Thursday, July 4, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Keep Your Mind on your Fingers and your Fingers on your Hands!!!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Grind may be slightly exaggerated, its more like shaping and sanding. I am finally getting back to work on the live edge table.
I will be using my block plane and rasps to fair the corners of the legs and the curved stretcher. I am looking to eliminate all hard edges and straight lines from the finished piece.
At this point I have completed the shaping of one face (two corners) of one of the legs. It took about 3 hours to get it where I am satisfied with how it looks.
I am currently using the block plane to hog off most of the material. I create facets on corners until I get the general curve and the use the rasp to clean to the desired shape. I am thinking that a concave spokeshave would dramatically speed up the process of removing the bulk of the material, but right now its not a weapon in my arsenal.
Here is a question I have been batting around as I've worked the curves. Do I complete the entire leg including sanding to near assembly ready or do I fair all the curves and then move to the sanding? My desire (impatience) to see the finished product makes me think I should sand and then fair the next leg, but my common sense tells me to fair everything and then sand everything. Curiosity, how would you handle the work flow in this situation?
Due to my wife's hospitalization I'll have to post pictures at a later time.
Until my next post...
Keep your mind on your fingers and your fingers on your hands!!!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
|±40 Gallon Poly Drum With 1/2" Holes In Bottom 2/3 Wrapped In Landscape Fabric|
|Low Corner Of Driveway Just Inside Garage (Water Has Gotten About 2' Deep Before)|
|Hand Dug 20-25' Ditch 12-18" Deep - ±8' Through +4" Asphalt|
|Right Side View|
|Left Side View|
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The router is one of those items I have been putting off buying due to budget issues for some time, so I am very grateful to receive such a wonderful gift. While I will be keeping my father's old B&D router for sentimental reasons most likely it's use in the shop will be extremely limited. Maybe I'll set it up for round overs and/or chamfers? Any suggestions? This is like a 4 or 4.5 amp B&D Deluxe Router from the late 70's or early 80's, so it is neither powerful or "Deluxe" by comparison with today's router options.
After I complete a couple of the items on shelf of misfit projects I think I am going back to basics to focus on some general cabinetry projects. Not that plywood cabinets are simplistic or easy to build, but more because I have never really taken the time to try to build any basic cabinet carcasses. The projects I have in mind are both shop built and household in nature. For the shop I am looking at several base cabinets, a router table and a couple of wall mounted shelving units. In the house it will be two bathroom cabinets for above the commodes, three different areas that need shelving and one kitchen wall cabinet. Nearly all of this will be primarily plywood with some hardwood face framing. My one regret is the lack of a quality plywood provider in the immediate area. The bulk of these projects will have to be sourced from the local hardware company (Citizen's - Ace Hardware) or the big box (Lowe's) so material selection will definitely be a concern. If my world is perfect I would like to finish all these projects by the end of the year, so I better get busy!!! Not to mention painting the house and repairing eaves and soffits. Oh boy!!!
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Everything I am attempting is really a first attempt and although I have read and watched quite a bit of woodworking related educational materials, the solutions and processes I am using are self destructiv... I mean I am figuring them out on my own. I realize there are better ways to do everything I am trying to do, so I am begging anyone and everyone to comment and share their ideas, suggestions and experience. I have had trouble finding local educational resources and a woodworking community to learn and share ideas with, so the internet is my resource for sharing my passion for the craft. So please feel free to point your fingers and laugh at my project(s), but don't leave me in the dark if you know a better technique, recognize a failure path or simply have a tip to share. I wouldn't mind a couple of atta boys along the way, but honestly they're not necessary for me to enjoy the journey.
Anyway below are a few pictures of the table, including close ups of the screw up. I am in the process of working on the joinery for the other leg and then it will be on to the stretcher. Wish me luck and let me know what you think!!!
|Going To Drill Out Epoxy As It Dried Yellow (Any Suggestions For Clear Drying Epoxy?)|
|Solid 8/4 Walnut Leg|
|Leg Edge Rounding Template (Mark Legs Then Use Planes, Scrapers And Rasps To Shape Edges)|
|One Leg Partially Shaped (Looong Way To Go. Wishing For A Draw Knife &/Or Spokeshave)|
|Arc At Base Of Legs (Note Tapering At The Top)|
|Mortise For Stretcher (Stretcher Will Be Made Of Hard Maple, Maybe Curly)|
|KABOOM!!! Not Sure What I Did Wrong, But Obviously Something Wasn't Right. I Had Plywood Backing Up The Stock As I Chiseled Through The Waste, So Anyone Got Any Thoughts On This One???|
|Dovetail Joint For Attaching The Top To The Legs|
|Marking Out The Dovetail On The Top (Just Started Chiseling Waste To Define Edges, Will Drill Out Bulk Before Final)|
|First Socket Completed. Disappointed In Sloppy Fit (Where I Had Shelved The Project Back Before The Holidays)|