Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'birch'

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Carved birch mouse #2: Body rounding and ears

06-17-2021 05:19 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

After yesterday’s work, I drew a other couple guide-lines along the edges of the mouse, about 1/8” in from the previous lines. Then I cut away between the new line and the line I’d carved yesterday. The goal is to give the mouse a rounded body. With that done, I worked on refining the area between his ears. As I didn’t have a short knife suitable for working in these tight spaces, I modified a longer one. I’ll add pictures of that later. Finally, I sanded his sides a...

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Carved birch mouse #1: Introduction and rough outlines

06-16-2021 09:06 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

Last night while I was waiting for the house to cool off, I read the two-part series on carving a mouse at Tools For Working Wood. It was pretty good, so I took a couple screen-shots and when I had a few minutes today, I got started. First, I roughed out the mouse from a piece of birch on the bandsaw. Very 2D, and about 3/4 inch thick. Next, I used a rasp to quickly remove he bandsaw burns (I was using a 3/4” 3tpi resaw blade, not the best for cutting fine details) Then I dre...

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Wood stabilizing #7: Memorial Day spalted birch and maple

06-02-2019 12:04 AM by Dave Polaschek | 7 comments »

Over Memorial Day weekend, I stabilized some more wood. I had some eucalyptus from Arizona that a co-worker wanted stabilized. I forgot to take pictures of it before giving it to him, but with a wood as hard as that eucalyptus is, most of what you accomplish by stabilizing it with cactus juice is filling voids. But it’s also brittle, and we were hoping it would be more workable after stabilizing. I’ll update when I hear more about that. I also did some spalted birch, which was about as lig...

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Big cabinet for the new home #5: Working on the doors: Need opinion on reinforcements.

07-06-2018 12:13 PM by Lalen | 5 comments »

Changed the design back to bigger windows, and boy am I glad. Making 12 doors required 72 parts. Here is a dry fit of one upper and lower door. I used the Glass Panel Door router set from Sommerfeld’s Tools. I found his videos on youtube and found it very helpful and so I ordered his set and followed his process. Here is my question. Because my lower doors are fairly large (47”x16”) I am wondering if I may need to reinforce the corner joints. Here is a couple ...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1771: Welcome to the "Slow Train"

09-02-2016 01:04 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I have missed the past few days of blogging, but with good reason. It used to bother me to miss, but after over 1700 posts, I have come to understand that sometimes we need to have to stay off of social media and the computer in general in order to do the things that we want to write about. For me, that is usually doing some type of creating. (Although yesterday I had an eye exam appointment in the morning in Digby, which is about a hour drive from where I live. There was no way that I would ...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1770: From Fairy Land to Fantasy

08-30-2016 12:32 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 3 comments »

As an independent, freelance designer, I am fortunate that I am able to vary my designs to my heart's content. While I do have to (somewhat) follow trends, I have the flexibility of creating not only the type of pattern that I would like to see, but also pick the subject, type of media that is used to create it. It is really what makes things fun. But with that fun, also comes responsibility. Many know that 'artists' tend to march to their own drummer. While this creates new ...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1769: Continuing the Fairy Tale . . .

08-29-2016 01:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

As I awoke this morning and came down the stairs, my cat (Richard) was sitting in my studio room, staring at the floor vent. You all know how cats can be. Just – well – looking . . . (and looking. . .  and looking.)  It kind of creeped me out. The house in which we live is old. My studio is on the first floor, right above the basement. The basement with the stone walls that many of the 150 year old houses in this area have. The basement that had several mouse traps ...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1768: Enjoying the Journey

08-26-2016 01:19 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

It is raining today. That is good for us here in Nova Scotia. While it has been a beautiful summer by most people's standards (mine, anyway!) it has been quite dry and the rain is very much appreciated. I supposed that it is appropriate that the piece "Raindrops" by Chopin just came on my headphones. I didn't plan it that way. I am listening to a six hour playlist of 'relaxing classical music' from YouTube. I like that lately in the morning. It is a good way to ...

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My 2nd Teardrop Camper Build

08-18-2016 01:39 PM by DadRambles | 2 comments »

Just found the site recently, and decided to post a project that I’m working on. Here is my second teardrop camper. It’s for my dad and is all pine and birch (cabinets) inside. We are working toward getting it complete in the next few months, hopefully by fall. My other project and threads can be found at

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Toy Chest Build #3: Toy Chest Build #3 - Final assembly, finish and delivery

08-10-2016 08:23 PM by 7Footer | 4 comments »

Project page here: This is the conclusion of my toy chest build. Feedback and questions are welcome! Thanks for looking! I don’t know why but the you tube embed code isn’t displaying correctly, but you can click the linke below or the ‘view on YouTube’ at the very bottom. Part 3: View on YouTube

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