OK when we last spoke, it was decided that the urn would have Maple sides, and Walnut top, bottom and miter splines… So I printed out a cut list and got to work. I cut all the pieces of maple slightly over sized so I could sneak up on the miters and get them perfect. Then I planed and rough sized the walnut for the tops and bottoms. The maple pieces were cut from a board I had planed down to 9/16 some time ago and the pieces were slightly cupped…not good for tight miters. I dec...
So for more of the Stanley #7 story. As I was riding through the foothills of Vermont and collecting a nice #3 and #7, I had bid on another #7 on Ebay. My bid, I thought, was low enough that I just wanted it to show up in my bidding list. When I got home, toting a #7 in my saddlebags, didn’t I have an email telling me I had won the bid. With the price i paid, I was happy enough. I went from no #7s to two #7’s in a single day. As I started to clean this one up, the one issue wit...
I looked at various woods for the bench and ended up deciding on poplar, why, because it was relatively cheap, and I could get it in wide boards. I wanted to build the top of the bench as a single board. I sorted through the wide boards available and looked for one with some interesting figure. Here’s the one I finally settled on: I didn’t want to split the seat but my jointer is only 6 inches wide. Unfortunately the board with the best figure had the most cup. The c...
My brother has this antique office chair which recently broke. The wood split where the caster was attached at the end of the leg. I decided to make this blog entry so he can see all the work that went into making the replacement. Unfortunately he lives in Seattle and I am in Houston so I have to just duplicate the broken leg which I have with me and hope it fits when I send it back. Step 1 Pick up some 8/4 red oak from the lumber yard. Step 2 Plane to thickness, about 1 1/...
For the version with pictures, please click here. I didn’t have a lot of time today, maybe an hour and a half. So, I spent the first hour going at the top again with the #4 plane. I made the executive decision last night to do what I can and call it. In theory, given unlimited energy and time, I could get this top to flat-level with the #4. By the time my kids are in college. Or, I could do the best I could, get it reasonable (for a first time effort) and bolt the sucker down ...
After .. light flooding a shoulder injury.. glasses .. -32..3 foot of snow.. I finally have a workshop sort of warm enough to work in.. so i went to woodwork i town and started on the handles. Did some shaping in my home workshop. Some one kindly posted me some sections of wood.. I used the purple heart and the colour is great!! Here is the start of the first knife which will be all mine!! so the materials involved are Bird Cherry – Curly Birch – Purple Heart – Elk ho...
I’ve been on a tool making kick lately and I took it to the next step and made my first hand plane. Not only did i make a plane, but I made my own iron as well from an old saw blade. The dimensions are 2.5”hx8”Lx2.75”W. I made it from poplar and walnut. Thanks for looking. Comments are appreciated and please subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Check out the video HERE.
This is a new piece I will be working on over the next 3 or 4 months. It is 5”x7”x3.20”, a small carving for me, the wood is Alaskan Yellow Cedar. All in all this will be an unusual project. I will be on a trip to Florida next week to visit my dad, and when I get back I will begin a full fledged commission work for a client/friend, a bust of her Swiss mountain dog! I will spend an hour or two on most days after the commission piece working on this Green man for The Sawcliffe...
Further progress. Details on the twigs and buds are much easier to do with my new Helvie knife, I am really beginning to love the tool. I will be concentrating on my other project for a few days to get it established, then I will start splitting my days between the two.
This guy has been an ongoing battle for a while and I motivated again today to improve it. I had closed in the open contractor frame with a bunch of plywood screwed into place (not caulked or sealed), a slotted plate closed up the back, and I hooked up a shop vac to the port on the arbor assembly. I feel that this collected about 95% of the dust. My problem was that the remaining 5% was being shot out from the blade right into my face. A great article in Fine Woodworking by Richard Babbitt...
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