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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
I just realized I never posted the finished cabinet – which turned out pretty well if I say so myself… 🙂 I think it fits just perfectly in the space.
I’ve been working on a new project lately, its going to be an entryway cabinet. Now, I’m a novice carpenter but I love working with wood. I love the smell of wood when its cut, I like the feel of the wood when I’m sanding. I just like wood. Which is evident by all the wood in our home.
I started doodling on my ipad and came up with this design.
Michael has been a great help, especially since I’m afraid of the skill saw LOL. So I mark the boards and he cuts them for me. Plus he’s quite a bit more knowledgeable than I am so I’m learning a lot. This is more difficult than it needs to be for me since I’m working inbetween bouts of pain. I work for a while then have to go rest. I might have already been done by now if I didn’t have to deal with pain! 🙂
This is what it looks like now, and after the back top and doors go on, I’m still debating if I want to paint or stain.
What do you think would look good?
Have a great day, and happy November!