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Found 56 results

  1. For My Son

    Sometime last summer, my son found and remembered a saying that he found. Told me it would make a great plaque. Being that he was a paratrooper and jumped into Panama and led the French on their "end run" into Iraq during Desert Storm, I had to do something special that was just for him. This plaque is the finished project. Oh, yeh, the jump wings - - before we did our 14,500 foot jump a couple af years ago, he placed a bag in my pocket and told me to give it back to him after we jumped. In the bag was his jump wings and his comment was "I jumped with these wings and now you have jumped with my wings. The patch on the plaque are those wings. Thought it would make it very special to the both of us. Anyhow, sorry for my ramblings, here's the picture. From flying, to jumping, to fighting on the ground. Got it all covered. Merry Christmas, son.
  2. Teddy's sword and shield

    These are the completed projects of the 7-year-old who I am teaching.
  3. Tower power

    This is called a "learning tower". I found it offered by several manufacturers in different versions. This is an adaptation of the idea. I made cribs for my two g-kids (born within a month of each other, they double my maker fun!). The cribs lasted about 8 months before the kid wanted out. I converted one crib to a bed: that might last a while (the other kid likes to sleep on the floor!). Then, there were toys, etc., but for the last two years (and probably next 3), the moms have raved about the learning towers (below: a tower undergoing rigorous prototype testing). In terms of g-papa time invested vs. g-kid use, this one has been a real winner. Baltic birch plywood (the real stuff), pocket screws. One was delivered pre-assembled, the other I assembled on site (they knock down pretty well). I think such adaptation is well within most WWers ability. Still time for xmas. (Revision note: the standing platform is now "skinned" with a 3/8 ply liner that closes the gap seen at right.)
  4. New project 25" tall

    My scroll saw has a clearance of 20" and this pattern is 25" long. Wasn't easy and no I didn't use a spiral blade. Now I got to make the one on the right look like the one on the left.. This might take a few days, weeks or maybe months. Oh by the way, wife does not have any real bad stuff , which we thought she might have, but the MRI showed 2 busted disk, the third and the forth, what ever that means!! So I went back to work in the shop for a few days. The next appointment for her is the 25th. Maybe operation or a few guided shots with the camera. Amazing what they have learned. Oh, I have already changed some of the stuff from the picture. It looks like there were two pieces missing so I just guessed..That's good about carving pieces for no one can say that ain't right? Hey we even celebrated the better news we got from the doctor by stopping at Dairy Queen on the way home!
  5. Next Project

    This one may present more of a assembly issues than the actual cutting. It basically nothing more as another bookshelf, but it is 92 inches tall, 52 inches wide and 12 inches deep. From front of my table saw and my workbench which serves as both the out feed table and assembly table is 9 ft. 6 inches long. But only 40 inches wide. I would prefer to assemble it in one piece. But think I'm going to have to assemble it in three sections. Anyone have a better idea on this?
  6. Cabinet Making!

    Pretty cool stuff. Crude but effective. Bare footed, no blade guards, no dust collection, wooden fence on saws, tools on the floor...and the list goes on and on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFLWrV3WyVk
  7. Current projects

    Other than working on a large theater set (I'll get photos of it before this weekend's performance), here's a couple of things I've been working on. First is the little free library, which I plan to start painting tomorrow, while waiting for some roofing screws. Second are some 4x8x7 storage shelves for the furniture bank.
  8. 5 Walnut plaques

    I actually need to make 20 of these but will do 5 each week until I get them finished. I simply don't have room to store enough lumber, to clamp them all, and to finish them to do all at the same time. The finished size will be 28" x 17" so they're basically like an end table top. They'll get a Roman Ogee edge treatment and finished in clear gloss Nitrocellulose lacquer. There will be channels screwed to the front side so engraved name plates can be interchanged. The good part of that is if there's a slight blemish with a knot hole or crack it won't show so I won't have to spend much time fixing those. The bad thing is that this beautiful Walnut will be mostly covered with plastic name plates. Anyway, this isn't any special technique or job, just gluing up boards and then trimming to size and spraying finish on. But, all 5 are glued up, I'm waiting on my wife to get home, I have supper warming, and there's not a lot I can do right now in the shop so I figured I'd post some photos. Cut to length and width, still in the rough - Surfaced (I really wish I had an 18" or 20" helical head planer! - this takes a while with a lunchbox planer) - Gluing - All 5 glued and drying - Enjoy! David
  9. Lumber Inventory

    Trying to see what I have left over, and see what sort of project I could cobble up Might have a plank left, besides these in Poplar.... Almost all of the Cherry in the shop....some rather fancy stuff... Flame Cherry? I may have a little more upstairs, but this is about it, for the Maple..some Curly, some not.. There IS a 1 x 4 x 7' slab upstairs, and this little stack of Black Walnut. Also has a few fancy spots.. Might find some use for this? Then there is the pile of "other stuff" Not sure what all is in there....at least it isn't moving on it's own.... Going to get the Single Brain Cell Sketch Up working this week, and see what it can come up with....
  10. I saw Chad Stanton do a video on LFL and got my interest up. I live on a country road with not a lot of traffic but am considering making one for the church parking lot (on a more traveled country road as it's 1/2 mile from an interstate exit). I'd probably make it a miniature version of the church building (the front part). I have some stained glass that I could use for the Gothic windows. Comments, ideas?
  11. We have a travel trailer (19') that has one of those dinette tables that folds down to form a bed. Well, the mfr made the table just a bit undersized (or the seats a bit too far apart). and it only took a couple of times of sitting on the bed when the table was not perfectly set to mung up the edges of the particle board with laminate top. So I make one a bit closer to the right size. Got some cherry plywood at a local lumberyard (first time there, nice place on a farm (sheep and a pony shared one of the buildings). The big challenge was the edging. I didn't have any T-molding that would work, and I wanted something a bit nicer. Decided not to use laminate (e.g., Formica). So I settled on some shop-cut veneer. Decided needed 1/16" to make the 4 curved corners, and then double them up to make a 1/8" edge band. Table is about 27" x 35" So I worked my way around the top, using two pieces. I don't have 16 Bandy Clamps, so Improvise. Straight edges get clamped with a caul, the bends get stretchy packing tape to pull them tight and into position. Add clamps as I went. Had dinner while first round set up. Second round offsetting the joints after dinner. Spare the clamps, spoil the job. Hope it works. Green tape is masking tape to keep from glue splotching. If all goes well, I'll trim the edges, sand all over and put on a coat of BLO Sunday.
  12. What to do with a...

    Plank that is 4/4 x 13" x 49" ? Maybe a Five Drawer Chest of Drawers? Two of the "five" would be half width drawers at the top. Frame and panel sides....raised panels. I have a decent supply of 4/4 Maple I cut rip to make the four posts....have a supply of 3/4" for the panels and drawer fronts...plenty ( I hope ) of thinner Poplar for drawer sides. May buy a sheet of 1/4" plywood for the bottoms of the drawers....and the back of the case.. May add some of the Black Walnut as edging for the top? maybe use it as the "dividers" between the drawers? 7 bf should be enough? Primary wood will be that Curly Maple I have just sitting around.... Moral of this post? Painkiller induced naps produce some wild dreams... As soon as I can draw again with this bad thumb. I may do a few drawings to work from...IF anyone wants to see them..
  13. New Entertainment Center

    My wife asked me to make a new entertainment center that would fit our living area better than the existing one. OK. I used the project panels sold at Lowe's. They are Lodgepole pine and easy to work with. Rustoleum KONA stain made the finished project match the other items I have built in the living area including a toy box, coffee table, VHS tape storage cabinet, and a Amish style secretary. When it came time to build a drawer for DVD storage, I used my new CNC to cut out the parts. That was just tooo dang snazzy! The front and rear pieces needed to be 21 15/16's inches wide...and that is what the resulting pieces were. After assembly, the drawer was a perfect fit. She's happy. I'm happy. We are just too dang happy! Drawer Parts.bmp
  14. Trying to get a drawer box together today. My dovetail jig is so frustratingly complex, I'm ready to toss it. Finally figured it out with the help of the manual, class notes, personal notes based on the three days it took me to figure it out. So I decided, what the heck, I should just brush off and hand cut the dovetails. Figured out the dimensions and got the wood cut. Got all 4 corners done (last one went a lot faster and better than the first). Then I realized I did not allow enough height allowance. No problem, trim 1/8" off the top and bottom of each side. D'oh, er, just sawed off the orientation marks. Ok, there's only 2n ways they can go. Sat down and got that recalculated. Glued and squared them up. Then realized they were going to be too wide as I'd measured the wrong clearance. Oh well, I got some hand-cutting practice in. Time to hang up the apron for the day.
  15. LADIES LOVE THESE

    For caringing/moving 3-4 layer cake. Cut a circle from 1/2'' ply 10&1/2'' across. Drill 1/4'' deep for 4 1/2'' dowels bout 2'' long, make sure they ALL SIT DOWN RITE. pull'm out glue'm in, let'm dry, check'm ,may need to sand 1 er 2 so they all do their job. ALRIGHTY THE TOP: bore 4 - 5 holes for 1/2 or 3/8 X couple inches to stand at attention AROUND THE PLATTER to keep that PRECIOUS CAKE FROM SLIDIN OFF, case the toater makes a MIS-STEP. LEGS UNDERNEATH CREATES A SPACE FOR HANDS/FINGERS TO GO FOR A GRIP TO PICK IT UP. MOST IMPORTANT !! Consult baker bout stain / painting. BE SURE TO PUT A NAME ON BOTTOM, VE'DONT, FIRST BIG GET TOGETHER IT GOES TO IT WONT COME BACK HOME WIT'U.
  16. Mini Birdhouse

    Just joined this afternoon and have been reading the Turning Forum. I do mostly woodturning although I also love to refinish antique furniture. Here is a mini birdhouse I turn and they sell great for Christmas ornaments. Last year I sold over 200 which I start turning in January for the next Christmas. Anyway they are 3 piece and can turn from 3 to 5 per hour. Bernie
  17. Large Hamper Holder

    I need some advice. I have some rough sawn cherry in the shop. I have a request from the better half to construct a housing for the hampers. Basically a case with feet and two doors that open then a drawer with full extension slides. The bedroom is a traditional cherry veneer over partical board. What do I need to consider if I make the case out of edge joined solid Cherry? The expansion will be across the depth of the cabinet. How would you keep it from breaking the face frame apart? The back will be rabbeted for a 1/8" plywood which will flex. All my previous furniture was made from plywood with oak veneer or maple or cherry or walnut. I am very concerned that the case sides bottom and top may destroy itself if not designed properly. Should I keep the cherry for the face frame and go buy 3/4" ply with cherry veneer for the box? See the latest wood magazine's traditional ice box design then modify for size and cherry with two plan doors.
  18. After my How it's made series

    Been busy finishing up the basement family room/bar. When we moved here here 12 years ago, I told my wife, "the basement is mine, the upstairs is yours, I won't tell you how to decorate upstairs and you won't tell me how to do the basement" and we've adhered to that. Since the last time I've posted I have made the 3 built in cabinets, and the barn doors that encloses the utility room and her crafting/sewing room. The basement was unfinished when we moved here, so I took into account the built in cabinets when I framed and drywalled it. I am contemplating putting 1 way glass doors on the cabinets. The circular peice on the floor in one of the pics is the base for the bar, which is the next phase of the project. I still have more Miller signs and lights to put up, not to mention about 15 of the Miller wildlife series of mirrors. The swinging doors with the curves on top are the bathroom. YES I am an old bar rat! but not any more, more fun to stay home and work on this kind of stuff.
  19. Oh Boy...

    Big brown truck brought me something nice today.... 26 board feet of 8/4 Macassar Ebony... Time to get the wheels spinning...
  20. I figured this would be a great place to document my path down segmented turning. That way we can all look back years later and laugh... Today I will start with why I am looking at getting into segmented turning in the first place. Last Christmas I was trying to figure out what to get my dad for a gift. He is at the stage where there isn't much he needs, and I had already made him a dozen or so pens. In the end I came up with the idea of a beer koozie. Strips of wood cut at an angle on each side glued together with one of those thin foam can insulating things spray glued to the inside (example in pic 1). Surprisingly, it came out well. My dad received many compliments on it an I had numerous offers for purchase if I made more. So I did, or at least I tried. Imagine trying to glue Popsicle sticks together on the long edge to make a cylinder. Yeah, I am stunned the first one went together at all. You can see in both pic one and two some of the issues I ran into. Really what it came down to was the material was too thin to turn, and there was no great way to get it into my lathe to turn it in the first place. I could make a round bottom, but 12 Popsicle sticks glued together does not actually make a circle but more of a circle-ish dodecahedron. So a circle bottom would leave many little gaps, or provided zero support when turning if I simply glued it to the bottom. I failed four times before I realized that this was probably not the best way to go about making a wooden cylinder. I did not make the jump directly from needing a cylinder to segmented turning. As with most breakthroughs, I put the idea down for a while and went on to other things. I follow a ton of wood people on YouTube and one of the videos that went by in my recommended feed was Kyle Toth and watching him turn a massive vase (if you have not seen it I recommend taking a look). So of course I start going down the YouTube rabbit hole and found one where he made a segmented wine bottle...click...I could do that with my koozie! So that started my research into segmented turning. In my earlier post I discussed how most of my searches took me to a place called Seg Easy. Next post I will discuss what I built, what I learned, and what I would do different with my first few rings. Please feel free to let me know what else you want to know, any questions you have, or if this simply does not interest you and move on.
  21. Kitchen Island (PIP)

    My client came to me over Christmas with a page torn from the Southern Living magazine depicting a kitchen island built from reclaim porch posts and lumber. The caveat was it had to be down-sized to 24x24x36 and move-able. Sure, no problem says I...hmmph! First, has anyone priced used porch posts since Pinterest? Then I priced new posts. Both are cost prohibitive. Then I got an idea, build my own. So my wife found these balusters at a yard sale. But only three. So I cut them in half (giving me six tops) and bought a 4x4 pine post to recreate the bottoms, Drilled out the bottom sections to accept a 1 /14" dowel, 5 inches long Then centered up the tops and drilled matching holes. Cut my dowels using a stop for consistency A little sanding and then assembly Now I have six legs completed. Four users and two for testing. Some detail work to make everything flow and these are ready to sand. Now the key here was the use of reclaimed lumber, so I plundered around the rathole and found this fir. Cut to length for the rails and pocket holes added. I have some 5/4 red cedar ratholed in a buddies barn, so I went and pulled two planks out to create the bottom. Resawed and planed. Cut to length and placed on the assembled leg frame And the finished bottom assembly. Now I'm ready to paint. The request for the legs and rails is to be painted in bright white. I'm going to polyurethane the shelf rails and use that as an accent piece. After paint, I'll attach the hardware (casters.) Next up: Creating the top. (BTW, I've kept up on the site, but with work and life just haven't had a chance to chime in much over the last few months. W)
  22. SCRAPS & EYES

    SCRAPS - BOUT MIDDLE OV NITE YEARS AGO, HAD GOOD SCRAPS. STARTED GLUE'M TOGETHER & THINKING. FINISHED UP NEXT NITE, HAD A STOOL BOUT 28 - 30" TALL FOUR SIDES TAPERED IN TO A DOUBLE LAYERED TOP/SEAT THAT I MADE EDGES PURTY WITH ROUTER. DONE, NO WAY! JIG SAWED SOME WICKED EYE & LIKE MOUTH WITH MEAN LOOKING TEETH. DID THIS ON OPPOSING SIDES, NO PAINT NO STAIN JES GLUED UP SCRAPS. SET OUT END OF DRIVEWAY SO NEIGHBORS COULD SNICKER. WOMAN, STOPPPPED AND HAD TO HAVE THAT PILE OF SCRAPS,$20. WOULDN'T LET ME LOAD IT FOR'ER. AWWW LIFE IS GOOD & MYSTERIOUS SOMETIMES.
  23. Morris chair with open sides

    Good afternoon Friends, I am going to insert a picture of a Morris Chair with open sides similar to the one I am making with closed sides. The one I am making will have the curved arms and the cushions will be the same color as in the picture.
  24. In the process

    Good afternoon Friends, I am in the process of making a Morris chair and am using quarter sawn white oak and cow hide for the cushions. I'll attempt to send some pictures when I am done.
  25. Ripped some yesterday

    Played around a little with some seam rippers and pepper mills this week. Was a fun few hours of time. Especially because i didn't have a 36 mm drill bit so i had to custom grind a new tool to enlarge the hole from 1 3/8ths.

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