Shaving Horse Frustrations

May 9, 2011

Sometimes in woodworking, especially at the beginner level, you learn a lot from your failures and difficulties.  I seem to have signed up for a college class in these with the shaving horse bench.  First, I broke a tenon off in the mortise because I was too rough, so got to drill another hole.  Now […]

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Making A Taper or Reamer

May 5, 2011

One of the wonderful things about woodworking is the way you can bootstrap your way to better and better tools and in the process learn a great deal about the craft of woodworking.  I am transitioning from doing scroll saw work almost exclusively to working on bigger objects.  The first stop to a new fence, […]

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Making a tool to finish a tool

April 28, 2011

I enjoy using hand tools.  I am building a shaving horse to use in cleaning the bark off oak poles.  They will become fence posts, furniture, and other things.  When building the shaving horse, the legs are set at a slight angle so they are more sturdy.  They are also tapered so that the weight […]

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Flying Eagle

April 21, 2011

This is made of pine, yet the eagle looks majestic.  The circle at the base could hold a miniature clock or other round object.

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Simple Yet Elegant Cross

April 19, 2011

This cross is relatively simple, yet it has an elegance that I like.

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Motorcycle puzzles

April 17, 2011

I always thought of motorcycle riders as one group.  Turns out there are subgroups who prefer different types of motorcycles, just as some people prefer different types of cars.  Well, I have a motorcycle puzzle for everyone. A chopper: A regular motorcycle: and a palm pilot.  That is a penny in the background on this […]

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Pine Cow Puzzle

April 16, 2011

This puzzle is part of a series of barnyard animals I have.  The knot in the pine adds character.  This could be made of almost any wood, should you want to build a herd of your own.

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Cross Number 28

April 15, 2011

I have dozens of cross patterns.  This one happens to be rather ornate.  It is made from popular.

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Howling Wolf Fretwork

April 13, 2011

I have made this out of many woods and it is always very popular.  I have them for sale if you want one for your very own.

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Inlaid Coat of Arms

April 11, 2011

I made this for someone as a gift. I used redheart for the red parts, yellowheart for the yellow, and poplar for the box.

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Louisiana Clock

April 8, 2011

This Louisiana clock was a special request by a friend’s mother.  I have state designs for Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and one other state in my files.   I can get all fifty states.   I added the clock because someone had always wanted a Louisiana clock and my friend’s mother wanted to give her […]

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Horse Puzzle

April 6, 2011

This is one of a series of farm animal puzzles I have.

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August Cross

April 4, 2011

This cross is ornate and has some delicate fretwork. It is called the August Cross by the designer.

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Tiger Swallowtail

April 2, 2011

This was done in paudak and took me about 40 hours to do.  If you look closely, you see that the entire butterfly is made up of pictures of tigers.  The fretwork is very delicate and easy to damage.  I mounted it on a 1/4 inch baltic birch plywood back painted black, so it looked […]

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Menorah

April 2, 2011

This is made of wood someone used in a cabinet job and had a little extra.  I think the wood was bacote, but am not sure.  The words say, “Next year in Jerusalem.”

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Walnut Bible Box

March 31, 2011

I made this Bible box for my mother for Christmas one year.  It holds the Pendleton family Bible from my father’s maternal grandparents.  The bible had been stored wrapped in newspaper and the cover had disintegrated.  The walnut box with poplar overlay looks very nice and keeps the bible safe.

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Building a Six Board Chest

March 31, 2011

Building a Six Board Chest Patterned After the Mastermyr Find.   In 1936, in Gotland, Sweden, men were plowing a field in a newly drained bog.  The plow caught on a chain and dragged an oaken box and a cauldron to the surface of the dirt.  In Europe, all antiquities belong to the country in […]

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Contemplative Gargoyle

March 30, 2011

This gargoyle reminds me of that statue the “Thinker” because he seems to be deep in thought.  Gargoyles were put on medieval buildings to ward against evil spirits and as rain spouts to help drain the rainwater off the big cathedrals.

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Avoid Spreading Tree Killing Insects When Trading Wood

March 29, 2011

As woodworkers, the last thing we went to do is kill the forests that provide us with the wood we use.  Trading raw wood can spread some nasty critters, though.  Read about it in my article, “Dealing with Tree-Killing Insects” in Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts, Summer, 2011, on page 18-19.  I am bursting with […]

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Pine John Deere Tractor

March 28, 2011

This is a fun pattern for the John Deere Tractor fans.  It is made out of pine here.

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Poplar Cross with Chain Crown

March 9, 2011

This cross is made of popular that was near the sapwood.  It is colored a bit different from most popular.  I got the pattern out of Scroll Saw Magazine.  It took me three tries to make this pattern the first time.  You have to cut out the centers of the little flowers first thing, then […]

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Fair Use of Patterns

March 7, 2011

As a logical follow-up to my last post on copyrights for woodworkers, fair use of patterns is important.  When we buy a pattern, or find one for free, the temtation is to think of that pattern as ours.  We paid for it or were given it so we can do with it what we please, […]

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Copyrights and the Woodworker

March 2, 2011

I recently did a fretwork portrait of someone’s dog from a photograph. I cannot post it here, though, because I do not have permission from the photographer to do so. Permission, you ask? Yes, you need permission.

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Wren house

January 26, 2011

Wren’s are fun little birds to watch.  This house is small, so can hang under the eaves of a house.  It is made of cedar, so does not need to be painted.  Make sure the opening is no larger than 1 1/8th inches or sparrows will take it over.

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Screech owl or Squirrel house

January 24, 2011

Screech owls and squirrels both use the same size house.  For a screech owl, you put it 10-12 feet high, but squirrels like their houses 20 feet high.

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