I found a woman on craigslist who was giving a black walnut tree away for free! Through many emails and texts, I finally got the go ahead to pick it up… Her original post said that her tree servicer would cut it to specific length, if desired. I tried to get her to have him cut the tree into 6-8’ logs. However, what actually happened was the tree guy came while the woman was on vacation, and cut them into 2’ logs… I took them anyway, seeing as I am a beginner, an...
Had a little problem with my DO curing. After 5 days at 65-70 degrees and 12 hours in an 85 degree room I was still noticing a very small amount of wet oil on the sap wood. After doing some reading I took the table top out for some time in the sun. It was amazing the amount and speed with which oil started running out of the pores. These photos were taken after only 30 minutes in the sun, and only 65 degrees outside. Hopefully a day of sun exposure will finish curing/drawing out any remai...
I started with what I was sure was going to be the easiest part of the bed: the footboard. It’s pretty simple: two ~18” high 3 1/4” square posts with a taper on two sides and a ~58” rail. After milling the parts, I laid out the mortises for the rail and made 3/4” wide, deep (1”) mortises to ensure the assembly is as strong as I can make it. I made the mortises with a router and the tenons on the table saw, as normal. Nothing major to report there. I did ...
I started designing this bed quite a long time ago. Originally, it was a more arts-and-crafts style, but my wife didn’t like the style and asked if I could make some changes. After looking at the bed Marc Spagnolo recently made we made some more changes and ended up with this design: Essentially the headboard is a set of two frame-and-panel sections with rails set in the groove that the panel is in. We spent some time at a local plywood dealer looking over exotics and veneers and...
A friend of mine has a small saw mill operation and specializes in domestic hardwoods, mostly he uses his contacts throughout the US to find trees that he thinks are likely to have unique figure or color. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to dig through his pile of large and small branch stock that he mills into roughly 3 inch slabs. I’ve completed two projects and am working on a third. I would love criticisms, and/or advice, on these as they are my first attempts at woodworking ...
Well, got the armrests done.. The square part didn’t ake all that long to chop out. The round hole? Forstner bit. So, when the armrest settles down over the tenon on the top of the front post, the post will get “housed” in the round hole….more places to add glue. I also chopped a mortise in each of the rear posts. Armrest would then slip into that mortise, and onto the tenon. I drilled a through hole through that rear post, in the center of the mor...
I was able to made a trip out to a local sawyer and his log yard this last weekend. What a fun time this was! I bought a walnut log and had so much fun watching it be milled just like I wanted it. Buying the wood this way is a definite savings big time , but I do have to let it dry now. SO we wait! Video available to those who wish to see it. Thanks!!!!
This little blog is to supplement my project labelled ’Meet “Arty” my little articulated friend.’ which should have been or will be “projected” shortly. A brief word about the author…. I am currently chair ridden due to a sprained ankle so I can only channel my “talents” to typographic mistakes rather than woodworking ones and thereby inundate LJ with my verbal diarrhea. As the “Arty” project briefly discusses “nuts”, th...
This post is dedicated to my good Danish pal Mads. I was in Denmark this winter as my dad was ailing and did die.He was 92 and he wanted to go.While i was there I got to visit with Mads, which is always great. At that visit he gave me this. This was a challenge to me as I have always wanted to make a shoulder plane.I had some repurposed maple doors that I used. I had to glue several pieces together to make the body. After the glue up I did the geometry and made some cuts and s...
So after working with wood for the past two years and landing a few commissions here and there building dining room tables, I heard that there was a gentleman who went to my church that wanted to meet me. His name is Don and he is 83 years old. Of course, I was extremely intimidated from the get go because he had, I was told, been a furniture maker his entire life. Finally after missing him several weeks in a row, I met him at a dinner function. We got to talking and showing e...
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