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Almost one year later

Posted on September 30, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I know its been almost a full year since my last post on this blog. Things have been very busy though, and I have not been idle. Although once again I find myself in almost the same spot one year later. I am busy turning a bunch of little stuff getting ready for Chirstmas and Chirstmas shows. Also, due to commissions and other things getting in the way, I have actually acomplished fairly little on my own personal projects, like my spice cabinet. To see what I am working on, please stay p...

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Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat!

Posted on December 8, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Well, Christmas is almost here, and I have spent the last month turning lots of little projects to get ready for Christmas and Christmas shows.

I am not generally into turning a bunch of little items, or even into smaller projects, but at this time of year for the shows and stocking stuffers, its a must.  So I have added another photo album to the gallery to show the Christmas and general gift stuff that I have/can make.  Most of it I will have some on hand or can easily make ...

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My rant on dovetails, their use and misuse.

Posted on September 30, 2011 at 2:10 AM

I am going to use dovetails in my spice cabinet. *I am going to spend hours dovetailing*. I estimate when I am all said and done, there will be somewhere close to 100 dovetails in the overall project. Almost all of them will be in the drawers, half-blinds for the front of the drawer, and through dovetails for the rear of the drawers. Now I have not finalized the drawer layout yet, but I am thinking 5 banks, 11 drawers, average 8 per drawer and that’s 88, plus the carcass that’s an...

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More prototypes

Posted on September 2, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Here is another small box with inlay that I made as a prototype for the class at Lee Valley in Jan.  The box itself is quite small and very easy to make.  It takes about 2 hours total construction time using only hand tools, but the inlay takes quite a bit mo...

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Lee Valley class

Posted on August 17, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Here is a picture of a hand tool project that I am going to teach at Lee Valley in Jan 2012.  Its a nice little box, that is quite easy to make, but the fun is all in the lid.  Its a veneer oval fan.  I love those things. 


Posted on August 12, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Those who know me, and have woodworked with me at all will know that I love shellac. It’s my favourite finish. I love everything about, even its smell. I love amber shellac, blond shellac, and most of all, I love cutting the shellac myself. It gives me the feeling that I am that much more involved in the making of my project.


Cutting shellac involves taking a measure amount of flakes in weight and dissolving it into a measure amount of alcohol by volume. The standard ...

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Bench is all done.

Posted on August 8, 2011 at 10:35 PM

I am all done my work bench. 

Its made of spruce 2x4's and where the vice is and all the dog holes it is all ash.  It was cheap, easy and fast to make.  Fast as in about 10 hours total working time.  It needed to be fast so I could get back to work.  Because that is what a bench is all about, using it to make stuff.  I think that there a...

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Anarchy RULES!!!

Posted on July 27, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Thats right... ANARCHY RULES!!  Not the kind you are thinking.  I am reading a new book, and if you are a wood worker you might have heard about it.  Its called The Anarchists tool chest"  It goes through the hand tools that are essential and the ones that are not.  Very good book.  Written by who I think is the best woodworking author right now, Chris Schwarz.  Its funny, its to the point and its very informative.   I would not say the book has ch...

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Tied the knot not knowing that I not know.

Posted on June 5, 2011 at 12:18 PM

All done the knot box.  I then fumed it again and then put two coats of light walnut danish oil on it.  I generally dont like oak, but fumed and then with this oil on it, it is a really nice warm brown.  The colour gives it that look that old, old oak has.  The kind of colour that looks like age and not dyes or stains, it looks natural.  I really like it.

Since that is done, I have turned my attention to Frank and Heidi's wedding present.  I bought a chunck...

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Turnings and musings

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Ok, so I am addicted to turning pens.  Its fun, and they look awesome.  And its fun.

I just added a new page for pictures, and it will have pens and turning in it.  Today I turned a bocote pen and made it into a gold baron rollerball pen.  I love it.  The colour of the wood looks perfect with the gold pen.  The gold is almost the same colour as the light parts in the wood, and the black trim on the pen is great, because the wood has lots of black highlights...

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