I have spent the last several days down with a nasty bug as did most in our house, so the work slacked off a lot. Anyway – so on to more stripping and starting the cleaning. Here is the inside of the headstock with a bucket of bits..I have found that the speed control sheave assembly needs to be replaced – the wire loop is supposed to be fixed in the end of the shaft with a bearing. Bearing is gone and the wire is near worn through..Headstock completely dismantled and brushed...
Mar. 28/10 My daughter and son-in-law just bought their first (and hopefully “only”) house. I told them to go look at antique furniture before buying anything. I said, “think quality and think life-time”. Although they haven’t purchased anything yet they didn’t go looking at antique stores first. They asked me to go check out some of the “wood” furniture that they were looking at. I didn’t think that I’d be able to tell them w...
Been a week since I last posted – here’s our progress. I’m using Rustoleum Pro series of enamel paints for the colors. Hunter Green on top, Royal Blue below the masked line, and the line itself will be yellow. I love the primer color – rusted metal. Almost just kept the car primed like that. If you are interested here's the technique. Next week, I expect the students will complete the painting and move onto adding the body mods (notice the grill…n...
I am not a turner-although I have seen it done. This is analogous to “I am not a football player-but I watch it on the tube.” Nor am I a pen maker. I do, however, appreciate the intricacies and attention to detail involved in the pen making process.Just like the Fourth of July, many of us don’t know the amount of preparation that goes into making the pyrotechnics happen and yet we ooh and aah the evening through.What follows is something similar. Pen makers ought to espe...
Fitting the lid is taking a lot longer than I thought. I had to trim the sides to length freehand as I don’t have a miter box. The grooves on the sided required trimming and deepening. Deepening the grooves was with a mortising chisel as I don’t have a plow plane. These pictures how the groove in the frame fits into the groove in the panel and the halves of the mitered bridle joint go together to make the lid. The antique clamp was my Dad’s. Shows the groov...
I have a good dust collection system in my shop and it has done a great job of keeping the dust boogers out of my nostrils. I have it hooked up to every tool that I can possibly hook it up to because I just plain and simple want a clean shop. I have a 25 ft flexible hose hooked up and connected to a four foot length of 4” plastic tubing so i can clean up all those little nooks and crannies where dust always seems to get. I have been looking for some sort of 12” or so floor brus...
I am looking for some whirligig plans. Anyone have any to share? I want to try cutting them out with my Laser.Thanks
I’m a little slow when it comes to my own personal projects but when your planer is in pieces and the weather is getting warmer it’s time to act. Once the temperature in the “shop” got above 70 I was able to slide the new cutter head into place and get to work reassembling the planer. The chains for the roller gears were tons of fun let me tell you…. I posted a full review in the review section but I have to say I’m VERY pleased with the upgrade. Quieter...
I’ve always liked the early 20th century artist, Piet Mondrian’s Neo Plasticist style (example below) and would like to include this style of design in my box work. As you can see his compositions use a white (and sometimes gray) background; red, yellow and blue and a strong black divider. I use Sycamore (white), Ebony (black), Padauk (red), Pau Amarello (yellow) and the only problem one is blue. The closest naturally occuring is Purpleheart. I decided to take on an easy...
I have been getting ready to make some visual bird houses for my grand kids. They will have a red window in the back for viewing. They can be hung in front of the kids bedroom windows so they can watch all the action of the birdlings. Both our kids have split entry houses so the bedrooms are plenty high enough off the ground. I am using some free cedar fencing cutoffs. They will not be finished, just natural. I am going to pre-drill some nail holes so the kids can nail them together t...
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