It was a thursday morning just another day carving at our local carving chapter meeting. In walks a nice elderly gent that had a box of Thompson sub maching gun stocks that never made it to use. They were stored for years, he knew of the carvers and decided to donate them to the club as test projects for us less talented carvers like myself. I inspire to become a great carver someday Dennis Z. in my opinion is truely a great carver.So I decided to take two of them although I was urged to take...
I’m not certain but what this should be separate but any way… Before I joined us I thought that workbenches, real workbenches were limited to professional cabinet makes, magazine editors, and hand tool advocates. Having now been exposed to a much wider school of thought I have come to realize that this is not the case and that I too was in need of something of this nature. ( I got tired of moving everything off the table saw every time I needed to make a cut.) I ‘ve spent se...
Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #11: Some progress on the sled, finished up my "bicyclic panel trolley".
I have been busy in the shop this weekend, and during the week for that matter. Made a workshop antic (defined as making something to prove you could do it when it would be smarter to buy it) which is a panel handler, best describe as a bicyclic trolley. Hmmmmmmmm, that should probably be copyrighted. Also have started on my sled. You know, the HisAndHersDoubleSurfboard size thing I have illustrated before in Sketchup. Sherie is out doing some quilting thing tonight, and Kermit and I (Kerm...
Henry’s head was still throbbing from ringing in the New Year. He looked at his calendar, a present from his brother in Manhattan, a New York Giants fan of all things. The calendar had a team picture of The World Series Champion Giants, who swept the Cleveland Indians in 4 games. It was galling for him to look at and he mumbled to himself, “At least the damn Yankees didn’t win their 6th in a row.” For though Henry didn’t care for the Giants, the previous two years had seen his beloved...
Here are the 20 pen blanks that will be listed for auction. Most are large or jumbo size. Some super nice woods. Starting from top right top to bottom. Super highly figured Maple, quarter-sawn Sycamore, Lace Redwood burl, quarter-sawn fiddleback Live Oak, Figured Red Eucalyptus, English Walnut, Highly figured Claro Walnut sap wood, Figured Claro Walnut, Claro Walnut burl and crazy figured old growth Redwood.
Well this is my first blog and I am going to take a chance and try to upload an image of my new cherry dining room table from flickr and see how it goes. This project is just getting started really…I began the thought of this last year in December when we sold our house. The guy who was going to buy the house wanted a bunch of our furniture so we negotiated that into the deal. Well that deal fell through. I had already purchased the extension mechanism to build a dining room table...
Well with all the rain days and other projects I finally got some sunshine and time to apply the patina. It only takes about 15 minutes once you have the right setup. Like most things I’m learning that less is more. Less pre-heat, less chemical, and less flame. I held the torch a couple feet back from the copper and let the chemical set a few seconds before applying some more heat/flame; again staying back a couple of feet and moving the torch. The panel sat in the sun for about an...
Here is a photo of the Bastogne Walnut blank that will be in one of the auctions. Bastogne Walnut is a rare wood that is more dense and stronger than Black, English or Claro It is a cross between Black or Claro and English. It is a highly prized wood for gunstocks. This piece is 10”x10”x2 7/8”. Amazing figure!!!! It will make for an amazing bowl or will be suitable for other woodworking projects if you are willing let it dry.
I’ve been talking with Martin about an idea to raise some money for Lumberjocks. During the first or second week of February, I will donate several high-end, highly figured woods or lots of wood to be “auctioned” in the trade and swap forum. All funds raised will go directly to the site.I’ll get the final details worked out and update on this blog. I’m thinking about starting with 3 different items/lot for auction. #1 A green, highly figured Bastogne Walnut tu...
Well day 3 was yesterday and was very short. I had to go out on an install mission and didn’t get back until 1pm. So when I got back I managed to cut the door stock and get the doors glued up. Took about 3 1/2 hrs. I wasn’t able to work on this project Wednesday or Thursday. So today was day 4. I ripped my moulding, routed it, and sanded my doors. Then I cut and applied the mouldings. I ended up having to drive to the shop to bore the doors and drop some tools off. Then I ...
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