How in the world did over 200 days pass by since my last entry?! Wow. Yes – I’m still working on this project. Yes – the clients are still my very good friends (bless them!). Yes – I still look forward to Sundays in my “shop”. The carcasses are done and have been hanging out in my (still unfinished) master closet. The base cabinet has been the focal point of the wall, so I have been diligent and careful in the milling and assembly ...
Sometimes it can be difficult to recall the steps on takes and where I start and stop on this blog. I also tend to switch steps around sometimes depending on how the project is going. My next step after the first coat of poly on the lids and sides was to flip the box, put 2 coats of poly on, sanding with 400 grit paper in between coats and applying my label. I haven’t invested in a branding iron yet so my solution is to use double sided carpet tape and a business card. I will find...
It’s that time of year once again. The 2nd Annual Whirligig Wars event is approaching! Woodworkers around the globe are beginning to construct their whimsical whirligigs with the hope of winning one of the great prizes this year. Whirligig Wars came to life last year when woodworkers across the globe battled it out and waged a war in wood. Due to it’s success Whirligig Wars has gained recognition from woodworkers and woodworking enthusiasts across the globe. In the Summer...
Here is a sneak peak before I post the finished project. I want to thank everyone once again for joining me as I made these boxes. They will have more meaning for my wife and daughter than I can share here. They represent a once in a life time opportunity that they spent together. It is said that swimming with dolphins is one of the most healing things you can do for the spirit. I agree with this, but we cannot all swim with dolphins, so remember that making something for those you love...
They say that there’s nothing like practise to make you better at a skill. My cousin’s wedding is in June, and I decided in my new wood working glory to make a wedding present for them. After consulting my wife, we decided that building a clock would be a nice gift. So I spent some time searching the project archive here on LJ’s, and around the web. Saving pictures to the hard drive so that I could go back and forth to choose without having to bookmark the various pages t...
I made some good progress today and it looks like the next time I can spend a decent amount of time in the shop, I should have this thing assembled. I started today sanding the three brackets and the aprons in preparation for assembly. I noticed a decent sized dent in the face of one of the aprons and decided to try out the wet rag and iron method to raise the dent. I forgot to get pics, but it worked like a charm. As I was sanding one of the end brackets and looking at the inlay that h...
Well, I was looking at crib plans and photographs for inspiration over the last few days. I could not find anything I liked, until I found inspiration on this site. From http://lumberjocks.com/projects/30892. Thanks Scott Smith. I like the contrasting woods and the simple design. I then found a plan in Google sketchup with thicker rails and bars, which I like. I made up a cut list and made some design changes. I am thinking walnut and paduk, or maple and walnut/paduk/purple heart (if theyR...
After I got the purpleheart cut to size and smoothed up last night I started working on a rough board that will be the top and bottom. The wood was given to me by a friend who said he thought it was soft maple. My first clue was looking through the boards many were marked with HM. When I started squaring the board up with my jack plane I could hardly cut it. I finally moved to my #8 because it is so heavy and it did a good job of cutting the wood. I have it mostly squared now but ran out...
Okay, I took a break from the Slat clock to make a Spagnuolo Contemporary Clock and that was an adventure in mitres. After taking some time to reorganize the shop and do a cleanup, I got back at the Slat Clock that I’ve been working on. My plan calls for a 8 1/2” clock face and the material I had chosen is maple as I picked some up at a discount from a retired table maker. The score on that buy was that it has some minor spalting in some areas. At least I think it’s sp...
Just a quick update on the Christmas Box Build Off contest from A Simple Design of Ocala. In this video I talk about the prizes and categories.
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