With a surplus of pumpkins this fall (folks just aren’t spending the money ) I have pumpkins to dispose of. Why not have a little fun and get some target practice!
I forgot to cover cutting the biscuits for the face frames in the last blog entry. So here we go. Using story stick, I marked the biscuit centers on the face frame styles. And I marked the center of one rail to set up the jig. Then I used a biscuiting jig that I built using plans from Wood Magazine to cut the FF sized biscuit joints for the face frames. Lesson Learned … make sure you have adequate space to cut joinery when you route a profile into a face frame … in ...
I’ve cut and installed the corner and end blocks on the mold with just a dab of glue, so when I remove the mold, they release easily. These are what the ribs (sides) attach to. The blocks are made of willow because of its lightness and the added benefit that it is a fairly straight grained wood which makes cutting with the inside gouge an easy task. I then drew the points and top and bottom using the template. These are two different violins – reason for two templates. U...
Well It’s done!http://www.flickr.com/photos/43319756@N05/5068492159/in/photostream/ At a total of $130.00 in materials I’ve finished the project I wanted when I first saw it the March 2010 issue of Wood Magazine.It’s also the first project I’ve done working with Cherry. I really enjoyed it even though I found Cherry to be a bit unforgiving.The grain pattern through out the piece is really eye catching: http://www.flickr.com/photos/43319756@N05/5069101620/in/photostream...
Printing used to be one of my hobbies. I have an antique hand operated platen press (letterpress) complete with metal types (fonts) and accessories. I have not done much letterpress printing since the desk top computer came in. In letterpress printing, the metal types are assembled in words and sentences and clamped down in a metal frame. The devices used to clamp are called quoins. Very often ideas pop-up from the most unlikely places. The quoin is thought of as a device related to pri...
So the plan that the mirror frame is from calls for rabbited joints for the drawers… I was ready to comply and build the drawers accordingly. Never mind that I have a Porter Cable dove tail jig. My reasoning was I have never used it on 1/2 stock or hard wood before. Not to mention that I just want my mirror done and on the wall. Well I thought about it and thought about it and realized I would not forgive myself if I don’t dove tail the joints. I will give the piece that much m...
Turning a cherry plank of wood into a bowl.
Well I’m off to a good start. Tonight I milled my lumber 4/4 down to 3/4” & 1/2”, and was able to cut to length all the 3/4 pieces. I got to use my new DeWalt 734 planer for the first time (not including test pieces last weekend) and let me tell you I got schooled when it comes to keeping my eye on my DC. I have a 6 gal shop vac attached to a Onieda cyclone that sits atop a 5 gal bucket. I didn’t empty the 5 gal before I got started… Yeah… Needless to...
These salad spoons and a little bonus spoon were carved from recycled wood ( rimu – dacrydium cupressinum). Below is a bit of history of how they used to be made and in particular how I made this one, considering that it was from recycled wood and not from a tree. Traditional spoon making Historically spoons were rived from a log and rough carved with an axe. Riving, or splitting wood was usually done with a froe and a mallet. A hatchet was used to shape and smooth the general...
I came across a excellent plan for a wall shelf/mirror & draw unit in the March 2010 issue of Wood Magazine.I have not worked with cherry wood before but I love the look of it and I am looking forward to getting my feet wet with such a nice project.I bought the wood last weekend at EarthSource here in my neck of the woods. 14 bf of 4/4 cherry. The plan calls for 11 bf so I’m looking for a little something something project with the drop.So I’ve studied the plan, gotten tooled ...
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