I actually broke down and sharpened the blade on one of my crappy (not the crappiest, next one up) little block planes. Made some shavings. Not exactly the right tool for the job and the blade wasn’t dull anymore, just not as sharp as it needed to be. Resorted to a bit of hand sanding with a block and some 120 grit. Inching my way toward ‘real’ woodworking! I am going to do some square mortise/tenon joints for the ends of the box. This time, I am doing it “rightR...
Well, technically it’s not a cigar-box guitar because the (new) box was made for 3 small sample bottles of booze, Port to be precise. The name Amália has everything to do with a Portuguese Fado-guitar being the inspiration for this build. More detailed pictures on Triple Chaos
Shop update for September 2014. Topics include:Mobile base for planerReclaimed wood desk organizersReclaimed coffee table I also mention and give a link to the other YouTube channel I started where I will be teaching music lessons, starting with piano. You can watch this update video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKLNK9iUZi4
Recently, I saw some pieces of wood with holes cut into them for sale online. The asking price was $70. This seemed totally outrageous to me. I decided to spend $0 and make some for myself and show everyone how easy it is to make these. Make some for yourself and sell them at your local craft show for $50. When people ask why so much, tell them that the wood is reclaimed and that they are actually getting a deal compared to the $70 ones online. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.c...
Reclaimed Glory #15: Reclaimed Mahogany & Finger Joints: A Welcome Distraction from Pressing Concerns
First of all. What the hell are people doing throwing away solid mahogany… That just irks me… THIS STUFF DOESN”T GROW ON TREES PEOPLE!... well, OK, OK… but you get my point. Second of all, what in the WORLD were they thinking PAINTING this mahogany an opaque BROWN!.... Sometimes there is simply no justice in this world. Not that I mind coming up on 30+ bf of some old genuine mahogany. Cause I’m all about it. In fact, I get pretty much all my wood from my li...
I have been dragging home interesting logs I come across in the woods from time to time over this past year, and I have amassed a sizeable little pile (ok not little at all!). Thing is, without a huge bandsaw or a chainsaw mill, processing the wood into lumber is a task hardly worth the enormous effort. I know, I’ve tried. I recently looked into power carving for the first time as a quick and creative way to make use of my …inventory, lets call it.With an investment of onl...
Reclaimed Barn From Ohio #1: Reclaimed Barn Beams, Siding, Flooring from Ohio coming back to New Jersey!
Hey everyone, My guys have been in Ohio since last week dismantling a barn. They should returning sometime this week with over 50,000 board feet of reclaimed wood materials. There is plenty of weathered grey and brown boards in the mix. Check our website periodically to see what new materials we are getting in stock. Also we will be launching our new website very soon. Make sure you keep checking back to see what changes we are making! http://www.realantiquewood.com
I have a bunch of cut-offs from a local cabinet shop that deals mainly with Cherry but I also get a good amount of Poplar from there. From the medium sized pieces (all 3/4”), I selected some nice poplar front and back, some cherry for the sides and I had one long board of Cherry that had a knot in the middle (so was discarded), and I simply cut the knot out and used each end for the top and bottom. It’s 9×4 x 3” high. I just set them up, and eyeballed it ...
This pallet caught my eye, as it had a bit of a different color to it than the other pallets you see so often. After a quick spot sanding (I now keep 80 through 320 grit in my backpack for times such as these), I confirmed it was indeed solid freakin oak. Sad that it was getting tossed… Since it was going to the landfill, I carried it instead back to behind our companies parking lot until I can bring my pallet demolition tools to bear upon it. I would like to find ...
I hit the jackpot last night on my salvage rounds. I’ve been frequently checking the discarded cutoffs behind an office furniture maker near my workplace, where I have found small, scrap pieces of cherry (some long, skinny pieces too, but nothing spectacular). Well last night I hit the mother lode (as far as I’m concerned anyway). Mostly poplar and american cherry, some clear pine and a flat, thin piece of mahogany (i think). I bound it up really well with twisted wire...
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