While simple, this latest project took a little figuring out. As I stated yesterday, I wasn’t really happy with some of the things that I initially drew and like many of the projects I design, it took some revisions to get it how I wanted it to be. I know sometimes people think I just draw, cut and I am done, but lots of times there are some little things that don’t go together quite right or feel right and I have to tweak things just a bit and re-cut or remake them. Other times...
I never know what is going to trigger an idea. More so than not, when I am looking for something, I can’t find anything suitable but when I least expect it, something jumps out at me. Every project idea that I see isn’t always what I would call ‘original.’ But I don’t think that it always has to be. Lots of times I will see stuff that is already available or on the market that is a cute idea, but I think of how I can modify it or improve on it so that peopl...
O.K. Let’s get to the first project. So like a lot of woodworkers I have taken to making some Christmas presents and since I have six nephews, all around the same age they tend to get similar gifts. So the year before last they got puzzle boxes courtesy of a book/DVD combo Puzzle Boxes by Jeff Vollmer which they loved. I highly recommend it. This year I wanted to make something they would love just as much and would also scratch a woodworking itch, remember I am an addict and love ...
OK scrollers – I have been scrolling for about two years and have posted many projects. What is next on the business plan. This is the question I can’t seem to answer. What way do you take you hobby/ part time business and still make it FUN. I have kinda been in a lull since Christmas. I have done many craft shows and they seem fun and I do sell well at them but they seem few at this time of the year. I would love to have one about every six weeks to two months but that is not ...
Have you guys [this includes gals too] ever seen these; they are quite impressive for wooden toys:http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/Hoggarth.htm
Yesterday was filled with fun and surprises! It was one of those days where I set out to accomplish some things and actually got everything done – and then some. It really made me feel so very fortunate to be doing what I am doing and living the kind of life I live. Sometimes I just like to take a breath and drink in the contentment. I spent most of the day working on my new project. While I had somewhat of an idea as to where I wanted to go with it, the vision of the finished pro...
Every bench tool (with the possible exception of my drill press) required me to fine tune the tool before it was ready to use. Instructions for such requisite procedure were either included (as with the radial arm saw and the table saw) or readily available from a secondary source (my band saw). However, I’m new to owning and using a fine scroll saw, and detailed information was neither in the instruction manual nor readily available. Therefore, I resorted to the Internet for research on h...
The other day I received an email request and I thought some of you may be interested in it too. It is a survey from a marketing student from DePaul University in Chicago who is looking for woodworkers to participate. I believe it is only open for those of you who are in the United States. I attended DePaul for a year, majoring in music and my sister graduated from their business school with a masters degree. They are a reputable university and the survey is on the up and up. I took it...
It snowed last night. Not quite the storm that they were predicting, but then again it never seems to be. I think that is how we become complacent and then when we are least expecting it we get hit. I can’t really tell how much yet because it is still dark out, but everything is white and I haven’t heard the scraping of the plows against the pavement yet. So I expect it isn’t too much. I am thinking that I would like to take a walk in the woods today. I haven’t d...
I made a great deal of progress yesterday cutting out the little shamrocks. I had some things to do in the morning and didn’t wind up really starting to set up things until just after lunch, so I got a later start than I intended. Still, I was able to cut out all 15 pieces (double stacked) and at least finish with that for the day. I didn’t get to sanding them and oiling them, but I will be doing that today, as well as cutting out the 15 smaller versions which can be used for p...
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