So I have been bit by the woodworking bug. The evolution to the point where this blog comes in has taken a relatively short time. I have always wanted a shop for my various handy-man tools and such but back in March of 2015 around the birth time of my 3rd daughter I got sucked into woodworking. I cannot really explain how it started as I believe the desire had always been there just had never reached the combustion point. My wife and I decided we would save our $$ over the summer while wo...
I’ve been living in the natural world of Rivers Inlet, British Columbia my whole life and I’ve never found anything that astounded me more than this. As a beachcomber, when I find a slide it’s a perfect treasure for me to sift through but what I found the day I came across this slide, completely blew my mind. At first sight, the log was a beautiful old growth red cedar – already a gem in itself. But once I started milling, the unique treasure I discovered within ...
Gluing up was quite an interesting time with so many pieces to go together at once. I did the ends first then dry fitted everything to make sure all of the joints would fit up square prior to adding the glue and clamping (using the offcuts from the legs when clamping) I have added one coat of Danish Oil but need to get the lid on before I can finish the handles and add finish to them.
This is the day i’ve been waiting for , about three months ago i felled a black walnut and a red cedar tree, it took my sawyer a bit longer to get to it , but he did, and i’ve got a stash of walnut that will last me into the millenium, not exactly sure of how many board feet is there, but i would estimate around 400..as i looked into the currant lumber mills for 6/4 walnut they priced it at 12.00 a BF..this is some gorgeous wood… im smiling all the way to the bank, as i paid...
I’m back to show the tools I used in creating this wooden flower. The tools displayed are the only ones used so far in the project other than my trusty chainsaw used to cut this wood to a manageable size. I did more wood removal today and will have to be very careful from here on out because I could easily ruin this piece by going through the walls which I do not want to do. It is somewhat bulky and fairly difficult to hold down so I can work on various areas. I made a makeshift ...
I have long admired people who took large pieces of wood like drift woods, stumps and such and turned it into beautiful works of art. So when I saw them cutting down this piece of Red Cedar tree stump about 5 ft tall and 2 ft in diameter, I had my chance to do something like this. I had to have it but the problem was that it was a 5 ft piece and I had no way to lift it. So I went home and got my trusty chainsaw and cut a piece off 18” long. Even at that length I was barely able to get i...
Just a few pics of the teaser box… shown in the “Sign With A Story” post.. This is made from silky oak for the posts and rails.. with Queensland Red Cedar panels… Roughly based on a Neil Scobie design... The glue up…Just out of the clamps with the top resting on the box… Bring out the colour and grain with some mineral turpentine…. Should I include another teaser… OK Camphor Laurel and Rosewood… chess board… d...
I’ve heard pro and con about drying boards and slabs vertically when they’re fresh cut. It makes sense that they might dry faster this way but does anyone have firsthand experience with this? I cut some 8’ long, 2” thick Cherry slabs and some 2” thick Red Cedar slabs and don’t want to wait 1yr + for them to finish drying. Any ideas? Thanks!
I have recently moved and progress on the model boat Sunshine has slowed. When i find my camera i’ll post the pictures of the completed molds mounted and aligned on the strongback. In preperation for actual construction I began researching what types of wood to use. I found out about Jeff at HobbyMill (HobbyMill@cinci.rr.com) on a model ship building forum and he has been a pleasure to work with. He has all kinds of wood you can order in sheets milled to spec or in strips. he is ev...
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