Posted on December 9, 2014 by Stuart
Multiple Layer Inlay Stencils, from Tarter Woodworking. The Monarch Butterfly is just one of a range of designs available.
The design is an absolute show stopper. I took the completed piece in to show my wife and daughter, and during the ‘countdown’ to the reveal, “3, 2, …. ” well they never got to 1. As the work was revealed, they were stunned to silence. I have never gotten such a reaction to anything I’ve ever made before! Even having seen the work in progress, the final result was even more incredible than they had imagined, and, well, I’m pretty pleased with the result too :)
For the full writeup, including all the in-progress photos, check out the next edition of ManSpace Magazine (Feb 2015).
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Posted on November 9, 2014 by Stuart
Had a busy weekend out in the shed, madly making sawdust (which is always a good thing!)
In this case though, it hasn’t generated much content for this site, as it was for the next edition of The Shed magazine.
Here are a couple of the images from the build, but if you want the full article, it will be in the next edition of The Shed (NZ/Aus edition). If previous writeups are anything to go on, it gets about 9 pages which is pretty awesome!
A fun build – took a weekend to complete, and that is with lots of on the fly design decisions and problem solving. I quite enjoy building without plans, and just designing as I go. It throws up all kinds of interesting issues, and solutions that would not have been seen if it had been a sterile, plan-following build. I’m not saying there isn’t a place for pre-build design, in fact that is the recommended route 99 times out of 100. I just happen to enjoy the challenges of working with that 1%!
The unit was even thrown into action before I even had had a chance to finish it! Needless to say, that has been resolved now, using Ubeaut FoodPlus mineral oil. Came up a treat, and really useful to boot!
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Posted on July 29, 2014 by Stuart
Using the Amana Tool bowl bits from Toolstoday.com, I create a freeform double (interlocking) bowl
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Posted on June 24, 2014 by Stuart
This is what I spent my weekend making. It features dovetailed joinery, wooden hinges, and shaker-style panel doors.
For the full blow-by-blow, check out the next edition of ManSpace magazine.
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Posted on June 15, 2014 by Stuart
Spent much of the day in the workshop, finishing off the kitchen I gave Jessica 18 months ago. Nothing like promptly getting jobs done!
Edges were rounded over using the Festool laminate trimmer (OFK500) I bought for the task 17 months ago. Sides were sanded, and the big (outstanding) job tackled- remaking the wooden hinges for the cupboard door that had broken while carrying the unit into the house for that Christmas all those months ago.
The door, finally attached, and it was onto giving both units (sink & oven) an oil (Danish). Took a lot – lots of surfaces! I really need to prefinish more!
However, despite the long list, I didn’t do it all myself. For almost 5 hours, Jess was a constant companion, and helper. She oiled one entire unit, and sanded much of it as well with the ETS150/5. And had a ball doing it. It was her suggestion that the shed needed the name alteration!
I’ve created a monster! (Awesome!!)
Woodworking inspiring the next generation.
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Posted on May 12, 2014 by Stuart
Not to scale, but a quick sketch I did of the coffee table in Adobe Illustrator.
Yet another one of these projects where I have built it completely out of my head, then created the plans to match!
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Posted on May 11, 2014 by Stuart
Here is the finished product from the weekend’s shed excursion. It is made from reclaimed timbers (Tassie Oak), and an edge of Solomon Islands Queen Ebony.
It is a quick jump from the pic the other day to the finished project – it was made as an article for the next edition of “The Shed” magazine, so you’ll have to pick up a copy of that (when it comes out) for the full 2200 odd-word article (and associated images!)
It made plenty of use of the SawStop, the Kapex, and the Domino. On that last point, over 100 separate mortises went into this project. Thank goodness for the Festool Domino!
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