I usually enjoy tradition techniques for my woodworking but when my wife ordered a new computer and then asked if I could have a desk ready by the time it got here I had to think of something faster. I choose a very old design from an article in PWM a few years back and modified it to fit my needs, pocket hole joinery and my limited turning ability. Here are the two side assemblies and the top being glued up.
I will cover a few days in this entry, a little time working each day over the last few days. I needed to mill the walnut to two glued up 3/4” thick pieces for the shelf and second leg. The boards were not completely flat nor straight, so a little jointing was necessary before putting them in the thickness planer. Who says one has to have a power jointer to get it done? Got a nice pile of shavings out of this board: There were 3 knots on the backsides of the board I had t...
I bought some Abranet at the Charlotte Woodcarvers Show back in February and decided to give it a try on the walnut. It is amazing! the ‘Net sands fast and leaves a very smooth, almost burnished finish that makes the dark wood look almost like bronze. I am going to replace all my sandpaper with Abranet!
So… the box is finished as far as the restoration is concerned. The saw still needs sharpening and the whole box needs a fine tuning. I finished the handle today and finally got it all put back together for the first time in months. This guy is ready for another 100 years of service as far as I can tell. Here is some catch up on the handle build. I finished up the shaping and sanded the shaped areas and the outer edge up to 400 grit. Then I decided I wanted to add so...
Ok, had a bunch of parts milled down from an old Bed frame. Got some mortise work done To avoid mistakes, I try to keep each group of parts, like a complete side, in one spot. Helps when fitting things together later Because the grooves for the raised panels are off-set to the outside. I also cut down the grooves and then chop the mortises. I can then miter where two grooves meet, I hope I tend to cut tenons first. Then use the finish tenon to mark out a mortise to fit TH...
Oh boy…. I’m posting this but if it doesn’t work I’ll be eating it instead of cotton candy for sure. We have a family gathering at my place on the lake (hence, craftsman on the lake) each year. This year I got it into my head that I’m going to make a cotton candy machine. Will it work? I dunno. But I’ll try. It’s mechanical but with a lot of wood so…. Just using scraps around the shop. Old plywood, white melamine board, cutoffs, etc. the onl...
Day 1 was lethargic for everyone. An estimated 100,000 bikers rolled in yesterday, but nobody was spending any money. Weather is nearly perfect for the event. It’s supposed to stay in the mid 80s with minimal chance of rain. Booth looks a little better this morning Although the Buffalo Chip Campground is designed to be a very Comercial venture, I want also give them credit for honoring vetrans, Other things sponsors bring, yes Budwiser is a sponsor Gates are ...
I know I make mistakes when I get hurried, so I wanted to make this important cut when I first came into the shop. I finally took the plunge. Covered the cut lines with tape to eliminate splintering: How’s it look? Now it its time to cut the corresponding angle on the leg. And . . ? Wonder if it will fit together? This might actually work!
Obviously I have been posting numerous things getting ready for this. Although I have lived my entire life around the rally, I have never attempted to have a booth at the rally. An opportunity came up this year to do a booth at the Buffalo Chip Campground. For those who are familiar with the rally, the Buffalo Chip is the largest single venue at the rally. It’s estimated that 60% of the people who come pass through there at some point during the event. The number of peopleeexpected this...
Today was some odds and ends and final assembly of the bridal chest. It’s not complete. I’ve got to get a little more maple to finish off with some moldings around the lid lip and the skirt. The stainless piano hinge is being mounted on the cover..Here you can see the hinge mounted to the chest along with an arm that locks the lid in a 90 degree open position.Also, I’ve made a box with divider out of maple that slides along the top inside of the chest..Here it is slid ove...
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