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Projects Page

Below is a short list of projects that have a significant hand tool component.  I will add completed projects from time-to-time as I document them and add progress shots of any current projects that I think may be of interest.  Of course, that last part is up to you.   

Woodworking

Milk Truck - RearMilk Truck - Front The Milk Truck
This was my first woodworking project AND it was built entirely with hand tools!  My dad helped me build the truck when I was 6-years old.  It has the original paint job and 40+ years of patina. Odd how my sawing and joint fitting abilities were fully developed at such an early age! Old tools used: unknown handsaw, unknown hammer.

Sushi Serving BoardSushi Serving Board  Birds Eye Maple & Padauk
This is my 2006 Christmas project for my wife.  We bought a sushi making kit at the 2006 State Fair of Texas in October.  Since then we've been looking for Japanese dishes that we felt had the proper presentation - so, I took a stab at building a main serving board.  The project measures about 14" x 8" x 2" and is made from "A Grade" birds-eye maple and padauk.  The finish is five coats of General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish, which of course is food grade. 

Since I had only allowed myself a week to design and build this project before Christmas, I used machines to bring the pieces to approximate size, but all final sizing, smoothing, and finish work was done with hand tools, save for the "raised panel" effect on the bottom.  For that, I used an RBI Routershop.  I made extensive use of a Stanley 606-C for smoothing, leveling, and jointing. This is the only Bedrock style plane that I own, so I tuned it up, set the mouth extremely fine and put it to work.  I
 finished everything up with a card scraper.

Keepsake Box - OpenKeepsake Box - Closed Keepsake Box
This is a project that I made for my sweetie in 2005 for Valentine's Day.  I followed a plan from Wood Magazine, substituting hand tool techniques where I could for their totally machine-oriented instruction set.  The box measures 8 1/2" wide X 5 1/4" deep X 10" high and is constructed from birds-eye maple, with bubinga accents.   I have to confess that I used a band saw to resaw to approximate thickness and an RBI Industries Hawk Routershop to "raise" the lid, but I used Nicholson cabinet rasps, one of Steve Knight's coffin smoothers, and cabinet scrapers to achieve the finished surface.  The applied finish is 50/50 turps/BLO, some homemade wiping varnish, and a couple of coats of Butcher's Bowling Alley wax.  

Joiners MalletJoiners Mallet Joiner's Mallet
Made from Texas mesquite, leather, and #6 magnesium shot.  I made this as my OldTools List "Galootaclaus Gift" for 2005.  My friend and part-time galoot Hank, who has an almost complete collection of ShopNotes, found this project in Issue #2 and suggested it as a good Saturday afternoon project. Of course as we all know, a "one afternoon project"  turns into several afternoons of hanging... er diligent work.  Hand tools used, Harris Tools spokeshaves, Nicholson cabinet rasps. miscellaneous files, and sand paper.  The finish is 50/50 Turps/BLO, Hock garnet shellac, and Butcher's Bowling Alley wax.  Oh yeah, since I had to buy a full bag of shot from Ray's Sporting Goods, Galoots everywhere may be getting these mallets as Galootaclaus gifts for some time!

Walnut Herloom Cradle Heirloom Cradle          
This was a conservation project of a 100 year-old baby cradle made by my wife's great-grandfather.   For more information and photos, follow the link by clicking on the header or the photo

Current Project / Craftsman Style Rocking Chair
This is a work-in-progress class project that I built at Homestead Heritage Woodworking School near Waco, TX in April / May 2007. The chair is constructed from black walnut, using only hand tools.  Most of us brought our chair home with a bit of work left to be done.  I figure that I have about a days worth of work left in softening the edges on the arms, shaping the rocker ends, chamfering the tops of the back rails and gluing up the arms and rockers.  After all of that, it's on to the finishing processes.  The chair was designed by Paul Sellers, who is head of the Woodworking School, and is used as the project for Homestead Heritage's 6-day capstone class to their Foundation Woodworking Course in hand tool woodworking.   And oh yes, there are 44 hand-chopped mortises in this chair!.  

Wine Cork Holder & Display Project in the Queue / Wine Cork Holder & Display
I am just starting this project. Well, I have the curly maple, block of ebony and a drawing.  That is started -- right? 

This is a hard project to describe, so I encourage you to click on the image to see a larger plan.  Over the last several years, my wife has been collecting corks from bottles of wine that we've drank at restaurants or opened at home.  So, we've amassed a modest sized cork collection.  Currently, my wife tosses the corks into a basket in our dining room, which in now overflowing.  I'll be building a wall mounted, glass front, "cork display" piece for our breakfast room, when it reaches the top of my list.

 

Stained Glass

While I have built several leaded and Tiffany style panels over the years, I never documented them through photography. Below are three projects of which I do have photos.

Lunette Leaded Glass Window Lunette Panel           
In early 2005 made a leaded glass panel and wooden frame as a wedding gift for my sister-in-law and her new husband.  Since I chronicled this project for the OldTools Mailing List, there is much more about this project if you click the thumbnail or the title above.

Fleur-de-lis Tiffany Glass Pannel• Fleur-de-lis Panel
This was my first Tiffany style (copper foil) project after graduating from the various sun-catchers that our instructor has us practicing on.  This was around 1979.  The difference between true "leaded glass" and the copper foil method is in how the glass pieces are held together.  The leaded method uses "H" shaped channels, called came, between the individual glass pieces.  The copper foil method used a 1/4" wide copper tape that is affixed along the edge of the glass and overlapping onto the faces.  This copper surface is then used as the base to apply a bead of solder completely along the margins. One advantage of this method is that it allows for freeform construction.  This is the method made famous used by Louis Comfort Tiffany around the turn of the 20th century to make many of his famous three-dimensional lamps and obejt d'art .

Basket Leaded Glass PanelBasket Panel
One of my first leaded projects was a  basket design that I made for my mother around 1981.  The panel measures about 24" high by about 18" wide. Unlike the Tiffany of copper foil method, this it the traditional technique using the lead came dividers that you associate with church, old railroad station, and Tudor house windows.  The panel now resides in the guest bathroom in my home.  The panel is hung over a glass block window, so the grout lines are visible through the panel, as is a mottling affect.

 

Blacksmithing

Okay, I'm not a blacksmith - in fact I don't even own a forge (yet), but I am very interested in the subject.  So, I signed up  for a one-day class at the Homestead Heritage Blacksmith Shop near Waco, Texas.  My "take home" project from this class was a

Click to see larger image of Forged Garment Hook Garment Hook Bar
In the spring of 2005 I took a one-day blacksmithing class to help satisfy a curiosity that I have had about the subject for a long time.  Of course It only served to pique my curiosity, so now I will have to sign up for the two-day class.  I found our class project both fun and challenging and blacksmithing as interesting as I suspected.  I also found the blacksmith shop to be a warm and inviting place on an early spring day in Central Texas - I'm sure that I'd have had a different opinion in mid-July!      

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