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Walnut Dining Table #1: Early planning

I’m planning to build a dining table in walnut. I found a really fancy one at some store in Soho. Very ritzy place. Here is a picture of the table. I got very excited when I saw this beautiful thing. I have no idea how to build it but I’m...

Making the Fence

I saw a parquetry picture on google and wanted to make it. I had small leftover of salvaged Douglas fir from my picnic table I also had some small off cut of Cherry and walnut There are 2 kind of element in that design. If you count the...

Greek Key Design Table Back

This is no original design by any means, but it is done with all my own measurements. The designer gave me a rough drawing and I redrew it in SU to scale.(The designer did give me the Length and Height, I laid out the key) Sketchup Pic: I...

Marquetry Jewellery Box #6: Drawers, Dowels, and Dovetails

I guess I missed the contest ……… by a few months …….. :-) Well all the colour decisions have been made and the flowers are glued in. The next job is to build a jewellery box to glue them onto. I have decided on Baltic Birch plywood for...

Builder to Woodworker in a Phone Call

What a horrible picture! I’m sure that’s the first thought as you start this blog. I’m sure it was followed by things like: did he use a flip phone or is he blind? While I’m certain I’m not blind I’m a little uncertain as to what this picture...

Open Apron Nesting Tables #1: An Interesting Commission

Last fall I entered my “Music” table in the Sidney Fine Arts Show on Vancouver Island and while it didn’t sell, it did attract a lot of attention. After the show a local woman contacted me and asked if I would build her a couple of little end...

Wooden Spoon Challenge #2 #1: How to make a wooden spoon

First off… I’m not a creative writer, I’m just going to put that out there. Debbie has asked me to put together a tutorial on how I create a wooden spoon. (There are many ways, lots on YouTube etc, this is just how it works best for me,...

Ramblings from a South Central Texas Wood Butcher #29: Hot in South Central Texas, but Making Some Sawdust and Shavings

Howdy, Everybody! Been a while, as I’ve been focusing on other activities, but still have gotten some woodworking done, despite the heat. We’re in the middle of a grassland restoration project, so I’ve been spending the cooler part of the day...

Marquetry Jewellery Box #16: Glue-Up and Details

With the marquetry all done and mounted the focus turns to getting the carcass finished and glued up and to the finishing details. First up is to get the back piece veneered with 1/16" Walnut inside and out and the R.E. magnets and concave end...

Making my first plane.

I have been wanting to make myself a plane for the longest time. Finally I got some plane blades from a picker friend of mine. This is the blade and the block of Walnut. Now we have the sides and body parts. Now the geometry is starting to...