“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” Edgar Allan Poe…American Writer, Poet, Editor (1809-1849) In this episode we are installing the decorative wood inlay bandings that we have created in the shop. The inlay bandings are going to be fit, cut, and installed into picture frames that are made from Camala, a Peruvian wood. Since we are doing production work it is important to have a convenient setup and in this i...
This part of my blog covers installing lock and hardware. I start by taking the lock and putting it on the inside of the top drawer and then press firmly to make a small dent in the drawer back where the lock pin sticks out. I use my marking gauge to mark the same distance away from the edge of the drawer to carry the mark where the pin marked it on the inside. I place the lock escutcheon on the outside of the drawer and center it to check to see how well it lines up with wh...
Some people asked how did I get the deep, nice finish on my latest cherry projects. Some of you might know the answer: potassium dichromate. Since the information I see on the web about the use of this “magic substance” is inconsistent, I’ll try to give you my point of view and experience. WARNING: I am only offering my opinion without any implicit or explicit liability or fitness to a particular purpose. Use this advice at your own risk; I do not assume any responsibil...
Simple picture frame DIYA birthday gift for my best and most loyal friend during 20 years now My wonderful old friend Michael, had a birthday, and I was planning to buy him a meditation, self insight or perhaps; man in the in the midway crisis book. Yes we are both around the tricky 40. I was looking out the window, trying to come up with a good idea. But my wonderful Caroline said to me on Skype ‘why don’t you give him something personal’, and I agreed right away. ...
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”Goethe…(1749-1832) German writer, Polymath The spline miter joint offers strength and elegance. It is a joint that wants to be seen and recognized unlike many other joints that serve a utilitarian purpose and are concealed. Often times the spline miter joint consist of contrasting colored woods and that is this case of the species chosen for the joints of this arts and crafts style pic...
In this final section of the Wine Cork Display Tutorials I will show you how I cut and glue in the miter keys. Larger Picture Version LJ Project of Finished Displays Here you can see my miter key jig. Since I cut so many miter keys for the wine cork displays and the boxes I make, I decided that a nice, large, dedicated jig would save me a lot of time. It works really well, I’ve used the heck out it. The first thing I do is figure out how far from the edge I want my keys to...
“Learning never exhausts the mind.” Leonardo da Vinci…(1452-1519) Architect, musician, anatomist, inventor, engineer, sculptor, and painter. Making picture frames in the woodworking shop is fun especially when we have a system in which to work. In this case we are making the frames from picture moulding that was made on the router table and also on the table saw using dado blades. The dado on the moulding will house the decorative wood inlay that we have previously crea...
Charles Neil mahogany lowboy build-along, #18On a planet far, far away, long, long ago this A-1 guy was building a lowboy. He was given the wood and blow-by-blow instruction how to build it and was reporting to the land of LJ about how it was going. Then this invader, called LIFE stopped the whole process and only after a long battle, did the A-1 guy get back to the castle to continue the lowboy adventure.Now that my sanity has (briefly) returned… LOL, I’ll get on with the show, since a numb...
It could be said that miter joints are definitely one of the most common joints in woodworking or carpentry. This is a joint that we are taught early on in our apprenticeships because we will be cutting miters throughout our entire career. As an apprentice it sounds simple enough to just cut a left 45 and a right 45 and glue then together to form a 90. If it were so simple then why are there open miter joints? Let’s take a look at how we can make perfect miter joints. View the comple...
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