Finished the rocking horse! Or at least declared it done… More rambling prose and pictures at the LumberJocks project page and my personal journal page on the rocking horse. Things I learned: Fir is soft. Really soft. Soft enough that I was a fool to think that stain was the right solution to sub-optimal wood, ‘cause I’ve got a chip or two already, and a few years of a kid beating on it will change things dramatically. Shellac is shiny, and plays heck with w...
I started this morning by cutting some 5/16” and 3/8” black walnut big enough to get 2 pieces for each plus a finger saver added to the length.These have dados cut so that there is 1/8” material left.The picture shows one of them cut to length. The other has the finger save left on. They were then ripped to 5/16” wide to create the connecting rod and wheel linkage. I created a piece of stock 7/8” X 3/8”much longer than I actually needed to make 2 piston connectors. I cut ...
I finished up my flattening jig that I got out of from FWW. It’s built pretty much identical to their plans. Mine’s a little longer and I used fir for the adjustment pieces. I didn’t like the bungee chord idea that was in the article but once I realized that I couldn’t loosely bolt the adjusters in place, I just went the bungee route. I realized that the adjusters need to be movable for different length boards. Duh. Here’s a couple of pics of the timber on...
I know, I have been kind of quiet lately. Not that I haven’t had projects, but they haven’t been woodworking related for the last several weeks…. (Do you guys want to hear about me setting up a tuner with custom tune and cold air intake on my pickup?) There is one bit of woodworking that has gotten at least reasonably complete and tested. The band saw dust collection upgrade… You see the Harbor Freight band saws ship with, well nearly the same port that the Ridgi...
A 8 in.dia.plate turned from old barn siding.Lacquer finish. Woodburning on rim.
I would very surprized if I am the only one that has done this. About 2 years ago I built a cradle out of walnut. When I joined the boards together I did not make note of where the biscuits were. Yes, you guessed it. When I cut the design out I cut right through a biscuit where it will show up like a sore thumb, white biscuit on dark walnut. What to do, so I made a small strip of walnut and glued it over the bad place, one on both sides so they both look the same. Later my wife, and others, s...
So in my last post, I mentioned the difficulty I was having boring the overlapping holes for the mortises that will receive the short stretchers of my bench. I was tired, but wasn’t gonna let it breaka my stride. This past Thursday was a federal holiday, and my wife graciously gave me the space and time to get in a lot of shop time. So I started with the flip side of the first mortise (from the last post) and was able to complete that and the mortises in two other legs. But when I wa...
I got back into the shop late this evening and got a little more work done. As you can see from the pics the kit (wheels etc) for the truck came in today. I had to recut the carriage piece this evening as it was a bit more narrow than the hood. The next and most important is I had to work out is the difference from the tractor trailer plan and the dump truck plan to get the Hoist Support and Hoist components of the dump truck box aligned to the tractor trailer. I think I have everything worke...
The frame is done. Here’s a photo. I’ll post a series in the projects area.
Just gone in workshop to make sure everything’s turned off before going to bed. Cleaned a mirror with a fresh wad of kitchen roll and white spirit. There’s a line of four scratches along the whole length. Big ones.
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