Besides the online projects Paul is presenting, what are you working on or planning?
Right now I’m finishing up some of the boxes and just finished a wall clock for a friend. My next project is another wall clock for myself (i’ve made quite a few as gifts but never kept one myself) and then a display cabinet. So many things to make, so little time 🙂
I’ve had some medical issues and just getting back into woodworking. I’d like to start the clock project, but first I have to make a few planters, a couple of window box planters and a couple for the porch. I promised my daughter last fall that I’d have them before spring. Just bought the western red cedar today.
I’ve also been cleaning up my garage workshop. Since I haven’t used it in a while it’s become a general storage area.
Not much left on the wall clock! A bit behind but getting there:-) Other wood working projects include renovating a part of the basement for a small wood shop, good to have in the cold winter months in Sweden. Also renovating the deck on my wooden sailing boat, a 35 foot skerry cruiser! My son just ordered a small ramp for his finger skateboards… Now my girlfriend has commissioned a bed-in-breakfast tray as well. I guess I have some projects:-)
Sailor and wood worker, located in Kalmar, Sweden with a Bostonian girlfriend, life rocks!
I am making a Paul Sellers style work bench. Done the lamination work on the aprons and top, and also the well board. Hope to glue up the first leg assembly today. That will go in my new and improved workshop. Then there are shelves which I started and need to complete, again a la Paul, but adapted to be larger. As the man said, so much to make, so little time!
It’s good to know that I am part of a community of like minded souls.
Currently I’m busy finishing a new window-sill. Already replaced 2/3, so this is the last one. Before that I made the “Paul Sellers Workbench”. I’m also busy designing my next project which will be a coffee table. Design might be the hardest part of woodworking, at least for me. Another problem is the difference in taste between my wife and I. We have to meet somewhere in the middle 🙂
I’m building a new office/shop. It’s a pre-fab 3x5m cabin that’ll be going at the end of the garden. The current (40-year-old, rotten and mouldy) shed is now emptied and I’ll be knocking that down this weekend once the electric is cut off. Then it’s a case of building the foundation and assembling the cabin (it’s being called the ‘man house’), getting electric hooked up again and moving my desk (day job) and workbench in. The next few weekends are going to be busy but at the end of it we’ll have our dining room back (the bench is currently in there) and free up the second bedroom (desk is in there).
Once it’s all sorted I’ll be able to do woodwork whenever I like! Living in a Victorian mid-terrace house with my bench in the dining room I can’t make much noise in the evenings and currently have nowhere for timber or tools. I’ll also be able to get myself a bandsaw which will be a huge bonus. Can’t wait until it’s all complete!
"To know and not do is to not know"
Apart from following the box project, I’m working on a small workbench for the living room. It will be a mix of traditional workbench and japanese kneeling planing board. Limited access to a proper workshop forces deseperate measures I suppose.
Additionally I’m making some hand planes (krenov style mostly for fun) and new windows for the house. The house is old (115 years) and the reason I got into woodworking. Some of the windows need replacing and I try to keep/restore the original style. I’m strill strugling with how to make the moldings on the inside of the joints without a router if anyone has any advice…
Iv’e just finished work on my traditional English shave horse.As well as cabinet making i’m interested in green woodworking and so this is the first piece to help me start construction of a windsor chair.It’s mostly made from bit and pieces ,chestnut stakes from the garden to form the vice and legs and a plank of oak given by a friend.The next job is making a pole lathe so i can turn up the spindles for the chair legs.
Ken, that shave horse is sweet.
I’m just finishing a very large desk for a friend (44″ tall, 6 foot long, 3 foot wide). He needed an inexpensive standing desk, so I made it out of the cheapest stuff I could find. It is made of regular boat wood. The top is pine, legs are 4×4 cedar, and the skirt and stretcher are just regular 2×4’s. Although the material is cheap, it should last a long time. I used mortise and tenon joinery and it is the first project I completed using only hand tools. I had never chopped a mortise until now. The first one took me 30 minutes, and by the 12th one I was completing it much more cleanly in a little less than 10 minutes. I found the tenons much easier. I initially used a tenon saw only which worked great, but I found it mortise efficient just to start with the saw, and finish with the chisel. Plus, I don’t particularly love sharpening my saws, so I wanted to save it. It was fun. I was disappointed with the top. I didn’t have any clamps that were large enough to do it in one piece, so I joined two smaller panels and then joined those together. I clamped two clamps together (if that makes sense) when I joined the two panels, but I had serious issues. Something wasn’t right, and so now there is a gap. Oh well. After I finished the project, I ripped a few boards with my table saw for another project. The noise drove me nuts. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to return to machine work.
Thank God for Paul and Joseph Sellers, and the wonderful methods they are teaching.
I finished my workbench last month, and it seems that my shop time since has been dedicated to tuning tools and what not. Made a wooden straightedge from Jim Tolpin’s “The New Traditional Woodworker”, and two new plane totes from an apple wood board I bought a few months ago.
I was struggling with planing long edges as straight as I wanted to, so the last week or so has been focused on getting my jointer plane (a garage sale Bedrock 607) tuned and ready to go, which involved some clean up, buying a new iron and all the prep that entails (the original had been sharpened all the way to the keyhole), and shaping a new tote to replace the broken one.
Received my Gramercy holdfasts and an auger bit file yesterday, so bored a few holes in the bench last night for some testing as well as sharpening my motley collection of Irwin style bits. I did manage to take an afternoon off and go to a local small scale mill and purchase 66 board feet of our local Red alder a couple of weeks ago, in preparation for a bookshelf and two end tables I’ll be starting on soon. In fact I will probably begin rough dimensioning and skip planing the parts for the book case tonight, so I can work on that this weekend. Somewhere in there I need to make a panel gauge 🙂 As usual it seems I have more projects on the “Want To” list than will likely make it onto the “Completed on intended schedule” list 🙂
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