Hi, all, and thanks again for reading. We left off with the piece having had its “first” grind. The idea at this stage is to get the stone almost, but not quite, flush with the wood. This reveals unfilled voids in the inlay that have to be filled. This is where the finer material, especially the powder, comes in. The trick is to fill in the gaps and voids with the powder, then carefully fix it in place with water-thin CA glue. I have found applicator tips to be a must-have...
With one large panel built-up (if not finished), I moved on to the other panel of the same end. This is essentially just a 24”x96” bookshelf side, although like the large panel it is made up of a sandwich of two 1/2” sheets of birch-sided plywood with 1/2” plywood spacers in between. This shows what the sandwich looked like just before gluing on the second face: I fastened the second face of the large panel on with screws through the face. For this one I deci...
Here are more pics of the Michigan Lumberjock Conference
Ok, I’m back… Had a bit of an issue with the bending iron. It seems it is rather delicate and putting it on high (10) is a no no. It’s a Watlow ‘Firerod’ embedded in the aluminum tower. The current flow at 10 apparently burns out the element? It requires about an hour to get to bending temperature – and had I read the sheet that it came with… It was repaired free of charge and henceforth I will be careful to mind the dial! Nothing past 5 from no...
While working on my current project, I realized that there are some tools in full view, within easy reach, that I NEVER USE! Or, at least, I reach past them for my favorites. For example, I have lots of C-clamps varying in size, but some have machine-threads. It takes an eternity to open or close them, very inconvenient when you’ve got glue setting! So, I think I’ll consider getting rid of any C-clamp that does not have Acme threads, those so-called ‘square threads’...
The past few days things here have not been well. I have spent the last 48 hours in bed with one of the worst colds I think I have ever had. So, needless to say not much has been done with the saw. I am starting to feel a “little” better and decided I would attempt to get a few things done on the saw today. I ordered the motor and thrust bearings a week ago from Lynne at Accurate and they showed up yesterday. I figured that would be a good project and would not take too much ou...
Here be a few photographs on a border design for one of the chess boards. This board is NSW Rosewood and Camphor Laurel The border was made by cutting triangles of NSW Rosewood and Silver Ash and laminating them between strips of Camphor Laurel and Queensland Maple..alternating the colors.. Then it was a matter of making a lip in some Rosewood and glueing the Triangular feature to the solid rosewood and mitre cutting the corners… this is actually harder than you might think...
hard to believe I started this project 193 days ago and it’s still a pretty rough project. School, and a master bathroom remodel have taken me away…that and I hit a brick wall when the wood is cut to the dimensions required but…somethings causing the case to be 1/2 inch too long, and I’ve got an extra 2 inches inside the case… still not certain how it’s happened, but I’m moving on to get it done…we need this piece sooner rather than later and th...
The second run of mortises is in the legs. The tenoned rails will surround the juniper panels. Rather than squirt the air after each two holes, I looped a hose clamp around the air gun and trigger and used a nut driver to control it. (Nut driver is resting on the screw for the photo only.) It didn’t take much air to keep the work area clean. It was easier to get a bore – slide – bore – stack flow going when there was no interruption to work the air. The mortis...
There’s a new post on the Little Good Pieces blog – “Wing Chun Dummy – Body in the Rough”. I’ve found material for the body of the dummy and have begun roughing. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/wing-chun-dummy-body-in-the-rough/
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