I liked the first patchwork coffee table that I made so much that I’m making another one. With improvements of course. Start with a lot of different exotic woods. Thanks to www.exoticwoodsusa.com I started with 2” thick blocks of wood and resawed them to 1” (so I have enough left over to make another table). Make them look pretty (easy to do with this wood). This table was inspired in part by a carpet that I got in Afghanistan a few years ago… The ta...
So I finally got around to finishing my wood rack thing’m’jigger and tried to organise some of the wood I’ve been given/collected over the last few months. Turns out I have a lot of things to play with! In this shot you can see the cedar that my dad picked up at an auction. White and red, very fancy! On the left is a couple interesting pieces I bought on ebay; coachwood, tulip oak and NT red ebony plus a nice piece of purple heart that Larry bestowed upon me! Campho...
OK, maybe all of my wood-tec type friends out on LJ,s can help me figure this out. I’ve allways been fascinated with the dynamics of curing and drying wood after the harvesting process. One to overcome is of cource the growth vortex that occures in some species and not in others. One question I have is this, Is there a right-hand vortex that occures above the equator as opposed to a left hand one bellow the equator? When a tree wiggles and struggles up out of the grownd, It also “...
It’s now February and the project was installed and completed in November of 2013. I have since recovered and have five new projects lined up, one being my own Master Bedroom Closet, which has been waiting for three years now… But I digress. The Built in Library Wall is by far the most involved piece I’ve ever built. What a blast!
Back at it. Since the plans for the workbench called for stretchers that are 1 3/4” thick by 4” wide, I had to get back to laminating. The rest of the bench so far has all been built with Lenga (Chilean Cherry, some call it), but I recently acquired a bunch of nominal 1×8 black mahogany that had been edge glued for width. I got it cheap (very cheap) because it was edge glued with no attention given to matching the color. The material is 3/4” thick, and I d...
Today at the age of 32, I am a well-established furniture maker, small business owner, and woodworking instructor. At the age of 7 my Father John Skapars introduced me to the fine art of woodworking. I can remember helping him install our homes living room floor in the suburban Boston, Massachusetts town of Dover. An interest was sparked, and a true passion was discovered. Being an excellent student, knowing what I want, and not being afraid of failure all contribute to my current suc...
Consideration #2 If you have fruit tree burls or burls like madrone there are two ways you can semi-stabilize the burl.1. Pressure cook the block:a. I have a friend in New York who gets 12×12 x 6 blocks of Madrone and when he gets them the first thing he does is throws them in the pressure cooker for one hour.b. Let the water cool down until you can comfortably take the blocks out with your hands. Then re-wax them until ready to turn the bloc...
Above you see the handles attached. After deciding the general shape of the handle and the location I drilled holes and inserted dowels, then glued them up Next I slide the nails back into place and mark where the handle falls on the side of the box. Once the area that needs to be removed for the handle is marked I use a flush cutting saw (my best cutting saw) a coping saw, and a sharp chisel to remove the material Then I reinsert the nails and check for a good f...
In my last video I showed you all the renovation of the old shop space, during that renovation, I made some recess cavities in one wall of the shop. In this video I walk you through the steps of making the recess shelf unit to go into those cavities. These recess shelves are not just for the shop, they can be used in the home as well! Add some glass shelves and you have a nice knick-knack display shelf, or use them around the home for any organizing needs.
This is my first blog entry! I had some left-over scraps of some really nice wood. So I made a wood stool. The base of the stool is made of metal. I found it in the yard. It was white and rusty but a coat of paint brought it back. As for the wood, I’m not sure about one of them. In the video, I say it has mahogany. If any of you have a better idea of what that wood is, please let me know! I want more of it. It was from a scrap pile that someone gave me so I wasn’t sure. Bu...
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