Oddites in wood #1: odd wood grain, Knots or patterns

This is a scrap of Douglas Fir I was about to toss away when this caught my eye " A Bird " I did add the eye but other than that wow!

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...

Marocan Pattern Build #1: Intro and Stock preparation

I saw a picture of a pattern on google that I though would be fun to make. It looks like a rugby/American football ball in a square centered on the diagonal. I figured that I will need to start with a Square or rectangular lumber and...

My Roubo Bench Journey #1: My Roubo Bench Journey Begins

I have already started a blog on this build on the other site, but will end that and only post about this build on this site. Last year, when my wife and I moved from our San Diego house to our retirement home in Oregon. I left my old beater...

Picnic Table #6: The Top

I spent the last 2 weekends working on the top and it is now done. This blog is a little too long but did not want to brake it into two. I asked Bently many questions about how best to go buy building the top. I received tremendous amount of...

Is it too late for curves?

I got inspired by Ianwater’s curved leg picnic table. My wife wants a table outside the entrance for Amazon packages. The roof extends over the entrance so I’m not to concerned about the weather. I bought some oil based enamel to paint it. It...

A Pair of '64 Chevys

No contest on my favourite tool but it’s a toss up which one. The term “64 Chevy” refers to the fact that both of my chevalets measure 64cm from the seat to the blade, the traditional size measurement for them. The first one...

My Roubo Bench Journey #8: First Leg Finished, not my best work

So I marked up another leg using the dimensions of 1.5" sliding dovetail tenon, 1" space, then 1.5" tenon and that left a 1.5" shoulder. I used a 45 degree angle for the dovetail tenon. It looks much better to my eye than the original...

My Roubo Bench Journey #12: One of those days, not good....

I finished boring the mortises on the top side of the workbench top and got some help to flip it over. Then I took one leg and marked the two tenons onto the underside of the top and started to bore out the remaining mortise. The thru mortise...

Building Some Chevalets, a Class Action #3: Lots of Parts, Lots of Joinery

I guess I got lots done today although I didn’t get as far as I wanted to. (Do we ever?) There have been enough blogs on chevy construction and I’ve got lots of pictures so I’ll keep the text to a minimum and let the photos do the explaining. ...

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