Design to Conception Are you interested in doing inlay, veneer, designing and building a project on your own? Here’s an example of a job I designed and built for a client last year. I already had a blog (perfect45degree.blogspot.com/) before discovering LJ. My guess is that most clients probably aren’t very interested in how I build other projects, only theirs. Given the community here, I thought I’d try writing about how I came to design and build the tünr (pronounced “tune-r”) dresser. ...
Man….I’m having WAY too much fun making templates. I need to get in the shop and actually build something for a change! I dont know what is wrong with me! :) The possibilities for bandsaw boxes are ENDLESS. However, here’s some to start you guys off with – probably ones you’ve seen before….but maybe not. I will definitely be adding more later. I already have some crazy ideas in my head. Just don’t have time to draw them right now! Enjoy –...
Every now and then you need to face a challenge. This is my latest. I had been working up to this for quite a few months. Luckily I have some project funds and what with my suppliers prices going up and VAT increases in the new year I felt it was the right time. A friend who plays asked if I could make him a cello but I felt that I could not commit his resources and expectations on the first one so I am making it for myself. Goodness knows why as I don’t play. However, he asked for a St...
Howdy fellow sawdust makers, I just completed my new video, “Building a Maloof Inspired Low-back Chair”, and thought you might enjoy seeing the introduction sequence (filmed just outside my workshop). Enjoy! Video>
*I am a professional woodworker, woodworking teacher and publisher. Fine woodworkers can build their dream rocker with help from a dvd, book, full-size patterns and online support titled Build A Maloof Inspired Rocker with Charles Brock. The next release in the series will be Build A Maloof Inspired Low Back Dining Chair.*Part 1 – “Lines, Shadows and Curves, Oh My!” contained some exercises to help train and improve your sculptor’s eye. Let’s put the rasp to wood...
Introducing Template Tom the name I was given by my students when giving lessons on the use of the router at the Association for the Blind woodworking group. I was asked to look after for a year after I had been doing some volunteer work for three years previous. The best Class I have ever taught. Average age of the group was 36-82 years of age. A little back ground to consider as it helps to know ‘Who is making such a post’ I began an apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery wa...
Yeah well you’ve got to name it something. There are three arches in this project. I figured I could use the middle arch as a form for both the top (cap) arch and the bottom or inside arch. The plan was to make a template of the middle arch and matching bending forms for that part using a jigsaw for the rough cut and a flush trim bit to make the plywood uniform. So back to the second entry in this series. Calculating by both Sketchup and the Chord/Rise equation gave an outside radi...
Following TreeFrog as closely as possible, I cut out the blanks for the sides. I cheated a tad and used the wedges from the prototype to establish the tapers on the sides. One one side, I used one wedge, on the second side, I had to use both to compensate for the previous taper. These were cut with the blade at 90 degrees to the table saw to give me a point of reference when I’m cutting the miters. I created the jigs to hold the sides stable while I cut them at a 44 degree mit...
I remember Sen. Bob Dole telling the story of a day spent with his father loading hay bales into the barn’s loft. When he reached down to pick up the last one his dad stopped and asked, “do you know which one that is?” He went on to answer, “that’s the one we’ve been looking for all day.” Well sure enough I’ve finally gotten to the part I’ve been looking for. This is where all the templates, jigs, drilling, and such come together. N...
This is a simple project that is made more so with a couple of templates. In fact I would not know how to line things up accurately without them. I use two kinds of templates, one to line up drilling and a couple to space the wings. For pictures and previous discussion check out my project page and blog series. I start by laying out the design on graph paper and tape that to 1/4” masonite cut to the same size as the inner top and bottom. I then sandwiched an identical size pi...
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