Hello all,I have been asked to give a class on making a wood bracelet similar to this one. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/18322 I want to point out that we will NOT be using the special jig I made. I have a different way to get the same results which does not require each of you making a jig. Part #1Getting started and choosing wood. Step #2Preparation off wood and cutting notches. Step #3Drilling holes and shaping. Step #4Finishing and final assembly We will begin be goin...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #451: Sometimes "All Work and No Play" Makes Me Very Happy
We have all heard the saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” but sometimes I think about that and I am sure that Jack didn’t do the same type of work as me. I love my job. I realize too that in that respect, I am very much the exception to the rule. Most people that I know go through each day doing their job so that they can come home to work on their woodworking or painting or being creative in other ways. I am very fortunate in that I have been able to...
I’m reposting this for all your benifit, if there are any problems with seeing the pictures please let me know so I can fix it. This should pretty well explain and show you how to make one of the cups below, with the exception of doing the hand carving or any lathe work. All that is necessary to make these is a table saw, sandpaper, chisel, and a hammer. Oh, and wood, you always need wood. I offered a couple weeks ago to try to do a tutorial on how to make a coffee cup like this. ...
I’ve been desperate for anywhere to find wood, or Holz. I try and find simple wood and I can’t find any! I’m getting desperate! This is how low I’ve sunk. I currently was in the PX looking for some things for the kitchen, and I found aromatic cedar hangs. In my desperation, like Gollum, I snatched several up and clutched them to my chest as though someone was going to steal them from me. I feel like an addict, trying to find a fix.. HELP ME GET MY FIX!!! :D
So, the woodworking fever has struck me. Unfortunately, it has struck me to make cases for EVERYTHING. Cigarettes, Zippos, Business cards, puzzle boxes, etc… This is my next project, once I have a bit of time. I recently destroyed (Pictures to follow) my iPod 4, 32g. I mean it bent in half. How it is still “working” is a mystery to me, but I can still access everything (as long as I remember the finger movements to find it, considering the screen is in a million piec...
I figured I would put this out there in case anyone was interested to know what I do to make these wooden pendants. Its not complicated. Anyone can do it with their scraps. I personally like to use burl wood but if you have less figured wood you can pair it up with contrasting colors and shapes for a nice effect. ANYWAY, Picture time.I skipped the wood selection process in the photos. I was making this one for a friend and she picked the piece, marked the spot she wanted and then I took over...
The main body of the alligator is a box. My problem has been that I don’t have a planer or joiner so making a box with tight joints is rather difficult. I sanded them out a little bit, but ended up having to make the joints a bit rough and then puttying them. Puttying has become a big theme on this project. I had originally wanted to make this project super perfect with tight joints and whatnot. My problem is that with my impending move, I am having to rush through things. It kind of...
A long time ago, I said I would post a blog entry showing how I plane really big pieces using my router planer. Well, here goes. I started out with some really big cottonwood rounds (that’s my son in the first photo): I cut them into 5” to 6” thick slabs and had to figure out a way to plane them down to 3” to 4” thick to use as table tops for TV stands and coffee tables. That’s when I came up with the Big Boy Router Planer below: I just hap...
That’s just the Foo Fighter’s track playing endlessly in my head ATM. Good enough title though. Anyways up when the triangles are glued up and re-arranged you get this. When you re-saw them you get this I glued and taped the re-saws using a technique David (Patron) calls a glue joint. Put glue on one piece of the joint. Slide them together with a little finger pressure until you get a ‘soft’ lock. Simples! Then tape them until they dry. Then do the...
Sorry I had trouble with photobucketI made this disc sander 6 or 7 years ago. I put together a 2,5hp electric lawn mower motor, a 7” wooden disc and some metal plates. Ugly but effective: It was time for an overhaul, it’s now a pedestal 10” sander with a tilting rest. I just made a shaft coupling ( from an aluminum ingot I poured :D ) to make all the hand grinder’s accessories fit: For example with a flap disc (sort of): I will replace the switch by a pedal sw...
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