It cannot be overstated how paramount the sharpness of your tools is to the quality, speed and enjoyment of your woodworking. Like most however I can’t say sharpening the most enjoyable aspect of the hobby. My tips to make your sharpening easier and less painful are: find a system you like and get good at it, have a dedicated space or have equipment close at hand, and remember small amounts often is easier. There is lots of great information about the many sharpening systems out ther...
Taken from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Wallington, turner and diarist, was born on 12 May 1598 in the parish of St Leonard Eastcheap, London, the tenth of twelve children and the fourth son of John Wallington, citizen and turner (1552/3-1638), and his wife, Elizabeth (1562/3-1603), the daughter of Anthony Hall, citizen and skinner, and his wife, Jane. Following the death of Elizabeth, John Wallington married Joan Hinde, a widow with two children, and following her death in ...
Keel and Hull Bottom Parts all cut out… Well it has been a loooong time between boat building posts…but this is a big week. This is my first week off from school and today was my first full day of building—and it was a good one. Between the last 6 weeks of school always being hectic…and the start of sailing lessons it has taken a while to get going again…but from now on it will only be the wait on materials that slows me down… Yesterday afternoon I spent my time cleaning/clearin...
Hello All, Yesterday’s blog was so successful, that I needed to do a follow up. http://bit.ly/cAOqy8 I will get back to serious woodworking ramblings tomorrow. Brian
Time to wrap this one up…I got in a full morning and part of the afternoon’s play today and completed the assembly… almost. Started by pegging the corners of the lid togetherThen the bottom, first up and into the bottom corners, then down through the top halfwayThe clamping on those may look precarious, but is actually very well balanced. I clamp each corner individually that way and lift the whole assembly to where I tap in the pegs.With that done, I finally fill in the exp...
Well I started on Gable box number 2. Actually it is really box number 4. The original box number 2 became seriously gouged when I tried to get clever on the routing table. Box 3 has curved gables rather than triangles. Things get a lot tougher doing that. Box 1 was small and cubic, so now I tried larger and squattier. I also want to try out some interior trays. I suck at the artistic side of design, so I tried using the Golden Ratio of 1.6:1. I picked a larger box of 8 inches square....
At home, per Dr. orders, off my nail perforated foot. I really OUGHT to have it elevated, but the swelling is down. Thank God no tendon or nerve damage… But I tell you, I don’t want to go through this one again! Even though it hasn’t been anywhere even CLOSE to 10 years, my Dr. decided a Tetanus shot was in order. I wish he hadn’t… On top of the throbbing foot, I have, admittedly a low grade, but certainly dealing with a reaction to the Tetanus vaccine. And I ...
Over the years I’ve made a few long grain cutting boards. On almost every one of them there has been seperation between some of the strips of wood. Most of this seperation has occured at the outside of the boards, the edge strips. Not all the way down the length of the board but at one end or the other.I go to great lengths to mill the wood properly. All of the pieces are square and straight. This is especially true now that I own a jointer.It’s very annoying to get the oooohs...
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Have begun to turn a piece of beautiful australian black walnut(endiandra palmerstonii) for a bedside side lamp.I have turned a lot of timber in my time and this is turning out so well with a superb finish.Can hardly wait to post. old wood turners never die…they just take turns. Booge
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