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  1. The Mrs. wants the the front entry done in cedar shake siding, on the north west end of house. You can see the overhang so it is somewhat protected. What should, can I use to protect the bottom 12" or so, more concerned about the snow swirling in this area during winter, as opposed to worrying about rain in the summer/spring. Thoughts?
  2. Made a couple of ornaments today for a giveaway at church.
  3. I recently got a Cedar board for a small box container. I wondered what it would be like to turn. I started turning and my shop turned into a very aromatic zone. I know it keeps moths out of you closets and I also it is not a good idea to breath the dust, so I had all my protection on. I had only turned a small piece and was wondering what I would do with it. Then my wife pulled the car in the garage (my shop) and immediately loved the smell. She asked what I was going to do with the turned piece. I said I had not figured that out yet, so she said "I want it" I think it will go either in a closet or in her sewing room. Probably put a hook on it so she can hang it just about anywhere. Gotta keep mama happy.
  4. Here are a few more bowls from the past, circa 2015. When I was working for a landscape company in the Florida Panhandle, I was able to obtain free wood fairly easily. These are White Cedar and Live Oak. Both are surprisingly pretty. I especially like the dark brown coloration of the Live Oak. And the Cedar, well its Cedar, need I say more.
  5. As you know we have made cedar tables for Green Egg Smokers as well as several other brands. A few weeks back I was ask if we could build one for a Vision Smoker/Grill. Truthfully I had not heard of that one so I ask them if they had seen a table for one they liked. We got this picture but they wanted the smoker all the way on the right side and shorter to fit a particular space. Got the cedar to the shop and got the frame of the table cut, jointed, planed and began assembly. i decided it needed a little more bling to this table so I built a door and put an “S” in the middle for their last name. Then we decided we didn’t like the open space under the smoker so we added a full extension pull out drawer and got a coat of poly on the table. Made the top solid so the could store items like charcoal in the cabinet and utensils in the drawer. We got it delivered and the Vision Smoker installed and did a reveal for the owner. They were speechless for a moment then said you put extras on there. I told them I could remove them if they didn’t like it and they said no way! I did the extras at no charge to them, just something I wanted to add to it. They we’re excited and had a big cookout that night! That’s what I like about making things for others when they don’t expect it.
  6. So that pretty cedar bowl I turned, my first one, got a healthy crack in it after I applied many coats of beeswax to it.. IT has been a number or of weeks since it was made. Can You all explain to me why this would happen so I can prevent it in the future? What did I do wrong? I do plan on just adding some epoxy or resin to seal it up but i am a bit sad that it happened.
  7. This is my first turned bowl made from a cedar we had to cut down. i think it turned out pretty well, but always open to advice and tips.
  8. Hey everyone,got a good question?how do fix warped cedar,I have an old cedar chest my parents left me and the top got wet an warped the wood top,now it looks like a pirates chest LOL,need ideas on how to un warp it
  9. RustyFN

    Bowl

    I made a new bowl. I am pretty sure the lighter wood is Maple and the rings are Cedar and Bloodwood. It is around 7 inches in diameter. I sanded it to 800 and finished it with beeswax.
  10. I made a couple of these for my family and got another request for a couple more. I made them out of Cedar fencing boards and painted with some fence stain/preservative. I made each finger and then joined with glue. After the glue set, I made a cut thru the knuckle and put in a spline. I also drilled all the way thru the fingers and glued in a small dowel to hold the fingers together. The childrens sunglasses came from the Dollar store
  11. Good article on outdoor woods: https://www.woodmagazine.com/materials-guide/lumber/outdoor-lumber?cid=369791&did=369791-20190425&mid=20453126205&utm_campaign=wood-online_newsletter&utm_content=042519&utm_medium=email&utm_source=woodmagazine.com I probably have mentioned this before: In the town I moved from 3 years ago, they were looking to replace the wood in the park benches (cast frames). They went to the store that Steve Mickley (prior host of finishing at Wood Forums) and asked for some red oak. He told them, once he found out what they wanted it for, was that he'd put them on a two-year re-order schedule because it wouldn't last outside. He recommended Ipe. They sprung for it. One of the benches was in front of the park that was 100 yards away from my house there and I walked past it 4 or 5 times a week. It was a busy street and I'm sure it got regular sprays of salt-treated slush (the city used to send past all their plows, 5 of them, in a convoy during snowfalls). It aged to a beautiful gray, no great cracking,and no mossy residue that I've often seen on teak. It looked great after about 15 years of nothing. I also had a job once to replace a back support on an Adirondack chair. I had a piece of white oak that I graciously volunteered to do it in. The lady sort of stuck her nose in the air and said, "Oh, this is for a house in Indian Hill*, and the original is teak." "OK," I said. I went to see Steve and he graciously cut off a 2' section that was the right width for me and charged me the $20 for the piece. There were probably six cuts I had to make, all at some angle or bevel and the right dimension that I had to replicate. I think I charged a total of $40 for the material, the trip to the store and the half-hour of shop time. The lady was shocked that it was "so expensive." (sigh) Rich but cheap snob. * Indian Hill is the most affluent part of town where most of the C-level execs at the big companies live, most in 5000+ sq.ft. mansions and 10+ acre estates. I've since worked in a number of them that were some of the most expensive homes in the county.
  12. On New Years Day we made our rounds and visited family, and we paid ol pops a visit. He lives in the local mountains, there was even a tad bit of snow left from the last snow he had! After we spent a few hours there we ventured up the mountain some more and let the kids roll in the big snow. But here are a few random shots of dad and his shop. Image below is what is leftover of his cedar pile of wood, he loves making birdhouses, and he sells them locally. Next up is his old 70's vintage Craftsman Band Saw And a late model Craftsman Contractors Table Saw he uses for secondary cuts or he leaves a dado on it at all times. Dad and I, two knuckle heads! Dad and Grandpa A smaller Delta Bench top drill press Delta Rockwell Table Saw with a Bies fence system A good ol Delta Scroll Saw His main go to compressor, he only uses it for finish nails, he doesn't believe in cleaning up so he certainly doesn't need air for that! Yes folks, it does snow in southern California, we actually had about 4" on the ground a few days before this. Over all image of the shop. Dad and I build this shop back in 2004. Rear shot of his shop Another rear shot. And just for kicks and giggles, Dad's home! A restored single wide trailer, we got this place for a song and dance, and pops loves it up in the hills. Thanks folks for sharing a bit of my Dad's place with us, yall come back now ya here!
  13. Well, I was going to post this last night after we got to our son and daughter in law's new house that they just moved into, but I had to help my son put together the new sofa/bed that Tami and I were going to sleep on. We got done after midnight so I figured that it would have to wait until this morning. In Part 2 of this project of making a Cedar Lined Walnut Blanket Chest for Nori, my first grand daughter that will be born this coming November, John Moody, Ron Dudelston and I were all at John Moody's house to hang out for a few days and we were building this chest together in John Moody's shop. In the first post on this project we got all the lumber milled down and got the panels glued up. So in this post we got all the panels sanded down and cut to final dimensions, cut and dry fit the dovetail joints, cut and fit the plywood bottom, glued up the chest, rough sanded the chest, routed the top, attached the top, and milled the cedar boards that will line the inside of the chest. It took a lot more sanding than we planned on the panels as we got some bowing in the glue ups which cost us extra time over our short weekend together. But we finally got everything down to the right thicknesses and got the dovetails cut. Here are John and Ron as we were working on the dry fit. Those dovetails turned out great! John has the Dovetail Jig from Peachtree Woodworking and it was really easy to do. After getting the birch plywood bottom notched and fitted into the dadoes and making sure that it wall perfectly square, it was time to get it glued up. Taping the inside corners with the Blue Painter's Tape sure was a time/work saver to deal with the squeeze out during the clamping. I can't tell you how many times John told Ron and I during this build "Don't ask me how I know this, but we need to do/not do ___________ or it will mess up the chest." Since he has made quite a few blanket chests his experience and wisdom was great to have. After letting the glue dry overnight, we got up early on Monday morning to get as much done as possible before Ron and I had to head back up north to Indiana. Ron got all the dovetail joints sanded down flush and they all look great! After getting the rough sanding done, we did the measurements and cut and routed the decorative edge on the top and then mounted the top using 3 of the Rockler chest hinges. We had hoped to get more of the chest done, but ran out of time to get the bottom trim and lining the inside with the cedar and do the final sanding. So Ron will do the final sanding and I will head up there later this week and we finish the trim and cedar lining at in his shop. After that I will be taking it to my kid's house and putting a few coats of a wipe on oil/varnish finish before Tami and I head back home to California. I had a great time working with John and Ron on this project. We were all worn out as it was a lot of work to get done over a weekend, but it turned out great. Before we blew off all the dust and carried it out to Ron's van, the last thing was to get John and Ron's signatures on the bottom in permanent ink so Nori will know how much love was put into this chest. Once I get the final finish on I will post some more photos. Here is photo of all of us at the Moody's before Ron, Dorothy, Tami and I headed back to Indiana.
  14. My daughter wanted me to make her an old time santa head that she could hang on her porch. This is what I came with. The back board is about 28" x 11". I built it as I went along, revising, removing, adding, etc. I made it out of fencing cedar. She didn't mention color, I like the . wood grain showing. I hope she likes it,
  15. Don't think I've posted these here, but ran across the photo doing some searching and clean up. These were made from mostly re-cycled cedar (legs were from Restore, slats from old rough-sawn siding). They come apart and the seat slides into the back making a compact and easy to carry package. I keep them in the camper for outdoor seating.
  16. This was a project earlier this summer. I removed the PT decking planks and replaced them with cedar. Also replaced the steps and top rails.
  17. So everything with this was a first time for me. I need ALOT of practice lol. Im a perfectionist so i see every little flaw but pretty happy with how it turned out and first satin ive ever bought or done...........do you guys smell that???? Mmmmmmmmm donuts........
  18. OK, guys. I need some advice. I am in the process of building a replacement mailbox post out of cedar for my mother. What do you fellas recommend as a preservative? I don't want it to age naturally and "Gray" down. However, I understand that stains can be problematic and require periodic renewal. In reality, when my 96 year old mother goes, so do I. The chances of me having to restain the post are slim. As my father used to say, "let the next guy worry about it". In the meantime, I'm looking for a product that goes on easily, does a good job of weather protection and will look nice.
  19. I have been experimenting with some soft cedar with inside out turning. I came up with a couple of pieces of junk, but it proved that one idea worked, while the other failed. I didn't throw them away, when I walk by them, I get other ideas. Anyway I cut one in two pieces and made some great looking Christmas ornaments, I'll get some pictures out tomorrow when the finish is where I want it.
  20. Recently I was given a 12 inch wide 10 foot board that was 1 inch thick. It was stored out in the weather for several years. Upon cleaning up the board including all the cupping I found that this was a cedar board and that the grain had been brought out most dramatically. I decided to make a bowl with it. This bowl is 10 inches in diameter and 3 3/4 inches tall. This bowl was totally cut using the scroll saw. The rings were cut at 22.5 degrees. The bowl was sealed with tung oil then top coated with 4 coats of satin lacquer. DW
  21. From the album: Green Egg Tables

    A custom Green Egg Table with Cabinets and pull out Drawers.

    © John Moody

  22. From the album: Green Egg Tables

    A small 30"x30" Cedar Green Egg Table.

    © John Moody Woodworks

  23. From the album: Green Egg Tables

    Cedar Green Egg Table with Cabinets and Drawers.

    © John Moody Woodworks

  24. From the album: Green Egg Tables

    A small 30"x30" Green Egg Table

    © John Moody Woodworks

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