Every once in a while I will run across an article where I see the phrase “Scrap Wood”, I’m terribly sorry but in my shop or garage, I definitely “DO NOT” have any Scrap wood. If it isn’t used for Making my wood burnings, it is used for my Christmas ornaments. So is ANY of you have any scrap wood, get ahoad of me and I will let you know where to send it. Thank You Jim Earl
It seems that there is always that bridge of uncertainty that I need to cross between one project and the next. It is when the afterglow of successfully finishing one project begins to fade and I am looking towards the next. Fortunately, most of the time I already know which direction I will be heading following the completion of one project, for while I am working on one thing, my mind is usually racing ahead and planning on what is to follow. Sometimes though, I get so caught up in wha...
Yesterday turned out to be a very productive day. Not only was the sun warm and shining bright, but manythings fell into place to start me on my next several designs. (Yes! I said several designs!) This is a good feeling. Perhaps after all of these years I am truly figuring our a process that works well for me in order to keep my new designs flowing. I find myself settled on projects for many different branches of my business and even got some things mapped out to develop some new area...
Well my shipment of plexiglass came in Friday, and all I can say is What was I worried about! LOL I followed the instructions directions that Sloan’s Woodshop gave, using the double skip tooth #3 blades I purchased from them. I left the wrapper on the plexiglass, and placed duct tape on top of that. It was like cutting butter! No melting, no problems! Had the shape cut in a matter of 1 minute. I sanded the edges with fine steel wool. Loved it learned something new! Thanks to ...
Ok just finished this piece made of 3/4” walnut, except for a mirror background. A little nervous about it, but going to jump right in and for the 1st. time cut plexiglass for the background of this project. I just ordered a piece that’s 1/8” thick x 12”x24” from Sloan’s Workshop along with Olson blades double skip tooth 3D and 5D. Not sure witch size blade will do it, so got the 2 sizes. LOL Sloan’s has instructions on how to cut and handle t...
I have a project that I am working on (to be posted in about a week) where I needed to enlarge a PDF pattern file. Have never done that before so I started out the very hard way. I would copy a section of the file, paste it into MS Publisher then draw some lines the right length and try to enlarge the pasted graphic to the size. Major problems were, time it took and the print were real fuzzy (pixel enlargement). Well after cutting the first several pieces I figured there had to be a better wa...
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Couple years ago Patrick Edwards from Antique Refinishers and the American School of French Marquetry whom I work with, was featured in 2 videos published by Graham Blackburn and bought by Popular woodworking. They have been kind enough to grant us access to those 2 videos. Here is what Patrick posted on his blog: Graham Blackburn VideosI remember when MTV first appeared and for the first time we could watch music videos on our TV. Then YouTube was developed and we could watch videos o...
I did a small craft show yesterday and ended up having much better sales than I expected. Watch the video for an explanation as to why. Go to my blog for more info on the Puppy Pattern. Puppy Pattern Info Bob/ TripleB
I’ve done whole names of simpler style letters, and I am learning a lot as I go. Some of what I’ve learned is stated below. I’ve made “Charlotte” and “Oliver” letters that fit together like jig saw pieces. Both Charlotte and Oliver are 2 years old and I wanted to give them something to help them learn to spell their names. Charlotte is my daughter and it is really working! These letters are a little fancier as they are for older kids and I had li...
As promised, I gave my little bunnies a new look with a dash of some pretty pastel colors. I had mentioned that when I cut these little guys out the other day that I stacked them, so I got double the mileage out of my cutting time. The wood used here is 3/16” maple. That makes it an ideal project to stack-cut. I attached the two layers of wood using hot melt glue in the waste areas of the corners and the added thickness gave me a lot more control when cutting these precise swirls....
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