Friday, November 30, 2007

More Shop Photos

Thanks to Clay for the great shop photos. You should visit his Worm Drive blog.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Cherry Tea Caddy

Here's a cherry tea caddy I made for my sister-in-law. I'm increasingly convinced that sanding is a horribly crude thing to do to a beautiful piece of wood, so wherever possible I'm trying to let my scraper be the last thing to hit a workpiece before the finish. In the case of this tea caddy's curved sides, I'm afraid, I resorted to sanding nonetheless. The top, though, was only scraped before being finished with boiled linseed oil and wax, and the difference was fairly stark to my eye.

More shop photos coming soon!

New Shop Part Two

Aren't you glad I didn't call this post "New Shop 2.0" or something along those lines?  I'm glad, too.  I thought about it.  Then I thought better.

Here are three photos of the new, new shop on Hull St.  It's 4000 square feet of near heaven, and that's just the ground floor.  I have somewhere just under half of the first floor, which is not only bigger than my deck (see previous post) but also INSIDE!

Anyway, I'm totally for hire now, so if you've been sitting back thinking to yourself, "I sure would like to get that Wood Mechanic guy to build me some furniture, but until he has a bona fide shop, I'm not going to bother," your time has come.

Friday, November 02, 2007

My New Shop Space

Why wait? I'd love to have a few thousand square feet, three-phase power, and a host of machines from 1950 or so, but that's not happening anytime soon, so I'm going to have to make do with this:

I've got a Festool TS 75 and a Kreg Jig, and I'm ready to go.