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  1. changing times table

    I made this table to represent the economic times we find ourselves in. One half of the table is made of pine, put together with pocket screws. It is utilitarian & somewhat battered (I stressed the top). The other half is mahogany, mortise and tenon joinery, hand made inlay, the whole nine...
  2. A Newly Born "Antique" Box

    A couple of months ago, I was reading Sheila Landry's blog entries (as I do most every day) and became very interested in a box she antiqued using paint and some really wonderful stenciling techniques. It got me thinking. What would it take to create an item that would look perfectly at home...
  3. Shop stool #2 (and curve soled plane)

    After making my Shop stool I have gotten a lot of interest and questions About it. This one I made in order to experiment with making it more production friendly. Made from larch and oak dowels. Finish is traditional soap flakes. Needed the plane to flatten the curve of the seat. Read my blog...
  4. An Experiment in Bowl Blank Preparation

    I wanted to try an experiment in the preparation of this blank to turn. I had a small yellowheart and small purpleheart blanks that were about 5" square. I thought the woods might look nice together in contrast, but not having a drum sander, I didn't want to start resawing these blanks too...
  5. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
    1.A day without sunshine is like night. 2.. On the other hand, you have different fingers. 3. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot. 4. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name. 5. Remember, half the people you know are below average. 6. He who laughs last, thinks...
  6. Jigs & Fixtures
    I came across a statement that most glues need about 250 psi for good adhesion, too much more will starve the joint. and too little will not take advantage of thin wall stress conditions. Then I thought, well, how much am I applying? I crank down kinda hard and make sure the glue squeezes out...
  7. Blogs
    Wooden body I own a die and tap to thread wood but the diameter is 3/4" and this is a dowel size I can't find locally. I have thus decided to try and build a rounding plane / dowel maker to create my own 3/4" dowels. A rounding plane is is like a giant pencil sharpener with a cone shaped...
  8. Blogs
    Design and piece cutting This is a real-time blog, that is I am blogging as I am working on the project. As it is my own design I respectfully request that anyone wishing to copy it waits until I have posted the finished project. I've made this design using part of the Fibonacci series of...
  9. Blogs
    Cut method I've been experimenting with spirit based wood dyes, as in the project 'Any Colour You Like'. Mainly though I've been working with black. The long term aim is to see if I can substitute black dyed woods, such as Sycamore, for Ebony in my projects. Ebony is really expensive. I think...
  10. Blogs
    Ommm = Zzzzuhm Growing up in a family of six on a First Sergeant's pay, meant that my parent's provided my brothers and I with what we needed but there wasn't much left over for extras. My father actually learned to refinish antiques because busted-up old - what other people called trash -...
  11. Blogs
    Figuring out angles How's that for a wishy washy title:-) ? I've been toying with the idea of building myself a small sailboat so the kids and I can putter about and maybe have some fun fishing from it. I am also hoping we can have fun putting it together so I don't want to get too ambitious...
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    Testing, testing Not sure if applique is the right term here. I've started exploring designs with a basic background with contrasting pieces of wood ( of varying thickness ) glued on. This is the first test piece It's a piece of Birch ply, dyed black ( spirit based dye ). I usually use spray...
  13. Blogs
    A Little Experiment ... All woodworkers know about and battle with the issue of colourfastness but in marquetry it is more than just a pest, it can absolutely ruin your work. All one needs do is look at the great marquetry created by the French masters of the seventeenth and eighteenth...
  14. Blogs
    Hand Cut Double Dovetail Experiment After admiring the double and double-double dovetail joints that are capable with the Incra and other jigs, I started thinking, "Why not try this by hand?" So this box is my first experiment with handcut double dovetails. It took me some time to figure out...
  15. Blogs
    Handcut "Radial" Dovetail Experiment I'll call this a radial dovetail (for lack of better name). This is a practice handcut joint for a future keepsake box. It's curly maple and Caribbean rosewood. My initial thought was to have all the sides of the dovetails in the maple point to one...
  16. Blogs
    A Challenge I was feeling a bit predictable so I set myself a challenge. I had three boards that, on the surface, looks less than pretty. So, I decided I would make "something" with them. Here are the three boards: The two on the right are Ash with some rather interesting discoloration...
  17. Blogs
    Testing One-Two-Three Or, just how badly can I screw up my first blog entry? This isn't like a mistake in woodworking that you can change to something else ("Let me show you my collection of hand-carved mahogany toothpicks") or use for firewood. No, this is out there for the entire world (or...
  18. Blogs
    Experimental Wood Block (This is not posted as a project because I felt it was just an experiment, I'm not completely happy with the result and I didn't put finish on it.) The pile of wooden blocks that I got as cast offs from the pre-school at my church has been living in a box on my floor...
  19. Blogs
    Adventures in soap When making my Shop stool #2 I wanted to experiment with using soap flakes as a finish like in a lot of mid-century classics made from light colored wood, mainly beach, white oak, ash, birch and pine/fir. The finish has some nice qualities: - It is natural and can easily be...
  20. Blogs
    Shop Stool #2 (and curve soled plane) This is a blog on creating this project. After making my Shop stool I have gotten a lot of interest and questions like "can you make me one as well?" and "is it possible to make it from a light wood?" Inspired from several people here that talk about...
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