My last blog entry, I discussed some of the stuff that I have been working on lately. I further discussed the idea of making a table and chairs. The feedback I received from the LJ community has motivated me to challenge myself and my little garage shop. I live in Connecticut and have discovered a very unfortunate fact. The wood I need to build a set of table and chairs is really expensive. I have even looked into rough sawn lumber and it, too, is pretty expensive. However, this has not stopped my motivation. I still want to challenge myself. I just need to find ways to do so while not emptying my wallet. I am considering making the table and chairs from pine that can be purchased cheaply from the hardware store. I’m not sure yet though. I’m not a big fan of staining, but if I am going to use pine and I don’t want it to look like pine, then I am going to have to stain it.
Other stuff that I have been working on is my turning. My last project was a segmented vase made from cherry and maple. I had a lot of fun doing this an will be doing more soon. Since I am cheap, though, I don’t want to buy any software to help design the turnings that I do. I sit down with some graphing paper and colored pencils. Hopefully, I can post a project here in the next few months that is unlike anything else out there. I guess I will have to wait and see.
-- It may not be pretty...but it's functional.