I built a beautiful Bombay desk from rich mahogany and rosewood. I spent months hunched over it with my carving chisels creating perfectly crisp details. When I was done I knew it was the most beautiful thin I’d ever make. I put it on ebay, sold it for twenty five bucks to a guy who complained it was going to cost so much to crate and ship across the country, and when it arrived it was dented and splintered, so I had to give a full refund, pay the return shipping and burn it in the shop stove...
RIGHT CLICK ON THE PICTURE, CLICK ON ” OPEN IN NEW TAB ” TO SEE THE FULL PICTURE.First, make leg template.Cut stockRound over one edge, 2 left, 2 right.Using table saw, make your spline cut.Cut your splines and check for fit. This is what you should end up with.Start laying out your leg build up.Make sure your build up clears the template.Glue it up.Line up the template with your stock and trace it.Cut it out on the band saw.Cut both sides on that face then tape the scrap back on ...
Some days my life seems like an oxymoron. It seems that I am forever burning the midnight oil and pushing myself to finish something, only to find that once it is completed it is weeks and sometimes even months before I realize the benefits of completing it. By the time the item is published in one of the magazines or in the catalogs, it has been so long since it was the focus of my attention that I am somewhat surprised when I finally see it in print. There have even been times, I admi...
Nearly finished Home Theater room, sort of.Oak, with bookmatched panels from 8/4 boards. baseboard and top rail are removeable throughout so wiring adjustments can be made.8 years getting the electronics with 2+ years of woodworking with limited time. Probably 1,000 hours.
I really thought that the workshop would begin taking shape in October. Well, nothing has changed. Just take a look at the shop after the “Move”. Temperatures here in Phoenix have been a little too warm. I was a little under the weather (or is it “whether” I am in the mood to do it by myself?) The volunteers to help have never shown up. The free cabinets are still stacked high, and now beginning to take on their own personality. My daughter-in-law and 2 of the ...
Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures of the actual glue up..Which by the way was a real bugger…I used the standard two fixed and two loose cauls but had a lot of slippage …I did manage to remember to take these of the board just out of clamps and on the TWC for flattening … using the 55 mm surfacing cutter bit in the router….. These are after the board had been squared on the table saw… using the Incra Mitre express to square the ends… Looki...
I am about to start on a desk clock for a client, Its going to be my first project for money. I am making it out of some hardwood scraps I had laying around the shop I am using wenge, mahogany, for the top, bottom and sides and claro walnut for the clock face.
This past weekend I drove down to the Milwaukee area and picked up most of my wood. I know I bought way too much, and because of that spent much more than I wanted to, but overall I’m pretty happy with my purchase. The big downside I found once I got there was the lack of 8/4 wood. He’d been cleaned out pretty good of the maple and walnut, and the fresh-cut 8/4 won’t be in and out of the kiln for a few months. This also lead to me purchasing too much, but there’s reall...
I accomplished quite a bit yesterday. Sometimes, when I am working on the office part of the business (correspondence, paperwork, etc.) it seems that I am treading water. I know my blogs aren’t as exciting to you all when I talk of the mundane parts of the operation of my business, but it is essential and necessary part of my job that helps me to expand and grow. I had some promising payoff yesterday that may be a very positive things for me. I almost don’t want to even mentio...
Well after about 20 minutes of looking at the 6/4 cherry board for my legs on the two tables. I figured out how to mill the board into 11 legs. Some of the legs had knots in them and enden up breaking. But I still ended up with 9 good legs out of a board with two knots in them and a 2 foot section of rot in the middle. Again the board was 1 3/16” x 5 1/2” x 122 1/2” and I ended up with (9) 3 foot legs. So all in all not a bad day of after school work. Tomorrow I will be mill...
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