Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Milled and layed out. Still adjusting all the parts layout through, it's got very limited space for all the stuff I need to squeeze into it.

Monday, December 27, 2010


This project was made as a lesson and a christmas gift.. Here's Johan inspecting his own work.

Tinture cabinet.

A wall mounted cabinet for tinctures. Birch.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Can you tell?


Got the crack closed and the bearing edge cut. Next is more cleanup as and then a rubber foot.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The culprit.

The piece that causes me so much distress.. Some engineers short sighted solution to a problem. Notice the mushroomed shoulder on the groove. Metal on metal never makes for a good bushing.

My least favorite part of my job.

Machine maintenance. My planer stopped raising and lowering the other day right in the middle of a job. I just finished tearing apart the planer and now am waiting for the new parts to arrive in the mail.

Try number 2

Tried regular wood glue to get it closed, but the internal stress of the wood was too strong. It popped as son as I got the clamps off. This time I'm using System Three epoxy. This should hold...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Glued and clamped the crack back down.


Cleaned old glue away from the crack.


This is the crack. It's been fixed once, but now needs something more permanent.

Djembe Repair

Mamadou Kone's great grandfather made this drum. Mamadou has played on it since he was a boy, now it's in need of repair. I'll be trimming the edge, fixing a crack and cleaning it thoroughly. Then adding a rubber foot.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Planer problems

Just started planing the wood for the lap steel and my planer takes a dive on me. Now I have a rebuild to manage before I can continue building the guitar, or any other project for that matter...

Lap steel guitar

Here is the start of the new lap steel guitar. Locally grown walnut slab.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010


Here's another rescue project. I'll be restoring this to a much nicer condition. This is the exact condition I've recieved it in. That's home sprayed yellow laquer all over it.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


made a nice brass nut for the top of the neck, leveled the frets, re-crowned and polished them, then sealed the rosewood fingerboard.


pick gaurds are veneered and getting finish.


putting a nice walnut burl veneer on my pick gaurds.


Table top with several coats of finish.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


I'm adding a hand hewn surface to the table top using hand planes and scrapers.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dry fit

One more trim on the top and the legs will get finish buffed and wait for the final assembly.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Sample polish on legs. 6063 AL.


Aluminum for the legs of the dining table came today. Now to polish...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010


The table top is made of California black walnut, and the bowties are Brazillian walnut.


Surfaced the table top this morning, and then made bowties as decoratvie and functional inlay.

Friday, October 8, 2010


While waiting on other jobs... I through together two new shells for the bop kit, an 8" and a 12".

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Table top

New table top made frrom 4 slabs of T inch thick walnut.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Glove box side removed. There were a lot more screws than you could see. After a lot of delicate elimination, I finally found the elusive last screw and it came sliding right out of the car.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010


Looks like a walnut burl with some really flaky finish. This is what I'll be working on. New finish onto what looks like some nice walnut veneer, in good shape still.

Austin Healey

My latest project. 1966 Austin Healey.


Finishing a butcher block top for a friend's project, with homemade food grade wood finish.

Butcher Blocks

Butcher Blocks made from the old shuffleboard out of the Morgan Hill Tavern.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cutting boards

becoming a popular item. Here are more cutting boards, i'm also selling food grade finish for seasoning you new board or butcherblock.

New Kalimbas

Two new kalimbas for the first friday show downtown.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I've finished all the staining, Frank pinstriped, and now I'm glueing the fingerboard back down to the neck. A little more touch up to the finish around the neck, and it'll be ready for re-assembly.