The Greene brothers used ebony extensively in their furniture and architectural pieces and that use has become a trademark of their woodworking designs. I wanted to try to stay true to their designs and use actual ebony plugs in the Greene and Greene style clocks I am building. I was not impressed with the shouldered plug design the plans called for and wanted true pillowed ebony plugs in my clocks. Pricing Ebony, I decided that I would have to come up with some other method of getting my plu...
The Delta 46-715 lathe is a beast with over 300 pounds of woodturning machine. However, it has two Achilles Heels. The Spindle Pulley and Motor Drive Pulley. These pulleys are called Reeves Drives and they enable the operator to variably change the speed of the lathe while its running.(For an interesting brief history of Milton Reeves, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Reeves) The problem is…Break one of these pulleys and you’ll quickly discover they’re obsolete. We...
I got a big boy jointer! After much research, consideration, advice from fellow LJs, I finally got a full size jointer. Previously I had been working on a bench top Shopfox Jointer, still available for sale through Grizzly and stocking Shopfox dealers. It was a great tool. The beds were flat, the fence had a tiny twist but still gave good results. It was a full 6” wide and, though it was a lot of work, you could even adjust the tables to be perfectly co-planar. No real complaint...
Has anyone else out there notice that you can look at almost all of the projects on this website and see that you can find to plans in a book some where? Well I know that I can at least, that is why I am “reinventing the wheel” so to speak. Right now I am designing a rocking chair. Now this is not going to be a brand new design but it will be different and I will be referencing off of the designs of Sam Maloof and the shaker and windsor period chairs. So I would like to know if an...
Making use of things other people have no use for. There is a sawmill about an hour away from me. It is run by some Mennonites and they work hard making harvesting and milling logs into what we are all here for. Beautiful boards and timbers with which we use to make our projects. But there is a lot of the tree that is just not useful for sale for this purpose. What to do with the waste? Well in this instance, I heat my home with it. All the slab wood and off cuts are offered up for s...
In this first issue of a series of re-creating a gaming table will begin with collecting the materials and the research on putting the project together. Below is the table housed presently in a German museum Schloss Anholt near The Netherlands/German border. There were some difficulties in getting accurate measurements and specific designs, so my wife, Ronelle, and I “had” to go over there to see and embrace the table. The curator and the staff there were very permissive in mea...
After several hours of carving with my Dremel tool over the last two days, I completed the custom checkers for this project. This was my first attempt at wood carving and with 48 sides to carve, it was a bit tedious, but not too difficult. My skills improved a good deal by day two and I took some extra time to go back over the first day’s checkers and make sure they were all pretty consistent. I took some video of the carving process to post as a separate blog entry once I have...
Well here it is my finished junior cert project, i have to say although it isnt perfect for my first cabinet im extremely happy with it, i love the boiled linseed oil and beeswax finish on the cabinet, there is only one annoying thing because this cabinet has to be examined for my junior cert i dont get it back until the results are out which is in september, but when i do get it back i will be posting a video. heres some pics tho:
Howdy, I thought I’d be a little more detailed about my Southwest tables with this blog. Lessons learned, Lessons still learning. Yep. You might find it handy. What I don’t have is a thickness planner, a workbench or a joiner. Great fun huh? Here is the first one in progress. Still haven’t added shellac up to this point. For starters, I built up a good sturdy substrate. I used 1, 2 foot by 4 foot piece of birch 1/2 inch plywood from Home Depot. I think it came ...
Hello everyone, I am a beginner in woodworking. I have made a couple of mantle clocks courtesy of a Wood Craft class. I am now attempting to make a Hope Chest for my daughter’s 16th birthday. The exterior is cedar and the base is Paduak(sp?). I made plugs of Paduak to cover the screws. To gain some weight and solidity I placed a piece of 3/4” plywood at the bottom. The interior is covered in aromatic cedar. I am now trying to find a good finish for it. I have experimented with ...
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