Hola Comrades I have, in some respects been putting this off for a couple of weeks.. I miss the days when time seemed like something to laugh at and was only ever useful as the solution to hangovers, by sleeping through them… ALAS!!! i was wrong.. time has caught up with me and it’s time to think about that awful word… management. as in time management… I am back in school and have to prioritize what i spend my time on once again… as always i put too much o...
Has anyone out there ever had black cherry lumber that smells like cat piss when cut? What could be the cause of this? It is very strong and annoying. Bruce – now known as Stinky..!!
In the process of moving the lumber out of the shop for the fence, I have been doing some desperately needed cleanup, and it amazes me how much, not wood shop related stuff is out of place in my shop. Thus far I have cleaned out or organized the following. #1. Busted radiator, hoses, and clamps off of my Saturn SL2. #2. 8 80# bags of QuickCrete. I am missing 2 in the shop somewhere. #3. A single busted 16 foot piece of Hardisoffit, solid, Cedar mill texture. #4. Shipping box for the Golds...
Yesterday I spent the day as an apprentice at Mike’s school of woodturning (jockMike2 for those who didn’t know). The last visit I had talked about making mallet. Well yesterday was that day. Mike, as always was very helpful. I originaly wanted to make it out of walnut, but the piece we found was extremely difficult to cut. So I opted for a piece of maple. Boy am I happy with the way it turned out. I bow to the master LOL Justkidding Mike. And no I did not get into trouble.
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #85: Short and Sweet - I'm Heading to the Wood Store!
This one is going to be short and sweet. I’m heading out this morning for Halifax and East Coast Hardwood – one of the best wood stores I have ever seen! I know you will all be jealous but I only go a couple of times a year so give me my due :) I promise to have some pictures of this place so you can see how cool it is. I can’t wait to see what I will come home with either. It always inspires me. We are also planning to hit a couple of tool places, as well as Lee Vall...
I was checking out Theresa’s Projects and seen a box she had made that appeared (because of lighting) to have the sides alternating an projecting out from the main box. So I thought I would try to build a box that has some characteristics of a Log Cabin. These pictures are what I come up with. I do however see some things that I will change when I made another.
I am looking forward in doing some mosaic of wood. I was amazed by the capability of sketchup in trying to design those combinations. I know I am motivated by those who created designs for boxes, lazy susan, table tops and many others… To mention some.. Larry (Degoose), Spalm, Martyn (Britboxmaker), Gary K., etc. I posted this series for those who are interested in constructing it. Just click the photo to make it full screen…
Here’s where the magic happens. After all the milling and ripping and glueing and re-sawing, we finally get to see if we can really match the lines all around the box. Sure we can. After planing each piece to thickness and ensuring the ends are square, open them up in a book-match. Draw a chalk line at the approximate width of each of the boxes’ ends from opposite ends (this is just to identify the parts). The pictures below explain it better than I can in words. I like to l...
I made a tapering box with an angle of 5 degree with the bottom as smaller side. Here are the details first. 1. Wood came from pallet boards. I am not sure if it is pine. It is green and medium hard though not dense. 2. I experimented on somewhat japanese style of a box… a four corner rooftype lid and a tapered sides. 3. A handle still has to be made…. PLEASE CLICK PICTURES FOR FULL SCREEN VIEW… I need your advise of any improvements. If you look a...
Last blog was too long on words. Pictures tell the whole story. Mark the wood with triangles to keep them aligned, resaw a little over the thickness you desire, run each through the planer at the same thickness and bookmatch the parts. Note: if you are using real thick wood like 8/4, you can slice four pieces and have enough material for two boxes.
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