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Lectern Day 4

The column is complete so it is time to make the top part. I joined up two pieces, to make the bottom, and left them to dry. I laid out … Continue reading

October 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Lectern Days 1 & 2

I built an altar and tabernacle stand about five years ago, for the chapel at my church. I was recently asked to design and build a lectern to match. Here … Continue reading

October 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

Vicenç’s guitar – day 4,5,6… – complete

Vicenç applied the first coat of finish before he went home the other day. Over the next couple of days, I applied another three coats of Tung oil, sanding the … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Vicenç’s guitar – day three

Before we start shaping the body, I took some time to figure out the wire routing. I drilled a small hole into the tremolo compartment to route a ground wire. … Continue reading

September 23, 2018 · 2 Comments

Vicenç’s guitar – day two

Before we can start carving out this guitar body, I need to finish up my design on the computer and convert everything into vectors that can be imported into my … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Vicenç’s guitar – day one

WOW, it has been a busy summer. I haven’t put up a post in a couple of months. Sorry about that. I have a couple of new projects coming though, … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Backlight office sign – week 1

My friend Marques is moving his office to a new location. He needs to put his logo up on the wall and was not having much luck finding what he … Continue reading

May 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rose engagement ring box

My oldest son recently came to my wife and I to tell us that he was going to propose to his girlfriend. Tracie and I are very happy for him, … Continue reading

April 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Making a Bishop’s crosier

This project was an interesting challenge. My friend Dave was making a crosier for a bishop friend of his and he was running into some problems. He has a CNC of his … Continue reading

April 6, 2018 · 1 Comment

Arch-top cabinet – day 2

I think I have worked out my joinery issues, so before I tackled that, I started a carve of the sunburst for the back of the cabinet. It will take … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Arch-top cabinet – day 1

I have had this project on the back burner for a couple of months now. The design has been the big hold-up. Normally, I can easily discern a design that … Continue reading

February 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

Lithophane light box

  I had a wedding shower to go to today, for Erin’s sister Diana, and I wanted to make something special to bring as a gift. When I first got my Carvewright … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Beer flights

Here is a good project if you are into beer tasting. I am not, but I have friends who are. One of those friends recently volunteered my services at his … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Kid-Sized Guitar

I have been helping my friend, Hans, to build a guitar for his daughter. He wanted to be very involved with the work, so it took a few months, between … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Replicating a stamped table apron

Wow, two months since my last post. I am not sure if I have been too busy to get down to the shop, or too lazy. I always seem to … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 8

I need to cut out a cross for the headboard. The one that was picked out is very detailed, so I modeled it up and created a program for my … Continue reading

March 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 7

I ran the lower arch on my CNC yesterday. It looked really good when it came out. I laid the purpleheart pieces on it to verify that the curves matched … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Maple & Purpleheart crib – day 6

  I think I have worked out a functional plan for the back. BACK.PDF. The curvy parts were the hard bit to work out. The main back will be a … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Guitar-shaped cutting board

A friend of mine noticed some rejected guitar-shaped pieces of wood in my scrap pile. They were left-over from the Baritone guitar build. He wanted to know if he could … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Detail sanding the Papal seal

I have been avoiding the hard part of the Papal seal carve. I have to detail sand all of the nooks and crannies. The cut marks that are left behind by … Continue reading

August 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Reclaimed reverse Firebird – day 2

After the dye had cured on my front and rear panels, I loaded the first board into my Carvewright CNC and started the first panel.  The back side ran just … Continue reading

August 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reclaimed reverse Firebird – day 1

My oldest son, Eric, is going back to college in a couple of weeks and he is planning on taking guitar lessons this semester. I offered to build him a … Continue reading

August 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

The papal chair project – day 2/3

The panel has dried, so I pulled the clamps and sharpened up my smoothing plane blade. I worked with both my smoothing plane and my orbital sander to get the … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The papal chair project

A few weeks back, I did a few test carves of the Papal seal. Those were for my next project. My friend Dave had the honor of being in charge of … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · 7 Comments

Baritone rebuild – day 8 complete

The finish is cured, so my last step is to apply a coat of paste wax. I let it set for a few minutes, then I rubbed it off with … Continue reading

August 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Baritone rebuild – day 7

Bill finally got me the last piece of the project today. He wanted this particular style of input jack. I wish I had this component before I carved the rear. I … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baritone rebuild – day 6

I talked to Bill about the switch and he didn’t feel like looking for one with a longer neck, so before I put on another coat of oil, I need … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Baritone rebuild – day 5

I had a lot of details to tidy up before starting to apply the finish today. I started by pulling the clamps off the headstock veneer, then taping off the … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baritone rebuild – day 4

With the body roughly sanded, it is time to round over the top and bottom edges. I used a 1/4″ round-over bit in my little Bosch Colt. Just a quick … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baritone rebuild – day 3

Ok, so I had every intention of finishing the body last weekend, but I ran into a lot of operator error, mixed with a little bit of trouble from my … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baritone rebuild – day 2

Interesting day today. I started early by loading the second walnut panel into the CNC and started the top half of the guitar carving. Then I unwrapped the book-matched set … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baritone rebuild – day 1

My friend Bill has another guitar for me to rebuild. The last one was the Jerry Jones Baby Sitar. This one is also a Jerry jones, but it is a … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Carving the Papal seal

I am helping out a friend with an upcoming project. I need a couple of carved versions of the Pope Francis’ Papal seal. I spent several long hours creating a 3D model, … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Welcome sign

I have not had any big projects lately. Nothing instructive to post anyway. I did recently do a quick project for my friend Dave that I thought I would post. … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Making pick guards on the CNC

My friend Rick asked me to make a couple of pick guards for some electric guitars that he is repairing. I thought this would be a good project for my … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baby sitar build – day 1

I got a new camera for Christmas. It is a Canon PowerShot SX510. It is not the latest and greatest, but it is perfect for my needs documenting my builds. … Continue reading

December 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Making a rustic sign

A friend requested that I make him a sign. His son has built a forge and has been learning the art of blacksmithing. He wanted a sign to hang outside … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Rob’s engagement ring box

I have been rather busy these last few weeks, and I haven’t put up many posts. I have also had a few projects that, for one reason or another, I … Continue reading

October 26, 2014 · 3 Comments

CNC carved wheel

I have some friends who are interested in replicating some old metal cart wheels out of wood. I decided to see what I could do with my Carvewright CNC router. … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tabernacle build – day 9

  After sanding the columns and their banding to match the cabinet body, I applied glue to the first column and clamped it in place. Since the first one attached … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 3 Comments

Desktop nameplate

My mother has a lot of trouble with her eyes. Lately she has found a really good eye doctor that she just loves. She wanted to have something made for … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

A few more carvings

I have been busy the last few days working on some designs for the next couple of projects, so I haven’t posted much. I have been running the Carvewright a … Continue reading

October 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Finishing the last supper

I want to start finishing the carving today, but first I need to figure out the mounting. The relief should be able to hang on the wall, or stand on … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Carving the last supper

The high-resolution scan, done by the Carvewright, with the scanning probe, was completed after 10.5 hours. I pulled in the scan to the software this morning. It looks like everything … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Scanning the last supper

I have another big project coming up, so I have a couple little projects that I need to get out of the way first. I need to do a few … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

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