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Sewing Box is Finished

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Over the weekend I finished my wife’s sewing box which included finishing the removable tray, feet, hinge mortises and applying a finish.

For hinge mortises I normally use a router and a chisel, but this time I used my new router plane.  My wife bought me a router plane several months ago and I never had a use for it until last weekend.  It was a lot more fun and less stressful to mortise for hinges with the router plane than the router; plus it was more quiet.

I finished the box with a mixture of polyurethane, boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits in a 1:1:1 ratio.

I have part three of the build video ready for publication, but before releasing it to the world I wanted to complete a set of build plans to go along with it.  So, if you’d like to build the sewing box, you should be able to with the plans and the accompanying video series (three parts).  The plans will be available for a small fee.


The photo above, with the lid open, shows the thread spools on their respective dowels.   The dowels slide into holes in the shelves with a friction fit.  I thought about having the entire shelf removable in order  to access the thread spools, but in the end I felt the removable dowels was a better option.

I couldn’t resist showcasing the beautiful curly maple figure in the lid panel (below).  As the cherry ages and develops a darker color, it will contrast even more with the curly maple.

I gave the sewing box to my wife already, and as far as I can tell, she loves it!


Bowl Two

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

I turned my second bowl today from two pieces of scrap lumber (paduak and white oak).  This is my second bowl and also the first time I’ve incorporated two species of wood.  The bowl was finished with Millie’s Tung oil finish which is a mixture of tung oil and beeswax.

It is an extreme understatement to say that this turning stuff is a ton of fun.  I am having a blast with my new lathe.

I am working on the editing for the project video and I hope to have it ready soon.  After the video is published, I plan on auctioning the bowl to a viewer.  The funds will go toward supporting what I do here.

Make a bid here


Good-bye Puddy

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

My dog Puddy has been a part of our family since 2001 and very early this morning we had to say good-bye to him for the last time.  He was having difficulty breathing and walking lately (and poor appetite).  We took him to the veterinarian hospital and we learned that he had a very large tumor on his spleen.  Because of his age it was recommended by the doctor that he be euthanized.

This was an incredibly difficult decision to make and has completely crushed me and my family.  He was the best dog that we ever had and will be sorely missed.

Rest easy Puddy.  We will never forget you.

(~2001 – 8/16/2016)