As you all know trying to flatten a large endgrain butcher block can be a little tricky.I use a 16 – 32 drum sander and it is fine for small blocks but this bugger was large and heavy [2 1/2 ” thick]. BTW Purple Heart and New Guinea RosewoodUsing the new surfacer head on the router on the the new wee beastie made flattening this block a breeze.The depth of cut is set and the fore and aft axis is locked while allowing movement sideways. Starting at the front of the block a small p...
Shown (not in order): Bubinga, Black Palm, Hormigo Negro, Ash, Lacewood, Padauk, Indian Laurel, Bloodwood/Satine, Yucatan Rosewood, Wenge, Bocote, Purpleheart, Bolivian Rosewood, Cocobolo, Yellowheart, Brazilian Cherry. I’ll also add some Douglas Fir and Spruce. The plan is to use these 18 different wood varieties to make a patchwork table top. I cut the pieces for the table top and laid them out where I want them. I removed the 3 domestic woods and will use just the 15 ...
Sometimes I am just like a child. I guess that age has nothing to do with maturity, does it? Here I was yesterday, doing what I was supposed to be doing (drawing) and my partner called that he got off of work early. By early, I mean it was about 2pm. He asked if I wanted to head to Bernie’s and re-saw that wood we got on Friday (I guess he is a child, too!) and it took me about half a second to answer YES! I have been thinking about all those beautiful wood pieces since we got ba...
Thursday last a very good client asked if I could make him a cane. “Unique” was his only request. I have made canes before, but mostly by putting a T-handle on a limb of some gnarlment. In pondering the word unique I couldn’t get past the cliche of multi-colored lamination with purpleheart in the middle. Hey, it looks great, looks right, looks strong. Then I thought about giving it a twist. Friday: First I cut my 1.25 inch stock (various species) to length...
A friend of mine, who took a day from work and drove 6hrs round trip, ran a new 100 AMP panel from the house to my woodshop. When I tried to give him money, he refused and asked only that I make him something. I said sure thing… He asked me to build a prayer kneeler for his house. He only had one requirement, which was that it be made out of scrap that I had on hand in the shop. After looking at many sites and other postings of those who make kneelers I have finally have a start.
Some lessons are learned the hard way. I bought a warped piece of Sapelle. I mean really warped. I thought that the little tiny pieces I needed would not be affected by a warped piece. Good lord was I ever wrong! Here’s the sorrier news. I didn’t ask the store for a price break. I just said with a real confident aire “No problem at all! It will work just fine!” Every single gap in the top of the table was due to the fact that I could not make precise cuts to the sev...
This is a quick one. I sanded everything down to 220 on the orbital, then went over it with 220 by hand. I am still not sure about the handles so I will wait to see what it looks like once the first coat dries. After that it is just a sanding with 400 and recoat until I’m happy with it. Below I show the cup sprayer I use. Nothing fancy but it does a good job. You will also see a couple other boxes that will be gifts as well. I try to always do as many at the same time as possible....
This Thorsen House cabinet repro is probably the third large-scale Greene & Greene project I’ve worked on in addition to numerous smaller lighting items. Common to the lot of them are masses of Ebony splines and plugs. Lots of information exists on people’s own ideas of how to pillow, round, shape, soften and relieve simple square plugs. Probably the most common that I’ve come across is William Ng’s tactic of chucking up a squared and thicknessed stick and pillo...
Greetings all, Well I did not yet complete the project I was talking about last week because I got myself a little sidetracked. I was able to spend time in the shop most of Friday and the weekend. On Friday I began preparing to make some more pens. Ordered a good number of pen kits online and can’t wait for them to arrive. I am planning to provide most of my own blanks from wood I have collected. So with a little help from my Jointer and bandsaw I got a small batch of pieces to start with… ...
So for my company you can only buy a present that has a value less then $25. One day I was watching the wood whisper. He was talking about “it is that time of year – too cheap to buy xmas presents”. Well, I was sitting in my lazy boy chair twiddling my thumbs wondering what to buy. And my wife was chatting in the back ground. She was asking me about the box I made for my mom. Well I spent a lot of time on that one. (Boy let me tell yeah cutting fingers by hand take some t...
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