Making Drawers, Part 1

October 31, 2012

I have put off making drawers for the Hope Chest until near the end because I was not confident in my dovetailing skills. I have not had time to hone my skills with many real projects. Actually, this project is only my third with hand cut dovetails.

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Topping It Off

September 04, 2012

I seem to misplace things more and more lately, or maybe it just seems so. And when you simply cannot find something no matter how long you look, it is time to call it lost. Such is the case with a whole session of pictures I took while working on the lid to my hope chest project.

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Drum Roll Please....!

August 13, 2012

The time had come. After many hours of fitting and checking and fitting again I ran out of excuses. It was time for assembly. I decided to apply some finish to all of the inside surfaces of the frame.

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Coming Together

August 02, 2012

There are usually several milestones in a project that are moments of truth. I recently reached one of those moments. It was time to do a complete dry fitting of the frame assembly.

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Back in the Shop Again

June 10, 2012

had a few good days out in the shop and made some progress on the Hope Chest Project.  The design calls for beads on the framework around each panel. The beads were added to all of the frame pieces using a beading plane and scratch stock.

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Hope Springs Eternal

May 18, 2012

While the this blog has remained silent for many months, my shop has been quite busy. The noise of production machinery has dominated my hours but there have been the occasional soothing quiet moments to help bring some balance back into life.

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Is there still Hope?

November 28, 2011

Wow, what a fall!  I have been very busy and time has flown by.  I did manage to grab a few spare moments to work on the Hope Chest project.  I suspect that some of you struggle with keeping a project on task as I do; we need to support and encourage each other!

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Story Time

August 18, 2011

Sometimes it is best to listen to the old timers. I am an engineer and precise measurements are my friend. A dial caliper is my measuring instrument of choice. But for this project I am putting all that aside.

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Design details

August 01, 2011

Okay, I need some ideas. As I was milling the wood for the legs I realized that I had not thought through how I was going to smooth the front and side faces of the legs as they
are not flat but rather flare out in two directions at the bottom.

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Wood Prep, Part 2

July 30, 2011

Its a love-hate relationship. When starting a project, I love the anticipation of starting something new and working out design details, choosing wood and getting the shop all ready to go, I hate the process of preparing the rough wood stock.

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The Plane Truth

July 26, 2011

Crack! My eyes opened with a snap. Tap, Tap, Tap Patter Patter. My mind slowly came to the realization that it must be raining. We don't get many thunderstorms here in Oregon but early in the morning we had a good one.

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Blank Sheet

July 19, 2011

Some woodworkers agonize when faced with a blank sheet of paper. Others get excited just thinking about it. I fall into the second category. I cannot shut off my mind from thinking about new projects. I will get an idea and immediately want to start sketching it out.

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