Shrink the workbench (if you can call it that, it more a table top right now) OK no lynching, it is not an actual proper workbench! ;-) Sounds counterintuitive, but it is actually too big for a tiny shop. It is there only because I reused what I had without any changes. I recycle this from the time I made concrete countertops for the kitchen. This one and a few more held the molds where the concrete was curing before being moved and installed into the kitchen. Fundamentally a sheet of ...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #453: (Have you heard?) The Bird is the Word
As I awoke this morning I couldn’t help but think that I made a good tactical move yesterday. Even though that above all things I wanted to stain in my bird ornaments, I made the choice to cut out the little skating ponds and get them ready to ship. Now I am the kind of girl that sometimes doesn’t look at the entire project. For example on the skating pond sets, I only seem to consider cutting the five characters on the scroll saw as the ‘work’ part of it. I tend...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #452: Online Scroll Saw Class Lesson #8 is Posted
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. It is a long weekend for many people here in North America, as we celebrate the Labor Day holiday today. This holiday always symbolized the final days of summer to many. When my children were young, usually school would resume immediately following the long weekend. I have wonderful memories of walking the kids to school on those cool mornings for those first days of class. Usually by the time they were done with their school day, around 3:30 ...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #451: Sometimes "All Work and No Play" Makes Me Very Happy
We have all heard the saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” but sometimes I think about that and I am sure that Jack didn’t do the same type of work as me. I love my job. I realize too that in that respect, I am very much the exception to the rule. Most people that I know go through each day doing their job so that they can come home to work on their woodworking or painting or being creative in other ways. I am very fortunate in that I have been able to...
Today I took my board game case out on a trial run. I learned a few things. People things it’s funny when you carry a large box around your neck and I need some handles. I also applied some magnetic paint and then a layer of chalk paint on the inside of the front board. I decided it being magnetic I can keep score sheets posted as well as write in chalk the score of the game. After the drying we put it through a test run and it works out great. I am excited for this project to be comple...
Though this has started from a new design THE POINT TO POINT and furthermore, I started building up the box. I am new to this veneering work. I am enjoying this. Maybe I can now realize some of my designs that really requires a lot of precision cutting. Using knife on straight cutting is not new to me. My father taught me a lot of techniques in cutting straight lines with paper. He had a bookbinding equipment that we normally cut the papers using a big knife which is specially sharpen...
Well, I started the challenge to build this point to point. I followed Martyn and David (Patron) how to do it. However a slight change. I cannot cut three or more pieces stack together because the veneer I used was rolled plus it is so thin. HOW?The veneer I have were leftover from banding of our office doors…. meaning recycled also… The widest I can find is only 40 mm and comes into roll of about 2 meters. Therefore the only way is to cut it piece by piece. One more chall...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #450: The Mystery Blades are Surprisingly Good
I was very pleased that yesterday I was able to pretty much finish up the next set of skaters that have to go out on Tuesday. Between the saw and the new blades that I am trying out, everything worked out perfectly and was actually a lot of fun. Once again, I am quite impressed with the unknown blades that I am trying out for one of my wholesale companies. Not only are they sharp and accurate, but they last a really long time too. One blade lasted through three sets of 20 figures with li...
Well I had to go back and re design the case once again. I got a comment from Mark Shymanski asking if the boards to these games fit in the case. I of course went and got my board games to test the fit out and realized that a few of them where a bit larger then the case. I had originally designed the case to have enough space between the closed drawers and the sliding front to fit large boards. But in the process of making the case I forgot about this detail. I decided I would go back and ...
I spent the last couple of days building one drawer a day. I had the help of my mother with the cabinets for the drawers. I still have a lot of work to do. I am trying to drag it out as long as I can so that I don’t finish another project too fast.
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