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Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 8

Stain is dry and it is time to apply the finish. I will be spraying an oil-based polyurethane on all of the visible components. Polyurethane is a film finish that … Continue reading

January 22, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 7

The center post wouldn’t be too complicated if I were to make it from a solid piece of wood. Unfortunately, that would allow for too much wood movement. The thicker … Continue reading

January 20, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 6

I pull off the temporary glue blocks and remove all of the tape so I can use them again. I laid out the two larger base pieces to see if … Continue reading

January 18, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 5

Today I want to start working on the base. The easiest part will be the four feet. Since I have come 1/2″ stock left over from the triangular off-cuts from … Continue reading

January 17, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 4 

Time to make the yoke for the base of the head piece. I start with the two gussets. They are 3″x4″ triangles that are 1-1/2″ thick. I squared up the … Continue reading

January 15, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 3

The water in the dye has a tendency to soak into the wood and swell the grain leaving a rough texture behind. I used 400 grit sand paper to smooth … Continue reading

January 14, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 2

To create the triangular frame around the centerpiece, I need to start with two fairly chunky pieces. The rough size of these two pieces is around 3-5/8″ x 2-1/2″ x … Continue reading

January 13, 2023 · Leave a comment

Tenebrae Hearse for Holy Spirit church – part 1

I was approached by Holy Spirit Catholic Church with a request to make them a Tenebrae Hearse for their Tenebrae service on Good Friday. They have a beautiful church in … Continue reading

January 12, 2023 · Leave a comment

New Vacuum Press

I don’t know about where you live, but around me, wood is getting rather expensive. I am very lucky to have a friend or two that can supply me with … Continue reading

January 10, 2023 · Leave a comment

Piggy ornaments

Last year I was playing with my laser and made up some Christmas ornaments for our favorite local Barbecue restaurant. This is a picture of an unfinished prototype.  Everybody there … Continue reading

December 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Jesse tree

A couple of months ago, well maybe 9 months ago, I was asked to make a Jesse tree by the Stacy, the Religious Education Coordinator at my church. Jesse Trees … Continue reading

November 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Two-faced barn doors

This has been a pet project just for me, so of course, I haven’t had the time to work on it. My office addition was started about a year or … Continue reading

November 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

Steve’s custom baritone

I had the opportunity recently to work on another guitar with my friend Steve. He had some ash boards that were reclaimed from a previous project and he wanted to … Continue reading

September 20, 2022 · 1 Comment

Adding a new skin to my desk

After Teleworking full time for 2-1/2 years, I am finally back to the office. In that time, I have gotten used to my home office and my new walnut desk. … Continue reading

July 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

Large walnut & cherry desk part 3

To support the left side of my desk, I need a small shelf to sit in the front corner and blend in with the wall. At the other end, I … Continue reading

May 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Large walnut & cherry desk part 2

My plan for holding up this desk is a combination of shelves and legs. My goal is to have some storage that keeps my mess out of sight. Today I … Continue reading

May 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Large walnut & cherry desk part 1

After finishing my office/shop addition, I moved right in. This was the start of several other projects to be done to the house so my time to do shop projects … Continue reading

May 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

Trimming an arched window

The last bit of trim I need for my office addition is this window’s casing. Before the drywall went in, I attached a few pieces of 1/8″ plywood to see … Continue reading

January 1, 2022 · 1 Comment

New shop\office addition

Its been a few months since my last post. Sorry about that, I have been really busy. For the last couple of years, I have been planning on expanding my … Continue reading

December 29, 2021 · 3 Comments

Custom walnut shelf

My brother asked me to make him a walnut shelf for his kitchen. He wanted it to be 72″ wide to fit directly under some wall cabinets. He also wanted … Continue reading

June 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

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