So my wife wanted somewhere to hang her stockings this year and as our new home didn't have a mantel over the fireplace of course, i came up with an elaborate plan to redesign this entire wall. I HATE this tile that looks like it was meant for a floor, but as that would be a HUGE undertaking i decided to throw together a quick, easy and affordable mantel to fill the gap for now. I built this floating mantel (that could easily be converted to floating shelves) for under 30 BUCKS!!! Just some white wood pine and several miters later and BOOM we had a mantel. The wife is happy (for Now) And we had a place to hang our stockings rather than just hanging them on the wall. If you want to see the whole process of how i built the mantel I have the video available here: https://youtu.be/kfhyNNnhmDwI also made a quick set of plans and a step by step instructable that are available on my website here: http://dimensionswoodworks.com/
My attempt at a simple trestle table with some curly maple.this was for a youth department. I was asked to build little higher than normal and is just little narrower than a standard table width. Used Transtint golden brown with some sanding down before final finish to get the wood features and figure to stand out.I would build legs little larger next time but these hold the table fine. Table is about 34 tall x 8' with width of about 28
I just received a set of bowl gouges from Doug Thompson and did not realize they came without handles ($50 each additional), so I made 3 of them out of Pecan wood. They are 13” long and finished with Danish Oil and satin polyurethane.I was doing some research on some HSS gouges that are better than the M2 HSS ones that I have been using in the Benjamin's Best gouges. I was looking to get M42 gouges and then I looked at the AAW site and almost everyone recommended Thompson gouges because they are made with steel that has 10% vanadium which is a lot more wear resistant than M2 or M42. I'll try them out and do a review at a later date.Cheers, JimHere is the chart from Thompson on the cutting angles of the various tools.