Windsor Chair Class with Peter Galbert

21 Jun

I had a feeling I was going to have difficulty blogging during class. 

Here are a few of the high points from my Windsor Chair Class at Port Townsend School of Woodworking.

Use Your Reamer to Make a Matching Tenon Cutter

13 Jun

Reposting:

Use Your Reamer to Make a Matching Tenon Cutter

Found! Quarter Sawn Maple – The La Forge Royale Miter Jack Project

13 Jun

I’ve been lame, lame, lame about posting lately.  There’s been much going on including our very stalled kitchen project.  But I have a ton to blog about so more frequent posting going forward.

In the meantime, I thought I’d do a quick debrief on our trip to the Port Townsend Edensaw Lumber yard a couple of weekends ago.  Five of us went: Anne Briggs (anneofalltrades.squarespace.com), Ananda Dorje @a_dorje, Mike Lingenfelter (@mike.lingenfelter) and Glen Thompson (thisweekinwood.com). Frankly, I’m a pig in mud when it comes to lumber yards in Seattle.  We have several really nice lumber yards and wood suppliers.  

But when I really want something special, I journey over to Port Townsend to Edensaw.  These guys cater to the boat building crowd so they have some special stuff.  For example, I was looking for some quarter sawn maple to make my miter jack and sure enough they had a nice 5″, 8′ long stick.

I also wanted a wide piece of maple for my leg vice chop upgrade to a Benchcrafted Crisscross.  They had a really nice 12″ 12/4 piece that I also took home.

Can’t wait to get to these projects as well as several others I have stacked up.

maple (1 of 1

Great video explaining why you need a cap iron

9 May

The English Woodworker explains it all.

Working with other woodworkers

3 May My Dutch Tool chest that traveled with me.

I confess, I enjoy my time alone in the shop.  I don’t feel lonely there and its almost always a respite from my very stressful day job.  So there it is .. yes, my name is Marilyn and I’m an introvert.  :D

Being an introvert tends to get a bad rap these days.  Introverts are often characterized as not liking people, but that’s not really true.  As an introvert, I’m energized by being alone or by being with one or two others good friends.  Being in a big crowd can tend to sap my energy.  So it doesn’t often occur to me to do projects with other wood workers.

This weekend, I was invited over to Anne’s shop (@anneofalltrades on IG and ANNE OF ALL TRADES) to help her with a project.  Her shop is amazing! She’s actually on farm with some really nice space.  Her shop is not only welcoming (especially in some nice warm Pacific Northwest sunshine) but it’s full of inspiration.

anne's shop

We had a blast working on her at the moment “super secrete project”.  We actually were able to accomplish some wood working AND have conversation .. an acquired skill I believe. I’m a big believer that I can learn something from just about anyone and Anne is a great teacher so, not surprisingly, I walked away with some knowledge that I didn’t have at the start of the day.  

My typical approach to a project is to think about it, strategize, and then think about it some more.  Anne jumps right in, goes to work and adjusts as she needs to.  I would really like to cultivate that more in myself.  My projects seem to drag on or I take way too long to just start them, mostly, I suspect because I’m dithering over something I perceive as being difficult. 

Anyway, I highly recommend going and finding a woodworking buddy if you can and diving in.  

Curly Maple Counter Top

23 Apr

So not much woodworking has transpired in the kitchen remodel .. lots of carpentry, but no real woodworking. But now I get to use some of my woodworking skills.

We’ll be installing a raised counter section intended for guests to sit behind while visiting.  This awesome piece of curly maple is going on top for folks to sit behind.

All I have to do now is clean up a smidgen of tear out, epoxy a few small holes, miter the two pieces together and finish it.  No problem .. right?  And yes, it’s heavy!

Where’d I get this fabulous 8/4 13″ wide board?  Northwest Timber, of course.  Those guys have an awesome stash and great service.

Progress .. but we still have many miles to go before we sleep

13 Apr
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