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  1. Modern Mirror Frame

    This was inspired by a mirror we saw in a store that was way too expensive so I offered to make it for mother's day. It took a while to find an appropriate mirror on Craig's List so I didn't start working on it until October. The frame is 40"x40" and 4" deep and the mirror diameter is 31"...
  2. Wine glass holders

    I see a lot of these around lately and I had some scraps laying around the shop so I figured I would give it a shot Maple and walnut, and walnut and maple. I used HHG when laminating. Finish is Arn-R-Seal and wax
  3. Butternut practice box that didn't come out too bad

    This is your standard mitered box with a rabbeted bottom and the lid cut off after assembly. The splines are walnut and there is a walnut stripe on the top. I finished with danish oil, but it left the butternut really flat. After it dried I wiped on 2 coats of Arm-R-Seal. It was buffed with...
  4. Exposed - Design Experiment Part 2 - The mens valet revisited

    This is a men's valet box, but more so a design experiment. I am playing around with different styles and techniques. This is No.2 in the series. No.3 will be the inverse (walnut carcass, curly maple everywhere else). No.4 will be a desk. Materials Ash case, all splines are also Ash Beech...
  5. Floating top hall table with a twist (first project out of the new shop)

    Since I've moved I've been making shop fixtures and doing a lot of construction related woodworking. I recently finished renovating my home office. Since I work from home quite a bit, I want a really nice space. The room has a nice entrance way so I wanted to put a hall table with a nice lamp on...
  6. VENEER HAMMER WITH A TWIST

    Since I am starting to work with hot hide glue to do some veneering I thought I better get myself a veneer hammer but after looking at the prices and shipping I decided to make one . During the design I came up with this idea of putting the grip at a slight angle to the blade and the handle at a...
  7. Who said MDF has to be ugly?

    Thanks to Paul (Shipwright), I recently became interested in hammer veneering (traditional; using a veneer hammer and hot hide glue) and wanted to practice. This project may have been a bit ambitious, but aside from a few flaws, I am pleased with the results. It is 1/2" MDF, bubinga and walnut...
  8. Veneering a column, restoration of an english regency rosewood center table.

    We received a restoration at the workshop, Antique Refinishers, San Diego, and the column had been re-veneered with contact cement and the wrong wood. As it was a neat project and it is the second time we are veneering columns (see my post on our Biedermeier table project) in the last 2...
  9. Router Table

    This is the latest addition to my shop. I've been needing a router table for quite awhile and I looked around for one that would fit in my table saw extension, but finally decided to make my own. It's made out of 3/4" baltic birch plywood faced with some 1/8" hardboard. The router table insert...
  10. Zebra wood box

    This box was done by veneering squares of Zebrawood over MDF creating a small box its about 8 inches square, 2.5 inches tall. The inside is felt no big deal but was playing with the zebrawood scrapes one day and thought it would be fun. Sat unfinished in the shop for a long time since I was...
  11. Finishing
    My first attempt at hammer venneering ash burl with hot hide glue was a complete failure. Terrible bubbles formed that I have not been successful in flattening. I'm hoping you could give me some advice. Iv attached images. - Iv attempted to reactive the glue under the bubbles and re-hammer. I...
  12. Finishing
    I hammer veneered two pieces of curly maple with HHG and went to re-hammer a few bubbles. During the hammering I noticed a few dark streaks appearing, but just thought that the veneer hammer was just marking the wood slightly due to the water and friction. I figured I could just lightly scrape...
  13. Blogs
    Perfect Splined Mitre Joints in Five Minutes Without Clamps When I posted "Arnie's Tea Box" http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50187 one of the comments (Roger) was that these boxes make a great venue for displaying my marquetry. I totally agree but that meant streamlining the process of making...
  14. Blogs
    Pair of Antique Doweled Chairs My wifes grandfather was an avid woodworker in La Canada California. He owned and founded Lincoln Lumber in Pasadena. My wife received a pair of chairs, with rotted out leather seats, and a pretty rough finish. The chairs spent the past 60 years or so in a...
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    Woodtreks video on Hide glue, featuring W Patrick Edwards I really like those 3 videos Christopher Schwartz came to do at the workshop a while ago. They are pretty good in my opinion let me know what you think! Hide (& Animal Protein) Glues: Background, Selection and How to Prepare Hammer...
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    Intro, wood selection, and starting the cutting Unlike my previous blog posts, I intend to actually finish this series. Apologies to anyone who was left hanging until the project was posted on previous ones. Here goes nothing… These projects will be a bit more complicated than previous work...
  17. Blogs
    Simple Hammer Veneered box Part 1 - getting started Hammer veneering is something I played with recently and enjoyed. Unfortunitely I didn't put any thought into the finished product and it came out like crap. I accomplished my goal of playing around with the tools and technique. I am kind of...
  18. Blogs
    Wood Gloat and a Little Glueing OK, I'm a little impulsive but I work quickly so maybe I can pull this off. I'm showing my jewellery box at the Sooke Fine Art Show in a week and will be doing four hours of chevalet / marquetry demos there as well. When I have done this in the past I have always...
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    First Students Tomorrow My first marquetry course starts tomorrow morning. I've been preparing for a couple of weeks and I think I'm as prepared as I could be. The classroom The textbooks The work areas Glue making, packet assembly and mounting board materials The packets for the...
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    Prep and First Try I posted a forum topic recently asking about the best way to attach some veneer to a project I am planning and one of the recommendations was to use hot hide glue (HHG). I've seen posts before from fellow LJs about how much they like using HHG and have been meaning to to...
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