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Sunday, August 24, 2008


Hello everyone,

Today I have a nice little project for anyone that is intrested in inlay work. I got this pattern from my friend Steve Good at Steve has many projects that you can download for free. If you haven't seen his site yet, you'll be very happy with the things you can download. Also, he has a video that goes along with this project at This is part one of a 2 part video. Once on the youtube site you'll find part 2.

I used white oak for the box and I used Paduk for the inlay. I like how that reddish color from the Paduk stands out in the white oak. I finished it with Tung oil and then sprayed it with a satin poly finish. This project only took a couple hours to do and it was fun.

Well, hope you like this project and don't forget to stop by Steve's site if you want to do this project. Thanks and talk to you soon.




Hope everyone had a nice weekend. I made this Red Wing scroll this week using one of those .50 cent frames I got from a garage sale. I just repainted it and I had my frame all set. I logo was cut out of 1/8" Red Oak and I stained it walnut for a nice rich look.

Being the Red Wings are the best team in hockey and since I'm from Hockey Town, I thought this would be a nice sports theme project. All in all, not bad.

Talk to you soon


Sunday, August 17, 2008


Hello everyone,

The last couple weeks I've been working on making custom frames. Today I wanted to give you a nice little tip about getting cheap frames. Garage sales!! Sometimes you might get lucky and find some nice frames real cheap. What I noticed is that the person would be selling a picture with the frame. I take the picture out along with the glass and now I have a frame. I recently purchased 3 picture that had frames 3x5, 5x7 and 8x10 for $1.25. In the pictue is a 3x5 frame that I cut a piece of wood to fit and shrunk my pattern down to fit. For the price, I couldn't make them cheaper!!

Well hope you enjoyed my tip and talk to you soon


Thursday, August 14, 2008


Hello all,

Well here is my latest creation, the tribal lion. I downloaded this picture from a tattoo site that I ran across. I like tribal art and I love lions so I thought this picture was fitting. Also, the frame was custom made by me. I spent some time in the shop trying to get this right and after a few attempts, I finally got good results. This is actually the third frame I made for this picture. The first one was scrapped because it was severely out of square. The second, I ended up cutting it too short for the picture. I guess the third time was the charm. I ended up making a miter sled for the table saw and that made everything easy. What I liked about making the frame was I finally can put all those router bits I have to good use. The possibilities are endless!!

Well, I hope you like this latest project, I have a couple more in the works and should be posting them soon. Till then, have a good night and thanks for looking.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Hello all,
Tonight I added a couple of things to the blog for your enjoyment. First, I put on you tube videos of my favorite videos from some of the people that I think is very helpful in showing how they do their work. I can never say enough good things about Steve Good and his great video's. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and I always learn something from watching woodworking video's. I also added a drill size chart although I'm not too sure how helpful that will be, but nonetheless I put it on for awhile to see how it does. Just scroll down the page and you will see it on the right hand side, can't miss it!

Enjoy and I'll be talking to you soon!!


Monday, August 11, 2008


Hello all,

It's been awhile since my last post and I'm sorry. I have been working a lot of hours at my job lately and haven't had enough time in the workshop. The time I do get in the shop have been used up with my experimenting with building custom frames. I have built a miter sled for the table saw to help me make better miters. I did manage to get my first frame built with satisfactory results. I still have to practice more. I'm going to be painting the frame to go with the scroll art I had in mind for it and I'll be posting it soon.

I do have a plaque to show you that I made for my son. It's one of his favorite bands and he has it hanging on his wall. I did this project fairly quickly and I think it came out pretty good. If you notice, I used a carving tool to carve some texture to the piece. I thought it looked to plain and was missing something. That's what I love about woodworking, your only limited by your own imagination!!

Well, I will have some stuff up as soon as I can get some quality time in the shop. Till then I hope you have a great week ahead and talk to you soon.