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  1. 25 points
    Okay peeps, let's wrap this one up. We're done. We applied my typical protocol for most of my projects...four coats of ARS, three full-strength, the fourth thinned 50/50 with mineral spirits... Gave them a few days to cure, then a quick polish with a Platin pad and lube... Installed hinges and lid stays... And that's that...the end of an era... It was overcast today so you can't really get a taste for this lid's full glory. It's pretty wild and awesome when the sun hits the ribbon. Joe picked this species of wood entirely because of the one board that made up the lid. Now the cherry... Brusso bling, hundreds of dollars worth... A pic of the backs just to prove they're there... OH NO YOU DI-INT! It's been quite a journey, this one. Thanks for coming along for the ride.
  2. 24 points
    No that's not a grammatical error... He's the pajamas of multiple cats....... If you don't know Steve he's one of the mentors here on WTO.....a few weeks ago I 'turned' an ice cream scoop handle by chucking it up on a power drill and taking it to my sander and posted a project showcase pic on the site. I mentioned in passing on the post that I had so much fun I'd love to have a lathe... Unfortunately my days of 'buy whatever I want' are over since my wife stayed home to take care of the kids recently and we're down to one income...,,Literally the day I posted Steve called me and asked me if I wanted his Rockwell Delta lathe on loaner for a while. Not a benchtop mind you...not a mini lathe...but a 6 footer. Oh yeah and also some turning tools And oh yeah...he gave me a router... And a detail sander... Oh....and about 1 million board feet of unsteamed Walnut. And 5000 pounds of cut off's... Which by the way...his cut offs are the size of my biggest pieces of lumber.... Did I mention the six-foot live edge 10/4 walnut slab? Yeah,that too.......... On the last podcast Marc read that story about Coop paying for the shipping to send that dude a planer (sorry can't remember the name of the guy with the planer [emoji53]). It was a testament however to the helpfulness and generosity of the folks on this forum and the community therein..... It was timely that I point out another great example of that generosity here at wood talk online....big ups to Wdwrker.
  3. 24 points
    Ive sucked my teeth (dentures) into the dust collector.
  4. 23 points
    So I got some time in the shop today with my oldest since the wife was gone with the 3 younger ones. He has been wanting to make a sword. He left a paper in the kitchen last week with a drawing of a sword and it said, "my dream sword". Well today was time for him to get started on the dream sword lol. I do realise this is probably very odd to be journaling but the boy looked up at me with big eyes as I was snapping a picture of him and said, "dad, are you going to put this on wood talk online?" I said of course I will. So this journal is for him, cause I love him and he will think this is the coolest thing in the world. First up was wood selection. He asked me to make the sword out of ebony. I said I couldn't afford 500$ to make a sword and he was like oh ya, thats expensive lol. We looked through a bunch of wood and he chose to use honduran mahogany. Smart kid. I gave him the board, a sharpie and a combination square and let him draw his dream sword. Here is a picture Next up he cut it out at the bandsaw. He asked if I could cut it out for him and I said, you are ten years old now, time to learn to use the big boy tools. I taught him all about the bandsaw and stood next to him the whole time. He did a great job actually. I had to help him out a few times but I was surprised how well he did. After he cut it out, I made some layout lines for him and let him go to town with the Auriou crew. He had a much greater respect for the maloof rocker i did after using the rasps for 30 minutes... Next i took out the spokeshave and let him give that a go. He much preferred using it. He was freaking out over the chatoyance of the mahogany after a few swiped with the razor sharp spokeshave. So about 2 hours of work of which he pretty much did himself and this is where he got The three little monsters got home while we were still in the shop so I gave them some poplar to colour on. They loved that Really wanted to get started on some work I need to get done, but very happy at the time I got to invest in passing the craft on to my boy. Thanks for looking ! Sent from my SM-N910W8 using Tapatalk
  5. 21 points
    My son in law's dad has been quite sick for the last few months. About ten days ago my son in law asked if I would make a memorial box for his cremains and a few items of memory. I didn't know his dad super well but the amount of time I was around him was good times and even that little bit of time spend around him made this a tuff thing to do, a lot harder then I expected. I was nervous about getting it right. I know religion is not to be discussed here but I can't help but be amazed at the fact that I finished this the same day his dad passed away. No journal just a single picture.
  6. 20 points
    I thought it might be fun to chronicle the development of my workshop, see what you guys think, maybe get a few pointers, maybe give you all some ideas, and so on. So here we go! I'm going to just go ahead and do this chronologically. CHAPTER 1: BEGINNINGS We got a house in July of 2014, and my gracious wife gave me the whole 2-car garage as a workshop. The space is roughly 18' by 18' with a 16' garage door on the west wall, about 16' of pegboard on the south wall, two doors on the east wall, and the circuit breaker box on the north wall near the east corner. Prior to the move I had used my dad's garage, used my wife's dad's garage, and (laughably) tried to use the front porch of our apartment. Needless to say, I was thankful for a place to work. My attitude about setting up shop: The first major tool I acquired was a miter saw - a Hitachi 10" SCMS from several years ago. I got it for $300 from a relative of a friend in an estate sale, along with a metal stand. The saw itself was in pretty good shape, but the stock Hitachi blade needed replacing. Here's a good quality shot of the saw from the manufacturer's site: The first thing I did was get a laser line attachment for like $10 from Harbor Freight, and that little thing has been fantastic. Somewhere later along the line I replaced the blade with an 80-tooth Marples blade. The saw is still serving me well, though it's got awful dust collection. Anyway. Here's the saw, lonely in its garage without a friend in the world: The door on the left goes into the kitchen; the door on the right (kind of hard to make out in the photo) goes to our utility closet (heater, water heater, some duct work, and a little storage space). Shortly after we moved in I got a good starter set of tools - a DeWalt 20V Max drill and jigsaw, a DW621 router, a nice set of new Stanley Sweetheart chisels, a couple of plastic folding sawhorses, and a small but growing assortment of Bessey hand clamps. The next major addition was this beauty, a steal at $350 on Craigslist: As you can see from the goofy look on my mug, I was excited! It's a Ridgid R4512 with a 4-wheeled step-operated mobile base and dust collection attachment on the underside. This thing is worth twice what I paid for it. The first thing I did was build a cheap table extension to fill in the space on the right end of the fence. Strictly speaking, that was the first thing I built in my shop. Also, if you look on the floor behind it in the pictures, you can see the 1950s shop vac that my wife's grandpa gave to us. It had the suction strength of an old guy blowing on his soup, so it never saw any real use. Still neat-looking though. The first larger project I did in my workshop was a taper-seat bench for my wife's Christmas present. I did all the milling at my father-in-law's house, but was able to do the joinery on the table saw at home. It's an amazing feeling to have your own space and be able to walk out to it whenever you want to and have the time. Note the auxiliary starch-rich work surface (aka ironing board): It was very well received. CHAPTER 2: BUILDING IT UP Up to this point my workshop was just a sad little garage with some tools in it, though. It was clearly time to fix this problem. Blam! Thanks to a full day of work and some help from my dad and a friend, a beautiful miter saw counter was installed. Based on designs from an episode of New Yankee Workshop, this work counter is 8' long to the left of the saw, and the section with the saw and to the right is another 4' long, for a total of 12' in length. It's composed of 3/4" dividers below with 4" strips at the bottom in front and back, and another at the top in the back. Those strips in the back are screwed to the studs in the wall. The countertop is composed of three layers. The first layer is half-lapped 2x4 studs. Above that is a screwwed-on layer of MDF, and that is topped with a replaceable layer of hardboard. Having a work surface was a game changer. It was naked so I added trim shortly thereafter: Also, as seen above, I have acquired a decent shop vac. It's not Festool, but hey, I didn't even know what that was back then. And I certainly didn't have the money. (Still don't! ) The organizer you see on the far left of the miter counter is my own design and creation as well. It's got slots for up to thirty 1/8" hardboard shelves, but I have always kept just a few shelf inserts in place and repositioned them as needed to fit whatever it is I'm storing. That MDF strip is a fence that is bolted down the full length of the counter. The miter saw's section of the countertop is set down low enough to make the miter saw's table level with the rest of the counter, and the odd angle on the right of the saw is so that the handle has room to adjust to angles in that direction. That counter has been fantastic. It still needs either cabinet doors or drawers (one drawer got added as of the date of this post) but it's still so much better than just a bare wall. I still needed some sort of work holder, and knew that I wasn't about to build a serious workbench just yet. An eBay find, this is a cool oddity. It's a vintage vice from Sears before they made craftsman - it's just Sears-branded. Not good enough to be the primary vice forever, but that's okay! Good enough is good enough for now. Here's one of my favorite pictures of the Mrs., peeking in to see what I'm up to. She's just awesome. So thankful for that woman! She supports me in my pursuit of my hobby, and always listens when I want to talk about it, even if it's a little outside her area of expertise. This was taken while I was attaching the face trim to the miter counter. I think it was about this time that I found Marc's videos on YouTube - note the Wood Whisperer lumber rack. It's been nice, but at the same time I wish I'd consider metal options, because the thickness of the supports limit how much wood I can actually fit on the shelves. That, plus the ceiling is about 8'6", which limits my storage options pretty substantially. That said, the full-sheet storage rack is fantastic! I didn't realize that my garage floor sloped down toward the door, which means that Marc's plans to have it hinge from the wall weren't useful for me (If I did that, the hinges would break out of the wall as the wheels on the far end sagged down an inch with the concrete), so I put it on four locking casters instead. It's stable, just a tad tippy. Still haven't had it fall yet, though, so it must not be too bad! CHAPTER 3: FILLING IT IN At this point I was all in. The big purchases hit hard and fast in the spring of 2015. My first experience (and the first experience of anyone I know) with buying from an industrial tools company was when I bought the G0555LX Bandsaw. It was by far the most impressive tool I'd ever worked with. The weight, the construction, it was a real dream to work with. After purchasing some locking stem casters, the bandsaw was mobile and I played with it for a month or two making lots of bandsaw boxes. (Note to self, next time purchase DOUBLE-locking stem casters, because these are a tad wiggly when locked.) One silly thing I love about my bandsaw is how it has a few areas of the interior that don't get perfect dust collection, which then allows dust to build up in layers of colors depending on which species you were working with, which looks like this: (Of course, that was also all before I had a real dust collector...) Shortly thereafter I added the DW735x planer. All I had used before was my dad's lunchbox planer, so this was definitely a step up as well. While I was very impressed with the quality of the Grizzly bandsaw, I didn't go with an industrial planer because I wanted something that I could keep mobile. It temporarily lived on the old miter saw stand, until it could be relocated to its own sweet flip-top cart. Here it is atop its new home! The cart is basically plywood, with a hollow center to accommodate the all-thread rod which serves as an axle. You can see the acorn nut which caps off the all-thread in the center of the side. The black plastic handles tighten and loosen to allow the locking mechanism (eye bolts attached with carriage bolts through the eyes) to open and close. When all four corners are loosened and turned in, the whole top flips, planer and all. It works surprisingly well. I have to take off the tables and the black plastic dust collection port, but once I do that it actually rolls right into one of the bays on the miter counter so it doesn't take up floor space. Alternately, the underside of the planer cart surface makes a great mobile work table. Another thing to point out to someone who might be considering this planer: the warning on the package about needing dust collection is no joke. This thing slings chips like there's no tomorrow. I had to buy a 4" dust hose and jury-rig it to the little shop vac I had at the time. A real dust collector is a huge boon to this planer. The left side of the picture below shows the planer in its upside-down position on the cart, and on the right side...... ... is my one-of-a-kind kind-of-great MDF-with-a-hole-in-it router table! The edge guide for my router attaches with two 3/8" thick metal rods which can separate completely from the edge guide. They are held in place in a track on the router base, and I realized that if I could just make an opening the same shape and size as my router, and two grooves where those rods go, I could suspend the router from those rods. So that's exactly what I did. I needed a router table that took up zero floor space, and I did just that. The only down side is that I have to take the router out every time I want to adjust it because of the tension of the spring for plunge routing. All in all, though, it's a great solution. While we are talking about filling up the shop, that summer also brought me Flexio, my HVLP sprayer, which I like to imagine is Fabio's long-lost cousin. Oh, look at you, Flexio. You with your golden locks. So handsome. Oh, yes, Flexio, it is beautiful. Note the Greene & Greene influence, Flexio. It indicates that at this time I had actually learned a bit more about styles and was branching out from functional to beautiful, Flexio. Just like you, Flexio. ...ahem. That summer also brought me this G0656P, an 8" beast of a jointer, as the payment for a commissioned bed which I posted quite a bit about on the forums about a year and a half ago. At this point I was already really getting involved with learning the fineries of woodworking, but just starting to put them into practice. I STILL hadn't bought a dust collector at this point - can you tell? The (almost) finished project: (The clients wanted it stained, so I'll leave that to your imagination. In my memory the bed looks like this, haha!) CHAPTER 4: REFINING THINGS A BIT In the interest of organizing things in a way that makes sense, I'm fudging on the chronology to point out that I built a clear-front cabinet before I got the jointer. It got a twin shortly after the bed was finished, which I think really brought that end of the shop together. Before the cabinets: After cabinet 1, during the construction of cabinet 2: Shop-made scrap mahogany handles, anyone? The cabinets are about as simple as it gets. Plywood and dadoes, a hardboard back panel, a face frame and does with plexiglass windows (mainly because I can cut plexiglass myself), hung with a french cleat. The one on the left has a hole drilled in the bottom so the power cord for my battery charger can plug into the wall. More storage is always a good thing. More shop additions around this time include a small complement of Jorgensen cabinet master clamps (RIP Jorgy), a set of computer speakers to make shop time more enjoyable, a dry-erase board installed in the garage door, attic insulation (praise the Lord! Left is before, right is after), and, yes, finally, the picture earlier may have given it away, DUST COLLECTION! This thing really sucks! A bunch of other small improvements were made that I didn't take pictures of at the time. I added three single-bulb ceiling-mount light fixtures to dim areas of the shop and put ridiculously bright LED bulbs in them, and now I can actually see out there! I also removed the table insert from the table saw and replaced it with my jury-rigged router table, which has benefitted greatly from having a fence and a more permanent home in the shop. CHAPTER 5: RECENT CHANGES AND THE PRESENT The funny thing about woodworking is that you never know if a project will go wrong. One of those projects was a coffee table I was making for a girl I was dating in college. She dumped me when the table was almost finished. All it needed was a coat of finished and to be sized for the glass tabletop inserts. She ditched me and I ditched the project, and it just lurked around in my dad's garage for years, and then in mine for a couple of years. I tried to sell it, but to no avail - it was a vey old project, the workmanship wasn't what I'd do now, you probably know how it goes. I didn't feel right selling it anyway, because it isn't representative of my current abilities. So what to do? I've got this darn coffee table: And... hmm. This corner of poorly-utilized space: And I am a pretty handy guy. And I need somewhere better to keep my finishing supplies. And we never ride those bikes anyway. Well, a craigslist sale of two bikes and an hour in the shop later, and I have this awesome finishing shelf: Which pretty much brings things up to today! Here's a recent set of shots of the different parts of the shop: (Oh, yeah, I rather unceremoniously added a drill press too! Not the most thrilling purchase, but a much-needed one.) And that brings things up to today, when I have a pile of 8/4 ash sitting there waiting to become a Roubo... Anyway, this post might hold a record for being too long or too wordy - hopefully someone might read more than half of it. I just wanted to share my journey with all of you guys! Hope you've enjoyed looking at it. I'll add an update to this post whenever I have enough changes under my belt to make an update post worth it. Me in the shop: My current level of confidence, thanks to my wife, my dad, my wife's dad, Norm, Marc, Matt, Shannon, and of course the awesome advice of all of you here at the WoodTalk Forum:
  7. 20 points
    In finishing up the bookcase I drilled the holes to attach the top to the top section. I drilled three holes toward the front of the case and three holes in the back. The three holes in the back I elongated to allow for wood movement of the top itself. As far as the finish goes with the help of Mike ( estesbubba) and after doing some testing, I tried something different. I used a 2# cut of garnet shellac that was diluted about 25% more with denatured alcohol. I sprayed one coat then sanded with 400 grit to knock the grain down then sprayed 3 coats of General Finish's High Performance, light sanding with 400 grit between coats. We didn't want to to go with just clear glass for the doors, We wanted something that had the waviness that you see in older glass. Anyway here it is. Couple of pictures of the top. Final resting spot. This is for Steve.
  8. 20 points
    Steve has been instrumental in project planning and questions that i've had. i nominate wdwerker. he's an asset to the forum and exhibits extensive knowledge.
  9. 18 points
    I've never posted a project, so here is one, humble as it is. My DIL volunteers with the local organization, Calgary Area Search and Rescue Association. They had a fundraiser coming up and she was assigned the task of getting something into which people could deposit their donations. She asked what they had in mind. They said 'ice cream buckets or something'. We decided we could do better than that so this is what my son & I came up with. Boxes are 5/8" hard maple with 3/4" lid, bottoms are 1/4" maple. The association colors are black & yellow, hence the garish color. Made 4 of them. The event was last night & they got lots of complements, including a couple of emails praising their 'dovetail' construction. Haha! Anyway, it was lots of fun to build & got to spend quality time with my son.
  10. 18 points
    My brother in law is obsessed with Batman. Yes the same brother in law I man the Batman walking stick for. Today is his birthday and we are doing dinner and cake later. I didn't know what to get him, and he loves all the wood stuff I make. So off to the computer and CNC. It's his favorite Batman symbol with all the different Batman symbols evolved over time cut into it. The base is walnut, and a cutout of the Batman mask. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  11. 18 points
    I milled up some scrap lumber to just shy of 3/8" to edge my shop plywood counter tops but as the holidays approached, decided to repurpose to make gift boxes. 27 of them. Milled boards with slot for bottom panel. You can see some prototypes I made in the background... Miter cut with all pieces in continuous grain match order. Glue up, used plywood for the bottom mostly to keep this project moving quickly. Packing tape and rubber bands as clamps. Batched them through the spline jig, trying out a couple decorative configurations for the splines (why the heck not?). Time to find some scrap for the tops. Couple lessons here, use a feather board when sending these lids through the router table and sever the grain with a marking gauge to avoid tear out. Two things that I should have known better before chunking up this one lid... Lids in all their glory. 12degree taper along the lid edges. Finished with Danish oil and moved on from learning woodworking skills to an unanticipated lesson in scrap booking skills. There is hard candy inside the box, it will be a pretty awesome let down if the receiver doesn't appreciate the packaging. [emoji6] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. 18 points
    I wish I could take credit for the name, but that's all Mike. Clever boy. Hirarious. Cherry case, legs and doors with bubinga top and pulls. Solid brass shelf pins. And a sprinkle of Asian fravor with reverse tapered legs and soul-patch bevels. Mmmm...dericious, tastes like MSG. Dusty Buddha
  13. 18 points
    Did ya ever notice how the projects for your own home tend to take forever since everything else comes first? There is a bedroom set that people seem to like. I have done them in cherry and mahogany. This one is for me so it is walnut. I also altered the dimensions some what to make it fit better for me and my home. This is the general idea: It is a carcass with web frames although the drawers will use full extension slides and not rest on the frames. Other folks prefer side-hung with wooden runners and I am happy to do that. For myself, I like being able to get to the whole drawer. The web frame parts are hard maple, half-lap at the corner and dado'd for vertical dividers in some places. The frames have a groove along the long front edge to accept the drawer divider trim. The side panel frame parts I get from resawn lumber in order to make the figure similar. The SU drawing doesn't show it much but, you will see the side detail which is an oversized tsuba shape created with some opposing cloud-lift shapes later on. I use templates for this and due to the different dimensions I had to make a few new ones. I use 1/4" MDF, rough the shape out on the bandsaw and then fair it with rasps, scrapers and files. I even have an old shave that I use for this. I gang the side frame parts and dado them for the web frames. I use a Mortise Pal to make floating M&T joints for the side frame construction. You can see the recess for the floating panels here. The small upper and lower "connector" pieces will get rabbeted to complete the shape of the recess. Gratuitous clamp shot. Part of my design uses a shallow, but wide, rabbet at the top and bottom of the side frame assemblies. These accept the trim you will see in a little while. There is discussion now and gain about part selection out of a board as opposed to just grabbing the next board in the stack. Here I am selecting the portions that will serve as the floating panels in the end frames. These panels get a groove for a spline. And I end up with this. The floating panels are pre-finished so I don't get any peek-a-boo bare wood during seasonal movement. I find it easier to attach the web frames to one side at the bench. You can sort of see how the frame fits into the shallow dado and acts as a keeper for the floating panel. the picture is not real self explanatory but, I can talk about that more if anyone is curious. And its starting to look like something . . . Some more templates that had to be done to accommodate the different scale of this one piece. The drawer divider trim is cut from one board to retain some figure consistency. I run a couple of dado's on the router table and then rip off the trim at the table saw . . . rinse and repeat. I lay out the front cloud lift divider trim and things start to come together even more. And more still. Time for the lower trim parts. I cut a lot of exaggerated finger joints. I have fouled enough of them to get pretty good at it and now just do this at the tablesaw. I make my own leveling feet. These are made out of an old red oak door that I scrapped out. I can't remember how many levelers I have gotten out of that free old door. Very few parts make it from machine to assembly. That is particularly true of the cloud-lift profiles drawer parts. More fingers. Since several of the drawer fronts are asymmetrical I only get to gang cut a couple of sets. I am doing that here . . . Here's the drawer parts all roughed out. This may be interesting. I want the full thickness of the drawer sides to show in the finger joint but, I also want full extension glides that require clearance. My solution is to bury the glide in the drawer side. Closer and closer. I have a low angle block that I have fitted with a bob tail. I use this as a sort of a #3 for fitting drawers and so forth. Alright, everybody's moving in and out real nice. Time for a top for this thing. I route a tongue all the way around as the top will float in a frame. Making the frame parts exceeds the depth of cut on my tablesaw so I finish them up by hand. And here the roughed out parts for the top are dry fit together. I round the ends of the fingers. The corners of these joints are held with pegs which are hidden by the square pillow plugs later on. Figure 8 connectors in 8 positions hold the top. And its time for some pulls. Once again some sort of hand tool seems to be involved in almost any part. You can see here that the pulls are pulled from a single board. Its just something I like to do on things like this. Some folks notice and mention this to me, some never do. I use a "strap" detail that comes from a small letter box in the Freeman Ford house. I choose my material. In this case I will use the right and left pieces and return the middle to stock. They get coved. And template routed. I then use a thin kerf medium tooth count blade to cut the easment where the strap will mate to the bottom trim. A sanding block shaped with the profile of the trim assures a good fit. As an aside, here is a foolproof way to mark your depth. Now it is ready for some touch up surface prep here and there and I will lay the finish on. It may be into next week before I get the first coats on. As per the norm, something else gets priority for the next few days. I'll continue this as I start to apply the finish. I will need to make a bunch of ebony plugs. I make these in that hang-time that comes between coats of finish. I add the plugs before the last couple of coats.
  14. 17 points
    I've been working on this thing since I finished the Pair o' Nightstands, so almost four months. I'm so sick of it that I really don't have much to say...I'll let the pictures do the talking. Sorry for the lousy fauxtoes.
  15. 17 points
    20 years ago, my wife and I bought a leather sofa and love seat, both recliners, and we loved them, but we rarely used the recliner aspect of them. Then 13 years ago we got two wolves that found both extremely comfortable, and they liked the recliner part, a lot. With the male weighing in at over 150 pounds and the female at 100 pounds, and being active in their youth, their nails began to reign holy terror on the leather. When they chased each other, they would run and bounce off the arms and backs and tear the leather and dislocate the joints in the backs. Then we added a 110 pound Lab house mouse, and he added damage to them. We're down to one female wolf and the house mouse, and they have settled down. But the sofa and love seat had to go, it was so bad we were starting to use redneck chrome to hold it together. In my old shop that was hardly bigger than a postage stamp, I started on a couple of replacements. Then life got in the way, and they and a couple other things got put aside while we dealt with that. I've had a couple of back surgeries, and my wife was diagnosed with cancer. Who by the way is in remission. So I got started on finishing what I started. I took them one at a time and these are the results of those efforts. The material was a gift from a dear friend in Texas, most of you know him as Coop. And they are finally complete. I know that our resident Curmudgeon will have a word or two to say about the "Red oak" but he's okay, don't let him hurt your feelings. These are two love seats a bit larger than normally sold in stores. They are designed with ideas stolen from Stickley, Arts and Crafts, and those darned Amish. Comments are welcome. There is not one piece of metal in these two. The four corners are drawbored in all directions, and the entire build is held together with glue and pegs There is 8" for the seat cushions, and 4" for the back cushions. Pick them apart, but remember, we like'em . And so do the female wolf and the house mouse.
  16. 17 points
    I think I'm done with my christmas crafting. This year i turned maple bowls carved spoons and coffee scoops. And my first snowman.I usually carve a santa with elves. I really like the snowman with punk rock hair. Aj
  17. 17 points
    We recently had to have our family pet of 15 years put to sleep. If you've never had to have a pet put to sleep - count yourself fortunate. He was the best dog we've ever had and will probably be the last. We decided to have him cremated and my wife asked me to make him a cremation urn large enough to hold him and a couple of his favorite toys. I don't mind saying that several tears were shed during its construction - this is from someone who rarely cries. This was the hardest project I've ever had to build. I used cherry wood to make the urn with a spray can finish. I had the local trophy shop engrave his name in the top. It may seem strange to some to go to so much trouble and expense for a dog. We considered him a family member.
  18. 17 points
    I made this a couple of days ago, quickly, to fill a specific need: It is just a simple box platform to elevate my son's 'gaming' TV to a more ergonomic position. Here it is, in place. Sorry for the terrible lighting. Everything else is black. Black TV, black shelving. I planned to paint this platform black too, but he liked the natural wood, so I just did a WWMM special on it. When he said he really liked the natural wood, it struck me just how much I have learned from all of you. This piece is just a fir 2x4 and a piece of spruce shelving. Two or three years ago, I would not have been able to identify the species. I would not have picked through the lumber rack to find a knot-free 2x4. I would have made the sides with squared butt joints, and assembled the whole thing with screws. I probably would not even have gotten it square. If I sanded it at all, I might have gone to 120 grit, at best. Now, I look at and see an elegent, if humble, piece of furniture. I see material selection that I learned from you. I see joinery that I learned from you. I see a simple faceted taper to the sides, that transforms this from a clunky box to a piece if furniture with a distinct and obvious purpose. I see a finish without runs and drips, that doesn't turn the wood into plastic. In this simple platform, I see many, many years of experience and wisdom, all shared in the pages of this forum, that helped ME become a better woodworker. I see a product from which I took joy and satisfaction in producing. To all of you who made this possible, I say a very profound THANK YOU!
  19. 17 points
    These pictures are not perfect but better. I need to buy a proper backdrop. One that i dont need to iron lol.. Here are the final pictures! In the wenge laminations it almost seems like there are rasp marks but Its actually the grain. My wife looked at the pictures and said, you have rasp marks in the wenge! I almost puked in my mouth. I checked the chair which confirmed what I already knew.... So up next, a couple sculpted lowbacks! Stay tuned shopping for the lumber this week! Cant wait!! Sent from my SM-N910W8 using Tapatalk
  20. 16 points
    As many of you know I have moved to the green state of Colorado . We decided to rent for the first year because we didn't know about the area, and wanted to be able to make the best decision on where to live. The prices of houses out here are much higher than we were used to in Wisconsin, so messing up would have real consequences! We were driving in Timnath, and spotted a new subdivision popping up. Timnath is just south of Fort Collins, same county but the rural part of it. The area is booming. in 2010 there were approximately 700 people, now there are over 3K and growing. And property isn't getting any cheaper. So, we decided to put an offer on a new house that was nearing completion. Offer was accepted!!! We are scheduled to close on May 4th. Shop space is a three car garage, with the tandem nook in the back, which measures 11x14. This is the only house that has that extra nook. The builder is no longer offering it, so I will officially have the largest garage in the neighborhood! Sketchup pic of the proposed layout included. Ok, on to the pics I was told the garbage can would be removed before we get in Back yard! View from the front porch!
  21. 16 points
    No journal on this one but I've been working on and off for about 3 months on this unit. Each drawer nests 9 bottles of wine, the cabinet holds 24 stemmed glasses and whatever fits on the top. Total capacity of 131 bottles. I have pictures of the process along the way so feel free to ask any questions. The cooler will have a platform under it that will tie to the toe kicks. This is an old loft in Beverly Hills where the floors have 5/8" variance across 6 feet so I decided to build the kicks and platform after.
  22. 16 points
    Issac had asked about wide miter challenges in this thread. Although there are commercially available products and double stick tape, glue and paper methods, etc. these have worked well for me and can be quickly made out of scrap. You do have to wait for the glue to dry ;-) I think the pics are self explanitory but, feel free to ask for clarification on anything.
  23. 16 points
    My son wanted to make a Christmas present for mommy. She bought a key ring holder at a "junk" show that she drug me too. I did get a nice Stanley no 4 for cheap out of trip, so it wasn't all bad. Had a scrap piece of walnut and figured we could mount it to that to hang on the wall. He did a lot of the work, first time using the bandsaw. Didn't get any pictures of that, due to both of my hand being on top of his. He is 4 1/2. Adding some finish. A little paste wax. Probably not the best, but something he could no problem. We did addd 3 coats of Varathane Natural wood stain. Drilling some pilot holes. Proud of his hard work.
  24. 16 points
    My co-worker and his wife run the biggest Redskins tailgate, they're very involved with the team and players and do tons of charity work. They were inducted into the fan Hall of Fame. So I figured, he loves to cook, what's the one Redskins thing he doesn't have... I cutting board with the script Redskins logo. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
  25. 16 points
    And you younger ones with back problems. I have back problems as some of you already know [thanks to that damn Coop] And I do a lot of stuff on the work bench that needs me to bend over the bench. I was 6'2" tall a year or two ago, so when I built my workbench I made it 37 1/2' tall. But even at that height, I had to bend over to do stuff. I suppose this solution has been around for thousands of years, but I've not seen it , but then I don't spend a lot of time looking for stuff. If I find it accidentally, I'll make use of it if it will apply to my needs. In my recent build of a couple of twin beds for a friend, I had some short off cuts of poplar laying around, and I figured making use of them is better than burning them. So heres the finished product, if you can use it, be my guest and copy to your hearts content. I built a small bench to go on my regular bench, it clamps to the workbench, and my work pieces can be clamped to it, and I don't have to bend over. It's good for anything, especially doing mortises by hand, which I do quite often. Hope you can get an idea from it to help you! Some pics unfinished, and some with just Danish oil. It's 21" wide, close to 12" deep It's 8" tall and the top is 2" thick.