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Statue bases – day 2

My plan for today was to get the profiles cut out for the three-layer base trim, for the boxes. My next project will be a reception desk that will have … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Statue bases – day 1

I haven’t been in the shop much this past month or so. Even though my shop is nicely heated, I just kind of got a bit lazy this time of year. Perhaps … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

12′ Cherry Conference room table – delivered

No rain today, so I packed up the table into my old Dodge and headed to church. I took my older son and put him and Father Jason to work, … Continue reading

December 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

12′ Cherry Conference room table – day 8

I applied the first two coats of wipe-on poly yesterday, so I added the last two coats today. Most of the surfaces were vertical, so very little dust landed on the urethane … Continue reading

December 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

12′ Cherry Conference room table – day 7

Another long day today, but I made a lot of progress. I started today by cutting away the excess trim and dowels sticking past the trim on the tops. Next … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

12′ Cherry Conference room table – day 6

The base is done, so I decided to work on making the table top today. I might be going a bit overboard, but I want the top to be strong … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

12′ Cherry Conference room table – day 5

I had a few hours to work today, so I finished up assembling the base. Since this table will have to fit into the 8′ bed of my truck, I … Continue reading

December 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

12′ Cherry Conference room table – day 4

The rails dried over night so I pulled the clamps. The first thing I did was to plane down the little shim that was filling a gap on the rails. … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

12′ Cherry Conference room table – day 2

Heat has been off-line, in the shop for the last week, so I haven’t been doing much down there. I had some time to trouble shoot yesterday, so the heat … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

12′ Cherry Conference room table – day 1

I started on my latest church project for St. Peter’s. A 12′ long conference table with a cherry trestle base. Conference table plan.PDF The majority of the base will be … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Batching out a bunch of light sabers

Adam wants to make some stuff for the Christmas in the Country Holiday Art and Craft Festival, at our church, next week. I figured he better start soon… Since the … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Raised panel doors

I am helping a friend to complete a project that he is working on. He is building a set of book cases with cabinets below. He is doing all the … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Some custom crown molding

The storage cabinets, that I built, a few months back, were supposed to have crown molding at the top. To match the existing profile, on their other furniture (built many … Continue reading

May 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tabernacle build – delivered

Just a quick post today. I delivered the new tabernacle this morning. It now sits in the chapel, on the stand, that I built for it, a few months ago. … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Tabernacle build – day 13

I put the third coat of poly on early this morning so I would have time for one more today. Before applying the fourth coat, I sanded the entire thing … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Tabernacle build – day 12

Well, the stain has had about 12 hours to dry, and the can says a minimum of 8, so I should be good to start applying the finish. All of … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Tabernacle build – day 11

After pulling the clamps off of the glued up door panel, I used my smallest chisel to mortise out the area where the pivot on the knife hinge sits. I … Continue reading

April 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Tabernacle build – day 10

I worked on the door panel last night. I don’t actually have a complete plan for what it will ultimately look like when completed, just a vague notion of what … Continue reading

April 10, 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

Tabernacle build – day 8

Today I spent several hours working on the banding for the columns. Yesterday, I set up a sacrificial work table and fence on my 12″ miter saw. This tool is … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tabernacle build – day 7

The new upper base is dry and marked, so I cut the circle out on the bandsaw. I sanded the edges on the spindle sander, taking the edge down to … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

Tabernacle build – day 6

I only had a couple of hours to work this evening, so I took care of some small things. I measured and cut the spacers for the hidden door plate. … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tabernacle build – day 5

I started the day trying to figure out what to do with the ugly inside of the dome. I didn’t feel comfortable trying to turn the inside. With the outside … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

Tabernacle build – day 4

I pulled the clamps on the dome and started making a cross-brace to go across the bottom. Since the bottom flange will not be getting much smaller, I used pocket … Continue reading

March 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Tabernacle build – day 3

With all the faceted layers glued up, it is time to assemble them. To make life a bit easier, when turning the outside of the dome, I marked my required … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tabernacle build – day 2

It has been an interesting day today. My friend Tom Iovino from Tom’s Workbench put a link to my blog in his blog post, and I have had more traffic … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tabernacle build – day 1

I got a request for a new church project yesterday. I knew this project was coming and I have passively been working on a concept to draw together elements from … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 18, delivered

The last time I delivered a cabinet to Saint Joseph’s it snowed. Looks like this delivery was no different. Thankfully, my friend Tony offered to bring his trailer and 4-wheel … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 17

My last coat of urethane has dried, so I re-installed all of the hardware.         With everything finished, I started on the last piece of the project. … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 16

The last coat of polyurethane went on last night. The doors are actually finished, so I set them outside the spray booth. With a Scotch-Brite pad, I sand down all … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 15

Today I am finally ready to start spraying finish on these cabinets. I pulled out the drawers and removed all of the slides. With a little creative balancing, I squeezed … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 14

I am really close to finishing this cabinet. I just had a few details left. I started with the edge banding on the shelves. I grabbed a 2″ wide piece … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 13

The shelf standards are 4″ shorter than the sides of the cabinet. I want to locate them at the top of my  2″ base piece, so I cut a 2″ long block and … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 12

I had a snow day yesterday, so I got started on the storage cabinet. Before I assemble the box, I want to install the shelf standards and polyurethane the inside … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 11

Today’s project was to complete the drawer faces. I started with the boards that I glued up and cut down about a week ago. I wanted to use a 3/4″ … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 10

I am closing in on finishing this cabinet. I gathered up all of the trim, that I milled for the sides, a couple of days ago. I sanded all of the … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 9

Long day in the shop today, but I made a lot of progress. I went ahead and pinned all of the drawer corners with dowels, to help prevent the sides … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 8

After spending over three hours yesterday making the first drawer, I was able to batch out the other four today in about four hours. First step was to run a … Continue reading

February 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 7

A few days ago I hit my 1-year anniversary with this blog, and this is my 200th post. I wanted to post something really  interesting today, but instead I made … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 6

I had a few hours to play in the shop yesterday, so I pulled the clamps off of the drawer faces, and planed them down to 3/4″. Once planed, I … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 5

I only had an hour or two to work yesterday, so I decided to glue up my drawer faces. Step one was to cull through my pile of wood to … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 4

The panels I glued up in the last post are dry, so I pulled the clamps and scraped off any glue squeeze-out. I ran the two glued up halves of … Continue reading

February 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 3

I didn’t work in the shop at all last week due to the weather. The ice storm took down the power lines for a couple of days, and it took … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 2

I had the day off due to snow, so I decided to spend the day working on one of the more tedious parts of this cabinet, the cloth spindles. The … Continue reading

January 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

Altar cloth and storage cabinets – day 1

I am starting another project this weekend. Two more cabinets for Saint Joseph’s in Emmitsburg, MD, to match the large storage cabinet that I finished last month. These two cabinets will be … Continue reading

January 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Oak storage cabinet – delivery and installation

Today is delivery day for the big oak storage cabinet. My garage is littered with the pieces of the cabinet, as well as all of the tools that I am … Continue reading

December 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Oak storage cabinet – day 12

Ok, last day to spray. I have two coats applied to the shelves and sides. They look really good, but I am going to apply a third coat anyway. An … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Oak storage cabinet – day 11

I determined that all of the pieces, that I have been spraying, are acceptable. I spent some time Jockeying everything around, moving all of my finished pieces out to the … Continue reading

December 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Oak storage cabinet – day 10

My shop is basically useless while I am finishing the cabinet, so I haven’t been doing much. I let the first coat set for a day to cure, and sanded … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Oak storage cabinet – day 9

I let the doors set clamped up overnight, to ensure that the glue dried completely. When I pulled the clamps off today, the doors looked a lot straighter than they … Continue reading

December 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

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