First off, I should have used epoxy. Secondly, my experiment with coloring yellow glue went awry. Well, somewhat anyway. I found a way to make a nice dark brown color (could be used successfully on some dark walnut). I just got into the cupboard and found some cheap food coloring like they sell to color easter eggs. I added a bunch of red first, and that came out sort of magenta looking, so I added a little bit of each of the other colors: yellow, green, blue. Mixed it with regular Elmer̵...
Getting the ends put on the top now. Both end top pieces are glued and screwed on. This piece is 3-1/2” wide. And this piece is 3” wide. A view inside with the end piece on top. These dowels are definitely too soft. Next time hardwood or poplar dowels. Or maybe square nails. Flush cut and sanded. One end done. OK, I’m sold. This is the best saw blade I’ve ever owned. Smoothest cut ever! Getting ready do glue up an extra board to make ...
New saw cuts SO very smooth – glue-up quality! I’m very pleased! Gluing the second “handle” to the end. Handles are clamped and waiting for glue to dry. Bottom still has screws in place and will come out tomorrow some time when the glue has dried more. Starting to look really nice! I love this design – traditional Japanese carpenter tool box. Uh oh! I am such a nongerhead! The handle on one end was sticking up just a tad so I went to shave it down a b...
I actually resorted to using my new HF power planer to get the edges of these two boards flat and smooth enough to glue up. But I am most interested in making and constructing right now. I actually love all those dark knots against the lighter colored white pine boards! I did find a relatively good crosscut saw at local GW this evening. Only 8$ (within my price range!) A juxtaposition of saws: I got this saw today while on lunch. I used it tonight to trim the edges of the bottom...
Got all the joints dabbed up with glue and the clamps on. After it dries and I take the clamps off, I will examine the joints and see if any need to be filled with a little bit of epoxy I guess. One corner has some pretty big gaps all the way around it looks like. I am pleased that the box came out relatively square (only 1/8” out of square). Some people might say that is a lot, but I didn’t do anything to try and keep it square, it just came out th...
I actually broke down and sharpened the blade on one of my crappy (not the crappiest, next one up) little block planes. Made some shavings. Not exactly the right tool for the job and the blade wasn’t dull anymore, just not as sharp as it needed to be. Resorted to a bit of hand sanding with a block and some 120 grit. Inching my way toward ‘real’ woodworking! I am going to do some square mortise/tenon joints for the ends of the box. This time, I am doing it “rightR...
A few years ago I saw plans for a clock that I rally liked and have wanted to build ever since. So, about a month ago, I decided that it was finally time to do it. Needing Christmas presents for my four adult kids and their families, I decided to make 5, one for each kid and one for myself. So, even though I was already into two projects, (two more commissioned caskets) and I don’t really like to do different projects concurrently, I started on them. Being big on symbolism and wanted t...
Hello. I happened to have little work today, so I had time to do some work on the tool chest. A few weeks ago I had skip planed all the parts for the shell, and some of the oak. Skip planing is simply using a heavy set plane to remove the twist and warpage in a board. Thats all. You do not use a try plane or smoother at this point. By skip planing the lumber before hand, the lumber has a second chance to warp if it has to, since there was fresh wood removed from both faces. Now a...
Hello. I have decided to start work on my new chest tool. I am not sure when I will get around to starting the build, but I have got the design and materials ready for when it comes time to begin. I bought the book by Chris Schwarz “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” back in the early parts of summer http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=67610&cat=1,46096,46109. I have always enjoyed reading his blog and when my friend told me about the premise of the book I though...
Since we’ve started a business, North Country Rustics (find me on Facebook) we’ve been very busy but we’ve also tried to take our projects to a new level. We’ve made several log beds (eventually, we even began making the bed frames from log~even though I wimped out on my son’s bed) but we are currently working on our first log bed for sale. The queen sized bed is really our best work yet but we’re stumped when it comes to how we should finish it. We re...
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