Work on the built-in slowed to a crawl as we got to a serious painting phase. The painting sub-contractor started out enthusiastically, but after an initial coat of primer was nowhere to be found. It’s so hard to find good help these days. I had to take over the painting—not my favorite activity but these panels are actually fairly easy to paint. In this photo, the customer dropped in for an impromptu inspection. She approved of the quality of the painting, especially w...
I sure do love it when things click in! I honestly don’t know what differentiates one day from the next but sometimes it just seems that things get rolling and things just . . . .well, roll! Yesterday was an amazingly productive day. I finished my new candle tray drawing and I began the next one. I have the next one all laid out in my mind as to what I want and again, it is only a matter of getting it down on paper to make it a reality. I had initially planned on painting Christm...
I first got into woodworking a year ago when my wife and I bought our first house. At the time, my son and I built a makeshift workbench using 2×4s, plywood, hardboard, and a $20 vise from Lowes. It’s served me well in building some cabinets for the house, but it’s seriously lacking in a lot of ways. Being a big fan Christopher Schwarz’s books, DVDs, and blogs, I’ve been wanting to build a Roubo-style bench for months. I finally got a break in my honey-do proje...
I’m building a crosscut sled and I need to know how square the front fence needs to be to the blade. I was using my carpenter’s square and frankly I just can’t believe that a carpenters square is square enough when it comes to this type of jig. Maybe it’s my toolmaking background that is causing the boggle. I switched to using my machinist square but I’m still not sure if the fence is truly square enough. The fence is currently screwed in place, I haven’...
The stretcher on a table like this is virtually lost to vision. The solution for me was a box beam which is juniper on the sides, to match the panels in the legs, and alder top and bottom. Attachment will be via countersunk bolts through the top of the shoulder into the top of the beam. The removable beauty panel, shown in the image of the single finished leg, will cover the end of the beam. It, too, will be lost to view for the most part, but I like the subtle inclusion ...
I’ve been posting lots of questions for about a week now, emailing and messaging fellow Lumberjocks, and I’ve finally started my project so I thought I’d blog about it to keep track of my project. Progress may not be the quickest, but I’ll post what I run into along the way – the good, the bad, and the ugly! My wife and I are thinking about finally starting a family. I just finished graduate school, got a job, and she’ll be done with her doctorate also i...
Been slacking on my daily progress log lately, but I’m hoping back on the saddle. Anyway I’ve been a fairly busy boy, here’s what I’ve been up to. Drawers for the shop Pieces of an entertainment center. (Lots of boxes) Little table
Last spring, we had the pleasure of spending some time in Hawaii. I am not usually interested in collecting souvenirs. However, there was a store there called the Koa Store which had lots of items made from Koa, but also had a selection of Koa lumber. That got my interest! The pieces ranged from straight grained all the way to premium curly. Premium Curly Koa is expensive! One of the choices they offered was a boxed set of pre selected lumber. I asked about buying individual pieces out the...
I finished the Gingerbread Candle Tray set yesterday. It was near-done for the past couple of days, but I finished cutting and staining the little charms and doing the photography on it. I think it came out OK. It isn’t one of my most intricate projects, but I found that a lot of people are interested in it and I think it will be a nice and quick project to get done in time for the holidays. Here are the pictures of the finished holder: From SLD337 Gingerbread Candle Tray and Ch...
Man it really feels good to get out in the cool weather, and continue where I left off last year before my surgury! Well I cleaned up a little bit, soaked my WWII to remove the walnut pitch from the last woodworking project, and got back to work. I didn’t know if I would ever be able to stand again. When I got out of the hospital, and went back to work it was hard to stand, even for a few minutes. See the surgeons remove the vein from your right leg in order to do the bypass. My ...
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