New stuff keeping me busy, old stuff needing to get finished…

I’ve been pretty busy these days between hanging with my kids while my wife works a long stretch of days, as well as kindergarten round-ups, getting our home ready for sale and acquiring the oak I need for a recent commission. Still I’ve managed to squeak in quite a lot of time for building. My goal is to have a few dozen items ready for sale for around the holidays (or possibly an art show or two this summer in the NW). I’m going to need to slow down a bit soon though, as the approaching spring and mountain bike season on Mt. Hood and St. Helens is beckoning me.  Here’s a quick look at what I’ve got in progress.

Dovetails tails cut on Southern Yellow Pine

Dovetails tails cut on Southern Yellow Pine

These are the beginnings of a half dozen toy boxes/coffee table/side tables in progress. They will be larger than the toy box I made for Madeline (here). The southern yellow pine has been jointed, dimensioned and the tails cut.

Leigh adjustable dovetail Jig

Leigh adjustable dovetail Jig

This is the set-up I use for machine-cut dovetails.

windsor shield seat in white pine

windsor shield seat in white pine

I’ve glued up a 2 inch thick slab of white pine for use on a Philadelphia style windsor fan back chair. I hope it turns out something like this.

sticks made octangle while green on shave horse

sticks made octangle while green on shave horse

These are the spindles I rived and octangalized (ha) for the chair. I used my new shave horse for shaping. The spindles need to dry in my shop for a few days then get further dried in a kiln I’ve yet to make.

shavehorse -Boggs style

shavehorse -Boggs style

The shavehorse I threw together in about 20 hours with $50 in soft maple.

shavehorse seat in cherry and walnut. The points on the sides are for grabbing to scoot your seat forward or backwards when you need to.

shavehorse seat in cherry and walnut. The points on the sides are for grabbing to scoot your seat forward or backwards when you need to.

The cherry seat was my first time using a lancelot disk on my grinder for shaping. I’d like to do my shaping by hand with a scorp and travisher, but I need to get over the sharpening hurdle first. Still, this one was fun to make.

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I’ve been making the patterns for the Peter Galbert Windsor rocker from Fine woodworking (here).

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I have the seat glued up and pattern with sight-lines and resultant angles drawn on it. I think I am doing this entire chair in Ash.

I have a series of small tables I drew a pattern for marked out on some quartersawn oak as well.

All this is just the most recent stuff. I have three jewelry boxes, four peppermills, eight sets of toy trains (3 cars each -only the locomotives need finishing), and several dozen assorted pens and small lathe toys to finish. Not mentioning the half dozen or so tools I have planed to make for myself (spokeshave, chisel handles, krenov plane(s), straight-edges/winding sticks and layout square).

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