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  1. 13 points
    Well I dove into the deep end of the pool tonight and entered my first piece (Jewelry Chest) into the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild annual Northern Woods Exhibition April 25-28th This is way out of my comfort zone but in an effort to push myself even further in my woodworking I thought it might be helpful to get feedback from woodworkers much more talented than I as well as from the public. Here's hoping I don't regret this LOL
  2. 11 points
    Well @Spanky here it is at long last, something from that piece of box elder you gave me. When I got the protective paint off the original piece of wood there were some natural cracks and bark inclusions that dictated cutting out a smaller piece of wood to turn. Ultimately "A Different Angle" was made from the "filet" of the board, but as I was trying out ideas and cutting the board down I decided that I really liked the wedge shape of the blank and would try to incorporate that. There are a couple of small irregularly shaped fragments left over that might still become something in my shop or I may give some to a member of my club who puts together fragments of wood for his blanks. Once I had the fillet, I turned it round and then knowing what I would be working with I did some sketches. These were mostly Ogee forms. I showed these to Marcia who looked at them for a moment and then said "Why don't you do a diamond". To which I spluttered " That's a terrible idea" and, after blathering a bit more, "I'll sketch it and show you". Then after eating my hat, I went to the workshop and turned it. Here's some other views: It's definitely a different shape, but I like it.
  3. 11 points
    This was a tough project for me, and a small tribute in my way to Krenov. Rickey's (aka Spanky) curly ambrosia maple is the star of this show and makes me look better than I am. I've said before casework is not my favorite, I've leaned more and more to the sculptured stuff the past few years. But I'd have to say this project was not only a joy to make but a real challenge. Along with the above comments, I really wanted this to be a project journal. I've come to believe when you show your work as you are doing it, you become better from the experience. I also love following project journals and I'm bummed there have been fewer and fewer on here. I didn't want to be part of the problem. And no, I'm not a facebook guy and I'm not moving over to that format, won't do it. Ok, so here goes. I did a wine cabinet a month ago, it turned out well and I had planned to use the basis of that design to make a new liquor cabinet and buffet table. The old ones I have now were made by me 20 years ago and have held up well, but are blocky and unrefined. These will be great to pass on to the kids as they move out. But I wanted to update and get more refined pieces now that my skill level has started to progress. This cabinet has the same flow and leg contours as the wine cabinet had. It's 4' high and about 30" wide. It's made out of walnut I harvested and milled my self and some beautiful curly ambrosia maple that I got from Rickey. Here are a few pictures in production stage. I took these when I thought I could still get this in a project journal. This is a pic of a side of the cabinet, the 2 legs are attached to a panel with dados via loose tenons (aka Dominos). A view of dry asembly, the second pic shows I put 3 cross supports dovetailed intro the side panels. For the drawers I used a center guide rail, I like the simplicity of this and the predictability of this; Pic with the underside of the drawer; The doors were a challenge, and I'm not the best at them. I posted on these in regards to what hinge to use. I settled on a simple solution, but I do wish I attempted a offset knife hinge. My opening wasn't perfectly square. When I put the doors in with just dry assembly, here's what I got; The gap between the doors closes when the top hinges are placed. So I used hide glue for the longer set time and for my ability to manipulate the joint; I put blue tape in the opening to prevent an "issue". Here's a pic with the top hinges in place, presto no gap left; I let these doors sit in place until the hide glue cured. Then I hand planed the hinge side of the door to develop a uniform opening from top to bottom. Since I used a no mortise hinge I needed a slight gap for the hinges. Here's the final assembly, notice the matching figure of the 2 drawers fronts; The back is shiplapped sassafras, love the smell. Did not put a finish on this. Here's a pic of the door tenon/mortise joint, a little tearout on the tenon but still a nice fit; Custom pulls that turned out great; Grain match was ok, but wasn't a knockout; The cabinet in place; Handcut dovetails in the drawers; Fully stocked! Thanks for looking!
  4. 10 points
    Alright, got a bit impatient. Photo dump time. I couldn't capture the ray fleck on the tops in the pictures, so that sucks. It's not perfect and never was going to be...but I'm happy, happier than I expected to be. I think I made it the best I could have given my skill, time to dedicate, and material.
  5. 8 points
  6. 8 points
    So this is where I'm at now. Main case dry fitted. Drawers are from an old project (my daughter rejected them ). Next up is finish prep, glue-up and fitting the back. The large cubbies on the sides are for books.
  7. 7 points
    So here’s the end product for this project. Just in time for wifey’s birthday too (coincidence)
  8. 7 points
    You should have seen the lumber that came out of that log. All but a few boards, went to the Woodcraft store’s in Tn and Ga. The big dummy that cut that log didn’t keep one board. I promise he want make a mistake like that again.
  9. 7 points
    I'll let the pictures do the talking, these are panels for doors in a cabinet I'm making, one coat of osmo polyx;
  10. 7 points
    It's in the house! I'll get my wife's nice camera and get some proper shots of it tomorrow. The bottom drawer is out still because the finish is still drying. I got it all fitted yesterday, and it seems like it's all working swimmingly.
  11. 7 points
    Finally got some steady time to get this one wrapped up which is good too. I am upgrading my electrical panel this Thursday and i have to button up a bunch of wiring and get new grounds ready before the big day. The sawdust and glue mix worked surprisingly well. You can still see marks but it's far better than it was. After i got the frame made and the top sized, it was as simple as thinning out some walnut to make a slip fit top. I needed some dividers for the piece treys as well as the center wall thing. I had a small piece of redgum sitting on my scrap shelf and figured with all the chaos of wood on this one why not add 1 more species. It turns out it blends well between the walnut and the black dyed wood i used on the field. I just have the brass latches left to install after the finish cures. It's too bad the Mahogany veneer is so much darker than the piece i had. I hope that in time it evens out. If i get a chance i might toss it out side to sun tan this week. It's supposed to be in the 60s!!!!!!!!!
  12. 7 points
    What a great weekend with Darrell and his wife, Terry. The workshop could not have gone any better! One of the reasons I wanted to have Darrell do this seminar was because of his extensive use of CNC as a tool in his everyday workflow. Here's his Tercet table with custom CNC cut clamping cauls. He went into great detail about how much easier it is now for him to clamp up a piece with very odd angles by making these custom cauls to fit the angles, with detents in the cauls for precisely placing the clamp jaws in alignment. Everything lines up perfectly with very few to no gaps requiring adjustment. Great use of the technology! And this is how deep the sawdust was in his shop when he forgot to empty his collector. We had a few more people than the class is designed to hold, but we managed. It was a full house. My buddy Carl eyeing some of the ebony plugs Darrell is cutting. He won't notice them missing, right? Meanwhile, back in Denver is my brother (who was supposed to attend the Darrell Peart seminar!) waiting patiently for his signed copy by some guy hawking his book. But that's okay. I got my own signed copy! I'll get some of the video processed and posted a little later. Darrell is a great instructor. If you ever have the opportunity to take one of his classes or attend a workshop, do it. Very personable, completely unpretentious and happy to answer any questions you have.
  13. 6 points
    I went down Gary’s today and picked up a few bowls. I also, took Gary a few chunk’s of wood. Here’s a few pics of the bowl’s he turned.
  14. 6 points
    It’s actually a lot of fun, once you get set up Here are three of the four circles; hopefully I’ll get this bit done tonight.
  15. 6 points
    Complete and ready to go (this is much nicer than my bench)
  16. 6 points
    I made this jig up to hold picture frames for finishing. really simple, a couple of slides with finish nails pounded in them, cut off the head end and sharpen them with a dremmel tool, slides are secured with a carriage bolt and wing nut. tighten one end down, squeeze the nails into the frame with hand pressure, squeeze the other end into the frame and tighten the wing nut. holds good for finishing and can be held with one hand to finish all parts then hung up somewhere out of the area to dry. made several of different lengths and can put 4 slides on one to do two frames at once. made them way back when wood frames were popular, they still are around my house anyway, picture frame is butternut if anyone was wondering.
  17. 6 points
    Everything here is my own design and construction aside from the lamp and the guitar. The chair was built with my dad circa 2009 when I was learning how to make furniture. The footstool was made on the porch of my apartment in 2012 when my wife and I first got married. The side table was made in 2017 when my son was born.I'm focusing on the nicks, dings, and imperfections in this post. Here's one. I noticed after the finish was far enough underway that sanding it back would've led to inconsistent color or completely restarting the finish. I figure that with a toddler, this is the first of many dings, haha.The right door went on very well - consistent 1/16" reveal all the way around.The left door has a bit more of a problem with the reveal - the right edge of it is a bit too wide, probably ⅛ instead of 1/16. The top is also tighter than it should be, which in turn emphasizes the oversize gap on the right.When I was gluing the case up, something weird happened that I still can't figure out, and when I clamped it there was a split here - it's the dark vertical streak about ¼ of the way in from the front. I filled it in with glue & sawdust, and it is hidden with the grain well enough, but it wasn't a perfect project. The miter joint right there ended up being a tad gappy, too. I guess there must have been a chip or chunk of something in the joint that caused it to not want to close evenly, leading to a split when put under heavy clamp pressure. Yeah, I over clamp. Guilty as charged.The only visible sapwood. There's a little more on the bottom of the cabinet. Also, I'm trying to figure out how to manage my mess of wires in this cabinet. It seems like a shame to waste so much space, but I'm also only just figuring out what I want where in this thing. Our previous "TV stand" was actually a repurposed coffee table, so having somewhere to put things is a new experience, hahaha.The Lee Valley offset knife hinges I used for the project were pricey, but overall very good quality. They ended up sitting just barely proud of the surface after trimming the doors to fit as well as I could. Also, there's a nick out of the corner of this door because I got reckless when trimming early on. I hid it, but it's still there! Every ding tells a story, I guess. Most are just stories of my own stupidity, but still. lol.I used Brusso ball catches to hold the doors closed, but didn't anticipate this: The ball catch has a travel of almost ⅛", and my reveal is about half that. This means that over time, the ball catch is going to put a little crescent-shaped ding into the wood where it compresses each time. Not a major concern, but something I overlooked. It was my first time using ball catches, so I guess that is something to remember for next time.Top drawer! Video game goodies. No real problems with this drawer.Bottom drawer! DVDs. So nice to finally have somewhere to stash them. I purposefully designed the drawer to be deep enough to hold DVD cases.The right cabinet currently holds one of those felt storage cubes, also full of DVDs. Funny how those accumulate. I can't remember the last time I bought a DVD, but somehow there are so many of them.There has been some discussion about the potential for the doors warping since they are solid wood. They are also nearly an inch thick, more like a tabletop than a door. I think they should be okay, but if they aren't I can fix them as needed. Time will tell. This photo also shows yet another goof-up, a hole I had to drill to remove the ball catch when I accidentally put it too deep. Those ball catches are tricky.Raking angle shot of the top surface finish. I am pretty happy with it! This image has been reduced by 18.5%. Click to view full size. The back. It's got my TV antenna taped to it (yes, I said TV antenna, we use Netflix, YouTube, and over-the-air local channels), and one hole for cables to go into the far cabinet. Not pretty, not ugly, just "mreh." It's a cabinet back, whatchagonnado.
  18. 6 points
    Good Morning! Since you were all so generous with your advice and time, I wanted to share the outcome of my crisis with all of you kind folks. What eventually worked to remove the gray crusted blotches on my ash mantle was this process...CitriStrip applied with an abrasive pad and/or toothbrush, After Wash applied with an abrasive pad and/or toothbrush, Mineral Spirits (with days of drying time) and then Minwax Wipe On Poly (3 coats). It is beautiful in the end! Thank you for helping me problem solve my dilemma. I greatly appreciate your efforts!
  19. 6 points
    I will just add this little rid bit. All my chisels are metric. the reason I went with metric chisels is that the closest imperial size is just a bit bigger. Just a small sample 6 mm is just a hair smaller then 1/4 inch, 12 mm is hair smaller then 1/2 inch, 18 mm is a hair smaller then 3/4 inch. So If I use my 6mm chisel in a 1/4 slot or mortise or dado to do some cleanup or sizing I am not marring or inadvertently making the area I am working on bigger just by working my chisel in to that area that need clean up. Just a little something to think about next time you add to you chisel collection.
  20. 5 points
    As the gap is where two ends come together, is it best to use end grain flour?
  21. 5 points
    I got the back trimmed and flushed up the dovetails. Looks pretty good, although I have some minor gaps to fill. The case is about 1/16 out of square over the height, which I can live with. I trimmed the back and did a test fit to see what it will look like. The maple plywood is growing on me - I might just forget about trying any veneering.
  22. 5 points
    Hi. there. I have been doing woodworking as long as I can remember. I have said may time I have sawdust in my blood. My parent owned a cabinet shop when i was born. I started doing projects in the shop when i was 4-5 years old. When I started kindergarten I even caught the bus to and from the shop every day. My parents divorced when I was 12 years old and not long after that the show as closed and all of the tools sold. Over the years I still did some woodworking with some basic hand power tools. a couple years after i was married we moved into a house with a 20"X40' garage and I started to get more into woodworking. This is when I started buying a few bigger tools such as a Craftsman 10 contractor table saw, 12" Delta compound miter saw and a oscillating spindle sander and of course more power hand tools. We live in thaat house for a couple years and I did many projects but as we all know life goes on and we had to move. The house we move into had a very small 1 car garage so no woodworking for me for a couple years until we moved again. This time I ended up with a 30"X40" 2 bay pole barn with no power. That was a real kick in the teeth. I had all that room but no power unless I ran a 100' extension cord from the house. I the long run I am glad that i was not able to build out the shop with new tools, the person we were leasing the house from defaulted on her loan 9 moth after we move in and the bank foreclosed on the house and we had to move again. so once again we move and once again I end up wit ha 1 car garage (bigger than the last one). this time I was able to set up a small work shop and do some project. One of the project I was able to build was a 4'X10" teardrop trailer. Because of the size most of the work was done outside. Around this time i discovers a woodworking co-op opened in the area and I joined it. The shop was fully stock with tools & equipment to use and a retail store for wood and consumables. Over the 2 + years I was a member or the co-op I built many projects. It was really nice to have access to a 36" surface sander, full size cabinet table saw , 48" edge sander, hollow mortise machine and pocket hole machine. The co-op ended up going out of business about 2/15 yeas after it open when they lost their lease on the building. In 2007 my wife an I decided to buy a house. We looked for several month and tried to find a a house with a ship to no avail. We ended up buying a house with a standard 2 car garage so i was able to stet up my tools again and do some more projects. But once again life happens, 6 month after we bought our house the economy tanked and my wife lost her job so my wood working had to be put on hold so I could work 2 job to keep the light on. Fast forward to 2013 and my wife was able to find a decent job and i was able to cut back to one job so I had more time on my hands. Well not so fast.... that is when my wife decided we should star doing some remodel projects on the house. So we spent the next 4 years doing several remodel projects on the house including the kitchen, bathrooms & laundry room. During those projects I was able to amass a lot of new tools or upgraded I "needed" to do the projects such as Kreg Pocket hole tools, Delta biscuit jointer , Bosch trim router, Porter Cable 20V drill, impact driver, 16 & 18 gauge nailers & narrow crown stapler. Once the house projects were done I decided it was time to start getting back into woodworking. It was decided I was going to turn 1/2 of the garage into a work shop for me. the fist hing i did was go by a new Delta 36-725 table saw. I have to say, i am very pleased with this purchase. It has opened up a lot of new option for project I can do. This Christmas my wife gave me a Kreg router table to an fence and a Bosch router combo kit. Since then I have done a few small projects and on large one. I built my wife a new sewing table. The shop is still a work in progress but every day I make improvement. Right no I have working on better dust collection. I just built a portable cyclone and added dust collection to all of my tools that I could. I will have to move the hose around but since I can only work on on machine at a tie it is not to bad. The table saw has a dedicated 16 gallon shop vac on an auto switch. Jeremy
  23. 5 points
    While you're recovering Rickey here's some real rainbow wood for you to dream about cutting It's really a rainbow tree that grows in Hawaii, daughter and her family were just there on vacation, only the bark is colored, it's actually a variety of Eucalyptus tree
  24. 5 points
    Learning experience that i thought I'd offer. When slicing veneer cuts that go along the grain will disappear but those going across the grain do not. You can see the cut that was left by the razor blade when i made the cut. I'm going to try and fix this with sawdust and wood glue but i'm not sure if that's going to make it better or worse. I'm going to use wiping poly so it should blend fix it somewhat I just don't know the effect it might have on the burl. I know now to be far more careful with this kind of cut. If any one thinks of a better fix feel free to throw it out and I'll give it a shot. There are 3 separate areas where this happened. Zoomed out. Still have some sanding to do to remove some veneer tape.
  25. 5 points
    Ive been playing with some rotten wood these past couple of days. The little dark colored bowl is from an old tree root that was dug up when my new septic field was put in. I sanded it to 150 and put Osmo on it to give it a softer feel, still working on building the finish. The other is a piece of badly bug eaten spalted cherry. It has a hole through one side but the wild figure and colors make it worth finishing out. This is a first coat of poly which will be sanded back after it cures fully and another coat applied to get an even gloss.