.My first hardwood: Acacia ..Cut it into two to fit in my suv. ..Brought them to a ragtag sawmill equipped with shopmade 2-in-1 Table Saw and Jointer Machine. I was so amazed while watching them working on my woods...And finally my pieces of woods 3/4” x 3 1/8” ready for final planing...Additionally, i purchased also this Camachile with lots of red shades also for my box...I also took a shot of the other hardwoods in the yard. .Next on this series….building the signatur...
In my last blog I showed a pattern which I am determined to try. It is made of rectangles from 1mm to 12mm in size. Due to a shortage of materials (Ebony) I am making the pattern from 1mm to 10mm. This is because my aim is to make a box using this pattern (or parts thereof) on all visible faces. This is the tallest order I have placed on myself to date. ImpossibleII now seems a fond memory. Machining wood down to 1mm square is a nightmare. A bit like I imagine tightrope walking to be a...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #66: The Same Thing Can Be Very Different
It’s funny how you can take the same thing and make it look so completely different. I guess that I why I like painting so much. Even though I do appreciate the beauty of the natural colors of wood, there are times when it just isn’t possible or practical to use natural and exotic wood. My friend Cari and I used to have a lumber yard nearby when we lived in Oak Lawn, a suburb of Chicago. This was back when I had just started to scroll saw, as Cari and her father are the ones ...
The finished product is certainly not a masterpiece, but it was nice to play around and get introduced to a few new techniques. I had a very funny piece of wood, in that one corner of my workpiece tended to split when i carved it, which made it quite difficult to shape on that one side… i noticed the grain behaved very strangely in that area, so i learned a little more about the properties of wood too i suppose :) I’m going to make another one in the future now that i’m b...
I’d like some feed back on some bench design modification. I’m attempting to remake this traditional shaker table and bench with back support. The design calls for a flat bench, parallel to the floor. I’ve sloped mine slightly (20mm over the 300mm width.) I’m also using thicker material 40mm cf. 16mm. Any feedback will be welcome. SketchUp Exampleshttp://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=15b3111c1611c2e5738e43095496b061&prevstart=0http://ske...
An easy way to find the center of your circle.
We made a lot of progress today. Most of the painting is done, so we could concentrate on assembly. Here’s the lower trunnion assembly with the hanger studs and knobs complete. The potato projectiles are muzzle-loaded, so they have to be pushed down toward the combustion chamber with a ramrod. The ramrod will ride in a tube above the barrel, both to simulate the “recuperator cylinder” on the real thing, and because it’s so long, there’s no other place to put it. ...
I have amassed quite a collection of handsaws. I have a particular weekness for old Disston saws. If I find one at a flea market and it isn’t just completely eaten up with rust, I just can’t seem to let them pass, especially if I can get them cheap. Anyway, I’ve been on a bit of a tool kick lately in making my own tool handles, including saw handles. Anyway, I was investigating sending some of my saws off to be sharpened. Have you looked into what that costs? For a saw...
I am new to LJ but not new to woodworking. I have been building and collecting the tools of the trade for about 7 years. I enjoy designing, than building, and finishing. The one thing that I truly do not enjoy doing is sanding. I have a palm sander, orbital sander, belt sander, oscillating edge/belt/spindle sander, and a hand sander. With all that cool equipment and my search to make it more enjoyable I have just ended up with more toys and dust. I am currently working on a loft bed for my d...
Hello, I may have a problem. I love buying wood. Today I found some at a garage sale. http://extremelyaverage.com/2010/08/more-lumber/ Brian
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