I just finished the practice piece for the top of the music box. The method of marquetry I use is one that I have developed over the years. I used some of the techniques like the boulle technique and the packet method and combined them into what I call, ” the ten step method.” The veneer packet consisted of 8 different veneers and there were a total of 138 individual pieces. I used hot silicon sand for shading certain pieces of the veneers it gives the marquetry a 3D appearan...
When I pulled this off of my cabinet, I did not expect so many would like to build these. Well, I took one apart so that we could make some notes – and then detail construction. Below: The marshmallow catapult in it’s finished form. As you can see below, the catapult concists of only 6 wooden parts & some miscellaneous hardware, all easy to build with handtools if need be. When we did this project with the scouts, we put it together as a kit that they could sand ...
Just in case you missed this earlier post, below is where to send your completed square(s). I’d like to have these in hand by the end of April. If you can’t quite finish by then, let me know and I’ll save a spot for your square(s) on a quilt. Send your square(s) to meI will be assembling the square(s) you send me into a chip carved quilt(s). Each quilt will be auctioned or sold with proceeds going to the My Chip Carving Foundation. I will post a blog entry showing you ...
From the first time I saw a sculpted rocking chair, I loved the look, but never dreamed I would have the skill or patients to build one. The more I looked at the different chairs, the more I realized that there are a lot of rocking chair builders out there. The most frequent names that kept coming up were Sam Maloof, Hal Taylor, and Scott Morrison. The more I looked at the different designs, the more I was drawn to Hal Taylor’s chairs. Paul & Joel from Canadian...
Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #2: Disston #4 backsaw rehab-Part 2-Sharpening, testing and adding to tool kit
I’ll be honest. The thought of sharpening all those little teeth, with their attendant geometries has always intimidated me. But so did tuning my first Stanley Bailey Type 11 smoother. And what I’ve learned from tuning my planes is that I understand my tools and the way they shape the wood on a much more intimate level. And that’s made me a better woodworker. I wanted to have that same understanding for my handsaws. And I wanted to have the confidence and skill to sharpen...
Hello, I will be offering an online class here on Lumberjocks. Please sign up in the comments area below. Over the next several weeks I will be showing a step by step process for creating a hollow form vessel on the lathe. You should have some basic wood turning skills and some basic tools before attempting this project. When in doubt, error on the side of safety. Suggested Tools1/2” or 5/8” bowl gouge with fingernail grind1/2” or 5/8” straight hollowing tool1/2&...
Disston Backsaw Rehab-1 Cleaning, repairing and rehabbing I was in Salt Lake City recently on business. After dinner I slipped into my pajamas to watch tv and do one of my favorite on-the-road activities—look for tools on Ebay. Now that my hand plane inventory has reached 7, it’s time to focus on some other tools. Apparently, if you want to build things out of wood, saws can be pretty helpful. It’s not that I don’t have any. I have a modern (read crappy) handsaw along with a 14″ Stanley...
Applying a finish to your completed chip carving is a “make or break” step. Do it well and your chip carving comes to life and is something wonderful to behold. Do it poorly and your carving loses the beauty and the finish detracts from the chip carved design. Follow this lesson closely from start to finish and you’ll find success with each chip carving you complete from here on out. I call this the My Chip Carving Quick & Easy Finish Step 1 – Remove leftover...
Well, I think the table turned out just fine… I didn’t run into any real problems during construction…however I did notice when I was ripping the original lumber (as well as subsequent sanding) that the wood had a very strong smell to it. Not sure why – sometimes you get that from pine. Make sure if you build one of these to countersink & predrill your screw holes – otherwise, you may split the lumber. I have not put together a plan as of yet for fini...
This is just a quick post to give some information regarding the way I make the wine bottle balancer…You can use other dimensions and it will still work I did research the whole thing and found different angles and other variables…but this is what I have come up with by trial and error… to make the bottle balance in a horizontal position.. not pointing up or down… more aesthetically pleasing.. and if it looks right don’t mess with it… Length…11 ...
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