We found out this week that Grandma is not going to be in town next week so we arranged for her to take the boy for the night to spend some time with him before she leaves. So with the boy not at home, beautiful weather (mid 70’s and lots of sun) and the fact that the sun is up till after 10pm nowadays it was the perfect storm to get this guy painted before the weekend. First thing up was to tape off the parts that will be painted. I neglected to get any pics of the taped parts pre...
Cant believe that it is over a year since a blog. Mads has been to Scotland andis back in a few days :) I’m as usual backed up with orders, not that effects mytime out to create.Now that is the pita that causes the backlog. Honest its scientifically sound.My DIL Annes birthday was last Friday, no rush there then. Ok that looks as if there is hope. One feather and it will come down fast.It is loosely based on an idea I’m playing with on Shaker themed piece donewith a natural edg...
No one likes to fail. I don't think anyone in their right mind would go into something or try something with the hope of failing. It just wouldn't make sense. Yet – like it or not, failure is a real part of our everyday lives, and try as we may, failing from time to time is something that is usually unavoidable. Failure is an important part of the learning process. Many scholars and scientists know that without experiencing some form of failure, it is nearly impo...
I’m so close to finishing this little project. I looked back at the date on the beginning of this blog series and it’s nearly 70 days ago! Today I fussed with the little doors, getting them aligned as best as I can. There must be some trick to this that I’m missing, if anyone knows, please let me know! I had applied a coat of Boiled Linseed Oil a while ago so once the assembly was complete, I sanded everything to 360 grit. The fine sanding dust mixed with the BLO m...
I make a wall shelf for my sons room out of pieces from an old bunk bed. Fun project and satisfying to re use material. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byAL3nPUvFQ&list=UUoiFVDvzJX8tXXF5GsUPc_Q&feature=share
Well it took a week to get to it but I finally have everything clean and ready for masking and paint. First up was the main base it’s self. This thing was too rusty for the Citristrip to even make a dent in but it did clean up with a steel wire wheel and my angle grinder well enough. Any left over rust spots (mostly in those hard to get to crevasses) will get treated with some Rustoleum rust reformer before paint just to avoid any cancer from forming and spreading. The p...
Howdy, I have been fitting 4 pieces every day to the geometry challenge light pendants. I’m almost too far to post any more pictures but I figure I can throw a final 2 into the last blog of the series. I had to get a preview of the light covers so I did a bit of sanding. I think they are going to look pretty good when I’m finished. A few pieces have a little bevel from the sanding so I need to sand them down till they match the adjoining planes. The inside is ...
"Why a Christmas tree in summer?" you may ask. (My neighbor Lee just asked me this yesterday!)"It's NOT a Christmas tree." I replied "It's an 'All Season' tree. And it makes me happy ALL YEAR LONG."Isn't that what life is all about? Isn't that the focus of ALL of our lives?Living well and being happy. Seeing those we love smile. Enjoying what every beautiful day brings our way. These are goals that most of us strive to achieve e...
Howdy. I did a glue up last night and didn’t notice I slipped when clamping. This morning I noticed big time. The clamps had pulled my work in too much. There was nearly an eighth inch gap on the outside. I tried to break it loose. Nothin’ Doin’! Oops. I thought about filling the gap and despite my reluctance, it was going to happen. The only thing is that the gap and bad angle were going to throw all the geometry off. I’d never get the whole thing together. I ca...
It has been quite a while since I posted anything on LJ. My time has been filled with more physical activities: hiking and bicycling. Living in the Pacific Northwest, there is a lot of competition for my time. Anyway, I just finished the present I am giving to my granddaughter for her first birthday: a small table and a pair of child-sized chairs. The chairs and the table legs and skirts are made from pine; the table top from hard maple. I used a variety of joinery methods on the l...
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