Setting up a workshop on a budget. I have been working in wood since my early twenties. Owned and operated a five man custom cabinet shop, setup a toy company, and just made gifts for Christmas presents over those years. Some of my shops have been operated in small as a space as 8’x12’ in a space on a warehouse floor, to an industrial size of 3,000 sq ft in a private owned building with a storefront.Enough about that, my latest shop is setup not too mass produce or create a company but j...
Hi my fellow crafters.I am going to be doing a series every week (as time allows) on how to setup a workshop, what tools to buy to get started, some tips on what is the “best way to do this or that”, ideas on how to improve your tools and get the most out of them. I plan to share what I have been learning over these last twenty years doing toys, custom cabinets, libraries bookcases, and other things I have learned by the school of hard knocks. Please check back each week to see ...
I wood Burn art and doing my first oar from an old canoe. I have ac couple of cracks in the handle of the oar and decided to put leather around the handle part. Not sure how to do this with out making a big mess. I do one of a kind stuff never done twice so it is very important this is done right. Any one out there that can help? One day real soon I plan on trying to burn leather with my wood burner, is this possible?
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This a directional notch from a Professional Tree cutters left overs.Right away I saw a hunk of Watermelon, I still need to sand/ poly, an top off with Real watermelon seeds.
All right! Last time I was done with the marquetry and I had done the mastic on them. I glued them down with Hide Glue and cleaned with called water the paper that hold the pieces from the front with Hot Hide Glue. When all the paper is gone with just cold water, I use one of those green scrubs to clean of the rest of the glue. As there is never a project without at least one f**k up, one of my marquetry panel did slide during veneering. Fortunately, the use of...
This will be a new venture for me in turning and blogging my work, so I’ll try to keep it as detailed as possible. Lately, some aspects of green woodworking have become intriguing for me and the list of “I want to try that someday” is becoming long and forgotten. I have started with some spoon carving and hatchet work (from the log) to finished fixtures, or the scrap pile. I think a shrink pot is a great project to try by hand, aside from the initial chainsaw work. Shr...
Wood prep before finishing The secret to perfect finish is proper sanding of your project. All surfaces should be clean and free from all dirt and oils. Prep sanding is done with progressively finer grits. On unfinished wood, prepare the surface by using medium grit paper first, and then progress to finer grades. With most raw woods, if you are hand sanding, start sanding in the direction of the grain using a #100-150 grit paper before staining and work up to #220 grit paper. You can make ...
As promised here is the latest design created this week. Look back each week to see what I will create next.This was drawn up in the morning,cutout, sanded and assembled that evening. The tail was taken from the Dragon’s tail or hinge design. I used google images of the real stegosaurs for my hand drawing. My wife is helping me to promote the Etsy storefront.Thanks to Tim and those who commented on my photos I am now using this dollar tree foam light box we made.I know this ...
Making progress – finished 4 bishops. The link to my YouTube video is here: http://youtu.be/U2gRbqZxhAo Amazing how much fun you can have learning something new! The Knights are next – sheesh – I have no idea how I’m gonna do those yet… Comments and especially suggestions from other turners are indeed welcome! James
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