Let’s see, I had a couple scraps of Black Walnut sitting around the shop. Also had what was left from a Black Cherry floor joist ( From an old barn tear down) Both were being abused by every new-to-me handplane that came into the shop. Decided to try and make SOMETHING out of them, before they wound up as just a pile of shavings. Edges were planed square and ready for glue-ups. Didn’t have a way to make slimmer pieces, so I just used the scraps as is. Got a slab out o...
Yesterday I completed the combination pallete and wet canvase holder. It is constucted out of birch plywood with oak inserts for holding the wet canvases. The pallete is finished with two coats of BLO. It is shown out of the box with an inserted canvase and inside the box with the pallete in view. I trimmed the drawers with walnut and put two coats of Danish oil on the box. I’ll let the oil dry for three or four days and then finish with satin wipe on polyurethane. ...
I completed the mechanism for the inside of the box lid and fit it to to canvasse boards that it will hold. I believe they are 12”X9? I built the cover for the top out of baltic birch ply and chamfered the edges to make it a bit more sleek. I put my artistic abilities to the test and printed off a quote from the English illustrator Arthur Rackham. I made sure the font was something attractive but would still be easy to burn. I printed the quote out and taped it to graphite transfer...
About this mallet. While straightening the shop last night a moved this mystery mallet for the thousandth time. It has been sitting around since making at the Woodwrights School with Brandon about a year ago. I never finished it because something wasn’t right. I’d study it occasional and, uninspired, move it to yet another spot in the shop. Finally, I picked up a pencil. The head is too square and the handle too bulky. So, I clamped it in the vise and grabbed my spokeshave a...
So to pick up from last time, I had essentially broke the top down into 5 steps or “phases”. Phase 1 was 4 board glue ups. Ph 2 was 2 of the 8 “blocks” glued together with a thicker board in between that will extend to the surface. Additionally there were the 4 boards laid flat on the top, with the one board in between. This was the most complex of the phases and taxed the clamp rack pretty hard. The 3rd phase was assembling the larger (4) blocks with a 3/8”...
Several people have inquired about the Pochade box I am building for my wife. A Pochade box is a painter’s box that can be transported out into the field. Varying in size, shape and style they can contain any, all or none of the following: paints, pallets, brushes, solvents, canvases, etc. What a Pochade box really does well though is holds a canvas while one is in the field painting. Mine is made of walnut sides with a bookmatched maple top. The base, sub-base and drawers are ma...
For those of you bored enough to actually read this, I ask that you bear in mind that this is my first blog of any nature and so it may be choppy and boring. My plan is that the bench is not. Last year (2012), I decided that I had enough of working off of saw horses. I had made them when we bought this place 9 years ago, and they have served me well. They are sturdy. I built them out of 2×6 with a shelf down bottom to hold whatever tool I am using. You will see them in a lot of t...
I finally got around to making the shaker wall clock like Norm Abrams did on the New Yankee Workshop many years ago. Please view my video here: http://youtu.be/zDL9bfkEObY Thanks! Chris
This is a side view of the center section of the front entrance showing how this part of the model will slide out with the cabinet. The sides of the model shown will be made out of glass laminated with a transparent stone pattern. The roof will also be made out of glass. All the parts on this model are designed for cutting out of various hardwoods. This shows oak and walnut used for the rail and first level ceiling. Roof truss, beams, and upper walkways will be mad...
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