Rushing home from work, rushing through dinner, rushing all the kids to my parents house, and my wife going to a friends house for a ladies night…..the stage was set…. I entered my shop about 8:00, knowing with a 4:00am wake uu that my time was limited. I started on the cherry I had started Friday, but it popped out of the 1/2 chuck that was holding it….guess that wont work after all. :-S. I took my little electric chainsaw and trimmed up a piece of the sassafras. Th...
Good morning everyone! I have spent the past 20 years of my life focused on making projects and crafts with my scroll saw. Over the past year, however, I have started to branch out a bit. I have started to obtain antique wood from barns and old houses to make projects from. I have found that the antique wood has a tighter grain, and people are very interested in buying things made from wood that is 100 years old. My only problem has been finishing the rough wood. One of my best fr...
My love of wood I owe to my Great Uncle Albert. I have a picture when I am about 4 helping him in his shop. He loved wood but was not a very “fine” carpenter. For him you could never build it to sturdy with more wood and of course this was reinforced by more screws. I loved what he exposed me to but decided I wanted to become the best carpenter I could be and that would mean finding a teacher to help me reach that goal. I met a luthier when I was about 12 and was all to happy t...
I pulled some wood from the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, VA and made a coffee table from it. It is still a work in progress, but is near completion.
Some of the outside surface of the piece and the inside of the stump are very rough and needed a bit of grinding. Again a little bit of research and I found another woodworker who was using a Kutzall grinding head on his work so I decided to try the same. I went online and ordered one for my angle grinder and one for my die grinder. They arrived fairly quickly in the mail so I put them to work. They have worked pretty good, they remove alot of wood fast which is what I was looking for. W...
I decided to make a guitar rack to hold up my guitar off the floor. It has spent several years on a cheap metal stand on the floor. I got some sapele outs to use for the short parts, but the backbone of the rack will be made with maple. So far I made the bottom supports (with the general guideline/plan to the left of the supports) I plan to dovetail the supports onto a plank across the back. This first one is hand done with a hand saw and chisels (I’ve used a handsaw and ro...
Today marked the day I actually started my last project before Christmas gifts… (I’m still in the planning phase) When you walk in the door to our house, there’s a 37”W x 20”D cubby hole on the left: I started by creating a 2×4 frame that will serve as the bench, that I’ll probably attach to the wall tomorrow and then attach the front-most 2×4 to that. I’ll then double up more 2×4s to make a leg to support the front of the bench....
Well, despite 60 MPH wind gusts, downed trees, and frequent showers, we braved the elements and used the planer sled to mill the lumber for the table today. I must say, the sled worked like a charm. The wood came out as flat as I can tell with my straight edge and winding sticks. Final thickness is 1.25” thick. Now on to edge jointing and glue up. (Jointed and planed)! Looks pretty flat:(Edge view)! The proud table-owner-to-be:(Proud owner and shop apprentice)!
We continue on with the build and get our dados sorted out.
Here is a coffee table that we are currently working on, this is one of those juniper pieces that we have had laying around forever and it has finally manifested into a neat little coffee table. It will stand aroun 19” tall This table will have a burled cottonwood top and the juniper branch base will be sitting on a cottonwood base as well. This top is almost kidney/bean shaped and has 4 hearts, this will have malachite stone inlay. Sanding off the gold color an...
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