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July 19, 2014

French Cleat Closet System

Filed under: film, house projects — howarth frank @ 11:59 pm

We have a broom closet just off of our kitchen. It was not cluttered, but it needed a makeover. We wanted to use the space of the closet more efficiently. I built a French cleat system for the closet which consists of a wood wall panel system of cleats on which various storage devices could be hung. I built both shelves and hooks to hang on the wall panels. This system allows us to customize the storage configuration of the closet as needed to use the closet very efficiently.

July 15, 2014

new Oneway Drill Wizard

Filed under: film — howarth frank @ 10:12 pm

This is the test run of my new Oneway Drill Wizard. It seems to work. The post is tall enough for my Powermatic 4224.

July 5, 2014

OWWM Group get together at Zena Forest Products.

Filed under: film, old tools — howarth frank @ 1:00 pm

A group of us from the forums have been getting together about once a year for the past several years. This film is made from the last two meet ups at Zena Forest Products, owned and operated by Ben Deumling. The first two-thirds of the film are from October 12, 2013. The big undertaking from this section was putting the chain feed back on the Porter facer or “finger feed” jointer. There was also a demonstration of wood being processed at the mill. The last third of the film is from June 28, 2014. At this point, the facer was up a running and we inaugurated the planing line.

June 21, 2014

Explorations of the sawmill toy

Filed under: film, projects — howarth frank @ 10:54 pm

My dad reintroduced my kids and I to a toy he had had when he was a boy.  It has a few names: sawmill, buzzer, and whirligig to name a few.   It is usually made with a big button and a string.  The string is looped through the button and you can make the button spin at the center of the wound up string.  I thought this would make a good woodturning project.

June 14, 2014

Bathroom Cabinets Part 3: Medicine Cabinet

Filed under: film, projects, house projects — howarth frank @ 7:58 pm

Our medicine cabinet was in desperate need of replacement.  It had been hacked together by a previous owner and it did not fill its full potential.  Our house is in the mid-century modern style and has no trim on the interior.  Each door and window is just an opening in the wall. This is the design language I wanted to use for our new medicine cabinet.  I removed the old medicine cabinet and cleaned up the hole in the wall with corner bead and plaster.  This gave me a clean opening in the wall.  I wanted the new doors to the medicine cabinet to be flush with the wall and be framed in the newly made opening.   Each door frames a mirror I cut from salvaged mirror. Behind the doors are two birch plywood boxes making up the body of the medicine cabinet.  I added adjustable shelves.

June 12, 2014

medicine cabinet

Filed under: projects, house projects — howarth frank @ 5:35 pm

the medicine cabinet doors are coming along.


May 31, 2014

wood turned cedar stool

Filed under: film, projects — howarth frank @ 12:18 pm

In this video, I wood turn a large piece of port orford cedar into an outdoor stool.  I had trouble cutting the piece into a cylinder on the band saw, but I got it close enough to put on the lathe and turn.  It is a two ended stool with a carved out center section, making the stool look like a spool or giant wooden diabolo toy.

May 27, 2014

cutting boards

Filed under: projects — howarth frank @ 10:11 pm

repairing teak cutting bards for a sushi restaurant.


May 24, 2014

Three small projects

Filed under: film, projects — howarth frank @ 10:12 am

These three small projects are fixing a bookend, making a lathe tool stand, and making a radio stand.  Fixing the bookend entails gluing a wood carving back on to the vertical section of the bookend.  My son, Calvin, helped me with this.  The lathe tool stand consists of an upper and lower horizontal piece of birch plywood.  The upper piece has 2 inch holes drilled in it to hold the lathe tools.  The radio stand is a piece of tropical hardwood with a slot cut in it.  The slot is shaped to fit the contour of the radio and keep it from falling over.

May 20, 2014

lathe tool stand

Filed under: wood shop — howarth frank @ 7:52 pm

I made a lathe tool stand today. I have needed something like this for a while as my tools have been scattered about is precarious positions.


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