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Ramblings from a South Central Texas Wood Butcher: Kind of the Beginning

Jan. 15, 2015 It’s been another dreary, cold and damp day; just barely into the 40’s. Have felt like “poop” so I didn’t make it out to the “wood shop” today; although yesterday, I did glue the runners onto the bottom of a new miter sled for...

Marquetry Jewellery Box #2: Beginnings

I put a lot of thought into what the first project would be for my fine sawn veneer before I decided on this particular idea. I would have to say there was also a lot of “putting it off” involved but once the project had been chosen the next...

My beginners workshop #1: In the beginning...

There was filth and stink. I bought this property from my neighbor. She had nine cats and two dogs living in a 14 × 60 mobile home. She wasn’t the best house keeper and never emptied the cat box. Needless to say, the stink would blow you off the...

Box with 3D marquetry # 3: Beginning French polish

Hello, I begin with the French Polish. 1. Fill the pores. The close-ups show detail. The pores are clearly visible. pumice 1 times filled pores.

Steam bending

Here are a couple of example projects I did using this process and jig . A little update on steam bending . I started using fabric softener added to the water and it made quite a difference in how pliable the wood gets . Here is the jig...

Tips for Designing and Being Inspired

Some of the most common questions I get are about how I find inspiration and ideas for projects. So, I decided to make a video that basically answers those questions. I hope that you find this video helpful, motivating, and inspirational as you...

Shaker End Table #2: This is what I get for being cheap

Since I wasn’t planning on blogging this build, I don’t have any pics of me processing the wood. Before starting this build, I decided to finish rehabbing an old Bailey #4 1/2 I picked up a few years back. The bladed is pitted but it sharpened...

My Roubo Bench Journey #16: Now the True work begins...

I finished the last two sliding dovetail sockets in the top: I placed the legs in their sockets and took stock of how much work I have ahead of me:

And So It Begins....

I’m now equipped with a couple of axes and a woodcarving book to add to my toolkit :) Can’t wait to get started!!

Shaker End Table #1: Mahogany Shaker End Table, the beginning

I hadn’t thought about blogging about this build until Smitty asked about it on LJs, so I figured why not. I volunteered to make this table for as a raffle prize for a non-profit organization’s convention later this summer. I have built...