My teacher had us on the first day of school, Break down a set of drawers for the drafting and design room. After we did the we had to take the nails out of the wood. After all of that he told us we could make anything we wanted all we had to do was make the plans show him then get it done. So after looking at all the wood I thought in my head im going to make a picture frame. so i thought of the plans and put it to paper. I showed him and he said it was a good idea. The hardest part of makin...
I spent over a third of my recent life in a small home with a single-car garage. One year for Christmas or my birthday, my wife bought me a set of Simpson Strong-Tie brackets designed by them to be all you needed (metal-wise) to build a shop bench. You got to pick the dimensions and, in part, the layout, but the bench would have a top surface and a shelf. I never got to build it while married to her because she kept filling up the garage with yard-sale junk. I had a narrow path from the g...
How this promise of a captain’s bed came about was almost an accident. My bride-to-be is used to having a large bed, California King, to be exact. All I had was a paltry queen-sized mattress on a relatively low frame. She commented that I probably stuck out over both ends when I slept (I’m 6’ 4”), and I had to agree with her. She also did not (understandably) want to share a bed with me that I had shared with my last (deceased) wife. So, I went and bought a Cal-Ki...
Just got engaged a few months ago and promised my bride-to-be a hand-made captain’s bed (you know, drawers underneath the mattress platform) with corner posts and a canopy with a mirror. Found out they don’t use glass, but it’s still reflective – so it’s OK. Thought I’d start with turned posts and mixed species to give the bed some “character” instead of the much more common square or built-up posts and all the same wood – bleah! Got ...
Lately it seems that I have been a bit 'unsettled'. I have been thinking in many directions and figuring out which path to follow next. There are lots of choices it seems, but I am not sure on which one to take to move ahead at full steam. It is odd. I don't think that is a bad thing though. Choices are good and variety is what makes us well-rounded people. Right? I find that the more I see and learn, the more I want to see and learn more. Does that make sense? If I thought t...
I had to edit this blog and change the title, because I did identify the wood I have as Ipe. Ipe or Brazilian walnut is a popular high end exterior decking lumber. Mine came from from Brazil and according to Wooddatabase.com ( http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/ipe/ ), Ipe was moved from the Tabebuia genus, listed as a spiecies of ironwood ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironwood ) to the Handroanthus genus, which is not on that list, in 2007. This is news to me, ...
After yesterday’s near anxiety attack working in my crazy clutter I spent the night creating my first big step to organizing it all! One thing I have been wanting to do it make better use of one long wall where my saws are located. Here are a couple pictures of the cleanup process and begins of my saw station which will hold my RAS and Miter saw. If you read the previous blog you can see the massive difference already just clean out all of the cutoffs and scrap. I sat back...
Hi All; I am in the process of building a Dart Board Cabinet. If you are interested in following along, take a watch here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2uV04j14SQ Please let me know what you think and don’t forget to like and subscribe to the channel to see how the project progresses. Thanks! Mike
Making the boiler (or the round part that gives a steam train it’s distinctive look) was started in another blog, not part of this series, so at the risk of repeating myself, here goes: Decided to make a cylinder “Cooper Style” (that’s what I call it) in the way that wooden barrels were made in the past. Cut six strips of pine with the edges planed down to 60 degrees (with a hand plane – no table saw here) to make a hexagonal cylinder shape. Carve and hand ...
I am in the middle of building a kitchen table (which if you would like to see the progress on that I do have a blog on that too). I am absolutely tired of the clutter and have to constantly pull out one saw from the clutter and put it back to use another tool… driving me NUTS! So here are a few examples of the craziness I’m talking about… As you can see it has gotten way out of hand with the stacks of scrap and just…. grrr I am getting irritated jus...
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