Saturday, March 13, 2010

Yo Tweeps Twitter Twaffic Exchange


To play along and increase your twitter twaffic do the following:
1.   Click on my twitter Icon above. Follow me first of all!

2.  MAKE A BLOG POST LIKE I  am doing.   Copy and Paste these directions.

3.  Grab the YO Tweeps  Twaffic Exchange Button.  Put him in your post.

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5. Put a twitter icon / link on your blog post like I did. It should directly link to your TWITTER PROFILE.

6.  Visit some other #YOTweeps linkers on the list.

7.  Follow them if you choose and shout out to them on twitter  that you are following so they can instantly follow you if they're on.   (Follow their blog as well if you're interested.)

@groverwoodworks #yotweeps  I'm following!

8. If someone follows  you JUST  reciprocate.   It's that easy.
SPread the word. 

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jelly Cupboard Build Day 5

Who knew it would take so long to build this thing.  Well when you only get a few hours in the shop a day it can take some time. 

I was able to get the face frames attached today and spent some time dry fitting all the other components.  IMG_3428_1024x768

Here I am testing out the back slats.  I had to fine tune them a little to get them to work well.  I am pretty pleased.  IMG_3429_1024x768  Here is what things look like from the front side.  You can see how the Ship Lap slats give it a unique look and feel.  One thing to note if you do plan on a project that uses this type of back you will want to paint the individual pieces before permanently installing them.  The wood will expand and contract from season to season so those joints through out the year will be different and if they open up and you painted it while it they were close then you will see bare wood.  Plus it’s much easier to get in between the joints when they aren’t installed.IMG_3430_1024x768  This is the bottom face frame plate.  There will be a kick plate on the front of this.  There is a 1/4” reveal on the bottom shelf.  That will provide a stop for the door on the bottom.  However I didn’t pay attention enough to the plan and didn’t allow for the same reveal on the top face plate.  So the door could technically push through.  I have a fix for this and will show you that when I come to it.  Some of you probably already know what I am going to do.  Let me know what you think I am going to do.  Anyway.  IMG_3433_1024x768 This is the uncut kick plate, there will be and nice arched cutout on it when I am done.  I should hopefully get that done in the next few days.  The plan calls for a round over on it.  I can’t decide if I want to do that or just knock the corners off with the sander.  I am going for more of a primitive look than a country look maybe I will cut a second kick plate and do it both ways and let my wife decide.  IMG_3434_1024x768 Here we have the final dry fit shot of the night.  The top.  I clamped up the back and roughly centered the top.  Then it dawned on me that hey I just built a book shelf.  That was easy.   That is it for now.  In the next couple of nights I need to finish sanding the whole project to 220 Grit, build the door.  I need to order the tin and the punch tools so that my wife can create the punched tin inserts.  Paint the carcass and the door.  Once we are done with the punched tin then I can install that all in the door and mount the door.  I am not sure how long the process of punching the tin for the four door panels will take, neither one of us has ever done that.  Do any of you have any experience with punched tin?  Let us know…. 

Have a Great Day!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Jelly Cupboard Build Day 4

Well today is day four of the Jelly Cupboard build.  I got a late start tonight so I didn’t get as much accomplished as I had hoped but on the positive side the rough carcass is togetherIMG_3421_1024x768

There are a TON of clamps on there,  two for every shelf.  I am very happy with it.  I have to do some tuning to the mortises.  Some of the mortises were not as tight as I would have likedIMG_3426_1024x768 so I added a few shims to each of the shelves it really tightened things up on the mortises.  They are much tighter than they originally were.  I will take a utility knife and cut away the extra shim after the glue has dried.  I also took the time tonight to use my new mouse cam.  I figured I wouldIMG_3423_1024x768 have the little guy take a shot of the decorative arch.  I used a jigsaw to cut the two arches out.  I’m not the greatest at free hand cutting with the so there is a little clean up that needs to be done.  Honestly one of the most amazing things that happened is when I checked level on all the shelves.  This is what I found.  IMG_3427_1024x768

I can honestly say I am shocked.  I didn’t really think that the shelves would be that level.  This is probably the biggest projected I have taken on so far in my short time woodworking.  I think I am starting to get the hang of all this stuff, but I have a LONG way to go and so much to learn.  I hope you will stick around and learn with me. 

Have a Great Day!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Jelly Cupboard Build Day 3

I spent a few hours in the shop tonight and got some things accomplished.  I was able to get all the all the dados routed out for sides.  These are my first ever dados.  I did okay.  They are a little loose in some spots and a little tighter in others.IMG_3411_1024x768

I clamped the two sides together and marked the dados and then routed.  One thing I stared doing to improve the dados after the first one was to cut on the inside of the of the lines and make micro adjustments.  I kept a scrap piece of the shelf to test fit in the dados to make sure I had not over done it.   I also had to rabbet the back of each side so that it will accept the boards for the back that will be attached.IMG_3418_1024x768   Here are a few pictures of that the back looks like.  I spent a little time dry fitting the frame together and was pretty happy.  IMG_3419_1024x768







I stuck a level on it just to check it and see if it even came close.  I am pretty happy with it of course it doesn’t really make a hill of beans at this point since it is just being dry fitted but there is potential there.  Hopefully in the next day or so I can get things glued up and assembled.  I cut the face frame pieces to short so I had to re-cut them.  Glad I tested that out before I glued or nailed anything together.  Shouldn’t be to much longer. 

I also wanted to let everyone know about another project that I am going add to the list before a few others.  I am hopefully going to be working with a local primitive store to build some shelves benches, etc.  Here is a picture of one of the designs that I am going to build for them.Single Bowl Shelf

I would love to know what you all think.  It’s a single bowl shelf.



Have a Great Day!

Fred Heim’s Half-Scale Models

In the most recent issue of Wood Magazine they featured Fred Heim.  Fred is a retired builder and has built several models.  I have to tell you these things are amazing and make me want to just hang up my hat and go home, but I’m not.  Make sure to check out the video of all of Fred’s models.

Have a Great Day!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Jelly Cupboard Build Days One and Two

I started the build on the Jelly cupboard last night.  Here is a picture of what I hope the end product resembles.JellyCupboard

I am planning on painting it.  I am going to use milk paint we are going to use Sea Green.  Which isn’t so much green as it is a bluish, grey green.  My wife will be doing the punched tin.  If anyone has any experience in punching tin please let give me your tips and tricks.  She(we) have never done it before and I have a good idea how I am going to do it but I wouldn’t mind some expert advice.  Last evening I only had a short time in the shop but it was enough time IMG_3399_1024x768to get both sides of the cupboard cut and glued up.  Here is my stack of wood that I will be using.   I used a biscuit jointer again to join the sides together.  I don’t really think they add much strength to the joint but it sure does make aligning the boards a whole heck of a lot easier.  IMG_3401_1024x768

These are the slots that the biscuit saw creates.






These are the biscuits installed in the board you put a biscuit in one half of the joint and then place the other half on top and align the board you have a little play each way with the boards.  IMG_3400_1024x768

This is the first side of the cupboard, rinse and repeat for the second.

Tonight I spent some time milling the rest of the lumber.  Here is the stack of milled parts labeled and ready to be assembled.IMG_3406_1024x768

One thing that I am going to do with this piece is trying a Ship Lap joint on the back.  Tonight I ran some test pieces to see how the joint worked and looked.  This is what that joint looks like.




With this joint I will only attach the top and bottoms of the boards to the back of the cupboard and this will allow the wood to expand and contract through the seasonal changes and moisture changes, plus it just looks really cool.  Anyway that’s all for now.  I will update you as I go along.  If you have any questions please feel free to shoot me an email.

Have a Great Day!


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