A shout out to Myrtlewood Gallery

Back in October 2013 my wife & I took a 14 day tent camping trip along the west coast from Los Angeles to almost the Washington border. We visited many galleries and was able to tour some of the work shops . I purchased several turning blocks and the wife found these mini vases in the bargain bin. I put a few on my lathe, sanded them & applied several coats of tung oil. The holes are for a small glass vial to hold flowers. The wife says they are for table place...

Finish for maple?

I made my wife a picture frame for Valentine’s day. We’re going out of town so no flowers can be delivered. I’m going to put a picture of us and the baby in it. Anyway, it’s made of some kind of maple and I never worked with it before. I have no idea what to finish it with. I wiped on my old standby, danish oil, onto a scrap cutoff. It looks nice but it turns a little darker than I’d like. Anybody know what a good finish would be? I must be able to buy it from home depot and it cannot be...

When good enough isn't good enough

I am working on a valet box and it’s just about finished. The last step is installing the open tray top. The top will have some leather and the center is hammer veneered with some shop sawn walnut. I finished the rest of the piece with my custom blended wiping varnish (tung oil, spirits, and pehenolic resin) and my plan was to just do the same on this. However after some scraping it’s just too pretty. I decided to add a few days to the project and french polish it. I almost forgot how...

One Way Wolverine Dressing Jig

I have had some issue with my grinding stones getting out of round. I have tryed the diamond dressing tool that came with the grinder, even to the point where I vise gripped it down to the wolverine flat 4×4″ surface….it still is out of round. I have been looking at the Wolverine version. http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2001998/2272/oneway-wolverine-dressing-attachment.aspx If you have one please let me know what your opinion is….if you don’t take a look at it and then weigh...

Hello!

Hi. My name is Mandy and I’m from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I’ve been a civil engineer for the past 25+ years. I grew up in the residential building business. My father was a manager of Lowe’s for 23 years before buying his own building supply business. So I grew up in Lowe’s, spending my summers running around the warehouse and going on deliveries. After college I worked at my dad’s store for 3 years doing contractor sales, house take-offs and purchasing merchandise. I’ve always...

In Case You Are Wondering

Our family has be struck by tragedy and it is avent that is affecting me to no end . See attached link for info on this . http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/man-faces-murder-charges-in-connection-to-disappearance-of-calgary-family-1.1912596 We are trying to cope the best we can and I spent a lot of time in the shop to occupy my mind but it is hard to stay focused . — Kiefer 松

Wood phone cases

http://www.carved.com/shop/samsung-galaxy-s5 I’m not sure how they do this at these prices and turn a profit. They say they’re hand made. But the idea is genius!

gluing end grain

I’m working on an octagonal table lamp. The base is oak. I crosscut 8 pieces at 22.5 degrees to form an octagon. I didn’t plan this out, as I usually don’t, and I ended up with 8 end grains to glue up. I’m afraid it won’t hold together well. I don’t have a biscuit joiner. Is there a way dodowel in or somehow put this together so it will be sturdy? A way that requires no special tools. Alternatively, will just gluing it be enough? Thanks.

Pictures

This is a test to see if this site rotates pictures based on landscape vs portrait. It appears not.

Split head Hammer

I bought my business 25 years ago and in the basement there was a very nice split head hammer. Having said that, I have no idea what it is meant for. Can someone shed some light on what I should do with it?

Delta vent

The other day I bought one of these: DELTA 50-345 Universal Mobile Base (Wood Not Included) total of $75 inc tax. It shows up 2 days later. All is well. This weekend I put it together and lo-and-behold the kit is missing 3 bolts and one washer. That meant a trip to the hardware store. This should not be possible this day and age, where the weight alarm should show that the package is missing something. I think that I am done with Delta.

HOW DO YOU CARRY OUT YOUR PROJECTS?

I know we all work differently and often our work flow is based on different priorities. I thought it might be interesting to compare notes just for fun. While there must be certain logical ways to operate as a professional for the sake of efficiency and profitability we hobbyists can work in whatever way suits us. I don’t believe there is a right or wrong way for us, just the most fun way, unless of course you are not enjoying the work and/or the results. I will stick my neck out and go...

Pay attention

Well, i was not paying attention when using my drill press today and i had a snag on the base. I wish the hole on the table was larger. I think i will have to make a table for it so i can drill freely.

Woodworking Oil Stains

Woodworking Oil Stain (workbench magazine copyright) There are lots of wood stains on the market these days — gels, water-based — but the bread and butter in my shop is oil-based stain. Nothing fancy. Just your basic off-the-shelf stain that’s available at almost every hardware store. One reason is oil-based stains are easy to use. And the come in a wide range of colors that are resistant to fading. Most oil-based stains color wood the same way paint does -with finely ground particles...

Order of assembly

I am going to build the above piece of furniture. I have divided the project into three parts, the top, middle and base. Making the top “box” and cutting the middle and base pieces is pretty straight forward. As I look at the piece I will assemble the three legs and middle shelf using dados. I will then mount the top to legs using screws. It looks like the legs connect to the front and back of the inside of the top “box”. I will then flip the piece and use screws to mount the base to the...

How was your long weekend?

Hope you spent most of it in your workshop :) Looking forward to see your progress blogs and new creations here. It’s been a bit quiet… In case you missed it, we just launched a cool little Magazine giveaway. Feel free to participate and spread the word to invite more woodworkers to our little growing family. Cheers.

Intro...

Hey all, my real name is Rob; I live just outside of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. I’ve been woodworking for about 5 years. I started collecting tools to do a basement remodel, and once the remodelling was done I needed something else to use the tools for….slowly collected more tools and expanded my limited repertoire of ww projects. Started off with a cramped 13×25 garage, then a 33×17 and this spring moved into a dream 1100sqft workshop. Woodworking is a great hobby; it gives me something...

Mulberry

Any body out there used mulberry. Obtained a couple 100 ft of dry mulberry boards. I thought cherry changed colors. This stuff really darkens. Can you keep yellow color with water based finish? First pic rough and darkened and second freshly planed. It is a little yellower then picture.

Design Help

Hey everyone, I’m working on designing an entertainment center and have the basic design ready but am having a hard time figuring out details for a face frame or the legs/base. Hoping some of you more experienced woodworkers might have made something similar before and have suggestions. I’ve been searching for ideas online but must be searching for the wrong things. The cabinets will be painted and the top will be solid boards joined together and stained dark. Since I’m terribly out of...

[Finally] Made My Caver Portable and Storable

I bought this caver on a maple butcher block counter top, which weighed in at around one hundred pounds or so. Add the carver and a base and the entire thing weighed in around a couple hundred pounds. Obviously, it wasn’t very portable. I wanted the unit to be portable, and to not take up a huge amount of space, when not in use. To that end, I made a box similar to what some would call a torsion box [then donated the butcher block to projects]. Once that was done, my plan was to make the...

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