Here are a few pictures of what I’ve recently been working on. I’ve sanded the piece up to 800grit but I still have to hollow out and apply a finish to it. Here’s a picture of the awl I am currently working on. It’s made from a maple burl I personally stabilized and stainned using colored dyes. (Thanks Mafe and Trifern for the inspiration!). I am still debating on what kind of finish I should apply…. I want the finish to enhance the grain and ...
Yesterday turned out to be quite busy. I am pleased to say that I pushed the pile a bit, and also got some definitive answers on some things, however I still need to keep a good pace up and continue on. Yesterday I was reminded of a very important word – focus – and that is what I need to do. I finished the base coat painting on the five figures. I also got to the post office and got the package off to return the mouse to Wacom. That was good to check off of the books. When...
Woodworking projects under way. #13: Wood Magazine clamshell cabinet part deaux. dadoes cut, now on to the rabbets...
The parts are cut do width, and the dadoes are cut. I have the door sides and case tops / bottoms cut to width, I now need to cut the rabbets, and cut the door tops / bottoms to size. Progress is going much quicker on cabinet #2 when I am actually working on it, I have learned from my mistakes I believe. The overall height has been reduced 1/8” by my error, but at least I will be able to make up for that error… I will have to wait until the weekend to get the peg board and hing...
The final wall of the formals along with the study are complete! Now, its time to get back to the shop and start working on this project list! Woo Hoo!! Original Source
Time to get this blog active again. I had been overrun with work for a long time and not doing much of anything in the shop for quite a while. That is not a good pattern for one’s work-life balance. In Feburary, I fell while on a business trip and this has temporarily left me without the use of my right leg. I have had lots of time to reflect and to renew my commitment to getting working in the shop again. Although, it is probably going to be another month or more before I am able...
When I last left off I had moved my shop to the garage and started doing projects. Then my wife Linda started looking for a job out of state. Soon she was interviewing in North and South Carolina and in Tennessee. Meanwhile, I started deciding what to take and what to sell. My small metal lathe had been occupying a space on the floor, gathering dust between the times I used it for small jobs so I decided to make a case for it and all the little accessories that go along with it. Somethin...
There are so many things that can get us off track when we are doing something. It takes a certain amount of discipline to stay on course sometimes. Especially when we are not completely confident in ourselves. Those of you who have come to know me through this series know that from time to time I get this way. I truly appreciate your wonderful support yesterday, and I did make progress, but unfortunately not the amount of progress that would have made me happy. It feel as if I have be...
After seeing many other beautiful and functional router tables here on LJ’s one of the top projects on my to-do list has been to make a proper router table. I have used an extension wing on my TS as my router table due to space constraints in my current shop; however with an impending move to a new, larger garage, I felt it was finally time to build one. I chose a 24”x 32” laminated MDF top from MCLS. The deciding factor was that it was cheap and I’m broke. Eventuall...
I’ve assembled the chip carved quilt with the squares that many of you sent my way. My apologies to those of you who don’t see your square in the quilt. I tried my best to get as many as possible in the space and finally had to leave some out. So sorry. Now, please go to Ebay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190542019969) where I’ve posted this quilt on the auction block with all funds received going to the My Chip Carving Foundation, to help tho...
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