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Since Michael gave me the new tools, I’ve been busy as a worker bee. And having such fun and learning so much. I’m glued (forgive the pun lolol) to anything shop related on TV, devouring plans, and designing table saw jigs.  Need to get some supplies in but I can honestly say I’m loving working with wood. Except for the occassional Ouches!

Ouch! This is what happens when you pinch your hand between the table saw and the saw blade guard... Note to self, use gloves and a block in future!

Ouch! This is what happens when you pinch your hand between the table saw and the saw blade guard… Note to self, use gloves and a block in future! Nothing cut open, just bruised and a blood blister. (Time for my Arnica Salve!)

My goal, is to eventualy get good enough to sell my ‘stuff’ at the craft shows we go to and on our store (www.hilltop-arts.com). I don’t think I’m ‘there’ yet unless I’m selling it a very primitive piece.

First I made a biscuit joined box to try out the biscuit joiner Michael bought a while back and I liked how easy it was to make the cuts. Then because I didn’t have enough scrap of that wood left, I turned the box into my sanding station.

Biscuit joined box

Biscuit joined box

My new sanding station box - the perfect space for my sanding blocks and sander disks.

My new sanding station box – the perfect space for my sanding blocks and sander disks.

Then, I resawed a length of wood and created a miter box with a sliding lid. Not sure what I’ll do with it yet, but its cute for old scrap wood.  Its a great size for little things like stamps, pencils, pens and the like.

Shown with a water bottle to give a sense of scale.

Shown with a water bottle to give a sense of scale.

Simple wooden box with sliding lid (made entirely of scrap wood)

Simple wooden box with sliding lid (made entirely of scrap wood)

Woodburned with sunflowers.

Woodburned with sunflowers.

Close-up of pyrography of sunflowers

Close-up of pyrography of sunflowers

Tune in next time for…. LOL I have no idea!

 

Santa – AKA Michael – was so generous (AGAIN!!!) for Christmas this year! He touched on every one of my hobbies, photography, herbs, and woodworking. For photography, he gave me new photo editing software – which I hinted that I really would love 🙂 – and for herbs he found me a wonderful book about alternative medicines and home/herbal remedies put out by the Mayo Clinic (really gorgeous book!) and for woodworking, he gave me shop tools! A new table saw and power miter saw – with the caveat that he can use them too – duh!! Of course he can!

I’ve been pretty busy in the shop/studio lately, I’m happily re-discovering pyrography – wood burning – and have produced a few simple things.

Woodburning on a bamboo plate and spoons. It was a crafty day yesterday.

This is a bamboo plate and spoons I burned.

Burn on a jewelry box I’ve wanted to dress up.

Wooden trivet burned with my favorite thing, chickens!! I collect chickens……

I finished my entryway cabinet which I think turned out beautifully and I love how it fits in the space. You can see pictures on this post for the finished piece and this post for the build. I’ve already got tons of ideas for the next projects.  I spent a day rearranging my half of the studio to fit in the new equipment, and it looks very nice now. Now we have to work on Michael’s side. I love that the garage is large enough to accommodate both of us and our various tools.

Look for more projects in the future!