Saturday, May 16, 2015

Chaircast Episode 4

On the long road to building a sculpted rocker, I'm keeping busy at the rest stop.

The Book & DVD are a set. Good thing, as you'll need both.

In episode 4 I review the early steps I've taken to prep for the project and I work to improve the audio. I also make the boneheaded move of announcing it as episode 3. Doh!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 May Shop Tour

I know, we're well into May.While I did record the shop tour early in the month, it has taken me longer than I would have liked to post here.


May finds me deep in preparation for the Sculpted Rocker Build. I've got a sander cart in progress and Dave's Trophy is still sitting on the bench.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Chaircast Episode 3

About a week has passed since I recorded Chaircast episode 2. In that time I've made great progress on the sander cart and it's almost done. I've also tried recording directly into the SoundCloud application on my phone and it has proven to be an excellent means of recording, with substantially better levels then I've had on the previous recordings.


Here is the just about finished sander cart in place.

You can also check out my Soundcloud page, where Chaircast will be hosted. On the SoundCloud page you can listen, comment, share and download. Finally, if you're really into it, you can subscribe to Chaircast via the Chaircast RSS feed. Just import it into the podcast app of your choice (I use Pocket Casts) to subscribe.

Links
The Wood Whisperer Guild

Don't forget about the +Modern Woodworkers Association Podcast. We talk woodworking with Guests from around the world of woodworking every other week. Subscribe to the RSS feed or iTunes today.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sitting On The Dusty Fence

I recently listened to the 360 Woodworking Podcast #47 - Dust Collection. In in, Glen & Chuck discuss their thoughts on dust collection.

360 Woodworking's Example of a beast that's hard to collect dust from.

They talk of how it's nice, but often too much work and/or too much money.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chaircast Episode 2

Chaircast is the audio diary of my sculpted rocker build.

The dry fit of the first sander cart.

In episode 2 I review the early steps I've taken to prep for the project and I work to improve the audio.



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Chaircast

Dear readers, I'M GOING TO MAKE A SCULPTED ROCKER!
I ask that you please excuse my yelling. I'm excited.

The May 2015 Guild Build: The Sculpted Rocker

As a long time member of The Wood Whisperer Guild, I was very excited when I saw that the spring project was a sculpted rocker. +Marc Spagnuolo has teamed up with Sculpted Rocker extraordinaire Charles Brock for this build. +Charles Brock is an expert teacher, and with Marc building on his foundation, this should be an amazing build.

While I think the Sculpted Rocker is a bit above my current skill level, I'm not a virgin to making sculpted wooden furniture. The sculpted rocker has been on my list of Must Builds since my obsession with chairs began a few years ago.

My latest sculpted piece, Lill's Quilt Rack.

As part of the Sculpted Rocker build, I'm starting a new venture: Chaircast.

Chaircast will be an audio diary of my journey through the chair build. While I ultimately expect an outcome I can be proud of, I'm sure that the path will be long and hard. I'll learn a lot and probably make plenty of mistakes.

With Chaircast I plan to record my progress as I go. I'll share what I'm doing, what's working, what's not and what I'm learning. I'm hoping it provides a more personal narrative than I could provide with just this blog (which will also continue).

You can listen to the introductory installment via the embedded player here.

You can also check out my Soundcloud page, where Chaircast will be hosted. And finally, if you're really into it, you can subscribe to Chaircast via the Chaircast RSS feed. Just import it into the podcast app of your choice (I use Pocket Casts) to subscribe.

Don't forget about the +Modern Woodworkers Association Podcast. We talk woodworking with Guests from around the world of woodworking every other week. Subscribe to the RSS feed or iTunes today.

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Trophy For Dave: Part I

My good friend Dave asked me to make a trophy for his fantasy football league early last year. Never one to rush into things, I flirted with it and thought about it and considered it (and worked on other projects) for about 10 months before finally jumping in with some mock ups earlier this year. Since then I’ve been spending much of the little shop time I’ve had on the trophy.

Dave.

The design Dave and I settled on is a traditional trophy design with multiple tiers supported by three columns each. As I’m a woodworker, I chose a choice walnut board for the tiers. The walnut I’m using has some wild grain running down the middle, so in order to keep it centered I edge glued more walnut to both sides to reach the width I needed. As I’m tacky, I convinced Dave that the only fitting columns would be ones made of a gold painted beer bottle.