Archive for the ‘Woodworking’ Category

The Jude Meter

February 14, 2012

There have been several posts on the internet of attempts to copy the chidren’s growth chart that looks like a wooden ruler originally sold by Pottery Barn. This post shows my attempt at making a Jude Meter for my grandson Jude. I started with a knot-free pine board 6 feet long and 7 inches wide. The board was edged with a 1/8 inch roundover bit on the router to soften the edges. The board was then sanded with 120 grit paper and stained with two coats of Cabots pecan stain applied by brushing and wiping off with a soft rag.

Next I added ruler marks with a paint pen. The marks started with 6 inches at the bottom and 6 feet 6 inches at the top. The lines were made 3 inches long at the foot marks, 2 1/2 inches long at the half foot marks, 2 inches at the quarter foot marks, and 1 inch long at the other inch marks.

Three inch vinyl numbers were used as templates for the foot designations. The vinyl numbers were traced with a ball-point pen and then removed. The numbers were filled in by paint pen.

The surface was then covered by spray polyurethane. Care must be taken because the paint pen paint will run if touched before the spray finish dries. Three coats of spray finish were applied with light sanding by 220 grit sandpaper between coats.

A sawtooth hanger was attached to the back for hanging with the bottom 6 inches off the floor. If Jude follows his father and grows tall I might be adding more length at the top in his late teens. In the meantime, 6 1/2 feet ought to do it.


Jewelry Armoire

February 7, 2012

My daughter Treah always wanted one of the armoires built by her grandfather, but she was not lucky enough to get one. I decided to make one for her last birthday. After searching several sources I settled on a design published in issue 106 of Woodsmith magazine. The project turned out to be quite challenging, but a lot of fun. I decided that if I was making one I might as well make three. two of them are now in the final stages of completion. Treah received hers for her birthday in June. The armoires are constructed of cherry and cherry plywood. The first step was to cut and glue up the pieces for the case. The case includes slots for nine drawer runners.

The case was then glued up.

The top and bottom were then added. Creating the rounded lines of the top and bottom were fun and eventful.

The armoire contains nine drawers. That meant that 27 drawers were made for the three armoires. I had quite a production assembly going. Spacers had to be added above and below the drawers. I also made a trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics where I bought tan-colored felt for the drawer bottoms.

Next was construction of the doors. Getting the doors glued up square took a bunch of clamps and squares.

The doors were added with much adjustment to get the gaps and lines right.

The Queen Anne legs needed mortises cut. Two mortises per leg by 12 legs equals 24 mortises cut. That required several Yeunglings to complete.

The bases were then constructed and hardboard templates were used to draw the curves on the spanners.

The case was attached to the base and doors removed for finishing with five coats of tung oil.

Treah (and Vandy) were quite happy with the result.

Now the challenge is for Treah’s Aunt Rosemary to make her enough jewelry to fill the sucker.

TV Stand

March 14, 2009

The plan for this TV stand appeared in Woodsmith and it proved to be a somewhat challenging project. I made a few changes like using red oak (instead of ash) along with black walnut. The entire piece was finished with five coats of tung oil. I also dovetailed the drawer. We love the stand in our home and I managed to complete it and purchase the new tv just in time for March Madness!

Dovetail Success

February 1, 2009
Susan made a brilliant maneuver at Christmas and bought me a Rockler dovetail jig. My first try is shown here with a couple of scrap pieces of wood. I was so happy with  the result that I went back out to the shop and cut the dovetails on the tv stand drawer pieces. It went without a hitch and squares up nicely.

Is It for the TV or for the Building?

January 27, 2009
I am almost done with the new tv table. Built out of black walnut and red oak, this piece has been quite a challenge – especially the doors. I still have to make the drawer that will go in the large opening at the bottom of the table center. That will get me going on some dovetailing. Once the drawer is done and the left door is trimmed and adjusted a little I just need to finish it and buy the flat panel tv to adorn it.
It is also nice to finally have enough room in my shop to actually work on this thing. The shop rebuild has been slow, but taking shape nicely.

Taking Shape

January 1, 2009
Taking Shape
It has been a slow process, but my shop is slowly taking shape. Pegboard is installed down the length of both side walls and the front end is finished except for another set of shelves over the desk. The desk belonged to my father-in-law, as did the file cabinets. Still need to finish insulating the roof and put sheeting and shelves on the back end wall. Once that is complete I can get more ‘stuff’ put away and maximize my working space. I was also pleased that the 1948 Esquire pinup calendar days match the new year – 2009!

The Mountaineers (will) Play Here

March 30, 2008

My latest woodworking project is a tv table that will be adorned with a flat-screen tv. The original plans come from Woodsmith (No. 169). I think it is turning out pretty nice. The main cabinet is made of red oak and red oak plywood and the base and table top are made of American Walnut. The top still needs a little bity of warp removed, sanded, edged, and trimmed. The shelves and lattice doors still need to be made. Then the whole thing will need to be sanded and finished. This fall it is going to be nice watching the Mountaineers beat up on the opposition (especially Pitt!) on our brand new flat screen sitting on top of this fine piece of furniture.


Shopping for Wood

March 1, 2008

Heard about this place, Hardwood Store of North Carolina, and had to make a trip to see it. Susan, Christopher and I left at 7:00 AM and made the 200 mile trip in a little more than 3 hours. The place was awesome. They had many species of hardwood in varieties of thicknesses. You get to peruse the warehouse yourself and pick out your own lumber. I picked up some 4/4 and 5/4 walnut boards for a tv stand I am building. Also picked up some really nice cherry for another project. Christopher picked up a variety of shorts for his projects. In the lower picture Christopher an I are pricing some 4×4 western redcedar boards.
We will be revisiting this place. Oh yeah – the employees were all helpful and friendly too.