning to think I need to build my wife something to make her happy about all the work and time I’ve put into the shop. She has really wanted a nice bookcase to put in our hallway, so I sat down with Sketchup and did a preliminary model. I used some Greene and Greene elements as well as some Asian insp...
This project is already completed, but there is a long story to go with it. I decided to split it into blog episodes for easier handling as I know many of you can’t afford to sit with ONE posting for more than 10 minutes. A couple of years ago I moved to a new village and found (to my delight) that I have access to a lot of wood of various species in log form. Within a radius of 30 kilometers there are plenty of old dead-stands, dead-falls, and the local tree feller is happy to let ...
One of my next projects is a magazine rack for our hair salon. I drew up a short list of requirements: Wall mounted so the magazines can be removed from the coffee table Only big enough for around 6 magazines so we don’t have piles of old magazines in the salon Quite challenging to build for a beginner (only my 2nd project) but not too hard, no hand cut dovetails please! After a few sketches and a couple of attempts in SketchUp I have a design I am quite happy with. The...
Well since last post we attached massive reclaimed 2×6 supports to handle the axle. The axle (3/8” piping) is recieved by the floor flange on each side of the flywheel. The crank arm is then assembled as shown in the pics. We then constructed a pedal from scrap 2×4’s and some plywood and secured it to the frame by metal piping to allow it to pivot freely.After assembling the wheel/ crank and pedal system we got er spinning pretty good. Somewhere in the range of 2-3 revol...
If anybody read this from the beginning, I mentioned that this small sign was going to have an Oval Back. wdkits1 sent me a note inviting me to view his ellipse marking device, and I thank him, and that’s a nice thing, but I’m too lazy to go to that much trouble! Besides, when I was searching for scrap wood to make the lettering I came across theseThey were amongst a bunch of wood scraps that were given to me by Parent’s Neighbors. Finials, I suppose, because there were also...
I find myself caught up in the act of doing, many times to the detriment of a project. I look at the projects that are done on LJs, and I want to learn to do them, but then I start a project and get so taken by the idea of completing the project that I don’t take the time to do the project well. What I end up with is usually something serviceable, but often not of the quality of work I aspire to. They say that acknowledging a problem is the first step in resolving the problem. I...
My nightstand is finished, finally. This took way to long to complete; the plans were poor and really got me into a funk that was hard to shake. Fortunatly Darrell Peart came through with e-mail support and I was able to get it all together. And from the side: Material is African Mahogany and Ebony accents. Finish was from Darrell’s blog using water based dye. It’s darker than I expected, even making a test board in advance. Top coat is Arm-r-seal in gloss, six coat...
Well this one is for Karson. Here are some pics of the new router table currently in construction. This picture is just a view from the front. The top consists of 2 pieces of 3/4” MDF glued together sandwiched between a top and bottom layer of black formica. I have not added the solid oak molding around the table top yet, but it’s ready to go. Probably will happen tomorrow, along with the face frame for the cabinet carcass. The top will be a bit over 25” X 36” ...
The box is almost ready for glue up. My daughter wanted to make something and i had some small cedar blocks lying around. We got the it all ready to glue up, but i needed to chisel out where the hinges go, hence the seven stitches. Well i learned something today, chisel’s are sharp and will cut you lol. i guess i knew that but needed some negative reinforcement.so anyway the kids now know how to sew skin and daddy’s tetnous( yeah i can’t spell that one) shot is now current. ...
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