I have undertaken my first solo project without having someone around watching that knows more about making stuff than me – the garage was empty except for me. My wife had requested, about 1 year ago, that I make this bench for the hallway leading to the laundry room that would be a place where we can sit, take off our shoes and have a place to store them. Since I was slow to act, she bought a wicker basket that shoes get thrown in. Finally, I started on this project over Labor day week...
I started my bench today. I am building a roubo-esce bench since I am becoming more and more interesting in hand tools. I really need the clamping surfaces. over all dimensions of the top are 20 inches by 60 inches. working with what should be the height. cut the 3 inch strips to begin the glue up. this is after i applied the glue and clamps the wood i am using is southern yellow pine.
Here an update on my progress in the build challenge I looking forward to any input you guys might have. http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/2010/09/sawdust-challenge-build-pt-2.html
Well after a long hiatus since my last blog post, I have made a lot of progress. It has been a long, sweltering, uncommonly hot summer here in Nashville, TN with temps in the 100 degree range with heat indexes of 105-110 degrees. Working in an open-air, non-climate controlled garage shop made it almost unhealthy to work on any project for long periods of time. And now that my semester has resumed at the university and my teaching duties are running full-steam ahead, I haven’t had much t...
Continuing my progress I decided that the box joint, per the plan, was the way to go. Instead of 5 drawers I did four. I had all 5 cut, but figured one extra big drawer would be more useful than 3 smaller, so I used the biscuit joiner to combine one of the two big ones with one of the small. It saved me from buying more wood and gave me more practice with the joiner. I checked around for plans for a box joint jig and decided that the one from Shopnotes.com (PlansNow) was the better of the ...
I’ve gotten very little done on the small table I was working on… But it seems like lots has happened. I woke up a week ago today to the news that there had been a terrific fire over night… and then I saw the address!!! I used to live in this building, here in Manchester…I lived in the second story apartment for almost eight years… The back side of this sprawling old place was where the fire started, we’re told it was an electrical problem…The buildin...
I have been pretty bust this summer with family and haven’t gotten to do much woodworking, so I thought I would do the challenge, looking at what all ready has been done these guys are coming up with some cool stuff. Here is the link to my Blog that will show a little of what I am working on. http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/2010/09/sawdust-chronicless-build-challenge.html Hope you guys enjoy and dont forget to stop over at The Sawdust Chronicles to check out what the othe...
A Lumber Jerk in Paris…Setting up a second workspace What do you do when you are retired from work due to health, your fiancé lives in Paris and you in Copenhagen, and are a real Lumber Jerk? You go shopping in Paris! (On your bicycle!!!)The fact that I spend so much time here (one of four weeks a month), made me want to have some hobby when I’m here, and also to be able to stand good when I can do some work (when my health allow me), I try to draw, and to read, but I m...
After all the excitement of the previous day, yesterday brought with it a welcome calm. I took advantage of the general quite of the day and I did some major house cleaning and organizing. There is something about having neat and organized surroundings that provides comfort and peace in my life. I sent the next project off to the magazine. There are two projects there already there awaiting their publication along with a couple of articles, but the editors are already finished with them f...
I’ve decided on my challenge entry. A table (small) with a Louis cube veneer top and a Rubik’s cube for a pedestal. The cube will rest on one corner on a base supported by 4 cubes as feet. On to the pencil and paper!
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