2017 Year End Wrap-Up

December 31, 2017

I’ve been a bit neglectful updating here recently.  Most of the past month has been spent on a number of small projects, including turning about a dozen pens, a small box, Christmas ornaments, and some other odds and ends. Additionally, I finished a red oak candle stand based on the shaker table at Hancock village. The table is finished with garnet shellac and black wax.  This was my first time mixing shellac from flakes. The process was straightforward and produced…

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Shaker Chess Table Turning

Why build one when you can build two!

November 12, 2017

After a quick detour this weekend to participate in the Turn for the Troops event held at Woodcraft stores, it was back to the garage to try to make some progress on the chess table. I started to turn the post for the chess table.  As planned, I decided to use some 4x4s leftover from building a cat tree about four years ago. The wood is good and dry, and more importantly, is the right size to work with. Unfortunately,…

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Shaker Chess Table Shop Notes

Processing Stock for the Chess Table

November 5, 2017

I spent today getting a bicep and tricep workout in the garage.  I had seven cherry boards to flatten, each about 7 inches wide and 36 inches long.  Several of the boards had substantial twist to them and all of them had some cupping and bowing. Making this process even harder is the lack of a good workholding solution on my bench for working faces.  I settled on a 3-point plan of holding boards.  Two screws at the lefthand side…

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Learning Digital Woodworking with SketchUp

November 3, 2017

I’ve been down with a cold all week which limited my shop time. There is nothing worse than breathing sawdust in when you’re sinuses are already clogged. Instead, I was inspired to learn some new design tools by Tim Celeski’s blog posts over at Popular Woodworking on what he calls digital woodworking. I decided to sit down and spend some quality time with SketchUp. For anyone unfamiliar with this, it is a piece of software that allows 3D modeling and…

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Shop Notes

Staying Sharp

October 29, 2017

It’s never fun, but sometimes you need to take a time out and sharpen all of your tools. I’d rather be making stuff. Sharpened three plane irons, seven bench chisels, and three turning tools today.  I noticed that I had been sharpening my bench chisels with a slight skew despite using a side clamp guide.  I need to trouble shoot that as it’s a recurring issue.  …

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