Archive for the ‘Project Video’ Category

A Modern Lamp

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

I recently completed a lamp from scrap cherry and it was really a lot of fun to build.  The lamp requires very little wood and is relatively easy to build, but it packs a big punch in appeal.  For the lamp cord, I used some left over antique-looking fabric covered cord that I used on a previous lamp build.  The lamp cord is exposed as it travels up to the lamp socket for a cool look.

I plan on releasing the build video on Friday and I’ll also be providing very detailed build plans for a small fee.  Look for both on Friday!

Brick Cutting Board Talk

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

I recently finished my second end grain cutting board; this time using a brick pattern (See my first end grain cutting board build).  My wife and I saw an example of a brick-patern, end grain cutting board at a craft fair we attended recently and I thought it would be a fun pattern to try.  Cutting boards are definitely not the most exciting projects, but they are a great way to use scrap wood and they make a great gift.

I published the video on YouTube and it seems to have been well received so far.  One question that I received a few times so far relates to the direction of the grain in each piece of the cutting board.  All of the bricks and every piece of ‘mortar’ had the end grain facing out.  It’s important that all of the pieces have the same orientation to greatly reduce the potential for cracking over time.

In order to help me visualize and determine my plan of attack for the cutting board, I modeled each stage of the cutting board in SketchUp (each brick was 2″ long by 1″ wide and the mortar was 1/4″ wide).  This was a huge help in picturing each stage before any cuts were made.  The long grain intermediate (top most picture below) ended up being 1″ thick after sanding the glueup and is extra long for some margin of error.

 

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If you’d like to watch the build video you can see it here and if you have any questions please let me know.

 

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Hello New Lathe!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Finally, I have a lathe in my woodshop.  I have been wanting a lathe for a long time and now I finally have one.  A Laguna Revo 18|36 is in my shop and she is a beast.

My kids, for Father’s Day, got me a set of lathe tools which I have been putting to good use since the arrival of my lathe.  If you’ve never ordered anything from Laguna, let me tell you that they are a pleasure to work with.  My lathe arrived on time and in a well packed box and it was a breeze to assemble.

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I recently made a carver’s mallet and filmed the process.  See it here.

I’ve read that lathes are extremely addictive to use and I can already confirm that that is true.  It’s an incredible amount of fun.

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