The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Apple Bowl Time

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Apple Bowl TimeBack in May one of the guys from the business next door brought over 2 apple logs and asked me if I could make him a couple bowls. Well once I got started with the chain saw I process all of both logs and roughed out 10 bowls an put them in buckets of their own chips to dry out. I took them out last week and they were warped but still good to finish turn. The the next day only one of them had a fatal crack down the center and it went to the burn barrel…..9 out of 10 ain't bad. It was the other big bowl that I had hoped to turn with a natural edge for him.There are different shapes and sizes…whatever comes to mind when they are in the chuck.. The big one was real punky and took a lot of epoxy and shellac to harden it up to sand without a bunch of holes in it.All the bowls have been finished first with BLO and then several coats of shellac and then several coats of satin poly.Cheers, Jim



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Bottle Cap Jig Knobs

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Bottle Cap Jig Knobs I'm always trying to use up scraps and stuff that would otherwise end up in the trash. My latest devices are jig knobs made with plastic bottle caps, which have a grippy surface on their edges.…Source

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Keepsake box first all hand tool project

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Keepsake box first all hand tool projectI made a box out of some scraps that have been laying in my neighbors shed for about 25 years he said. I asked him if I could have it to make him a box for wallet keys phone etc… its obviously spalted maple and some mystery wood from a pallet sent from Asia he thought a long time ago. It looks like walnut but its a soft wood and very open poured. Its really nice to work with using hand tools but hard to finish being so open. If anyone know what it is let me know. I was thinking some kind of cedar but it doesn't smell like cedar and easier to work. The joinery is the rob cosman method of dovetails and his saw which is awesome to use. Thanks



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LVL Workbench

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Tradition meets technology when we marry an 18th-century workbench design with modern laminated veneer lumber. Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the November 2009 issue of Popular Woodworking. A follow-up post from 2014 should address any questions on how …Source

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USMC themed Retirement chair (throne)

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USMC themed Retirement chair (throne) I had the honor of building this chair for my Uncle who served in the early 60's just before Viet Nam.
Along with my father, my uncle was instrumental in my own choice to serve in the Marine Corps so this project had special meaning.This was my first chair and as I usually like to say, I'm not smart enough to be intimidated by complex problems like angled joinery!
The chair is constructed of walnut with a curly maple back.Commissioned by his grandchildren, their signatures are laser engraved along with the badge for the USAF Security forces with whom his grandson is now serving.
The joinery used is all mortise and tenon all cut at a 3 degree angle to accommodate traditional seat dimensions and angles
The Ribbons he earned are embedded in epoxy and sanded to 7000 grit for clarity.
His shooting badges are laser engraved as well.
I worked with a local upholsterer who Came up with the concept for the seating surface to loosely emulate the USMC dress blues trousers and I think he did a tremendous job.
I hope my uncle will be comfortable and proud as he spends his days in his own shop seated in his new throne.!



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