The victim this time is a well used blue love seat.
I love re-purposing old materials. My latest find is a poplar filled box mattress.
With my wife being at her mother’s in preparation for Christmas I am home alone. I got in from the shop earlier and thought to myself “All this free time and I came back home???” Back to the shop! I did a well needed clean up and blow out and found myself with some rare, spare shop time. So here’s what I started. A couple days ago I found another sofa headed to the landfill. I had a small sledge and a razor blade knife so I decide why not. After chopping most of...
This morning after dropping my oldest off at school, I decided to get ankle deep in shavings. Still no project in mind, but I was able to get my favorite 3/8 spindle, 1/8 spindle, 1/2 bowl, and hollowing tool tuned up. I actually did try to make a natural edge goblet , but the wood had too many checks and it shattered on the lathe. I went out to my stock pile that has been seasoning for 2 years…. As it turns out, 2 years was too long for much of the assortment of logs and branches. I...
This past weekend I made a mallet. Nothing fancy – I had some oak scraps and I made a mallet. But like every other project I’ve done, I learned something along the way or after. My learning moment came while picking up some fittings for further tweaking my DC. One of the guys at the woodworking shop (Highland Woodworking if you must know), the guy who actually told me to buy my bandsaw off Craigslist rather than buying a new one, asked what I was making. I mentioned my mallet. ...
Earthly Pleasures is an online exhibition at Crafthaus.com curated by us. We received 65 fantastic submissions, sadly could not use all of them. Artists from Bali, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, and the United States made the pieces we selected. The artists in the exhibit: Claudie Bastide, Harriete Estel Berman, Fred Johnson, Norine Kevolic, Tadashi Koizumi, Gabrielle, Kunze, Joshua Lynn, Warren Moeller, Tom Muir, Norman Pirollo, Frances Scott, Tom Skaggs, Robbin Smith, Frances...
Progress has slowed a bit. A pulled or overworked back muscle is hindering me a little, but I have also been spending more time taking care of the lawn. I did manage to get a few pictures taken, though. For starters, here is the pile of lumber recovered from the old work bench: Here are the cabinets. Note the…um…attractive strawberry decorations that hint at what these cabinets were originally used for. That was a fun little surprise. I guess that’s why a pr...
It has only been four short years since I bought my first house. At the time I had no handyman skills to speak of; heck I didn’t even know how to use a drill without obliterating the screw heads. What can I say, I’ve been a bit sheltered, but life is good, and I have been learning more and more since moving in. At any rate, as far as I was concerned a garage was where the cars and outdoor tools lived. No more, no less. Nearly a year ago, I decided to take up woodworking as ...
In the last few months i have been watching my barn wood pile slowly fading away . It may have something to due the fact that i built close to 50 birdhouses in the last year . Well a few days ago i was out for a drive and i stumbled onto this old barn that was falling down .It is located about 5 miles out of town from where i live . I went and talk to the owner and he mentioned that it was great timing because he planned on taking the barn down this coming May . I told the farmer who i was...
A couple of years ago someone gave me a grotty old roof beam from a demolished building. Two days ago I needed a plank as an Alaskan guide rail and this old beam was just the right size, but needed to be cleaned up to give my jig a smooth ride. This is what showed up after planing and sanding. Does anyone know what this wood is? I suspect it may be Oregon Pine purely because of it’s age and where/how is was used. I’d like to know if it worth getting the nails out of it and ...
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