Ok, despite this morning’s drama, I manned up (just kidding, I felt better, if I still felt like that nothing would have been accomplished today) and got something done. At this point some thoughts and opinions on squaring up the A frame and how would I go about measuring the angle to make sure its true 5 degrees from centerline on either side? What I was able to do today was rather surprising. I almost finished, but didn’t know how exactly to get things lined up, so I clamp...
Well I thought I could have the whole cart knocked out in one day, but you wouldn’t believe how incredibly hard it is to work in a garage full of crap! Well, then again, maybe you have been there and can sympathize. Needless to say I made a lot of dust and made some big wood into smaller pieces today. I will let the photo do the talking because there isn’t much to say: torsion box + 4” wheels = platform. :-) As for design, there have been some changes to account for my st...
Anyone heard of Enzo Mari? About a year ago, when I first started thinking I would get some tools and get serious about woodworking, I thought it would be cool to make a dining table. So I started looking for plans. After a few searches I gave up on reading the text and just started looking at the pictures. And then I saw THE TABLE There it was, beautiful and ready to build. If only I had the plans. I read on, and learned that in 1974 Enzo Mari presented an exhibit of 19 pieces of e...
Oh boy, i may have bitten off more than i can chew. After a couple easy wine barrel stave candle holders, i decided to give an adirondack chair a shot. With some rough measurements and pictures i found on the web, i took my first stab today. First, i realized this project will use almost an entire barrel. 17 staves i think. It’s going to be HEAVY. First i layed out the staves for each part of the chair. Most of the day was spent putting the chair back together, and then assembling one o...
Finishing and finishingI have completed my TV stand and it came out better than I hoped. I learned a lot from this project and can’t wait to make my next piece of interior furniture. FinishingI wish I could say everything went off smoothly but I had a few problems finishing the project. One major problem was splotching, where one area stains dark than another. I also had a hard time learning to fill the wood. I tested about 12-15 different stains and dyes until I came across two of the...
I decided the tiller handle on my little Montgomery 17 sailboat needed refinishing so I got down to business. It wasn’t a very difficult project so I made a quick video of it and I thought it may interest a few people.
Twenty years ago was the last time I did any real woodworking. That was at NAS Moffett Field, where I was stationed as a Weapons System Technician on the Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft. The base has a terrific wood shop and I treid to go as often as possible. Unfortunately, my hectic Navy life was less than conducive to long hours in the shop, so I did what I could. A year later I decided to leave the Navy. Since then I have only cut wood out of necessity and basic need, not for fun. So sad&...
I was posting a project this morning and realize that I was at 1000 post in 1600 days. WOW! It doesn’t seem like I’ve been here a LJ’s that long. Along with that I have 261 projects here. It is great to be able to go back and remember the building experience because of the write-ups. I sometimes even refer back to one on other builds so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. This is a great site with great people. I’ve leaned a lot from professionals to t...
I am trying not to feel overwhelmed at this point. Even though it is only Wednesday, it seems like the week was already six days long. To say I have been busy is an understatement, and even though that is a very good thing, I just need to not let it all get to me. I find myself with my head in many different directions again. Magazine, wholesalers, website, painting, etc. It makes me think of the stereotype of a three ringed circus with action going on everywhere. None of this is bad,...
TV Stand #8: Raised Panel Doors, Soss Invisible Hinges, Table Top Edge, Getting Ready for the Finish
Yes it’s been over a month since I’ve posted an update but I’m still working on my TV stand. Raised Panel Doors Since my last blog, I finished the raised panel portion of my doors. This is the first time I’m doing a raised panel and I was having a problem getting the panel flush with the frame. To correct this problem I disassembled the panel router bit and raised the back cutter. Now I would be able to remove more of the back. Now the panel fit exactl...
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