All posts filed under: Fine Woodworking

Between Two Woodworking Worlds

Did you notice these photos in a recent blog post on the washer/dryer table project? Photos of a Lie-Nielsen smoothing plane and a Kreg pocket screw jig both in the same blog post. These two photos are indicative of a struggle which is going on within me: continue to move forward learning more advanced woodworking skills (ex: the hand plane) or revert to a more simple style of woodworking (ex: pocket screws). And I am serious. I struggle with this. I have even been thinking of nailed furniture projects. Like nails and glue; the most basic form of joinery that exists (actually, leaving off the glue would be even more basic). Of course, I would design furniture which would be robust even with such rudimentary joinery. I am really curious if people even care. When I post a photo of a completed project on Facebook, I get a lot of compliments. My high school and college buddies who see the photos assume that I am turning out a quality product, but there is not the first …

Window Seat Bookcase: The Aprons, Part 1

So, how y’all been doing? I have not written a post about my current project since July 6th, which is shocking. I have never had such a lapse in blogging since I started way back in 2009. I once wrote that a neglected blog is such a sad thing. It takes courage to hit the “publish” button and put your words and ideas out there for everyone to see. Courage with every blog post; something good to see. Then, a woodworking blog goes silent, often right in the middle of a project. One of the guys I used to follow was making a sweet Arts and Crafts style bookcase and just when the project was getting good; he stopped blogging. For real! I hate it when that happens. There are too many silent woodworking blogs, and I don’t want mine to be one of them. đŸ™‚

Getting Help With a SketchUp Model

I just completed my latest assignment for Sawtooth Ideas. The image above shows what is called a “Pendulum Doll Cradle” taken from an issue of Woodcraft magazine. When I get the email with a new assignment, I always look forward to opening the woodworking plan and looking through the project. I immediately saw this one as something to test my skills since I have not recently attempted creating anything like the spindles needed (read on for more about the spindles). In the image above, note the eased edges on many of the horizontal surfaces. I was nearing completion of the model when I realized I would have to round-over many of the component edges. This was a challenge requiring the use of the offset tool and the follow-me tool. I had some clean-up to do after this process; I am sure there is a plugin which would have worked better, but that would require me to find the plug-in, install it and learn how it works. I didn’t have the time for all of that. …