A couple of years ago my wife met a lady who lived 10 miles from us and she said her husband owned a door and window plant, and that I should go at pay him a visit. I had never done it. Since i started to assist in making the toys for Christmas from the Mason – Dixon Woodworking Club, I thought that I’d check and see if they had any scraps that we could use for toy making. I went there today. They make wooden doors and windows for Million Dollar homes and they ship all ov...
I found wood.. close buy… ok now what?I bought 8 board feet of ribbon sapele to build a bench for my wife. While we were shopping that day we like to go to second hand shops. We stopped at an antique shop and i started digging around and found a 6 by 1 foot board in the back of the store. It was black walnut and very figured. I asked the old guy what he wanted for it. He scratched his head and said “20 bucks”. I said “sold”. So I got home and started to try t...
Ever hear the expression, “you are what you eat?” Well, the day I decided to do this, I must have eaten a whole box of ding dongs. For some strange reason, I decided to figure out what I wanted to do with the back, before I started with the front. Why? Well, I don’t know. .....Instead of doing what any sane person would do, I chose to make the back, just like I made the sides… Frame and panel. Seriously… I know it’s going to be up against the wall but, mayb...
The last blog was about joining the sides on the top and now this one is about joining them from the bottom. This part is going to be a little more tricky. This is my first indication that I’m actually building the beginning of what will be a giant puzzle when it comes to glue up time......If you’ve read the blogs before this one, you’ll remember that I made a triple mortise and a double mortise on each of the legs. If you don’t remember or didn’t see the blog, t...
After that initial batch, I knew I needed to get more and more sapele. So I ran to Hardel’s and bought a bunch of 4/4 boards and a couple 8/4 boards. Going off the really great plans that I wrote out, I cut things to rough length leaving about 2” long to be safe from any snipe from planing and also to make sure that I wasn’t missing anything and undercutting something. My mentality was that it wasn’t a waste to over cut anything by 2”, it was a waste to undercut ...
Nothing like going on vacation and coming back with a truckload of free wood! Well, almost free. Before you all ask, I’ll just say I can’t give up my secret source because it’s the gift that keeps on giving, haha. I have a ton of projects in store and as a result, I did end up purchasing some FAS 4/4 Qtr. Sapele to match some of the wood that I got. I wish I could have kept it at the 14 foot lengths, but the logistics of transferring those on a 6 foot bed, 1000 miles didn...
My friend the contractor asked me to make him a small table to store video game DVD’s. The furniture style in the room was mission, so I went with a slightly mission style look for the table. The space its going in is relatively small so the table is small as well. After a few size and design changes this is what I decided on..It’s going to be made from 4/4 ribbon Sapele..found some really nice stuff at Woodcraft..I am going to use pocket screw construction for most of it..the ver...
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 I needed to join the bench legs together. I do not own a biscuit joiner and needed a method of centering my bench legs. So I went to a big box store and bought the only dowel jig they had. It is a General dowel jig. I do no recommend this jig for it has to much play in it.I had to elongate the holes to get the legs to match up. I was not a happy camper. It still managed to work out. I have the dowels so far apart because i intend to place a bowtie in the middle, so I did not want to hav...
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