Author Archives: Greg Merritt

Pie Crimper

Here is yet another small project for you lathe enthusiasts, a pie crimper.  A simple little tool used to join the top and bottom dough sections of pie prior to baking.  It also imparts a decorative edge to boot. I … Continue reading

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Clamp-On Pincushion-Scissors Holder

This is just a quick show-and-tell on a little clamp-on pincushion and scissors holder that I made as a Christmas gift.  The body is mahogany from the Magic Attic stash and the threaded shaft is maple.  The pincushion is from … Continue reading

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Homemade Music-Part 2

What started out as a simple idea to make a few cigar box guitars, ballooned into a full-blown research and development project. Starting out I had no idea how deep down the rabbit hole I would be taken, but it … Continue reading

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Homemade Music-Part 1

I don’t remember the first time I saw or heard a cigar box guitar. I’m sure it must have been on YouTube though. Like many of my projects, the seed was planted somewhere along the way and finally broke to … Continue reading

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Fly Swatter Shaker Style

A few weeks ago Paul Sellers had a blog post where he showed a fly swatter with a leather business end.  I liked the idea and immediately began searching the internet for similar designs. Note:  Paul Sellers has since made … Continue reading

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Charpoy-Part 3-Complete

The charpoy is really a simple piece of furniture.  Four legs with four rails mortised into them.  The platform upon wich you sit or lay is woven from cord or cloth webbing (tape).  The charpoy can also be quite elaborate. … Continue reading

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Charpoy-Part 2

I spent the last few days completing the remaining tenons on the long rails.  Nothing fancy.  Just a lot of rip and crosscuts.  After a little judicious pairing I had those tenons fitted and the charpoy frame dry-fit together.

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Charpoy-Part 1

Suppose I told you that there is a form of furniture that, according to some scholars, has been in continuous use for 5,000 years.  Suppose I also told that an estimated 1.5 billion people currently use said furniture form. OK, … Continue reading

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Sewing Table-Part 4-Complete

The were only two remaining construction phase elements that needed to be completed.  The trestles needed to be trimmed level and everything needed to be sanded in preparation to receive the milk paint. From the conception I knew that I was … Continue reading

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Sewing Table-Part 3

Wow, I’m way behind on updating this blog about the sewing table build.  Apologies, but time has a way of sneaking past a person. My last post left off with the trestles legged up but in need of stretchers.  My … Continue reading

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