2019 Archive

Monday, December 30, 2019

With so many examples of combining wood and epoxy resin appearing online in the last few years, I decided it was time to try myself. Also my first time making earrings, I'm quite happy with the result.

read more …

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The moment had arrived to test the skill that I designed a whole other project to practice. Dovetails!

read more …

Friday, November 8, 2019

After the wood had adjusted to the conditions of my shop, I began on the casework. Step one was to cut the ten-foot planks to length. I aimed just a little on the long side, because the tools I have to handle these large pieces aren't the finest. I needed to have room to re-square the edges afterward.

read more …

Friday, November 8, 2019

Over fifteen years ago, friends lent my wife a dresser that their children had once used. When we moved into our first apartment, and she recovered her own dresser from her parents, the lent dresser became mine (our friends were adamant that they did not want it back). It has functioned well. The case is solid, the drawers open and close just fine, the drawer bottoms hold. Being a children's dresser, though, it has never quite been able to hold all of my clothing. So, my next big project is to replace my child-size dresser with a gentleman's chest.

read more …

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Our friends' son is turning one year old. His parents, deep in the Silicon Valley tech world, would prefer to delay the point when screens become a major component of his entertainment. Fortunately, screens are a major component of my entertainment, and so Pinterest suggested the perfect gift: wooden blocks. But why buy, when you can make?

read more …

Monday, July 22, 2019

The inside of this box is about 36 x 12 x 3 inches - not something that could just sit on a table for decoration. It was built for a purpose: carrying equipment. Let's talk about how I prepared it to do that.

read more …

Saturday, July 13, 2019

While I think about how to tell you about the process of fitting the internal components of this box, I'm going to talk about planning.

read more …

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

This box was designed to be a carrying case, so the lid need to be hinged to the bottom. In keeping with the theme of cheap practice, I grabbed brass-colored, stamped hinges at the local Home Depot. Also in keeping with the theme, I watched Matt Estlea's videos on preparing these hinges and chiseling mortises for them. The particular style of hinge I bought required a little change to the plan, but I'll explain that in a bit. The mortising started with lines scribed for the edges of the hinge plate.

read more …

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Possibly even more exciting than my dovetails turning out well was the fact that, from the first dry fitting, the box was square. Corner to corner, any difference in the diagonals was less than my tape measure would read.

read more …

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

It's not perfect. Looking at it, preparing to write about it, I see flaws all over. But, I've finally cut a dovetail I don't consider horrible.

read more …