So I took the other half of that wet log I did last week and turned it too. ... This log was also 12” long and about 9” across the flat side. It’s black gum. I got one side a bit thin and a chunk of bark came flying off. I didn’t do any “action shots” while I was turning, so here’s the bowl. ........These next two shots show how the grain lined up when it was still one piece. The little white specks are from the rag I’ve been using to slath...
Video of the build. This was a very fun project. Hope you guys like it.
My Grandpa passed away about two weeks ago, just shy of his 85th birthday. He was the toughest man I’ve known, but was also one of the happiest and funniest as well. His father died in an accident when he was two and his mother raised 6 children through the great depression and beyond by herself. He grew up in a small town in Southern Utah and his first job was stomping hay for a nickel a day at age six. He went on to be a coal miner, saw mill operator, heavy machine operator, road grater...
How I spent my Christmas: We had invited my brother and sister-in-law over for dinner. My brother brought over his 4-cell Mag-light, because the batteries had leaked and corroded themselves in place, and he was hoping that I could get them out. We started by clamping the flashlight (with a towel for padding) in the pipe clamp in the bench vise. I screwed in a 6” long deck screw in the back of the rear battery, then grabbed the screw with pliers and pulled – it just r...
I trust everybody is full of mince pies and good single malts? Good. Progress on the cabinet design has been excellent, with only a few minor issues here and there. One specific one which I’ll outline is about the door design. First of all, a quick rendering of the more-or-less finished design. The eagle-eyed amongst you will note that I made the central door marginally too wide, causing the door to over-run into one of the dividers. Oops! That still hasn’t been fixed si...
Before starting this project, I want to ensure that I am fully prepared.-am I familiar with all the different techniques to build the chest?-what lumber do I need – which rough thicknesses and approximate number of board feet?-what tools do I need? As both a blanket chest and a piece of Greene and Greene furniture there are a variety of familiar and new woodworking techniques. These include:-creating large panels by glueing up multiple boards-creating a template for the finger joints...
I was debating with myself whether to post a blog entry today. After the busy-ness of the last several days (weeks!) I wasn't sure if I was ready to get back to 'routine' just yet. But as I got my morning coffee and looked at all the wonderful things that I received as gifts the past couple of days, I wanted to share some of them with you. I admit that I wasn't feeling my best about Christmas this year. So many friends and family members have been going through hardship. ...
This part of the project was huge and, not to totally plug a product, but thank god for a Kreg Jig. So first up the center-line rear leg, a 2×10, was installed (pics showing it later on in this post). Then the main 2×4 support of the shelf was installed…after a problem. When I built the legs, I used bolts to provide superior holding power. One of these bolts, on each leg, turned out to be problematic. They were sticking out the inside of the bench a bit too far. Some cut...
I installed the Shelix cutterhead from Holbren in my Dewalt 735. Although Holbren has online instructions, I found Chris Wong’s video, of Flair Woodworks, to be more detailed. The process was surprisingly simple, and went together without a hitch. I won’t recount the entire installation process, because it is well covered elsewhere, however I will add a couple tips if you are considering this upgrade. When you pull the gearbox off to access the cutterhead, use a bungee cor...
Now that I am retired, I had the time to finally go to school to better my hand skills. I chose to go to the Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Now, I’ve been watching Roy Underhill’s PBS program off and on for years, and it had been my original inspiration to try hand tool woodworking in the first place. But, to meet Roy and some of his guest speakers, and learn their techniques, was something special. Our guest instructor was Bill Anderson, who has been on Roy’s sho...
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