When a woodworker searches the web to learn how to make wood inlay bandings there is little information to be found. In fact there seems to be very little information about how the masters of wood inlay created the wonderful patterns that are sometimes seen on museum quality furniture. However, there are some patterns of wood inlay from the Buffard Freres that offer a glimpse into the world of classic wood inlay from Paris. After studying these inlay designs the urge hit me to figure out h...
“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot…and missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that’s precisely why I succeed.” Michael Jordan…(1963 – ) Former professional basketball player, active businessman, and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. Wood inlay has a mystique about it. Some of the finest furniture created by...
I built the ‘Alexander saw steel tapered reamer’ based on the information found on Jennie Alexander’s green woodworking website. SawSteelTaperedReamerPlans I’m having some trouble understanding the instruction on how to sharpen the back edge of the saw blade, which works as a scraper to form the tapered hole. Here’s what mine looks like now – As you may be able to make it out, it’s just a square edge right now. Alexander says this abo...
So I sprained my foot last week, and my doctor has told me that I need to keep off it as much as possible and keep it elevated as much as possible. I can still sort of scroll, but I look a little funny with a pillow under my bench resting my foot, so I decided to look though my photos to see if I had anything I could blog about.I ran across some photos of a How-to make a patchwork necklace that I had thought about doing once. So instead of actually building something today, I will teach the w...
This was a story that I was unsure about sharing as it is a fairly complicated situation. I have just come back from a short Retreat and while I was there I got speaking to a friend who is a cello player.She told me the story of how she had worked with a young woman also with Cerebral Palsy. They created a dance routine with music.So I decided to write about it.One of the most prolific woodturner’s that I ever had the pleasure of teaching was a young womanShe has Cerebral Palsy along with a f...
I spent most of the day yesterday playing around with video stuff and reading about it. Usually Sunday is my painting day and with Christmas only a few weeks away I probably should have been working on my gifts, but I couldn’t help but explore this new ‘toy’ that I have discovered. I like the Windows Movie Maker software. (Now don’t start throwing rotten tomatoes at me! – I know anyone who says they like anything Windows puts out is instantly labeled “...
The wood shaped to the line. If you check back a few posts there were two lines. My ‘final’ line is what you see remaining. Here’s a jig I made to cut the edges to size. Does anyone see what ‘the problem’ is in this picture? Think hard… It’s a 1hp Craftsman router with a 3/8” straight bit. I call it a ‘face off’ bit, but I could be wrong? The jig part is the device holding the router steady. It’s 1/8” alu...
This segment discusses how to use a grinder. You don’t have to have a grinder to make stained glass, but it helps to make a better product. It smooths the edges and makes them square, so when the pattern is put together the pieces fit tightly together. Whereas if you don’t use a grinder the edges won’t be smooth, and there is more of a chance of gaps. If you can make decent cuts though, most gaps will be filled with solder, so it may not be a huge deal if you don’t...
Before we begin making a stained glass project I want you to take the time to practice using a glass cutting tool on inexpensive clear glass. This will help you get the feel for your cutter, and get a decent feel for how to score a piece. When scoring, listen to the cut. You can hear whether or not you are making a clean cut. Once you are good at scoring glass you will be ready to move on to the more expensive stained glass.
Tommy MacDonald has expanded the FREE content area on his website to provide more “How To” information. There are some cool projects and many helpful tips that might be of use to all of us. You can check it out at the link shown down below. Here’s the link to the HOW TO area: http://www.thomasjmacdonald.com/content/howto/ While you are there browse the rest of the site and check out some of the outstanding woodworking being done. As you probably already know, some of our fellow LJ...
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