Life is full of adventure. Sometimes adventure comes into our lives uninvited. Other times we set out to find it. And then there are the times when we stumble upon it unintentionally and it takes us by surprise. Yesterday was one of those times for me. The day began normal enough. I got up and did my mail and wrote my blog here and did all of my regular morning routine. I had planned on finishing the two new candle trays and photographing them and moving on with other projects. M...
Days and days of mostly just staring at the dumb thing wondering why- oh why- things did not meet the way they should. Take a little off here- then a little off there- shoot!- think I took some off the wrong side. This was not the way to go.My micro-plane was going to be my salvation, but it may have created more problems than it fixed.Talk about creative clamping! Trying to get all the angles right and everything where it is supposed to be so that the screws in the base will end up in the ri...
Doing some resawing. The basic box. About a week ago my dentist, Bam, said he had a piece of old Kamagong for me. Well that made the pain in the dentist chair more tolerable (actually it was only a routine cleaning). It was a pretty scrungy looking board about 30” x 18” with nail holes (including a couple of nails) and a fair share of splits. I could see some nice grain buried in there though it would have to be brought out where it was more obvious. Also someone had ‘...
I was ready, fired up and motivated to get building my Adirondack chair, patterns set, lumber staring at me cup of coffee steaming away. Just then my 2 girls 8 and 10 walked in…Daddy whats this do? pointing to the belt/disk sander. Well let me show you, I took some scrap and rounded it out on the disk and flattened it out on the belt. Wow that looks cool can I try? Ok, so with the machine off we went thru the motions and practiced rounding and flattening out the stock…..several...
Last summer a friend of mine gave me a small red oak drop leaf table that he had stored in his shed. For him it was a “when I get around to it” project. Well, he never got around to it. When he gave it to me it was in pretty rough shape. The top was starting to separate due to the effects of the environment it was in. The table was partially disassembled so when I got it home I finished the process by removing all the hardware and parts that hold the top to the legs. The le...
I started this project after building an assembly table from an issue of Wood Magazine (March 2010). The table was a lot of work (the torsion box top) but the main unit holding the table up was an easy build. That’s when I hit upon the idea of using the same design for a group of extra tables for other uses. I’ve built a number of these already, and am using one as a router table, a miter saw station, and a sharpening station. It is built using standard re-dimensioned co...
After having my shop for going on 15 years now, i finally decided to insulate the ceiling and got things moved around some and cleaned up some and so Ive taken new pictures and thought i would share them with you, i know i always enjoy seeing someone else’s shop for ideas and inspiration, and maybe my new pictures will do just that for someone else The shop is 20×30 and has 10 foot high walls, Ive got wall fans mounted throughout for cooling in the summer and i have a total of 1...
Creating Wood Inlay Bandings...A Step by Step Process #4: Buffard Freres wood inlay bandings…1134-1141
We continue with our study of the decorative wood inlay bandings of the Buffard Freres of Paris. These wood inlay banding designs are from the company’s 1926 catalog. We first take a look at bandings 1134-1137 This group of bandings have similarities in their design and construction. Each banding design has three components. Read the entire article... ............................................ Recommended Video…Bandsaw Crosscut Sled ................................Rec...
Well it has been a long time since I added an entry to my blog so I thought that I would continue updating my progress on the two shaker end tables I am building. Now that I have a biscuit joiner and a dovetail jig I was able to make the drawers and have been doin pretty good. I have changed the design so I can cover up the end grain as best I could and decided to put on a walnut bread-board edge.The drawer sides and back have to put the pins in the front still and mill the grove for the bott...
First: I have a 20” 900 pound Grizzly thickness planer that has been taking up a lot of room in my shop, I do use it but I was thinking of selling it and freeing up some space. I have a 22/44 Jet Drum sander that would do the same job using 60 or 80 grit paper, Second: If I do sell it I would get a 13” Dewalt planer that could be moved around much easier and stored under a bench. So what I was wondering is how many people would take this step? I’m conflicted about it but I ...
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