Digging out the old video gear

April 14th, 2014 No comments

I want to do a video of my next woodworking project and I realized I haven’t shot video with anything but a cell phone in years. I dug though all the old gear and cobbled together a setup that should work better with a tripod etc…

Mostly this video was just a test of equipment and seeing what kind of color correcting and resolution tinkering I would have to do if I used both video from the DVcam and my phone. After editing etc it looks like the best I can produce is widescreen 480p video out of that camera… nothing great but unless you are watching it on a huge monitor it’s decent enough. Guess I need to to keep an eye on ebay to see if I can grab a camera capable of more modern video formats.

Coming soon…. making a chef’s knife with a Hock blade.

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A rustic bombproof farmhouse / harvest trestle table for a family kitchen.

December 2nd, 2013 No comments
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I started hunting for Windsor chairs about a year ago and it took a few months to find a used set of birdcage Windsors I was happy with on craigslist. I did a bunch of experimenting with milk-paint and then refinished them. After refinishing them I think they worked well for this project. I think I’ll have to make my own chairs for the dining room table.
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A slab top for the Japanese Workbench

May 31st, 2013 2 comments

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These days my life revolves around the lastest addition to the farm, our daughter.

I spent the last few months franticly finishing some renovations so she didn’t grow up in a construction zone. Right before she was born I finally got around to finishing up my Japanese Workbench that I started over a year ago. Read more…

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Adventures in Milk Paint 1: Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

February 27th, 2013 No comments

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As woodworkers we many times get very snooty about furniture. “Ikea? I’d never put that crap in my house” “MDF? That cardboard crap is only useful for making Jigs”. I am just as guilty of this as the next wood snob.

While I love the path of heirloom quality furniture that my transformation into a woodworker has lead me down, it has left a number of the rooms of our house quite empty. (Maybe someday we will actually have a table and chairs in our diningroom). Recently our neighbors have been updating a few of their rooms and cleaning out old stuff. This has lead to some wonderfully usefull hand-me-downs. When they ask me if I could use a white set of bedroom dressers I didn’t even hesitate or ask the wife…. “Absolutely!”. I was sure they would be useful in one of our many empty rooms.

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Asian and Greene and Greene Inspired Hall Table

February 19th, 2013 7 comments

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I’ve been fairly active in the online woodworking community for a while but have never really produced anything I would classify as furniture. I began working on this table about 7 months ago but got sidetracked with priority shift of renovating 6 rooms in our house. A few weeks ago, I was finally able to dive back into the project and managed to finish it. Read more…

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