I only have a little bit of that slab left, just enough to make the rest of the larger parts of the chevy. I had to use my saw bench and a rip saw to cut them close to size. Then joint the faces and glue them together. The again, joint a face, and square everything up Once again… the shop becomes a hamster cage… But here is what I have so far.. the seat, main base and column Then the arm, guide support and the guide support cross member are all ready for joiner...
So today I decided to start blogging about my journey. Not so that anyone would actually read it, but mostly as a way for me to look back and see where I started, assuming I get some place with the whole thing. If you read this, you should know a few things about me first… One, I am a school counselor by trade, so I have NO formal training in anything with my hands. What I know about the mechanics of things honestly could be put in a children’s book written and illustrated b...
I always do a test board using the finishes I’m considering for a project. This is the maple sample board for the bench build. The left section has two coats of Danish Oil. The middle is two coats of BLO. It is noticeable in the first two sections the effect of the oil on the maple’s appearance. The wood took on a dirty and somewhat blotchy appearance that I did not care for. Remember that the grain that is so striking in the first two sections also runs thru the r...
Crisscross, David Barron, and Danish Oil walk into a bar... #2: Mortise and Dovetail Tenon ala David Barron
Typically in a bench top slab the mortises are either sawn and/or chiseled out of a laminated slab. I used another approach. In the following photos you can see more easily that the mortises are “constructed” by, in my case, laminating 1” boards together that were first cut to create a mortise. Here’s a closer look at the wedge and dovetail tenons on my bench. This photo shows the tenons before the legs were laminated together. After glue up. This photo i...
Name is Tim, Most people call me Toolmaster because of the large amount of tools I have gathered over the years as a welder and equipment mechanic. I enjoy Fishing, Hunting and Shooting Sporting Clays. Back about 2001 I built my on shop here at the house and started working for myself. Picked up a USA building from a friend that was a salesman for them, 60’x60’ with 18’ eves 3-12 pitch roof, 6” 400psi slab, 3 – 16’x16’ doors and 3 – 4ox7o walk ...
Here is an abbreviated version of a tutorial I posted to my blog showing my process for making bowl blanks from a log. First I cut a few inches off each end of the log to remove checking. Next cut off a section from the log that you will later split. I cut off an 18” section from this log. Now I cut the log length wise and remove the pith. Sometimes you can get this is just one cut, sometimes you can’t. I usually leave the bark on, but it started falling off & th...
Bowl Coring & Hollowing - Our new Toys (Tools) !! #5: Kickstarting a Kickstarter Campaign for a New Lathe
OK It’s official – we have kickstarted a campaign on Kickstarter … we need a new lathe and apparently this is a method to get some funding. Read the details, we’re offering a generous rewards system that basically is pre-selling our bowls, vases, and vessels in order to fund the purchase of a new lathe. This is an opportunity to get a great deal as we’ll be giving rewards that are “at least” the value of your contribution. This is a hint –...
Ah the winter doldrums in Louisiana. Too wet to dig footings so I’m trying to nail down some electrical details. I’d treasure some advice on the following – I plan to run a couple of 220V circuits for future growth while I’m wiring the shop even though I have no tools or utilities requiring that now. The new shop will be designed such that part or all can be insulated and heated/cooled other than naturally. One bit of advice I came across was to place four-plex boxes a...
A friend of mine sent this to me – thought I would pass it along. Using your skills and time to give back.. http://www.kcci.com/news/central-iowa/this-is-iowa-woodworker-turns-garage-into-santas-workshop/-/9357080/23405948/-/r0gq8wz/-/index.html Lyle Barkley creates 2,500 wood toys every year for an Iowa Children’s hospital.
These past several weeks have been passing by like a whirlwind. There have been several deadlines to meet and that alone seems to have made time pass quickly. I usually find myself wondering where the day has gone somewhere around 4pm when dusk starts to settle in. So many people don’t like the winter months. They don’t like the darkness, which makes the days appear even shorter. They don’t like the cold or the snow and ice. They don’t like the cloudy bleakness tha...
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