All posts filed under: Bell Forest Products

Tornado Bed: Getting Underway

I wonder what its like to operate a shop where lumber is at the ready. If a project suddenly appears that calls for cherry, it is on hand, ready to go. Curly maple? Got that too. Sheets of nicely veneered plywood? They’re right over there. Maybe I’ll have a shop like that some day. For me, a new project means going to the home center to sort through the available lumber for acceptable boards. On one occasion I ordered some nice mahogany from Bell Forrest Products. Several times I have purchased quarter sawn oak and curly maple at my local Woodcraft – they have a wide variety of lumber in stock, some of which are exotics, but they don’t have enough of any one species to make anything of significant size. For the Tornado Bed, I went to Lowes – they have some options that Home Depot doesn’t have. I considered oak and the really poor “Top Choice” pine, but I decided to go with their select grade pine; it is mostly clear of defects, …

TV Console: construction begins

Refinements. I draw my project full size on a scrap sheet of MDF making slight adjustments to it’s size. Note the paper cup and washer I use to help me draw the circular parts of the bracket feet (click to enlarge). So I have recovered from the installation of my new HDTV in my entertainment center and have turned my attention to the TV console project (completion of my built-in project is on hold until I complete the TV console). One of the things I want to do with the TV console project is to spend a little more time on the design aspect of it. I have been very pleased with the SketchUp drawings of this piece (see them here). But, I know from past experience that just because something looks good on paper or on a computer screen, doesn’t mean that it looks just as good in real life. With the TV console project, even though I very much like the design, I was concerned that the SketchUp illustration captured the true size …

TV Console: an update

There are certain things I can point to as advancements in my journey as a woodworker. There was my shop class at the University of Alabama where I was introduced to many wonderful power tools. Then there was the day my Dad and I went to Sears to purchase my first table saw. There was the day my wife and I moved into our current home which has a basement large enough for me to set up a little woodworking shop. A few years ago, I started an effort to upgrade my stationary tools – over time, I purchased a new Jet table saw, a Delta dust collector and a Jet band saw. Today was a first for me and yet another step forward. I purchased 40 board feet of African mahogany from Bell Forrest Products for use on my upcoming TV console project (thanks to Dyami at The Penultimate Woodshop for the tip about Bell Forrest Products). This is important because it moves me from just the hobbyist woodworker who goes down to the …