Category Archives: Hand Tool Woodworking

Frame #168 Trim and Roof

In the last blog the main part of the frame was constructed along with the base for the pilasters.  The next step is to apply the embossed molding along the bottom and build the roof.  Applying the molding at the … Continue reading

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Frame #168: Tabernacle Style

This will be the third Tabernacle style frame I’ve been commissioned to make and I truly love the challenge of them.  I know there’s a lot of historical background for this style but at this point, I’m making them based … Continue reading

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Making Custom Frames Summarized

It’s always an honor to know that there are quite a number of you that follow my blog, that makes me feel good about what I’m doing.  I enjoy sharing what I do and learn — suppose that’s a carry … Continue reading

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New Frames and Cataract Surgery in my Future!

Well, did that title inspire you to read the rest of this blog?  Approaching my seventieth  decade and noticed over the past couple of years that things are becoming more difficult to focus on and see.  Thank God for muscle … Continue reading

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Ebony Dowels & Sharpening Concerns

Like all of us that work with wood and hand tools, maintaining a sharp edge on our tools is critical.  Through the years I’ve gone from oil stones and no jigs to water stones plus using jigs, and now diamond … Continue reading

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Chickering & Sons Piano Box

Quite some time ago, a friend contacted me and asked whether or not I’d be interested in a piano that had been in their family for a long time but was now relegated to the garage.  I had visions of … Continue reading

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Tabernacle Frame #157 Complete

I always have mixed feelings at the completion of a project.  Seeing what I imagined in my mind progress from pencil and paper to 3D completion is always great but sad in its own way.  Maybe you’ve heard of those … Continue reading

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