Here's a couple of bowls I recently turned. The taller one is made from a single billet of Bubinga, an African hardwood, the darker, smaller one is from a single billet of the Mexican hardwood Cocobolo.
My gosh Don, is there anything you can't do or make? I am a very versatile person also, although not great at anything special. I love to work with wood and also refinish wood projects. I've always wanted to learn to carve wood like balvine, but haven't had the time to learn, with all the other projects I have going.
The bowls are beautiful and I love the wood you used. Are these the projects you were trying to finish before Christmas?
Yes, these are a couple of projects that I was hurrying to finish prior to leaving town for the holidays. As far as if there is anything I can't do...well, I've thought about that at length and the answer is Yes. If I tell you all the things I can't do it would certainly ruin this lovely ego trip I've been on for decades...lol, so in order to maintain my rather fragile self-esteem I'll refrain from listing them here...lol.
Super to see you over here already. Isn't this whole evolution of DG amazing?
best to you always,
hope the Salvias are doing well,
Oh don't worry about having to tell me about the ones that don't do well, just keep trying to do the things you "enjoy". That's how I look at it. lol
Yes, this new area is going to be wonderful, I just have to remember to come over here to check them out once in a while.
Many of my salvias are doing well, although a few haven't made it. I can't remember which ones they are at the moment. The one salvia that is tall with yellow flowers has been blooming for 2 months now and it is about 2 ft. tall. It is growing straight up and not getting full yet, so when we had the big rain storm last week, I noticed the wind was bending it over. I ran outside in the rain and put a stake it it immediatley. Phew, saved another one.
I will dmail you soon about your package for our trade, ok?
No worries about such things. I've got more going on right now than I can handle...lol. As far as replacements for the ones I sent you I've still got all of them and will be rooting a bunch of them prior to the RU so I can replace the ones that were killed in packaging and transit then if that works for you.
As far as the yellow one, that's Salvia madrensis. It will be lanky until you get new spring growth. It gets pretty big and next year will probably top 6ft in your climate with the great gardens you have it could get even bigger.
Love the cocobolo bowl. My first lathe project ever was a cocobolo bowl. Holy cow what a project. LOL Suffice to say it isn't as delicate as yours. Mine could kill a man. It has a knot that caught one of the tools and the bowl broke off the base plate and went rolling across the concrete floor. 6 screws broken off and not a dent in the bowl. lol Props to the D man. :)
Yes indeed it's a very hard wood, but didn't you love the texture of it once you'd sanded it and the oils had a chance to emerge. Smooth like polished marble and about as hard...lol. Sharp tools, sharp tools, sharp tools. I can't even recall how many times I went back to the whet stone to hone dulled gouges. Have you ever turned snakewood?...it's so hard that it takes a finish right from the tool. I couldn't believe it the first time I turned a piece with that would.
All I know is by the time I was done I had nubs for tools. lol Or well, the shop at school did. LOL I've never been so grateful for a full face safety mask than when that thing started throwing tools. Nope, never tried snakewood. I don't have the luxury of a lathe any more. Those were the college days. :)
How about a wannabe woodworker? I built a couple of birdhouses in Dec '04 out of some cedar fenceboards, and immediately dubbed myself a "woodworker", lol. I have downloaded plans for some simple garden benches and tables, I have a few tools, and now I need some encouragement.
I want to brag here too along with you all.
This picture is a bowl made by my younger son a few years ago (he was in 8th grade) in a lathe class that he took. I thought it turned out pretty good for a kid.
It turned out good for anyone. Heck if I showed some of my first ones you'd laugh at how silly they looked. I'm self-teaching, so I make lots of mistakes. And so far I'm just learning how to hollow out vessels like pots and vases. I think he did a marvelous job, but then I'm partial to woodturners. This year I'm getting a new lathe so that I can grow into the machine. The lathe I have now is basically a little hobby lathe. It'll be neat to try out bigger projects.
This one was done from African Padauk and the lip is of Venezuelan Snakewood.
please give your son a good pat on the back from another woodturning novice.
Carol, really neat bowl, especially for one his age. Is he still into woodworking?
Don, beautiful sinuous vessel, the snakewood rim adds a lot to the flowing lines
of the grain. (Not meant in a negative way,but the profile reminds one of an elegant
cuspidor, though too gorgeous to use of course. lol) Surely not the work of a
Hello all. drdon, you do it all. I love the bowls. I have always loved to work with wood. I even helped build our barn, board fences and built my own deck on the house. Not bad for an old grandmother. DH is sweet but isn't sure which end of the hammer to hit the nail with.
I have all of the toys that the big boys have, a lathe, routers, saws drills and I even know how to use most of them. LOL
I even quilted the pillows on the swing and built the purple pottingshed in the background. LOL My friends say I am NOT your average Grandmother. I guess that is a good thing. Look forward to getting to know everyone here.
Wonderful work you all it is so gratifying when you take a piece of wood and turn it into something so beautiful. I only get to do some of the finish painting or staining but my hubby does scroll art and turning, he has let me practice on his scroll saw but I have found out it is not as easy as it looks..Here is one of the clocks he cut a few months ago..
Thanks I love it but I really need to get a better picture now that he has added the pendulum to it and I have watched him and so many of the pieces he does are so detailed especially his portraits, he cut my son's military picture out and it was so amazing how he captured all the details of his face.
V, marvelous work. I've seen similar work at craft shows and am amazed at how intricate these pieces are. It hardly seems possible, and the length of time required to drill and reset blades for each little cut boggles my mind. Your DH sure has a great talent. Can we see more?
Hi Don, The swing support was built with the intention for it to be the end supports for the floor of a tree house for the g kids (OK, Grand Mom too). After the swing was built I decided that I don't want the treehouse attached to the deck, just in the big Maple tree beside the deck. Worked out OK, now if the horse comes on the deck I have No Worry if she sits in the swing it will hold her. LOL
There truly is a lot of time consumed in a single piece with some pieces needing 100 or more holes drilled as was the case in this portrait of my son. He has done a few of our family members and a lot of country music and race car drivers portraits. But if I see something I like I have gotten him to cut out some things for my garden as well and he just finished our greenhouse a month ago. But as you can tell I am very proud of him and I think he is very talented artist.
Here is the one of my son..I really need to get my other digital camera to take better pictures.
This forum is so exciting and so glad to see it and I know I love seeing everyones work and Betty that is my next project I want him to build for me or maybe teach me to use all the tools but I love just doing the finish work myself..but on some pieces I am not even allowed to touch that part of it..
Here is one piece of Intarsia that he just finished for our newest grand baby's room.
Intarsia is like a mosaic and the design is cut out of different colored woods and then put back together, routing and sanding each piece. It's so hard to describe but it's really just like putting a puzzle back together after you have taken it apart.
*Raises hand* Getting into it myself. I have created several wells, birdhouses, etc for friends and family. Husband just bought me a table saw, a router set, and several hand tools. *smiles* I hope to do enough of this to start my own buisness (side business of course).
DrDon: I LOVE the bowls. I want to be able to do that, but its going to be a while. I saw the plans on how to make bowls like that, but I just don't have the tools yet =D
I have a great shop. My husband, who is a cabinet make gets a lot of teasing when he buys me a tool because no one quite believe him when he says it's for me. I do scroll work, have built some furniture, installed moldings, made frames, etc. Made this barn for my grandaughter for Christmas. It really helps that I have a teacher readily available...
Here's another picture of the barn. Nailed my finger with the nail gun at one point because I did things a little out of order...but a lesson learned. The barn is in 3 pieces for ease of moving. Also the roof on the 2 end pieces are hinged.
Such marvelous work. Intarsia is fascinating to me and the work you are doing is very nice. Steve and I both work in wood, building decks, potting tables, trellis and those types of things. Nothing quite as exquisite as the bowls, they are striking. This is an example of some of the wood works of art that we sell locally.
Everything looks so wonderful. THere is such a talented group here! I just have to participate vicariously though my DH. He is the woodworker in the family. Although I take full credit for getting him started.. after all..was it not I who first walked up and dumped a load of boards into his lap and said. "Make me a medicine chest"! ?
From there he went on to do several projects including making all the kitchen cabinets in our old house from ash wood.. just lovely. I really miss the pantry..sigh
hmm.. well I am friends with the people who bought our house.. maybe they would let me come over and take some photos. At the time I was finishing up my nursing degree and so I didn't take any pics.. shame on me!
Hi everyone, I am pretty new to this site but I have already met some of you at the latest SoCal RU. I am starting to get into woodworking a little bit. I have only actually completed a few small projects with a dremmel and I am expirimenting with different stains. All of the projects I have looked at so far in these threads truley inspire me. All of you are very skilled and I hope to be right there with ya someday. This is a great resource and I am sure I will be asking ALOT of questions. Here is a pic of the second sign I made. Keep up the great work...
Ezylivin, love that sign. My husband just got a dremmel. I've been looking at trying that thing a bit myself. After seeing what you have done it inspires me even more. Thanks! Another obsession to get into!
Hi all, I too am a woodworker. And I love all the pictures here. Drdon you do beautiful work. That is what I call fantastic turning. And that I don't think I will even try to attempt. I wouldn't call myself novice as I have made quite a few things. My dad asked me why I got into woodworking. But I didn't want to say "Duh dad, You build cabinets." lol He has been a cabinet maker most of his life so I grew up around the cabinet shop making little stuff. But NOW I have my own shop. My dad has made sure that I have all the tools I need. Let me start out by telling you that I taught myself how to use the scroll saw and that is where it all began. I now have a table saw, band saw, dad bought me a Bosh jig saw, mitre machine, drill press, sanders, drills and everything else. Need I say more. lol But anyway, I wanted to show you a project my dad and I built. I wanted a storage shed and so we built it and I couldn't leave it at that so here is what it turned out to be.
I'm glad to see so many people out there that loves woodworking. At least I know everything isn't made of plastic or particle board.
Have a great day,
NJB, plastic chairs? PLASTIC CHAIRS??? I just saw your thread about those beautiful Adirondack chairs, and this is what you have to sit on? LOL That's not right. I love the fascia and that the window trim isn't mitered, it always looks weird to me mitered, especially outdoors. The oversized armrests on your chairs are great, you could probably support a laptop or a plate of food on them, very practical.
What kind of trees are they?
Claypa, I am so sorry to have left those darn plastic chairs on the porch. And yes, I am hanging my head. I am ashamed. Now you've given me another project. lol Now I have to build some chairs. And I think those adirondak chairs would be too big for that porch and the answer to your question, I think the arm of the chair would hold a dinner plate but I don't know about the lap top. The arm is 71/2 wide.
Hi all! Love your work with the exotic woods drdon! When I saw how many scroll sawyers were here I couldn't resist joining in. I've done a variety of things, mainly segmentation and craftst type stuff (painted seasonal stuff). I like to design my own stuff although I haven't done anything in a short while as I focus on our home. I had quite a trip down memory lane going through projects to show, funny the stuff you forget LOL
This may look familiar to any of you pattern magazine readers. It's in a scroll saw magazine currently on the stands. I designed and made this several years ago LOL but I was a little slow out of the starting gate you might say in getting things to a publisher.
Thanks Jo! I do tend to keep this under wraps :-) Ezylivin is your granddaughter?! I have been checking out her halloween stuff- I can't wait to see the finished scene, what a lot of work that went into all that!
Lynn, that is beautiful work. We find working in wood to be very challenging ourselves but rewarding when we see a great piece come together. LOL at the time you spend doing this, ourselves may start a piece and the next thing you know another year has gone by before we are back in the shop to finish it!
LOL at myself, hope you didn't misinterpret what I meant in my post azreno. I was referring to Steve and myself, starting one of our wood projects and then then next thing we know months have passed before we get back at it. I was just jesting at the amount of time we sometimes spend creating one piece.
No misinterpretation :-) I'm certain there are other kinds of projects that you would not put down til finished, that's what I meant about us all having different passions and being different. There are projects I enjoy but they take me forever to finish, then are projects I really love and I finish them quickly...then there are things I hate (plumbing and irrigation) and it seems like they never get done LOL Sadly DH hates the same things I do...there are a few projects at a stand still at the moment LOL Oh well :-)
That happens too the same dislikes. You make a good point, if it is a wood work piece that I am really wanting to see the final result then I stick with it, but if I loose interest that is a different story. One piece that we did I had to paint a mouth on the piece and for the life of me I could not get that to come out the way I wanted, something so simple turned into such difficulty. I left it alone I know for 3-4 months and than one day out of the clear blue just walked in the shop and painted it and that was that perfect to my eye? Go figure.
LOL about the not put down, I crochet and have actually had my fingers bleed and covered in bandaids to finish a piece working with the threads, that was a while ago, younger and even dumber, but I got it done!
Speaking of those at a standstill, we have one piece we brought back from the shop as it hadn't sold, we added to it and it looks great, we haven't returned it to the shop since and that was back in June!
Funny how everything has it's time isn't? 3-4 mos. for a mouth, that poor little project LOL I find that when I wait to do something until I really feel like it I do such a better job and enjoy it so much more. I wish everything could be done like that LOL
But now that I have my own house--with garage and basement--that is definitely something I want to do. It would be a good winter hobby for when the garden is sleeping. I've put together some simple bookcases and done some painting, but I want to start out with proper tools. I'd start small. Boxes, chests, more bookcases. Eventually I'd like to do some cabinet making, musical instruments, and miniature houses. It would be cool to actually have my own house in miniature.
Some really awesome stuff here. I have a long road to walk to get anywhere close.
Outside view. All outside trim is cedar painted white to keep with the original trim on the house. Vinyl siding.
The kitchen is on the left.
Edit; I built the bay window from scratch with $85.00 each vinyl windows.
CG, You do wonderful work. I really like the entertainment center. My DH would love to have your cabinet shop
Some time ago back when this thread started, I had mentioned the cabinets that he made for our kitchen. I didn't have any pictures but was friends with the people who bought our house so hoped to get some. After much procrastination, I ran into her the other day and she said she had taken the pictures for me and would email them. Yay... I do wish I had taken them when we put them up but here they are with adnauseum descriptions
Quick background. DH never had any formal woodworking training. Not even Woodshop. His first finished woodworking project happened when I walked in and dumped a load of wood on his lap and said "Make me a medicine chest" (by finished I mean, routing, sanding and sealing.. he had made plenty of 'rough" projects for storage etc) This was his second finished project. We were able to get a load of ash by adding on to a contractor friends order. DH made all the plans for building (with my invaluable input..afterall..it WAS my kitchen) final pre-comment. The cabinets were built about 12 years ago. We moved from this house about 5 years ago.. I miss my cabinets...
OK..first pic The pantry.. Floor to ceiling, 2 feet wide by 30 inches deep. first one he made and he said he overbuilt it a bit.. suggested that if there was a tornado we should get into this vs the basement.
OK.. He made drawers vs shelves in the pantry and here is one pulled out a bit. You can see the dovetailing and the back of the door panels. I can't show DH these pictures or he would want to go pull all the doors, sand the finish to get rid of the drawer scuffs and refinish.. then probably give them a lesson on making sure the doors were open before opening the drawers! lol..
Did he make the doors or buy them ?
I've been terrible about taking pictures, always forget the camera or the batteries are dead.
This job we built new doors & drawers. Though part was matching stain color. Cabinets were new in 1969!
The rest of that wall. Short cabinets over the fridge and the upper and lower cabinets beside the fridge. Glass in both the upper cabinets. The lower cabinets have the drawers instead of shelves again.
Edited to say that it is the door that is out of plumb not the cabinets. We meant to camoflauge that somehow but the new owners didn't care
Bernie..Thanks.. He made the doors, the drawers and everything else.. He used a bit of cabinet grade ply for the visible side of the pantry and for the drawer bottoms and shelves. For the rest of the cabinets he biscuit-joined and glued the boards together. I wish I had gotten over to take the pictures because I would have gotten some more of the details. But you snooze you lose!
I wanted to ask if your main work is the cabinet building but I suspect that is a dumb question. I have wanted to find somewhere for DH to work with an experienced craftsman to pick up some of those tips and techniques rather than having to work it all out himself.. (I never went outside when he was working.. too scary..lol) Seriously, he really enjoyed doing it and got major satisfaction out of it.. and I was very very proud of him
Yes we are trying to get it to be the main part of our business. We always get some other things to go along with it. Like moving a wall or new walls, etc.
Hard to convince people to buy custom built cabinets with the big boxes selling their junk.
They set up these nice looking displays & have their computers & then get all this walk by traffic. People think they are saving money, but that is never the case. Even in the big box stores, start adding on features, & poof, there goes the low price.
A customer wanted spindle rail along the top edge f their cabinets. I could buy it for $17.00 for a 6 foot piece unfinished. So for comparison, I went over to the cabinet counter to see what they were finished. Would you believe $88.00 for 8 foot piece! Pull out shelves on bottom cabinets are very expensive. (Like you show in the last picture.)
So..comparatively a $65 fee for stain, finish and profit. hmmmmm.. Actually, looking at the differences in price (and quality) is what first made me dump wood in the DH's lap. A wooden, mirrored medicine chest cost a minimum of $250 at that time. and most of it was presswood. We had a mirror and the wood I bought cost about $20 if that. And the finished product was much much better.
I am sure that to get custom solid wood kitchen cabinets for that little kitchen would have been beyond our budget. Unfortunately, I am now totally spoiled and though our new house has cherry cabinets and some lower drawers instead of shelves. I find myself looking at them critically all the time.. Humph.. those drawers aren't very well made. Look.they used pressboard for the side here. etc etc.. I would take those old ones back in a heartbeat. I actually had more cabinet room with my pantry, 7 feet of lower cabinet space (not counting the sink cabinet) and four foot of upper tall cabinet plus the little cabinet over the fridge than I do in the new house with a kitchen over twice the size. I especially miss that pantry :(
I JUST SUBSCRIBED, IT NEW TO ME. I HAVE LOOKED AT SOME GOOD WORK IN THE LAST COUPLE OF HOURS. I AM THE CANE MAKER OF ONE OF A KIND IN THE WORLD, GROWN BY NATURE AND PERFECTED
IN MY SHOP. LATER THERE WILL BE PICTURES OF THE CANE'S AND WALKING STICKS OF WHICH I COMPLTE.
I AM ALSO LOOKING FOR SOMEONE THAT KNOWS AND MAY KNOW OF A SUPPLIER OF A WOOD CALLED DIAMOND MAPLE, I AM NORE INTRESTED IN THE LIMBS AND SMALL DIA. TRUNK GROWTH RATHER THAN PLANKS. I WOULD APPERICATE ANY INFORMATION THAT WOULD HELP ME LOCATE A SUPPLIER.
PICTURES WILL SOON FOLLOW ON THE CANES AND WALKING STICKS
I WOULD APPERICATE ANY COMMENTS YOU MAY HAVE.
Seems like everyone we build cabinets for also needs a new counter top. I do not like counter top work, but---.
This is our latest. Almost had it done when the router took a bite out of the back splash. We had some formica left over, so back to the shop & a 3½ hour setback we were back to finish the job.
Coming down that way in May, I could stick one in my van.
I got an order this week for a big showcase cabinet. 15 feet long & 7 feet tall. It will have 16 glass doors.
We are working on another kitchen right now. Cabinets got stained & varnished tonight. Drawers will go together tomorrow, then finish up the doors.
We are making the countertop, too.
A smaller pantry.