Work and Woodworking Intersect

3 Dec

I really wish I could spend my days woodworking, but .. for now .. I have to keep my day job.  Today, both my work interest and woodworking interest had a bit of an intersection. For a bit more on what I do for work, you can take a look at my online portfolio here:  An Environmental Project Manager

I traveled south to our sister Port in Olympia to see the ribbon cutting on their new stormwater treatment system for the Port’s log yard.  Turns out logs, when they come through the log yard, create a fairly significant impact to the water ways used to get the logs into the port.  All those logs and equipment combine to make some nasty black stormwater too.

Douglas fir logs for as far as the eye can see.  There were probably other types of wood there, but pretty much every thing I could see was fir.

And yes, the ribbon was cut!


28 Nov

I’ve had several folks ask that I give up my secrets on how I do the photography for this blog.  So here goes.

First, my camera.  It is a Cannon EOS Rebel XSi. This camera is what I’ve been using since the beginning of my blog and, as you can see, its a bit dusty.

I have a Canon 50 mm .45 m/1.5 ft lens for close up shots. In addition, a tripod with a remote that I keep in the garage for shots like this.

I also have pretty good lighting in my garage.  Lucky me, my garage was built in 2009 .. so new lighting. Yippee! :)

So .. super secret photography tips.  Well, I don’t really have any.  I try to take photos at key parts of the project and use shots that show as much detail as possible.  

Once I sit down at the computer, I pull up Adobe Lightroom and do a little croping and editing to emphasize the important details.  WordPress makes the rest easy.  I’m happy to share more if I wasn’t specific enough.  

Thanks for reading!

PS.  Bob over at Logan Cabinet Shoppe had an interesting post on how he does his photos.  

Click on the picture to see what Bob has to say about his photography.

That didn’t turn out so bad ..

22 Nov

Remember Twist and Shout!  I went ahead and cut the wood into frame parts.  After some well placed hand planning to flatten the individual pieces, it all came together pretty nicely.  Yippee! :D

This was my first attempt a matting and making the frame.  I used a mat cutter to do the matting.

Flag Box Glamour Shots

21 Nov Box with dog tag.

Flag box is done and ready for shipping to my mom for Christmas.  My dad’s memorial flag arrived and after a few attempts we got it folded and fit into the box.

Hope she likes it!

Twist and Shout!

17 Nov

I bought a nice 8′ piece of quarter sawn Sapele to make picture frames.  I ripped it and put it on the shooting board to cut the rabbet for the picture to fit in.  I had to clamp in down to cut the rabbet and when I un-clamped  it, check out what happened.

I’ll cut this into shorter sections to make the frame, but I’m not sure if that’s going to help.  Sigh …

Final details on the Flag Box and Shooting Boards

15 Nov Perfect fit

Final details on the flag box include fitting the back frame to hold everything in place and making the French cleat for hanging.  I probably don’t need a French cleat, but using it will help prevent the box getting unintentionally knocked off the wall.

When shooting mitres, I use two different mitre shooting boards and I haven’t talked about the Evenfall picture shooting board that I use and comes in particularly handy when I need angles that are different from 45.  Silly me build my flag box not at a perfect 45 degree angle.  But have no fear, the Evenfall picture shooting board is adjustable.

Work Impediment

12 Nov

I picked up the glass for my flag box (went to the local u-frame-it store), fit it into the box and cleaned up the face frame.  Then I ran into a serious work impediment when I went to cut the backer board …

It’s in the high 20’s and apparently outside pussy cat has decided inside is a good place to be.


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