Friday, January 10, 2014

My Unique Project

Much longer than I expected to do this project I have finally have wrapped this up. My neighbor mentioned this past summer about seeing a table similar to this but not having the same graphics on top. This layout is a 1/16th scale of a high school regulation basketball court. Table size is 38" x 60".
My neighbor is one of the assistant coaches at this high school and he thought this might be something that they could put in their coaches office to use as a small conference table. My first thought, this should be no problem. I would whip that out in no time. To my suprise it was taking longer than expected. The legs and frame was no issue, but the top was something else. I used about (40) pieces of 2 x 2 pine. Jointed together with biscuts. Using cheaper material was terrible. Twisting, bowing, etc. just about run me up the wall. I only have a 12 inch planer so that was a challange to put together and get clamped. After all three pieces were clamped together I had cupping and things like that. Seeing on the "Wood Whisperer" video I saw how Marc used a router to setup a simulation of like a CNC router. That is what saved me on finally getting a good flat top. The rest was fairly easy.
The graphics I used on top was from a full size template designed in Corel Draw,  I printed on the large format printer at my work. Using painters tape and overlaying the template I was able to use a knife to cutout all the shapes. Once this was done I painted in the cutouts and later added (3) layer of poly and sanding to get top smooth.
For the time I had for this project my labor cost was way up there. The material and special tools to purchase was under $200.00. Only thing I gained on this one was what I learned about the techniques I used to create this monster. I will not do another one at this time. I'll chalk this one up for the experience.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Prepping for Show

Coming up on December 7th is a Christmas show in our community. I thought I would attempt to sell hand carved Santa's and snowmen plus other Christmas related items. About 2 weeks ago I started going to town on my carving. I was doing the carving and my wife Karen is doing the painting. This will be the first event I have ever done with my carvings. From family and friends everyone suggest I give it a try. The large carvings take be right at 3 1/2 hours and the smaller ones take right at an hour or 1 1/2. Next is to decide what to charge. I will have to start out where I think and work my way down. That's why I have been tracking my time for each and thinking I can estimate some type of cost? We'll see.
I made these out of basswood and tupelo. The tool I used mostly is a jack knife that my wife bought me several years ago for Christmas. It works well, but a pain to switch out when I'm using different tools. I have also have being turning some items on the lathe. Like the Christmas trees and the snowman you see. Those are only about 3 inches high. Hoping to make taller ones and maybe build a couple simple primitive style tabletop houses. Stay tune..I will add updated pictures showing by display setup.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

This past Saturday I made a trip about 1 1/2 away from home to visit the "Meet and Greet? party planned by the "Woodtalk Show" guys at the Keystone Bar and Grill in Covington, Ky. This was my first time to meet the three amigo's who host this great weekly podcast show that is dedicated to wood working. I had a chance to meet Marc Spagnuolo, matt Vanderlist and Shannon Rogers. and I was very glad I made that special trip just to meet them. In person they are just as real as you might think by watching them on the internet. Besides the show that they host, each one has their own website that has some very wonderful packed woodworking information. The links for their shows are listed below.
While at the show my wife took a picture of me and the guys. After I got home I saw where she missed getting Shannon in the picture and I think Marc was asleep so I was bummed. Later while looking at facebook I caught this picture of all three with me, just happen to be standing in the back. I though this will work. The bottom picture is the one I found.

Myself with Marc and Matt - (Picture my wife took)
Photo Bomb Picture

The event was fun. I'm hoping to do again next year. I will also plan to visit the MIW14.

Here are their links:
Marc Spagnuolo :
Matt Vanderlist:
Shannon Rogers:

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I have been working on some carvings to present at a Christmas show coming up in December. After watching a You tube video made by Darryl Easter at this link shown below I was pleasantly surprised how well they turned out. I followed most all his method except I used a lathe to turn the tree instead of band saw and did not use a template. I just marked on the wood itself. After marking I hand carved the remaining.

Thanks to Darryl for sharing his video.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Coaster Project

Along side my easy chair I always leave a wet ring from my cup so I thought since I have been making some drink coaster lately I thought it would be fitting to make one for myself. Since bicycle riding is my other favorite hobby I though it would be appropriate to do something that mimicked that so here is what I came up with, I made this out of walnut. Thickness is a little too think. The next time I might make about 3/8 " instead of 3/4" I was not completely happy with how I cut the cork, but I think maybe a sharper knife may be required?

Weekend Turning

Playing around with my lathe and some scrap wood, I turned a couple items this weeked. The snowman is my first turning. I referenced the website of Carl Jacobson. His link is: I have not added eyes, buttons, etc. The cup looking item was one that I played around with the scrap left on the chuck. Both items were fun to play with. My intent is to do further turnings for Christmas. Stay tune.
Both items are made of Cherry.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Mail Box

This project is similar to what have done in the past. After awhile the weather gets the best of these so it's just a matter of making another one. The house numbers on the side are the big difference. I used barn siding and hand carved the numbers then painted. The roof is made of redwood and the house is made of pine. Of coarse the post is treated 4 x 4's. Oh yeah the flag flips up..