Here are are some sequential project photos showing the evolution of my recent fireplace installation.Final project posted on LJ here. The starting point. Nowhere to go but up. Everything removed and framing out the new fireplace insert. Building the tile surround. FYI, Gorilla Tape is awesome for holding the big pieces in place while they set! Mounting of the 50+lb mantle piece with 4 1/4” thick steel brackets. (it held my weight without moving) Fabrication of the custom...
In this world of 4gs, Ipads, and Jpegs, we have more power than ever before. Never has it been so easy for an artist to share their work regardless of distance. I can contact a customer hundereds or even thousands of mile away. We can design an original piece via email, and I can have it delivered to their door without the client having to leave the comfort of their home. Wow! Sure beats the heck out to the old days. In Renaissance times, if the King of France wanted you to carve a sculpture...
Saw a mid-sized cabinet at a local auction last month, and wanted it. Not because I knew exactly what I’d do with it (isn’t that the way it often is??) but because of it’s age and the way it was constructed. In case bidding didn’t go according to plan, I took a some pictures just to capture the essence of it. There were a couple of yellow pine battens nailed to the back so it could be nailed to the wall (in the barn?): Doors looked good, even with baby-turd-brown...
I found an old cabinet and door maker about 20 miles from me who had stored shorts and remnants from 20+ years of carpentry. Think of a dozen solid walnut and mahogany doors before glue up in a crate. All pieces are 1.25 inches thick planed and straight as an arrow. Don’t have a bf calculation yet but it will be years of wood for smaller projects. :) He as about 100 of these crates if anyone is interested…arlington, TX.
OK, maybe all of my wood-tec type friends out on LJ,s can help me figure this out. I’ve allways been fascinated with the dynamics of curing and drying wood after the harvesting process. One to overcome is of cource the growth vortex that occures in some species and not in others. One question I have is this, Is there a right-hand vortex that occures above the equator as opposed to a left hand one bellow the equator? When a tree wiggles and struggles up out of the grownd, It also “...
This Parquetry panel is an insert for a conference table. This is the companies logo, It’s an abstract design of an Eagle. The panel size is 24” wide x 54” long. This was a very fun project, it took me around 32 hours to draw, cut, glue, and stain and finish. I used the “The Window Method” because of the long straight lines and the geometrical shapes. It’s much more accurate this way. If I was to used a scroll saw it would be very hard to keep the lines straight. 1...
I made a bench for a gift, but it was just too rustic looking. So, I made another one from red oak that looks more modern. This 2” walnut slab still makes a great looking bench. I sawed this slab 57 days ago from a nice walnut log. It’s going to sit at the end of my bed to be used as a dressing bench. Here's the project page to go with this blog. I cut the shoulders from the legs, leaving a 2 1/4” tenon. Then used the cut off pieces of leg material to make a jig to cut th...
The material for four of the drawer fronts had been identified and set aside when the dimensions of each drawer were pretty much set. Each of those came from the aprons of the donor table, looked quite scruffy, but cleaned up well on the face side. I did have to do some filler work on the insides of these pieces because of how they were ‘purposed’ on the Donor Table, specifically I cut blocks out of scrap walnut to fill cavities towards the bottom of each of two drawers so my drawer bottoms w...
I have decide to turn only reclaimed, American woods. I’m doing this for several reasons:1) There are trees that we pass, and largely ignore, everyday. Turning this wood gives me a chance to reintroduce myself and others to to this amazing world. I love the outdoors, and I go hiking, exploring, and “wood hunting” with my son quite often. I want to be able to point to a tree and tell him what it is. But as I’ve started trying to identify the species of wood that I&...
Hello. This is a update to my chessboard build. Its been a long time since my last post here because I have been busy, working on some other projects, and trying to aquire the tools and materials to finish the board. The last couple days I have completed most of the pawns with 4 left to be done. I have finished the Kings and Queens as well as the other large pieces aside from the Knights. It is very fun to turn some of the maple pieces because I come across some neat spalting like in the clos...
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