I am in the process of making my first tongue drum. Got the Poplar box and Red Oak tone board made, needs lot of work still, and a bottom yet. But the 3/4” red oak tone board doesn’t make much sound and three of the 12 keys sound dead. Don’t understand what’s happening? It doesn’t rattle or buzz, just thump, no tone, well, not a pleasant one anyway. Sure could use some insight or help figuring out what’s happened? It’s funny, the two keys along one...
Everyone makes a mallet and here is mine complete with a build video. I had a lot of fun making it and even learned a few things. The mallet head is red oak and the handle is cherry wood. I liked this project so much that I’m already making two more. One for a You Tube contest prize and one for my father. Here is the link for the video: https://youtu.be/UdRAvt9KXRo
I decided it was time to build myself a real work bench. Initially I was just going to buy a pre-made table top and build a simple base. Then I decided i should have a pair of vises as well. And then I just sort of kept falling down the rabbit hole after that. The top is made from two beech table tops I bought from Ikea and laminated together (blasphemy I know.) The skirting is made from laminated pieces of oak which is drying as I type this. The skirting is 2×6 to make it extra...
Using up some scrap and creating something useful for the shop. A marking gauge is a great tool to have in any shop.
How this promise of a captain’s bed came about was almost an accident. My bride-to-be is used to having a large bed, California King, to be exact. All I had was a paltry queen-sized mattress on a relatively low frame. She commented that I probably stuck out over both ends when I slept (I’m 6’ 4”), and I had to agree with her. She also did not (understandably) want to share a bed with me that I had shared with my last (deceased) wife. So, I went and bought a Cal-Ki...
My 1 3/4” oval head #8’s came in last week and I got back on task. Soliciting help from 2 friends, we spent about 9 man hours cleaning off the old racks and installing the new ones. Using bees wax as a lubricant, we were able to drive the installation screws without having to pilot each of five mounting screws which sped up the process greatly and reduced the mess on the floor (a win-win as the saying goes). My concern with contrasting finish color, I believe, turned out to be much ado ab...
Hey All, So I am very new to woodworking. I decided recently to try my hand at some fine wood working after marrying into a world famous boat building family who as master craftsmen when it comes to working with wood. I wanted to start this blog to journal my journey from basically a nobody in the grand scheme of woodworking, into hopefully a skilled woodworker who creates things that people can be in awe of one day. I have no idea how long that will take (most likely a lifetime!!!) but...
I’m starting a project to build a giant oak table (along with a few other things) from a red oak tree from my Grandfather’s old place Here is the specimen. It is about 70’ tall and 37” in diameter at the base It only took about 20 minutes to get it down. I used the bore cut method. It is currently in 4 10’ sections and I have milled the first section into some decent sized beams that I will later resaw on a bandsaw. I’m not without some help t...
This one was an exercise in lamination. 6 primary species of wood – western maple, red oak, sapele, cherry, birch and walnut. Two pieces of each species, each piece at a different thickness, and some random veneer thrown in between each primary wood piece, for a total of 23 layers. The sole is white oak. Glue is urea formaldehyde, so I could glue it up in one go. Didn’t think I could get it done with PVA. The bed is 45 degrees, and was my first double iron plane. I someho...
What would you do with this? Its all 1.5×5.5 red oak. I don’t really know what it was – it was sitting in the garbage pile in front of a church in Toronto. There is one hinge mortise so it may be a thick jamb? What should I do with it? Long pieces are 75”
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