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  1. 18 points
    Waxing Moon

    Triangulating a Box....

    I'm in the process of making some decorative inlay for a box..... but, I would imagine this could be put on anything if one so desired.... I used three pieces of 1/4" thick bloodwood, and two pieces each of 1/16" thick maple and wenge to make the 1" thick laminate....once dried and cleaned up, I sliced off from the edge several strips about 5/32" thick.... you can cut as thick as you like, just make your jig and dado work with that dimension... then cut a 30 degree slice off the end of each strip using your miter gauge. I cobbled together a jig to cut 4 triangles at one time.... flipping the strips after each pass..... Once you have enough triangles.... have some fun!
  2. 17 points
    Lissa Hall

    Teddy's owl

    Teddy's owl he made for his mother for Christmas, the grass was scrap piece my uncle did not use and the tree was free hand by myself. the creativity was all teddy as well as everything else with some guidance. He did a great job and loves woodworking. I am blessed to have him learning with me.
  3. 17 points

    Paid it forward

    As president of the local woodworking club, I am on the contact list. I got an e-mail from a guy last week who'd like to build a jewelry box for his girlfriend but didn't have the tools to do it (lives in an apartment). He came over this afternoon. Nice young man in his mid-20s, an industrial engineer that works for a big company in town. Anyway, he brought over two 2' pieces of 1/2" maple and some 1/8" plywood 12" squares. Cut out the box sides, splined them, groove for the bottom, an egg-grate interior and a plain flat lid. Off he goes. Hope his girlfriend is happy and maybe hooked him on woodworking? I had a couple of guys who helped me out when I was first getting started.
  4. 17 points
    John Morris

    Positive Vibes

    I just wanted to wish all the woodworkers who show up here every day, or some days, a wonderful fantastic beautiful time in all your shops, I truly do mean that. I love woodworking, and I love interacting with fellow woodworkers on any level. You all are the best, and I'd like to personally thank each of you for showing up, and sharing, collaborating, teaching, learning, mentoring, and being here for each other in this wonderful most awesome adventure called woodworking! I just felt like saying that folks, we love ya'll here, and I personally feel blessed to be able to wake up in the morning before I head off to my day job, and check in here, and I feel blessed to be able to check in here at night, and whenever I can get on here, which is quite often actually. And I feel incredibly blessed to have a wife and family who puts up with it all. Woodworking, fun, addictive, peaceful, exciting, new people, new knowledge, it's what it's all about. Thank you all. Ya I know, I been mushy a tad lately, don't know what's been coming over me, menopause? Thank you folks.
  5. 16 points
    Gene Howe

    Rifle Case Done

    Finally gotter done.
  6. 16 points

    Hexagon End Table

    I made this end table without a plan . It had 50 separate pieces and 30 MT's The legs are 5 sided. This is the bottom of the top and lower shelf, legs and stretchers. The finish is one coat of shellac sealer and 2 coats of poly. I hope these pictures turn out. It is my first attempt of inserting photos They might be too big. RJR
  7. 16 points
    Will Downing

    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)
  8. 16 points
    Ron Altier

    Ole woodworker's despair

    If I stand still, maybe it will show. I had it in my hand, that much I know. I walked from over there to over here, Oh why, Oh why can't I find my gear. If I scan the room one more time, I know it will show and once again be mine. But once again, it doesn't show, I'm left alone and don't know where to go. Think I'll set down and take a rest, Cause that's the one thing I do best. As I slowly descend into that soft ole chair, I look around again and in slow despair. I guess I didn't need it anyway, It will certainly show up some day. As I slowly take a seat, I find it as-------------- my butt hits the seat. I did that this morning and thought it would make a good poem for a snicker
  9. 15 points
    Ron Altier


    I am into making Christmas presents for my family. My daughter loves cats and I came up with this idea. I have made a parrot and stylish bird so far. For my Christmas present, she sent me 2 boxes of wood. One was mostly firewood, but the other contained some nice pieces. The background wood is White Limba (never heard of that one) The cat head is Canary wood, The eyes are Ebony surrounded by Osage Orange. It is about 9x11
  10. 15 points
    Chips N Dust

    How to Start a Fight

    One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift... The next year, I didn't buy her a gift. When she asked me why, I replied, "Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!" And that's how the fight started..... ______________________________ __ My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed. I turned to her and said, 'Do you want to have Sex?' 'No,' she answered. I then said, 'Is that your final answer?' She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying, 'Yes..' So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend." And that's when the fight started...
  11. 15 points
    Ron Altier

    I found out what my work shop is

    My grandson was visiting and was making some Christmas gifts with Grandma out of wood, paper, styrofoam, etc. They was doing this in her sewing room. Soon he came to my shop looking for rubberbands. I had 3 small boxes of different sizes, from a garage sale. He left, but soon returned for a tiny hook for his tree ornament. Of course I have different sizes in silver and gold color. Later he returned for something else, while I went to another storage box, he said," Grandpa, you don't have a workshop, you got a hardware store" I just had to smile
  12. 15 points
    Gene Howe

    I'm honored...

    ...and surprised. Stumpy Nubs http://www.stumpynubs.com sponsored a chair building contest. I was just notified that my Morris chair took second prize. The prize is a Smart Vise. Here's the chair.
  13. 15 points

    Flag cases

    I just completed two flag cases to be given to the families of two local veterans. One was a high school classmate who was a career Marine and did two tours in Vietnam. He came home and became a Marine recruiter until retiring. He passed away recently from stroke complications. The second one is for his brothers flag. He died in Vietnam in 1965 and the family never had a case for his flag. The wood is recycled red oak from a local schoolhouse that is being renovated.
  14. 15 points
    Waxing Moon

    What to do with drop off's

    Made this from some "leftovers".... Quilted maple, Morado and a bit of Ebony.
  15. 14 points

    Piano Pen Box

    This is my entry into the 2018 IAP Bash Pen Box Contest. It is a replica of a Grand Piano. It is a combination pen box and music box. The box was constructed using various tools and jigs. The interior is finished in a Cardinal Red flocking. The keys were cut from pieces of white and black acrylic pen blanks.There is a brass plate behind the keys. The top has a clear plexiglass insert in the center to show off both the pen and also the musical movement that plays Elvis' "Love Me Tender" theme. It plays when the box is open and shuts off when closed as most music boxes do. There are musical themed decals on the top of the glass to enhance it. The box was finished in black lacquer. This was a fun little box for that special pen. Hope you like it.
  16. 14 points
    Ron Altier

    I've been Rubeing again

    Due to a condition in my hands, I am extra clumsy and drop more things than most people. Those things always roll where you can't see or in places unknown. I had a magnet on a pole, but it was limited, wouldn't bend. I got a couple of small bar magnets at HD, a fiberglass pole from a bike flag and made a handle out of ply. As luck would have it, I dropped a very tiny screw, one so small that I'd never find another or even hope to see. The paint wasn't dry on my new pick up, but I used it anyway. NICE...........I found it on the second sweep over a crack in the cement.
  17. 14 points

    Top Secret Project

    Last week I Showed you the start of my top Secret Project. Well here are 2 nearly done and 2 to go . They are wall plaques for for my Medival Horizontal lock replica and the Violin locks I made. Herb
  18. 14 points

    Train 'em right

    In a period 22-33 years ago, my three daughters were in 4-H woodworking. Yesterday, I ran in to the retired 4-H agent. He remembered me and remarked that the county judge was always in awe that my girls could explain what they had done and how they did it. They even corrected him a few times when he called a particular joint by the wrong name. We went to the state fair 12 consecutive years and the only year they didn't get a top 20% award was the year my 11 year old made something he thought was too complicated for the class she was in (jewelry box with mirror inside.) None of them do woodworking now but we had a good time with each other in the shop and I'm sure built their self-confidence up. They all still have all the things they made back then -- boxes, shelves, bookcases and a cherry blanket chest.
  19. 14 points
    Finish sanding and finish coating tissue boxes and napkin holders. Herb
  20. 14 points
    Ralph  Allen Jones

    Honor Flight

    Good Afternoon Friends, I just found out yesterday that I have been scheduled to go on the Honor Flight to Washington DC on April 15 which is the day before my birthday. What a birthday present that is !!!
  21. 14 points

    Rack Em Up

    Anyone for a cool game of billiards. Now the contests are over I would like to show off my 2017 Pen Box entry. This too happened to take first place. I had this idea in my head for over a year but was just not able to make it till I was able to return to my shop. I have to say I am sort of strutting my feathers on this one because it came out almost as nice as I envisioned it. I will say I had to make many jigs to pull this off because every detail needed a cut that is not normal. Doing all the compound angle cuts was challenging. Drilling the holes for the pockets needed a jig as well as cutting the rails and trim work. The rails and pockets are joined with mortise and tenon joints because end grain is not a very strong glue joint. I did have an oops when I tried flocking the table and rails. The paint/glue I used was too thick and the fibers did not stick well. I had another can of the stuff so I was able to sand back the old and add the new and it came out well. Was able to get it done in time too. Thanks for looking and any questions or comments are always welcomed. Hopefully I can get the pen I have designed for the box done, very soon. I have included a full size billiard ball that I make clocks out of 2-1/4" for size reference.My replica pool table box is made from Birdseye Maple and Gabon Ebony. It's measurements are 4-1/2" X 9" which is a scaled down version of a professional table. It was dipped in BLO and then top coated with 6 coats of satin lacquer. The table top has green flocking on the table as well as the bumpers. The cues were turned from maple blanks and are also satin lacquered. The butt grips are wrapped with carbon fiber. The billiard balls are miniature replicas. The rail sites are round black Swarovski crystals.All the materials used were cut and angled using various jigs. The table is an easy lift off to access the pen box compartment which has a green plush felt cushion for any size pen. The lid has guide blocks to properly seat it easily on the box.This is a neat little box which will enhance that special pen for that special billiard fan.
  22. 14 points
    Ron Altier

    Flower box

    I started an idea and as I progressed I realized that the idea was a not a good one. So I took the pieces and made a lidded box. It is unusual but I think my granddaughter will like it. It is about 6" dia
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  24. 14 points
    If you have been following, I have been in the process of building a cart to house and transport 40 ukuleles for my daughter, the music teacher. I built the cart from 3/4" baltic birch cabinet grade plywood and each ukulele has its own storage pod. The neck rail is made from a 1 x 3 pine board and I cut the semi circle for the neck with an oscillating spindle sander. It was a fun project but after about 15 hours of work I was ready to move on to a new project. For the record, I didn't pick out the color.
  25. 13 points
    Dane Franco

    Lew inspired me

    I dont turn wood at all, but was impressed with Lew's rolling pins and wanted to use the last of my curly cherry in a cool way, so I made a cutting board, and cheese slicer. I haven't done any inlays in a few years, and this reminded me why. The glue up sucks! Plus in all the mayhem of the clamps and cauls, I messed up the order of the walnut and cherry strips....buuuuuuuut, it ended up al right.
  26. 13 points

    Jared's is over-rated

    Being a day late is also part of the "thing"!
  27. 13 points
    Robert McMillan

    My work

  28. 13 points
    As the Marketing Manager for Easy Wood Tools I put together promotional materials and ads for our company. I wanted to share with all of you a full page ad that will appear in an upcoming issue of Woodcraft Magazine. With Lew's permission....
  29. 13 points
    Ron Altier

    been in the scrap pile again

    I started with some Blood Wood scraps in my hand on the way to toss them and some of it kind of looked like a flower petal. I made it and coated it with epoxy, which wasn't a good idea, won't do that again. I wanted to get a more natural looking surface, didn't come out as I hoped. It looked pretty sad. I redid some of it, still didn't like it. My wife said "Why don't you put a butterfly on it" I did, 2 of them.
  30. 13 points

    Finished the lock Plaques today

    Finally got the lock plaques done. here are the last two, and all four. These were made out of some scraps of Ipe decking material that was given to me. Herb
  31. 13 points
    I have been working at clearing out some of my old wood that was too good to toss but not able to build much else with it. The wood is Madron that I have had for a number of years on the side of my house. It was wood that had originally been air dried as opposed to kiln dried so it got some beetles in them that have left a number of holes and tunnels in. The Madron wood has some really great grain which really needed to be shown off. So I cut up the wood and made a few Coat/Hat racks with the larger pieces and some Necklace/Key racks to sell to help with our travel expenses for our Midwest trip in July. The hardware on the Coat/Hat racks are from Hobby Lobby and I have some D-rings on the back 16" apart to hang on studs as they will hold more weight. The Necklace/Key racks have those alligator clips to hang on screws since they are light weight and some 3/4" cup hooks from Home Depot. With the exception of the 2 darker stained Necklace/Key racks (which I used a darker stain on) the finish for all the pieces was done using Watco Danish Oil in Natural Color to bring out the grain and then a "Wipe On Poly" for the top coat. Not a difficult project but it did take me some time in between dealing with normal day-today stuff going on around the house.
  32. 13 points
    My day job as a Land Surveyor takes my crew and I to many interesting locations around our county. From hiking treks up mountains while laden down with survey gear to re-establish a lost section corner or township line, to building roads and bridges, we do it all. But, I get to do something that the other surveyors don't! I get to work the wood when called upon! Every few years we get some new crew trucks in and I am the guy who gets the job of building the storage boxes that go into the trucks. The boxes house our gear, from leveling rods, to metal pipe locators, to tripods, to lath and hubs and various other ground implements such as shovels, impact bars, machete's and much more. This past month our department became the proud owners of several very nice GMC 3500 crew cabs. These are the nicest trucks we have ever had, this is the first time we have power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, and cruise control, and there is a view panel in the middle of the dash console that displays backup camera, and we can even link up our smart phones to receive hands-free calls, and if you really wanted to you could activate your music playlist on your smartphone, but we'll stay away from that as music is a personal thing and not every crew member likes the musical taste of the other guy. But as crew chief I do choose the radio station, and typically I'll listen to talk radio. It is what it is, perhaps the younger guys will learn something. So this time, being no different than the next, the powers that be sent me home with a crew truck and supplies to build the first box. I have two more trucks to do. Each box takes a day, from 6am to 4:30pm. Our standard work day, and it just so happens that is how long it takes to fabricate one of these boxes. One of three new GMC 3500 4 x 4 Next few images are just some quick shots I took of the box in build state and finish. Every piece of the box is interlocked with 3/4" dado's using a PC 690 with a 3/4" straight bit. For all the boxes I have built in the past, I always used my PC 7518 for this process, but for some reason I just grabbed the smaller guy, I guess I didn't feel like moving around the 7518 all day, although the 7518 goes through this like butter, the 690 does strain and holler a tad. The box is set in place. I know I skipped a few process's before I got to this, but time being an issue, I had to work fast, and I could not really get as many images as I wanted too. The edge facing is 3/4" oak to protect the ply edges from bangs and bumps. The top section has some 4" PVC tubes, the right tube along with the wood half circle cutouts will hold our various leveling and transit rods. The two PVC tubes on the left house our diamond shaped "Survey Crew Ahead" traffic signs when rolled up, and the space in between those tubes house the standards the signs set on. The lower wide cubbie houses a drawer that holds our 2' lath, 4' lath, and various sized wooden hubs for construction staking, and also our monument pipes for setting legal corners and "Right of Way" and road "Centerline" positions. The metal shop at our yard fabricated those traffic cone racks you see mounted on the outside rear, the black spindles, we stack 10ea. 24" tall cones on each side for traffic control situations. Now you can see the drawer that I built as well, you'll see the right front side is shorter, for the 2' lathe, and the front left, is longer, for the 4' lath. And behind those compartments will house the hubs and pipe. The drawer is on wheels, it slides wonderfully in and out. What you don't see in this picture is the gate latch I installed as the last thing I did. The gate latch is mounted to the outside left of the drawer face, and it latches to the left into the truck box body, this prevents the box from sliding forward and back during travel. The truck bed is a standard 8' long by 4' wide, the box is 6.5' long, we need space to the rear to set a jack hammer into that we use on occasion to dig up monuments in asphalt. We get new trucks rarely, the last time we got a new truck was in 2010. We really use our trucks, I believe the formula used is replacement after 150,000 miles, after that they become more expensive to maintain then to just purchase a new one. And believe me after 150,000 miles, they are beat. We use them in 4x4 very frequently and they get bounced, whacked, and marred up pretty good, as we travel down tight areas and even between tree lined streams, they get beat up pretty good. This beautiful truck will look old in two years. My Crew Truck is a 2010 Ford outfitted the same as this one, my truck still has some miles to go before it's replaced, but it sure is good to see some new trucks for our crew chiefs, there is nothing like a brand new crew truck to lift the spirits of the men. Thanks for looking!
  33. 13 points
    Gene Howe

    Some Eye Candy

    At the yard where I picked up some mesquite was a shop where the yard owner's work was displayed. Thought you might enjoy seeing some of it.
  34. 13 points

    My fav' jig

    Ever see the birthday card: "for the man who has everything.....a bag to put it in!" Cute. I found that my bench works the same: need bag. So I had a scrap piece of 1x6 maple, ran some grooves down it. [Next time I'll use a dado blade] The grooves keep things from rolling around. [the stuff above the block: all the stuff that was on the block before the pic] The red color helps it stand out. Whenever I can't remember what some tool is doing there, I finally put it away. [It's all about discipline: ah hain't got none] I found that the block needs some wider (3/8") grooves for the larger handles, such as the chisel, or they'll roll. It really helps prevent "bit, bit, where'd I put the bit?" time wasting.
  35. 13 points
    Gene Howe

    It's done!

    This thing is finally done and packed for shipment. The walnut and brass elongated ovals on the doors are to cover my goof. Attached hinges on the wrong side. I kinda like them so, I made two more as escutcheons for my door pulls. A better shot of the pulls The drawer sides are grooved for wooden glides. The blue stuff is on swiveling wings. Those are earring do-hickies. The drawers are lined with the same stuff.
  36. 13 points

    woodworking bench

    So I just finished (except for mounting the vises) my workbench which is loosely patterned after the Paul Sellers bench that He uses at his shows. And boy is it rock solid. I made it all from box store 2x4's and a couple of 2x12's for the aprons; most of which I had around the basement. I have 2 record #52 1/2 vises that I will mount tomorrow... I hope. I cant wait to get crackin on the new bench.
  37. 13 points

    grandkids u got to love em

    I built this foot stool to put my feet and one day I was gone somewhere and when I came home, my granddaughter who was about 4 yrs old at the time decided its legs were cold so she remedied the poor foot stool cold legs. It took a few years to get those leggings off. Ya just can't love grandkids enough. Preston
  38. 13 points
    Squared up a blank for a rear rocker leg and backrest, and chucked it up on our Laguna 16/43 lathe. I have a home made long tool rest I made that works wonderful. Then I noticed my son standing around, this was last night, he knows better than to stand around me. He also knows better than to say "I'm bored" the word "bored" is a bad 5 letter word in our world, but sometimes the kids slip up and say it anyway. This time, he did not say "I'm bored" but he was idle, so I put him to work. I showed him the basics, and safety, and I told him "it's all yours buddy" and he took it! He's using an Easy Wood Tools Mid Size Rougher. A great solid tool, easy for sure! After he roughed it out, I took over and brought it to finish. The right end is the top with a tenon for a pillow rail. I have two of these made and they are headed for steam bending next. Go Pats!!!!!!!!
  39. 13 points


    Made this for my nephew who tops out of the lineman apprenticeship in March. Found the wood at a thrift store for a buck and figured the pattern would work. Had to add some length to the pole and rope, I'll put his name & year in the lower left. I have some thin stock oak that should work just fine. The pattern is from scrollers café & was created by Gayle M.
  40. 13 points
    My wife Tami has been a special educator for over 30 years. She teaches moderate-severe autism kindergarten-1st grade. Her kids are very high maintenance and active so she has to be creative in keeping her kids focused. They are easily distracted so she has had me make a number of what I call "Barricades" for different areas in her classroom. Some of the barricades are to block kids from watching what other kids are doing as they are easily distracted. Others are for blocking off certain areas like the "Play Area" or to keep them out cabinets that have certain toys or craft supplies. The school district is pretty much useless when it comes to providing items for special education, so it pretty much falls to the teacher to get it or go without. So she keeps me busy making stuff. The "Barricades" that I make for her are simple using PVC pipe for the frame and 1/4" tempered hardboard so they are light weight and the kids can't hurt themselves if/when they bang into them. So here are ones I made this past week or so and installed them today. I use velcro for hinges as they can be screwed into the cabinets and the barricades can't be knocked over by the kids. For the play area, toy cabinet and craft cabinet that has the crayons and coloring books I had to make them lockable as the kids like to leave their work stations when the teacher and aides aren't looking. (Sneaky little buggers). This is the entry into the play area. This is the toy cabinet which is lockable so they can't sneak in and take the toys. This is the cabinet that has the coloring books, crayons and markers. They always check the kid's backpacks before they leave to go home as they love to take the crayons and markers home.
  41. 13 points
    Ron Altier

    Light Houses

    I made a couple of light houses for my wife and her sister a few years ago. I installed the small sockets and used 220 volt bulbs. Those bulbs last for years in 110 V use. Both bulbs are have been service and are still OK. I was visiting friends in a coastal town in the South Carolina and found a lot of good stuff to use on the one, even a old sea captain to put in the top. The sea birds are on a wire and look real
  42. 12 points
    Gene Howe


    In my travels yesterday, I stopped in a gun store to look at a varmint rifle. The manager was my salesman. He's interested in displaying a couple pistol presentation boxes. Then, in the liquor store where I get my Dell Bac, that manager wants a steady supply of wine gift boxes. And, the owner of that knife and gun finishing supply house is interested in a few knife cases. Told them all that I'm slow. None seemed to mind. Looks like I'm gonna be busy for a while. Gotta get the table done and another rifle case. Then, start on little boxes. Fun times ahead.
  43. 12 points

    Unexpected Surprise

    I had a huge surprise yesterday. I go out for wings on Thursday nights with my best friend and was backing out of the garage and noticed a box on the front porch. I thought to myself I didn't order anything and stopped and got the box. Turns out @Grandpadave52 transferred his recent raffle turning tool win to me! I am simply floored by that. I talked to Dave this morning and he said he is not a turner and wanted them to go to someone on The Patriot Woodworker who would use them. What a good guy he is. I really appreciate what he has done, it means a lot to me. Thanks again Dave.
  44. 12 points

    Old Rotten Tree Trunk

    It's is a replica of the famous Chinese painting "Along The River During The Quinming Festival" created by artist Zhang Zeduan during the Song Dynasty..
  45. 12 points
    Waxing Moon

    Working with Steel...

    ...ers Yellow Heart, Wenge, Quilted Maple, Bloodwood and Blue Mahoe...... Reckon I didn't need permission, as it was made for one of the team owner partners.....
  46. 12 points
    Will Downing

    Kitchen Island (PIP)

    Work continues on the island. Third coat of bright white enamel on, three coats of semi-gloss on the cedar shelf pieces, and hardware in place. Base moved to the spare bedroom for safety (because I can break a crowbar in a sandbox) Now for the top. Back to the rathole for more lumber. But first true up the edges and flatten everything down to 3/4" in preparation for glue up.. Keith you have a good eye. My old Parks planer has served me well for a number of years. DC Morrison still makes parts for these incredible machines, so I will keep her running for years more. Glue up was anti-climatic, and after drying overnight its time to start scraping and prepping for cutting to size and easing all the edges. First time using card scrapers. Found a set of four at a school auction and this seems like a perfect time to hone this skill. I"m going to size this at 26x26" and trim out the base. Thanks for the kind words and more to come Will
  47. 12 points
    This project required various woodworking skills so I decided to post this here. Hope you like it. This is a pen stand/clock I entered recently in a contest over at the IAP pen turning site. Every year they hold a fund raising Bash party and they have various contests the members can enter to win prizes. It basically pits you against members who enter each contest. Lots of fun. I was able to enter a few this year after about 3 years absence because of illness and family matters. Sure does feel good to get back in the shop. Anyway this was my entry and they were some scrolling involved along with other woodworking skills. Thanks for looking. This was my 2017 Pen Stand Contest entry. It did take first place. Pen Stand/Clock is of a gambling theme. The materials are maple, walnut, rosewood poker chips, 2" clock insert and dice. The playing cards were cut out on a scrollsaw and done in maple. The background of the symbols was painted flat black. the large dice is walnut. The base is rosewood with a bevel detail and covered with a dark green velvet. The wood parts were top coated in a satin lacquer. The poker chips are stacked and shaped to hold a single pen of any size. The holder chips are flocked in green where the pen lays to protect it from scratching. Thanks for looking.
  48. 12 points

    A tale of two bowls, night and day

    Piece of the base stem of a shrub we removed. If only I had kept the other 5 pieces!
  49. 12 points
    Waxing Moon


    In the past, when making boxes with Quarter Sawn White Oak (or any other wood, for that matter), I didn't like the way the lid frame edge would be flat sawn...... unless I used a piece of flat sawn wood for the frame, then the edge would be quarter sawn, but the frame would be flat sawn.... I solved that problem by cutting a bevel down the length and flipping it, then gluing.... keeping it marked so I can line up to match the grain on the front, sides and back (the frame pieces are lighter because I ran them through the drum sander once, but they do match up..... The completed box picture is an example of what I didn't like... the rest of the pics show "the fix"..... Now it'll be quarter sawn all around.... Should turn out nice!
  50. 12 points

    Queen Anne Jewel Chest

    After I posted some pictures on another thread, I thought maybe this project needed its own thread. This was made from maple slab wood from a WoodMizer Portable mill operation of a friend of mine. He would call me If he was sawing some logs of interest and I would come out and scrounge through the slab pile before he cut them up for fire wood. In return I would make him some things from lumber he furnished. This particular piece I made for myself . The logs were western maple logs that were 20-"-24" in diameter and had seasoned for 2 years in his yard. I didn't have any drawings,but had seen some of these Hi Boys in some of the magazine articles, so made a variation of one. I also incorporated some hidden compartments into the design. Herb
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