Monday, October 27, 2008

Table Progress

Tonight I got most of the lumber selected, planed, and just about ready to go for the end tables.

Here I am face jointing the boards to make one side dead-flat, this makes one side perfectly flat so the planer mimics that flat face to the other face, making a perfectly square board.

Here are the boards laid out in two groups of "similar" boards. This way the woodgrain will be matched up for each table.

Check back tomorrow to see how much further I have gotten.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Easy Going

Tonight I started working on my brothers end pictures, as I only really planed down some lumber and started selecting what boards would be used for certain pieces.

As for the heater project, the proper pieces of duct work have been ordered. The heater should be installed and finished early next week, that's if everything goes well.

Monday, October 20, 2008

One Project Down...Many to Go.

Today I finished the panel doors for my buddy Matt. This was the first time I have done this exact style of panel doors. I was very happy with the results. Basically it is a system that consists of 4 very precise cuts to make the door. One set makes the profile, and one set makes the groove for the panel to fit into. I will definitely do these again.

Here is a closeup of the end of the "stile"

Here is how the joint looks when it is put together...this was the dry fit to check alignment.

Here is the side view to show how the "stile" and the "rail" fit together.

Here they are in the clamps, all ready to go. Just a little sanding was done to finish them up. Matt picked them up already tonight, he is going to stain them and install the hardware.

As for the heater project, that got put on hold until I could get a little help wrestling that pig around upstairs. My dad and I will work on it a little each night this week. My next wood project is my brothers end tables, along with another shadow box for Mary.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

No Deer....oh well.

After hunting all weekend, we have no deer to show for it. Oh well, its hunting, that's the way it goes sometimes.

I do know that I am super busy in the shop, now that hunting is over, it is time to get busy. I have Monday off as well, so I will be in the shop all day. My main goal is to get the heater hooked back up since we moved it upstairs this year. Check back to see how I did.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Day In The Deerstand

I took today and tomorrow off to do some deer hunting. There is a four day doe-only season every year, this year I decided to take some time to enjoy it. Even though I did not see anything, it was a beautiful morning with the cool temperatures, and fall colors. Ruth did make it out for the afternoon, and of course had a six pointer pass within range...but its doe only, so she had to let it walk. She is off tomorrow, so we will be out every day until we are back to work on Monday.

Great fall colors with the sun just peeking over the horizon.

More colors.

I took some video this morning from my stand, nothing real interesting, I just wanted to post a video to see how it worked. Enjoy!

Hopefully we have some deer pictures for you tomorrow night.

Monday, October 13, 2008

No Pictures Necessary

Tonight in the shop was all about desk work. I worked on estimates for a few projects. Not much to report, hopefully soon the wood hits the tools and we see some progress!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Shotgun Sighted In, and Many New Projects.

Now that Ruth has her new shotgun, and the early doe only season starts next weekend...that only means one thing...we had to sight it in this weekend. She did an awesome job, and it was the fastest sight in I have ever been a party of. She is the steadiest, most consistent shooter I have seen.

Here she is in my stand...she layed down for the best accuracy.

Here she is all done in the stand with her gun "dead-on".

Gotta try the free-hand shot, most like you would take while hunting.

Here is a picture of the target. Her sight in was the bottom left circle, as you can see the shots started low and right, and as she adjusted her scope moved left and up as needed. The upper left circle were her last two shots to confirm the accuracy. That is a 4 inch circle shot at just over 100 yards...very nice grouping. The bottom right circle were the only two shots taken from my gun at the same distance, once again right on, telling me my scope never moved since last year(a very good thing.) The other three holes in the upper right are from my Dads gun, who has a very different type of sight, so that is why the shots are a little more sporadic, that one still needs to be tweaked a little.

As you may or may not have noticed....there was no door attached to my was laying in the weeds, and has to be re-attached before the season starts. It was blown off by the wind.

Also this weekend I also acquired a great amount of work for the shop. I have those cabinet doors for Matt and Kim, the gun cabinet for my brother, end tables for my brother, and a very nice built in bookshelf/reading area for Greg and Kim. Great news for Stobb Custom Woodworking. I look forward to all of these projects, and hope to get them all done as soon as possible.

As usual I will post pictures of each project as it progresses.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

New Gun and another box.

Just over a month ago Ruth passed hunters safety class, and is getting ready to deer hunt this year. This all means that we had to get Ruth her first gun. Tonight we picked it up from Holiday, a brand new Mossberg with all the goodies strapped to it for deer hunting. We also got her first license, now she is all set to hunt next weekend for the early earn a buck season.

Here is her new pride and Joy

I am not sure who is happier, me or her! I am very proud that she is hunting this year.

After all of that fun, I also made a quick shadow box that did not need to be stained. Was a quick glue-up job.

Tomorrow night I start some cabinet doors for a friend.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Free Lumber Gloat, and a Place to Store It.

Ruths parents stopped by yesterday with a gift from the lumber gods. Ruths dad works for Spencer Schools, where he came across some wood the shop was getting rid of. He asked if I could use it, and of course I said yes!! All lumber is good lumber, but free is the absolute best kind.

I scored these sweet 10 foot long pieces of oak, these will work well for stile and rail sets, and for raised panel door frames.

Here is a sweet pile of pine boards. These are knotty pine, which is not real good for furniture and things. It is great for making things in the shop, such as shelves and drawers. Millions of uses for this wood, what a find! They are all super wide, and there is even one 2"thick piece in there.

With all of the new lumber, and even the stack I already had, I decided to finally make the lumber rack I have needed for so long. As some of you may or may not know, there is a balcony above the shop, which is accesible from the garage. A perfect place to store lumber. It is not fancy, but it is super strong, and super functional.

Here is the lumber in the new rack. Someday soon, I am sure it will be full, and I will have to expand, but that is a great problem to have.