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  1. My son approached me last month and asked if we could build a desk for his bedroom for this upcoming school year, he is planning on a ton of homework and being in 10th grade and all, the work is going to get harder and harder. He asked me to help him build the desk just before I went into the hospital back in early June, I was in bad shape for the first few weeks coming out of the hospital and meanwhile he was asking me when we can start the desk, bless his little soul and heart, as crappy as I was feeling, he felt that ol Dad could get up and go and power through it all with a desk build. I had to put it off, with the way I was feeling, it wasn't even safe for me to be out there in the shop, and the fact that he asked me during that time period, and asked a few more times, indicates I was putting on a pretty positive attitude show for the family, despite how I was feeling. So, now that I am feeling pretty ok, much better than before, me and the boy went to the lumber yard and picked up a few cherry boards. The desk will be cherry, with walnut legs, he wanted two tone. Actually he wanted a Walnut desk, but once we got to the yard, the walnut was just too expensive, so he came around to cherry. We have a budget and we needed to stay within. And it so happens that I had some left over walnut so we'll incorporate the walnut into the mainly cherry desk somehow, thinking possibly the legs will be walnut. I had my boy rip down the boards on the Shopsmith, he did pretty good, burned the cherry on one edge and I then I took the second board and showed him how to use moderate steady feed rate and also keeping it against the fence. Once we had the boards sized, we chose one edge to join, the boards will be cut in half, and folded against each-other and glued edge to edge. I showed my son Jeroid how to handle the big No. 8C, he knows how mostly as he worked with me often years ago, but many years have gone by since he's been by my side in the shop, so picking up the plane again took some practice, fortunately we left the board wide by an 1/8" because I knew Jeroid was going to need practice room to get the edge right. Jeroid took a few passes on the edge and did pretty good, he had a few issues keeping the plane in constant contact with the edge, but he figured it out, I just stood back and let him error, and figure it out. He did. He really got the hang of it, and started to enjoy the process. By the last couple passes he had some shavings singing from the plane, I could tell he felt really good about what he was doing. The edge did get a little off, so I showed him how to get back to 90 with a little lateral adjustment of the plane iron, and he brought it back to square in about 4 or 5 passes. After he joined the boards, we cut them down and glued them up, that is where we are at right now, we have two desk ends, next we'll get the inner dividers joined and glued up. Thanks for reading along, seeya all next time!
  2. My wife and a good friend have a birthday coming soon and I wanted to make them something different/special. The 3/8” thick tray sides are splayed 20 degrees with box joints. The splayed box joints are inspired from a project in a 2009 Woodsmith magazine. The woods are walnut and cherry. The finish is (1) coat BLO and (2) coats clear shellac. Thanks for looking. Danl
  3. Just to put what I had so far on the Cherry Blanket chest in one post. The Picture below is the sytle I am building this chest like. The sides and ends of this chest will have the boards vertical instead of horizontal. In order to keep them as flat as possible and not have so much sanding to to at the end I have been putting them together in sections. First I laid them out on the table after they were cut and run across the jointer and and through the planer to get close to finish size. This let me look at the grain and try to match it so it looks like a seamless piece as much as possible. Then I biscuit jointed each of the sections. I put two boards together at a time, but first I ran them through the table saw with the glue edge blade to get a good square edge. The photo above shows the gaps before run through the table saw. Now they are glued into to two board sections. Then the two board sections were flattened in the planer and then two of the two board sections were glued. So now I only had to smooth out this joint but from here on it is done with the belt sander since they are too wide to run through the planer. There are nine pieces to make up the sides panels so I had to glue three in one of the sections. So then I put the sections together to check and see before the final two pieces got put together. So it was cut biscuit joints here and put them into the 50" Bessey Clamps. And let me just tell you I really like the Bessey Clamps for gluing these type of panels. They are expensive, but do a great job. So both the front and back panels glued and standing on my work bench in the 50" clamps. And here they are with the two end pieces standing in front of them. So I will start working on the skirt for the bottom and the trim around the top and I got in my stain samples so I will take some extra boards I cut out and get me color matches done. This has taken a good bit more time putting these panels together but I am liking the end results. Well I will post some more on it later. Let me know what you think.
  4. Today I made a band saw box out of a piece of domestic cherry fire wood. Herb
  5. Put these stairs in about 2 months ago, the painter finally got them stained and varnished, we put the ballusters in this week. Did the stairs and all the balcony rail, foundation was dug 2 years ago, will be about 6 more months before the basement gets drywalled, and then we can put the 2 basement stairs in. The basket ball court is above the 6 car garage!
  6. Have a current order for honey dippers, this is the first batch of 20 finished. Some of the these have some really nice grain in the lids. Steve
  7. Hi All! I figgered instead of piggy-backing on my raised door thread I would start a new one for the Crosses. I have MLK Day off, so it’s a 3 day weekend. With the impending swirling vortex of doom forecast for tomorrow I got all my honey do list items done today. So when I did finally get down to the shop today, I had to clean and organize it. It was a mess LOLOL. I had started installing/assembling the Incra Miter Sled I bought with the Shopsmith, I finished that today, and had to figure out how to store it. I made some brackets that went on the inside of cabinet doors. Course I got too rambunctious with the impact driver and put a screw through the door , and I had to remove the two shelves and cut them back an inch so the miter sled would fit. Of course being the smart guy I am, thinking a step or two ahead, I took the inch off on the side that had the finished edge on it now leaving me with 4 bare wood (or substitute) edges. I also had bought a True Trac system when I bought the SS. The tracks had been being stored on top of some of the cabinets. Drove me crazy, didn’t like them up there, needed a ladder/stool to get to them, was keeping me up nights LOL. So I figured out that there was a 4 inch spec under the cabinets. The doors extended down 4 inches from the inside of the cabinet. I put up a shelf that would hold the trac system, and give me easy-peasy access. On my next shop day for the shop, I have an ibox to unbox and set-up, a hingecrafter to unbox and look at, and an Incra LS-TS fence positioned to unbox/set-up, figure out, and find a place to store it. Tomorrow all Crosses all day, until they’re cut/glued/assembled or I run out of day (plus the requisite snow removal as needed). On a serious note, I hope everyone stays safe during this storm.
  8. From the album: Shaker Furniture

    A wonderful project, I highly recommend anyone to build these chairs, suitable for most skill levels. The weaving in this seat was considerably more challenging than the square stools I weaved. The trapezoidal shape of the seat created some interesting challenges, but I got through them.
  9. From the album: Shaker Furniture

    Two front legs turned and ready for the rung holes. I turned these legs with my Easy Wood tools, a rougher and a finisher and my Laguna Lathe.
  10. Well for several weeks I have posted some pictures of this chest and I am happy to report to you that it is finished. Just a recap. Started with a visit to the Wood Stash and hand picked some of the best looking Cherry Boards from the stack. Cut them to size, ran them across the jointer and then through the planner. I then took the cherry boards and edge glued them together to make the panels for the front, back and both ends of the chest. Then I put two of these panels together to make a four board panel. Then I put the two four board panels together to make one large panel. Actually one of the panels had five boards.. Using my 50" Bessey clamps to hold the two panels together. So I had two long panels for the front and back and two short panels for the ends. Then I started working on a sample for the trim or molding to go around the top and bottom. After a few adjustments to the bits, I settled on the way I wanted to make the trim and started routing the pieces. First a couple of passes with the curved bit in the router and the with the round top bit and then a 1/2" round over bit. So I sanded the trim and then started on the feet for the chest. They are double boards so the chest actually sits on one board and the trim sits on the other board. There are blocks behind the feet to attach them to the plywood bottom. So everything is now trimmed up, miters cut and ready to put together. Now it is time to move it to the spray booth and put the water based dye on. I purchased an Antique Cherry dye and I really love the look it gave the chest. I sprayed it on and then took a damp paper towel and smoothed out the finish. If you get a bit much in a spot it is okay, you still have time to smooth it out. I put two coats on and then sprayed on five coats of General Finishes Enduro Var. It was them rubbed out with 0000 steel wool and Johnson's paste wax.. So there you have the Cherry Blanket Chest from start to finish.
  11. Another retirement gift for one of our Land Surveyors. Boy they are retiring quickly, much of the old guard had been leaving us, and more to come. The letters are routed with a template I made, then I simply paint the entire surface with several coats with rattle can, then let dry, and plane to expose the nice crisp lettering. This post is Cherry, with Ebony tapered plugs as the period punctuation. Just came off the planer, now final sanding and final touches. The base is clamped and glued too. So the question begs, who's making my retirement post!
  12. shawnbrad

    rustic cherry door

    From the album: my furniture

    rustic cherry door
  13. Back at the end of April of this year, went to an estate Auction. Won a bundle of saws.....one was a bit strange looking... Finally got around to rehabbing it a bit.....Filed the teeth as rip. Got a couple pieces of Cherry to make a blank for a handle.. Metal frame was wire wheeled until it was shiny. Red handle holds the file I used to sharpen the blade. let this mess sit over night Clamps were removed, sander set up. Shaped to fit my hands. . Drilled a couple holes, and installed a pair of saw bolts. Steel frame, merits steel bolts, right Operator needs trained on a proper grip.... It starts easy, cuts fast, and IF I hold it just right, straight cuts occur, like magic. Shellac and the brush was still upstairs (yes, I am now cleared for stairs) so I took this up and added a Amber Shellac finish. IF the sun should happen to reappear, I can let the Cherry soak up some rays, and get a "tan". Might be a decent enough, little Tool Box Saw....it is not a "perfection" saw.... That's ok, I already have one....by Atkins.
  14. Gerald

    Ringmaster

    Here is one I finished a couple weeks ago on the Ringmaster. Has yellowhart, padauk, cherry, and riverbirch. The paduak bleed over when the lacquer was applied. The padauk has open endgrain pores and if you want a mirror finish it would take a lot more work.
  15. Here is the finished clock. The wood part was not too bad. The clock mechanism was another story. It would not run. After much trial and error, I discovered a set screw was twice as long as it should be and was rubbing the face where the shaft for the hands went thought. The picture doesn't do the the clock color justice as the cherry finish is much more beautiful in person. I gave it to my daughter for an early Christmas gift and she loves it. The next picture is me with the clock and Christmas projects from the past
  16. I am completing a grandfather clock that was started 15 years ago by a wonderful friend who is 89 years young. He is still a master woodworker and has made many of these clocks from scratch over the years. He is like a father to me and when ever I visited his shop to pick his brain, he always helped me in any way. In the back of his shop stood this big Cherry grandfather clock about 90% complete. It had an inch of dust on and when ever I asked him about it, he never gave me much of an answer. I think I did figure it out. He started this clock for a friend or family member who died. He could not finish it or talk about it because of the hurt he felt losing them. When I visited him this summer, he gave me the clock and parts. Now the problem, he had made the bottom molding, and could only find one of the top moldings. I went to the internet to see about 5 videos to find out how to make them. Then I had to plane down some aged Cherry to make the pieces. I only had enough to make the three pieces I needed. I better not screw up. I managed to get the table saw set up and cut the curves OK. Boy I didn't realize how much sanding I had in store. By the way, I priced a 8 ft piece of crown molding at $185 at a molding store. That is why I tried myself. I had the biggest problem figuring out the miter angles and made the first cut wrong. I still had an inch to play with and still couldn't figure what I was doing wrong. I could not afford to make any more mistakes. I watched the videos again..............and again. I was sure I had it right and did another cut..................whew it was right. I did take most of the day to get it all done and they don't look like the bottom molding at all, but only a real woodworker will know. I thought at first I would stain the whole thing when I get it done because my pieces are much lighter that the aged wood in the rest of the clock. I change my mind and will let that light wood be a tribute to him. I have made many things in my life, but this one is for me.
  17. On garbage day I found a nice slab of wood someone set out. I stopped and picked it up and I think it is Cherry. Measures 3" X40" and 8" at the wide end and 6" at the small end. That should make some nice bowl blanks. Lucky day for me.
  18. This is a wedding ring (captive ring) goblet I just did recently. Basically was trying out a captive ring tool I made based on a Mike Peace video. The tool worked very well and maybe the easiest ring I have done yet.
  19. Our club meets this Sunday and I am doing the demo. Have decided on a fairly simple project from a video by Steve Jones . A seed starter pot maker. Many club members don't do demos and don't realize what goes into preparing for one. The demo I'm doing is "skew heavy". Steve Jones is a production turner from England the best I've ever seen with a skew. Even though I'm fairly adept with a skew I can't hold a candle to Steve. Even so, I want to do the demo using as many of his techniques as possible. With that in mind I have turned several pieces to get it down. This is maybe half of the ones I've done for practice. Add to that, transporting tools, materials, making notes, rehearsing, etc. etc. and doing a demo is a significant commitment in time and effort. On the other hand, I truly believe, the person doing the demo learns much more than anyone who watches it and the benefits far out weigh the inconveniences. Steve
  20. I thought I'd try to make a wooden spoon. I gathered some scrap Cherry and yellow hart and came up with this one. My wife didn't care for it because of the size and shape of the end scoop. She wanted a flat one. Oh well, my daughter loved it. My next one will be better now that I have done one. Most was done on the lathe and some on the small band saw. The finish is mineral oil and is not quite dry yet
  21. From the album: Glenn Davis

    Pegged Mortise and Tenon Construction gummy cherry bevel glass mirror
  22. From the album: Glenn Davis

    Details showing dovetailed case joinery and keyed waist moulding
  23. From the album: Glenn Davis

    Multi shelf two door cherry and hand painted crafts storage cabinet
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