Well, I tried out the tools I got from mom for my birthday recently. Of note: 1) My 1/2” Sorby Spindlemaster was not a good indicator of how the 3/4” and 1” behave. I’ve been using the 1/2” however I liked, never reading up on how to use it, nor watching any videos. I recently watched one and thought “Huh, I’ve been using it entirely wrong.” I’ve been holding it flat, and using a combination of things with both hands and the tool rest t...
As I think back, every time I bought a new tool it was in the hope that this tool would be the one that would make sure that every cut, or hole, or edge, or…whatever, would be perfect. I wouldn’t have to worry about ruining a perfectly good piece of wood. Every project I had pictured in my mind would be easily translated through my hands and my new tool into a work of art. Yet everytime I opened the box, and set up the new tool, I found myself making the same timid steps forwar...
Ancientwood has developed a technique for filling large, structural cracks, sometimes found in Ancient Kauri slabs. This is a step-by-step approach for creating a flat surface with beautiful patterns and design. 1. The slab must first be flattened. This can be done with a drum sander, planer or a CNC router.2. After the slab is flat, locate cracks that need filling.3. Fill any hairline cracks with color-matched latex putty. Wet the adjacent area of the Ancient Kauri with spirits to get an a...
Well, it’s been a couple months since I last worked on this project. I finally lucked into an old oak board that had been sitting on the rafters in a garage for a few decades. I did a quick estimate and saw it had enough wood to do the next step on my barrister abomination. It’s all pretty basic woodworking patterned on an antique. The only tricky bits are getting the fitting right in order to line up with the shelf sections.
Yo whats up everybody I just bought a skil 10 in 15 amp table saw from lowes and it will probably be at my house by friday. It comes with a stand and I will do a table saw setup video when I get it. I compared this one to the ryobi and what really stood out was 2 things it has more power and it also has a dust port. This week I have spent about 5 hours total cleaning up the shop and I made a dust port for my miter saw basically what I did was I put a small piece of wood on the back part of th...
So, by now you’re asking—Mallet, what mallet? Really, there is a mallet. Amazing, I could spend 4 sessions showing you how to make a little 2” disk. The good news is, that was the Hard Part. I’m assuming if you’re going to actually make this project, you already have a lathe and know how to use it. If you depend on me to teach you to turn, we’re both in trouble. My experience is rather limited in this area.. That said, you’ll see how basic this part r...
Here you can see two of my woodworking projects in my wife’s classroom. I built the Lectern and the In-Box out of birch plywood with no edge banding. She teaches 7th graders and it was decided to just use the ply, give it a small amount of style in the form of a routed edge profile where applicable, apply a durable finish and leave it at that. Seventh graders are not known for the care they lavish upon school furnishings. If the plywood gets scratched or dented I’m not going to feel bad about...
Artisans of the Valley was featured today (August 24, 2009) in a Trade Only Design Library (TODL) broadcast email reaching out to over 48,000 members of the design and architectural community. (Shown Right) This feature included an eye catching image of Eric M. Saperstein’s wildlife carving of a Ram. These horned sheep, as with most creatures in the wild, make excellent figures for detailed hand carvings. http://www.artisansofthevalley.com/blog/index.php/2009/08/artisans-of-the-valley-todl...
Saturday was a magnificent day for a hike. I spent much of the morning slowly walking about 3 miles of creek bed. For such a small creek, there are some pretty deep holes on it, and circumventing those at times was fun. We have had an unseasonably cool and very wet summer. It has made for very nice hiking weather, but I began seeing leaves changing and falling from the trees in late June. Here’s an example: I posted a photo a couple of months ago showing where Trace Fork had c...
Wed evening I was working on a project in the shop,and in a split second of stupidity, a 14”x18”x3/4” piece of plywood was caught by the blade on my table saw and thrown back at me and hit me in the gut, it was like being kicked by a mule (I would imagine that is what a mule kick would feel like), I thought I would be ok, but after about an hour I started feeling faint, from loss of blood internally, that was the most scarey feeling I have ever had, I thought, this was it, I...
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