Day two started with the walk up this path to the shop. After I said how pretty it was, I thought I should prove it with the pictures. Here’s the view from the screened in porch that connects Lonnie’s home and the shop, and our lunch spot. Alright, enough of the tour, get back to work! My next task was to clean up the legs, apron show surfaces and rails with a hand plane. A low angle plane with a 50 degree blade was the recommended tool. Although I brought my Lie-Nielsen...
This first picture shows the board just as I got it from Woodcrafters Here it’s been sectioned into the proper lengths to make two humidors of the same size Here it’s been further sectioned to the proper height for two humidors The grain has been carefully matched on all sides Here the box has been taken back apart and 3 coats of marine spar varnish have been applied to protect the inner box from humidity Some final shots of t...
I signed up for the Handworks Essential class at Lonnie Bird’s School of Fine Woodworking and thought I’d share my experience with you. The setting is perfect. A quiet country road, lined with grazing cattle, leads you to Lonnie’s home and school. The rain stopped about 10 minutes before I arrived so my tools didn’t get wet. We started promptly at 8. After introductions, Lonnie gave us an outline of the week’s timeline. Right to work, laying out mortises o...
Part 2 of my chair build—based on Hal Taylor’s plans. With the seat glued up, it was time to flatten it, trim it to size, and cut the notches for the back legs. In terms of flattening, I just wanted it flat enough to get square edges when I cut it on the table saw. I didnt need a perfect surface since it was going to be carved out and shaped later. To cut the 3”x3” back leg notches, I clamped the seat to my miter gauge that had a tall sacrificial board ...
I’ve been wanting to build a Maloof style rocker for about as long as I’ve been a woodworker (about 4 years I think)... I always put it off thinking that my skills werent there yet (still think that). I decided I’d wait until my wife and I were expecting our first child, and then I’d take the plunge and build one. Well, here we are. I need to have the chair done by Oct 5 :). So, my other project is going to have to wait (Arts and Crafts Dining Table). I started...
Join me for another walk through the wood shop. This time showing progress being made during the build your own chair course. Rocking chairs from Curly Maple + Wenge & Walnut + Curly Maple. Also a few prototype tables I’ve designed, which are oh so close to assembly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1gyDhW1Ghw
My morning was taken up entirely by straightening out a snafu with my medical insurance co. and the doctor’s office. What a pain. Sometimes I wonder why I have health insurance. Anyway. . . When I did make it out to the shop, I had this cutoff piece of walnut left over from the leg vise chop that was perfect for the deadman. I’m not really done with it at this point, all I did was rip it and cut to length, cut a rabbet at the top and the V groove at the bottom. It fits right...
This dirty, heavy unidentified board had been kicking around for some years.. ..imagine my delight when I ran a plane over it and found this lovely lacewood: I scaled up from a photograph of a Moog lap steel. Imitation is, after all the sincerest from of flattery! Bandsawn to rough shape and tidied up on the bobbin sander. Rough planed to 1.5” and sanded through the trusty shop-made thicknesser: Routed out for wenge inlays: Inlays glued in and ...
A quickie post I didn’t mention making the red Oak pieces to latch behind the lower lip of the cabinet before. These are just big enough to fit below the lower shelf . The article in the magazine mentions making these the full length to subdue expansion, but I have breadboard ends for that. I measured and marked where the batten guides need to go, with a brain fart or two. You will probably notice a few holes in a picture or two where I mounted them where they didnt need to be. ...
I didn’t write the final post last week as I was pretty busy with my 20th wedding anniversary. Last weekend I had planned on flattening the tops on my last day off but only got half of it done. I had decided to use the router to flatten it, using a sled and rails. I saw the technique on the Wood Whisperer video and thought it was a good idea. So I went to the big box and got two 2×6 kiln dried 8’ long boards for the rails. The first thing it to make the edges straight and ...
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