Walnut Headboard Build A quick project that is needed but is also a nice mental diversion from the daily grind. Material pulled from inventory is (very) rough cut ‘wormy walnut’ sapwood that isn’t good for much, but is something around 5/4 thick and is long enough (and wide enough) to do the job before me. Using this for the rails, top and bottom. I’ll joint one edge, work up the face, then rip the piece before deciding on what to do with any design element. ...
Maybe “LOVE” is a strong word. But I’m really excited about the final version of the show, and I think most people will feel the same way. Forget about everything we experimented with before. This is all new. It’s been over a year in development, and And I’d like to think it is a pretty unique format! Here’s how it works… The show is designed to have the feel of a single camera “reality” type show. It is meant to be a glimpse into our workshop as if you were just stopping in...
I might have an opportunity to acquire enough stock (free) to build a workbench but it is Clairo Walnut. I am not sure if a dark workbench is a good thing. I know it would be gorgeous but how practical would it be? I was only able to find one dark workbench on the internet. Here is a photo of the one I found: Beggars can’t be choosers. But I would be tempted to build furniture with the walnut and wait for something else to build the bench. But I would really like to build a be...
I know I’ve been sorta “slackin”. It’s been a bit since I’ve posted anything. This really isn’t nothing, except, to make myself feel better about gettin back out in the shop, I think. :) Anyhoo, just a stack o 25+ year old Walnut that’s hopefully gonna clean up to be a 3 in 1 Crib for my newest Grandson. The base plans are the ones from Wood Magazine back in ‘98. I’ll make a few changes here n there. I’m a bit behind, but, l...
Hey everybody, after a few personal messages here is my version of a how to on a Drunken Checker Board. I of coarse bow to the Chairman of the Board and pay tribute with beer. This is a Off-Checker pattern I call “Drunken Alice in Wonderland” The “serendipitous” nature of this piece is appealing in a far out sort of way. Here Goes… So first I prepare the Material. I am using Hard Maple and Walnut both are surfaced flat and cut 1” x 9” x 14&...
I have been working on a project in Cherry and before I finished the desks I decided to try out some of the General Finishes Dye stain but on the scrap test pieces the blotching was driving me nuts. I came to this site and tried all the suggestions until I came across the discussion proclaiming that Charles Neil’s pre stain conditioner was the way to go. Bought some, tried it and still had minor blotching but it works well. Watching his video he said it was a water based PVA enhanced produ...
Hey everyone, It was suggested that I start a discussion on how to find and harvest burls. Please give your input also. I don’t deal with straight grain that often. I cut and sell burls for a living so here is what I know. It is illegal to harvest a burl without permission. of course if it is on your own property you can give yourself permission. What I do is put an ad on Craig’s list saying I want your burls. Most people don’t know what burls are. So you don’t get that many calls....
This blog will document the making of two sets of heirloom saws. Each set will consist of at least 11 saws, but that number seems to change as progress is made. Originally I had planned to update this blog entry as additional saws are completed. The first saws completed were gent’s saws. The blog was later updated to include a pair of table saws. It was then that I realized I had made a mistake. If I continue updating this blog entry, by the time I get to 11 saws the blog will be so lon...
Well, I was asked to put together a blog on how I made my segmentd ring. Since I had to make a new one for myself, (first one too small) I thought I would go ahead and do a step by step picture tutorial. My first time ever doing something like this , so hope it comes out OK. Here goes; Wood Selection The first step in making the ring is deciding what woods to use. As we all know, the selection is quite large. One of the most important things is color, but the most important is hardne...
I wanted to make a tiny walnut box from a piece of walnut.This tiny box is for a colleague of mine who’s expecting a big wedding anniversary. First, you’ve got to go hunting for a good log. A dog is good for this. Once a nice walnut log is found, you’re in business. This one was in a scrap pile. You’ll want to resaw this log. This isn’t THE log, but you get the picture. Here’s my log resawn into 1/2 inch planks using a 3/4 inch 3tpi ...
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