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  1. I have several live edge 1″ thick eastern cedar planks approx 6 feet long. My plan is to use some other cedar for the uprights and use 5″ dowels to connect a five shelf book case. My plans would make the unit approx 5 feet tall. I am concerned about stability. Do you think I will need to have some kind of bracing across the back side?
  2. From the album: Old English Plate Shelf

    Finished and ready for delivery. My go to finishing schedule for most of my flat work is water based dyes for color, followed by a coat of boiled linseed oil, then oil based varnish. I still love the warmth and glow of oil based varnishes, it has a warmth that I love.

    © Courtland Woodworks

  3. Well it had to be to good to be true. Finished the coffee bar and the she wants a shelf with hooks for coffee cups. The real kicker is these are not the cups she uses every day but cups from the regular set of dishes. First up is to turn shaker pegs from walnut. This is something we have talked about in the turning forum. They all look the same but there are some variances. One has a larger button end , one is longer, one is shorter, one is thinner. But they are close enough that you may be able to tell some difference in photo however not all.
  4. As the finishing room comes along I continue to focus on having finishing supplies in it that I typically use. Brushes, trays and such I have taken care of with my supply cabinet build. Now I need a place, or places to store actual finish stuff. Started with 1qt containers. The window faces the back of my yard so no big deal blocking it off, no loss of direct sunlight. Because this once housed a hot tub I went with storm windows. I could install the correct windows and all, but that cost more than I want to invest at the moment. So I got some 2 inch thick insulation from my neighbor. That comes to R-6, half of the R-13 in the walls but not bad. I designed the cabinet to fit into the window and hang out about 2 inches. Set the back about 2 1/8 inches to account for the insulate board. This was tonight's dry fit. This is back of the unit that faces the window. Plan to seal it off with shrink plastic like they do boats with when all the finish work is done. Outside temp of the glass was 42F, this was inside the unit after 3 hours.
  5. CDave


    From the album: Desk

  6. Building these for our turning club. Needed shelves over our lathes for turning wood or other small things. In the historic building we meet in cannot put nails or screws so this is overbuilt. Note this is like shop furniture and not fancy, unusual but not fancy. this is metal is from my shop shelves which were broken when I got them so used the wood and saved these. Did not realize plan was in pic. These are the finished ends for one shelf. The ends of the x was being cut in first pic. Plan is to have two of these facing each other in room and a bar between them to stabilize.
  7. A couple pull out shelves that come out of our cabinet, that holds heavy pots and pans, mama is getting arthritis in her hands, and bending down, and getting back into the back of the cabinet to pull out those pots and pans, is getting to be a burden, I want her to be able to just pull out the shelf, and have the pots and pans right there for easy access. I was able to get the son in the shop and he really helped considerably. I loved my son tooling around in the shop when he was younger, I never discouraged it, but, one eye always had to be on him if I wasn't helping him. Today, at 15 yrs old, he is transitioning from a helper that needs help, to a helper that is helping. Without his help I could not have finished this project in one day, which I am not known for around these parts, typically even the smallest project takes a long time for me to complete. So thank you son! I don't really have any progress images, just images I took when I took a breather. Still loving my Shopsmith, with my son in the background working. Son was faring the edges of the shelves after we put the PSA edge banding on. I trimmed it back with the razor knife and he finished it off with a block and some 220 sandpaper. We are using prefinished Maple ply, made in the USA, this stuff is a joy to work with. The shelves installed. And Jeroid (jerod) is re-installing the doors. We didn't have to remove the doors to install the shelves, but they were just in the way. All wrapped up. Mom really love these, we were hero's yesterday, and when we woke up this morning, the first words out of her mouth were, "Papi, thank you again, I am so happy". I told her, you are the only wife I have, you gotta last! I am so happy she can simply pull these out and just reach down for a heavy pot, instead of having to get on her knees, dig around, and pull one out, she has always had bad knees too, her caps always get misaligned, so this really is a welcome change in the kitchen for her. When she gets the pot(s) she wants, she can just kick the shelf closed, we installed the slow closing slides so she can really give it a good kick and it won't slam closed. Any questions feel free! Any constructive critiques are most certainly welcome as well!
  8. Hi, I’m back looking for more advice. My nephew is autistic. My SIL (sister-in-law) showed me a picture of an awards shelf from a catalog and asked me if I could make one for Nino (nephew). He is active in the Special Olympics, and has lots of medals to display. Basically simple, maybe a 3 foot long x 3/4x 16 inch back board, with 2 side brackets, and a top shelf across. 24 pegs, staggered for the medals to hang on. I can do this, My question is-I’m thinking of using pine for this, the local Lowes has some really good, no knots, pieces. I have some cherry stain left over from last years mangers I made. Any issues staining pine? Sand it down to 220, glue/assemble, stain?
  9. Years ago I made a cabinet for a local customer, who became my friend. I have the cabinet in our gallery here. I put out the call on Facebook to see if any of my local buddies had a truck leaf spring I could have to build a Froe with. My buddy who I made this cabinet for answered back with a big yes. He is restoring his 1942 Ford Jeep he's had since he was a teen and he purchased new springs. He's 69 years old today. My son and I went over to his home this morning to pick up my leaf spring and while there I found the cabinet I built right where I installed it a few years ago. Just thought I'd take a couple pictures of it this morning and show it off here, I still love this piece. This project was one of those times I really hated seeing one leave my shop. He collects Pewter Molds among many other interests. Curly Maple purchased from Bob Kloes Lumber, dyed with Transfast Colonial Maple, one coat of BLO, one coat of shellac, and one coat of oil based varnish. I don't remember the cut of shellac I used, and I don't remember the varnish brand.
  10. Friends son has expressed a interest in woodworking. As Ralph cannot nail two boards together he asked could I give his son some shop time and see where this leads. I suspect this was to keep him from investing a lot of money on something that was nothing more than a passing interest. Brent, his son, came over for a few nights and I mapped out what I needed for a storage bin. Sat him down and asked him to draw out details. He got the basics and then set about finding scraps I had of plywood and set to the task of making this storage bin. Learned all about each machine before I let him touch it. I won't cover in a short description near what he and I went over but he learned about a few types of joints, how to attached edge banding to boards both with pin nails and just glue. Lots of mistakes we had to fix or just cover up. Finishing was frustrating for him, but hey we got to start somewhere and this is a shop fixture not a frame for a painting at a museum. More than once he gave me this look of why not fix this. Had to point out to him that along the way I referenced several shop fixtures that had mistakes. Yeah, I use them for reference as well. Normally I am not much for company in the shop so this was a bit out of my comfort zone. But with today's educational system in the state that it is where else can he explore this skillset. He installed this evening while I worked on a fixing a drawer for the neighbor. Not bad, not Tal Mahal either but hey it works, is well built, as in plenty of glue and screws, and has plenty of coats of poly. Bit shiny but I let him have at it explaining as we went how to improve. Still have to do some touch up work on the insert for the brushes but I have time. Oddly his favorite part was removing a section of the pegboard wall and installing a stud and bracing where one was not. Only had one available stud to attach to because some moron built this garage with 24 inch centers..... So now he wants to build a back shed for his Dad's lawn equipment this summer.
  11. Well, was looking for a small project to use up the left over Pine...Had a 1 x 8 that seemed to be long enough...and cut up a 1 x 6 for a couple curvy legs... Notched to fit over the backsplash...nothing real fancy, as it will get painted, anyway....had a second notch to cut.. To fit around the window sill. counter-sunk screws, and a bead of glue...again, nothing fancy...maybe an hour of shoptime... Spent as much time going back and forth from the shop to the kitchen...as the building... waiting on the paint, now.
  12. Started on this back in the summer and had it shelved til some other things got done. Son bought a new house in NC and Dil wanted shelves to match stair rail. So we went and found this mahogany 14 foot by20 inch by 2. Had to cut it to get into his suburban. Then I get the"privilege" to bring it home to work on. Took them til last month to decide on shelf brackets . Yes I am making those too. Ordered the stain that was used for existing Cabot mahonany flame in the old oil formula ( read the new is WB and not good). It is labeled outdoor use only, must be a CYOA. So got the stain on today and waiting for decision on clear. The second pic is prototype bracket.
  13. As some of you know, my sister has made it her life's work to make sure I get to heaven- fat chance! This time, she has me making a tithe box and shelf for her minister's church. I worked with him thru emails and Sketchup drawings to get the approval on the design/materials/hardware. The box is 1/2" thick birch and walnut stock with hand cut dovetails. Top and bottom are mounted in dados. The top is flush with the sides and the bottom is slightly recessed. The shelf is 3/4" birch plywood with shop made walnut edging. The hardware is a half mortised lock and a 110° stopped piano hinge. The minister has someone in the congregation do the finishing. The box is about 14" L x 7" W x 6" H. I did hit the walnut with mineral spirits to see what the grain would look like with finish- Thanks for looking!
  14. Starting a new project a head shaped bookshelf made from red oak. The customer could not find anyone that would even consider doing this project for him. I got the design finalized and emailed the itemized bid to him and I was kind of hoping my bid would scare him into not doing the project but all he said was do you want half to start. This is the design he accepted. It will be about 3 1/2 feet wide, 5 1/2 feet tall and 11 1/2 inches deep.
  15. From the album: DerBengel's Scrapbook

    I decided the space above the sink could use a shelf and I decided to use plumbing instead of normal brackets. A typical bracket would take up too much length not allowing clearance for my tall bottles. I used 2 1/2" floor flanges, 2 10" nipples and 2 end caps. Just cut a board to size and made a permanent home for a few items.

    © © Cindy Trine

  16. I was recently contacted about building a Walnut vanity and a Walnut Shelf to fit over a range hood. So so I was sent these two pictures and ask if I could do these. So I got started by gluing up several boards to make the vanity 24" deep and 41 3/4" wide. The boards are 1 1/4" thick and a piece is glued on the front to give it the appearance of being 2 1/2". finish was applied this week and it was picked up today to install. The Shelf is 1 1/2" thick 7" deep and 32" wide. It to was picked up today and installed. So i can now mark this one off the list and move on to the next one in waiting. I love it it when a plan come together.
  17. From the album: Old English Plate Shelf

    Young Patriot Woodworkers, they are not ready to see this one leave our shop. As with any project that takes time, it becomes part of the family, and the kids always hate to see it leave the shop.

    © Courtland Woodworks

  18. From the album: Pine Kitchen Island

    A look at the bottom shelf ( Mountain Dew Storage). Had to BUY some 1x3 pine. Made a rebate with a Wards #78 rebate plane to house the 1/4" thick plywood panel. There is just a thin (1/8") lip around the edges, to hide the plywood's end grain. Glue and brads to attach.
  19. From the album: Old English Plate Shelf

    This image was supplied by our customer, he wanted us to capture the feel of this 18th Century English China Shelf. He saw the shelf at auction, the auction was taking place in Europe, but he thoughtfully realized that the cost of the shelf, including shipping to the states, was getting a tad high, so he sought us out as we had done work for him in the past, and thought of us as his builder. And we are glad he did, we had a blast making it. I used the image to scale the shelf, considering his desire to make it 48" wide by 40" tall, I was able to scale it out on grid paper and duplicate much of the details and the proportions.

    © Courtland Woodworks

  20. From the album: Old English Plate Shelf

    The cabinet in place at its final resting place, with pewter molds in place. You'll see the tails are cut into the side of the cabinet and exposed, I set the tails on the side of the cabinet to lend it downward strength, the mechanics of the joinery will not allow any weight to push down and separate the corners.

    © Courtland Woodworks

  21. From the album: Old English Plate Shelf

    In place at a home where the resident loves colonial works, and this piece fit right in.

    © Courtland Woodworks

  22. From the album: Old English Plate Shelf

    The customers pewter molds on full display. The pewter molds are one area of his vast collections of antique in his home. These molds were used to make breads, bread puddings, and puddings, in the shape of the molds.

    © Courtland Woodworks

  23. From the album: Old English Plate Shelf

    The crown is built up, by using traditional methods of building crown, just as it was done the old days, they did not have power nor molding knives, so just as they did, we did, by shaping each facet of the crown as an independent piece, then applying them on top of each other.

    © Courtland Woodworks

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