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  1. Tom Wolfe inspired cane

    A Tom Wolfe inspired cane , the bird's head handle is carved from bass wood , with a black leather and crab apple spacers. The shaft is found wood , made from bark beetle damaged spruce. Materials Wood - Spruce Handle - Bass Wood Spacers - Crab Apple + Leather Finish - Danish Oil [walnut]...
  2. Nautilus Shell using Blue Pine

    I was talking to a friend of mine while he was hacking apart some pallets to use as firewood when I saw this piece of blue pine with almost perfect parallel grains and no knots in it. I asked him to save it for me - I'm glad he did! This is my 2nd attempt at making this kind of shell using a...
  3. marquetry-persons

    marqueterie,marquetry,intarsien,intarsio APPLICATION OF INTARSIA: - make the most different motifs (portraits, acts, landscapes, objects, buildings,dead nature, emblems, heraldics simbols..) - make intarsias ornaments whole for part artistic furniture - reconstruction and restoration damaged...
  4. From Termite Damage to Pergola

    Although I much prefer working on fine furniture, when you have the tools, have the skills, and own a home, you occasionally get pulled into home improvement projects. Add to that a wife than knows you have the tools, have the skills and you often get pulled into home improvement projects. LOL...
  5. Something different here folks!

    This custom wagon build has been on my bucket list for a long time. I like to build wagons and there are a lot of choices of them, so why this? Hay I don't know. But, research for it's build was interesting. There were so many, very intricate units, I ended up with a pile of printed material...
  6. prim

    This is a continuation of my study on finials. This hollow form vessel is turned from end grain, fiddle back maple. It measures approximately 5.5 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide. It is finished with aniline dyes. All comments, especially critiques, are welcomed and appreciated.
  7. cutting boards for christmas gifts

    I made a few cutting boards with some exotic woods for some friends for xmas gifts
  8. Red Hudson Bay | Custom

    This is a queen size Murphy bed that was completed in December 2008 I call this style the Hudson Bay. It is built from maple with a little redder than normal cherry finish. I matched this color off a emailed picture, which I normally don't do. Especially since colors aren't consistent from...
  9. Woodworking Skill Share
    While getting ready to sell my house, I was cleaning out the room I used as an office. I had a chair mat sitting on the hardwood floors for about 5 years. When I pulled up the mat I realized the little spikes on the bottom put small holes all over the hardwood. Any suggestions for a fairly...
  10. Finishing
    Hi guys, i need your help, i damaged my oak kitchen table: I came home from the super market and bought a bottle of windscreen washer and put it on the table, the bottle had a small leak and the fluid damage the table, my wife is pissed, i dont no what to do.
  11. Hand Tools
    I purchased a King whetstone combo set from Amazon. Opened the package and discovered the stone was damaged in two places. They are small chips in one corner and on one side. Was surprised to see the damage. Stone was well wrapped inside a cardboard cover and then wrapped in plastic...
  12. Joinery
    I'm constructing a Dutch Tool Chest and was nailing in the backboards when I cracked the end grain of the angled side of the case (see photo). Obviously I didn't drill the pilot hole far enough, but that was the only spot that cracked. Testing the board the back remains firmly attached and...
  13. Focus on the Workspace
    Gang, My shop was completely submerged (8 feet deep) by Irene. I AM insured for flood and there are a lot worse situations out there, so my heart goes out to people who have bigger problems than mine. I hope everyone is safe after the storm, and if there's any help I can provide to folks...
  14. Finishing
    Light colored kitchen table has a circular dark area approx 8" across caused by direct heat (pan). By the feel of it, some of the finish was burned off-not as glossy there anymore. I've done only a bit of woodworking/finishing, treat me as a beginner: Is this something that could be sanded and...
  15. Blogs
    Planning, planning, planning Hi, I'm Donna Menke and I enjoy making things out of wood. You can see more of my projects and links to other woodworking and carving blogs on my web site: www.woodworks-by-donna.com I have some nice cherry wood on hand- so I'm going to make another harp similar to...
  16. Blogs
    Trees, trees, trees, and more trees On September 2, a violent storm with 65 to 85 mph winds crossed central Wisconsin. It seems there was very little coverage of the storm. Even the communities less than an hour north or south of us were not aware of the severity of the storm which isn't...
  17. Blogs
    Delivery I recently ordered Grizzly's G0452P Jointer for the small shop I am attempting to set up in my one-car garage. I haven't even fully assembled it yet, so we're a long way off from a real review, but I thought it might be useful to someone to chronicle what it's like to order, take...
  18. Blogs
    DANGER! Chinese Plywood Yes it's cheap, and most of the time it will warp as soon as it is removed from the stack, but it can also be dangerous. Acording to an employee at Owl Hardwood in Lombard, IL, there is an instance where metal was found between the plys. The consumer that bought it...
  19. Blogs
    Powder Post Beetles: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Wednesday was a bad day. The Bad As I was rummaging through my supply of wood, I started to notice some dead beetles. No, not the ones from England. These looked liked they had fallen dead into some of my Pearwood bowl blanks, now dry...
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