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First Humidor

My first humidor. Spanish cedar box with Bubinga veneer and Wenge inlay. It was also my first go at veneering. I have a lot to learn. The lining is all free floating 3/16" cedar as well. That Spanish Cedar really smells nice.

Installing quadrant hinges is the hardest thing I've done so far in woodworking. I had to mortise out both sides for the stop slide to fit into. I could not figure out how to do it with a full sized router, hand held drill, etc. So, I cheated and used my Festool domino machine....5 mm bit was perfect. 

Thought of the Day - Cedar chest


Last weekend I finished an outdoor cedar chest for storing our patio cushions in.

Simple box, mortised joints. The main panel of each side floats in a mortise. I left the side slats as wide as each board would allow instead of cutting them all the same width...seemed like a better use of the cedar. Aromatic cedar is pretty nice to work with. Lots of knots though that can cause some issues.

I've left it unfinished.

Still fascinated

I continue to be fascinated by the process of taking a rough slab of wood and turning it into usable boards.  I milled up a bunch of Eastern Cedar for a storage chest for the patio. I still have a long way to go but I learned more about milling and got a chance to adjust my jointer/planer.

Plus I made tons of great smelling chips and sawdust.



I purchased a lead holder/pencil from Rockler not too long ago and I was very happy with it. It was heavy and comfortable and it felt good marking things with it. Then I dropped it..and it broke. The internal mechanism was cheap plastic and snapped.  Bummer.  I'll have to look for a more robust pencil.


I think we should all take a few minutes and think about the current circus about jobs and the economy. The government is after minimal cuts and looking to get the 'rich' to pay for it. Take the time to write to your elected representatives and let them know how you feel.

As for how I feel...I think I'll outline that over the next few posts and let you poke fun at me.


As part of a bathroom renovation I made a couple of maple mirror frames.  Just got the mirrors and installed them this weekend.  Pretty happy with the way they turned out.  Learning how to do mitred corners was challenging.


Xfinity app is nice, but buggy.  Crashes out a lot while watching shows and it doesn't show you what you've been watching if you stop in the middle so you have to go search for the show again.

Thought of the Day - Learning how to make stuff

I was reading an old book of shop tips and decided to build a mallet.  So, here's some ash looking forward to becoming a carpenters mallet.


Scott Adams continues to amaze me, and not just with Dilbert.  Many of his comments on his blog are thought provoking and insightful. LINK  Most recently I liked his post on politcs and philosophy vs a plan and it's worth a read.  Politicians only talk about philosophy, rarely about plans.

Thin from fat

Spent last Saturday taking a class on handplanes.  I really enjoyed it and I think I learned something.  The first board I flattened and smoothed didn't enjoy the experience as much.  You can see it near the #8 Jointer plane (the LONG one).  It started off looking like the one on the bottom.  I took off just a TEEENY bit of material.