Instructions for making functioning and decorative fireplace bellows: Feb. 9, 2004 (Up-dated Sept. 2016) I have made well over sixty of these. I developed this process and pattern from a carved bellows I bought in Norway in 1984. The decorative inlay process is explained in another blog of mine. Wood can be any kind that you like to use. Needed is about 30 inches of 1×8. One half-inch thick wood will also work if you can find it. I have used Oak, Cedar, Pine, Waln...
After dry fitting the legs and stretcher I moved on to glueing things together. Wedges were pounded into the tenons. I never really put much thought into making thin wedges so when it came time to make some, I was at a loss. I wound up using the tapering jig on the table saw to rip thin, tapered strips to use as wedges. It was probably not the most efficient or creative way to make them. Anyone have a good way to make thin wedges? Cutting the wedges off and sanding them smooth w...
Let’s see, cleaned the bench off a bit Except for a couple tools I thought I might need.. And brought this thing out of hiding.. Yep…that pine scrap did wind up glued in place. Wide chisel to pop it off. Got to looking at the legs….decided in the interests of it NOT falling over, a fourth legs was needed. First two legs were NOT 120* apart… Did NOT feel like digging another dovetail joint into the base with three already glued up. Used one leg as a pat...
Yet, somehow I keep forgeting that one rule…. Came away from the Doctor’s visit, needing X-rays and Dr. Feelgood for a sore knee, I now have a Handicap thing to hang in the window of the van,,, I thought that somewhere in the shop, there were a few wood screws. Slotted heads, hopefully Brass ones….nope. Went to Lowes, to by a few screws…..#8×3/4” round head, slotted Brass screws…...that were priced like they were gold plated. 3 little ...
Just one of them days…..while waiting on the help to rouse himself out of bed…..went to the shop for a little while. Set the beltsander into the vise. The three leg blanks were wavy, and a couple were a bit fat. Turn the sander on, and hit the lock button. Held each part on the moving belt until the saw marks were gone, sides were flat. Found out that the inside curve was a decent enough of a match.. That it would fit the front roller. Got rid of some other saw m...
Well..I did find Mr. Gumption today…...and he put me to work, so much so, I was dripping on everything in the shop. Gave the lathe a rest for a while. Decided to flatten the top, and work on it until a circle was done….almost. I have a Stanley No.5c, with a Schwarz style cambered iron. Scrubbed all the high spots down to match the low ones, was a bit rough. I went at an angle to the grain, mostly. Then went with a slightly bigger plane.. Used this #5-1/2 as a ...
Things finally are moving along, unfortunately, a little too fast in the case of the beveled through tenons on the bottom apron and the long stretchers. I forgot to cut the bevels on the tenons BEFORE I cut the arches. As a result I had to come up with plan B. As you can see from the picture, it entails a long fence on the miter bar and a longer piece of sacrificial wood clamped to the miter bar and the stretcher. Probably not the preferred method for cutting bevels on the tenons, b...
Well, the Cherry box is awaiting a delivery this coming Sunday. There is a little bit of leftover Cherry sitting around. Time to cut the other slab down to size? This used to be 7’.....cut the top slab at about 38” long. The other two add up to about 4’...Decided to cut the long slab down a bit.. Took a lOT of candle wax to cut through 2-1/4” thick slab. What I though was another slab of Cherry, turned out to be… Walnut. This slab was 9/4 thic...
Walnut Vanity and Live edge backsplash #1: Building a Walnut Vanity with Live Edge Backsplash and Inlays
Here are some build pictures and notes about my process of building the floating vanity and live edge backsplash with ebony bowtie inlays. If you are interested in the fine details of the build please read my personal blog Building Walnut a vanity or watch the youtube video below. I started out filling the unwanted holes in the vanity top with epoxy Cut the angle on the top with skill saws and beveled the end on the table saw with glued on guide Glue blocks to clamp the ang...
Finally feels like the project is starting to move along. Alex from Glass Heritage just told me the glass for the inserts have been cut. He sent some pictures so I can approve the colors. Meanwhile, I’d better pick up the pace if I want the desk to be complete by the time the glass is ready. Making smooth arches seems to baffle a lot of folks. The problem is that most arches require a combination of a circle with a large radius and just the right amount of flattening the circle...
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