Yesterday, I posted a taper jig project. The taper jig was used in my entry for the 2×4 Project. Before the taper jig was made, I had to locate a 2×4 to use. This was relatively easy. I knew a local lumber yard carried very high quality Douglas fir dimension lumber for use in finish work. I located a completely clear, tight grained 8’ board. The only downside was it cost substantially more than the typical big box store stud. Oh well, this is for FURNITURE, not being st...
So here I sit, less two wisdom teeth, browsing through Lumberjocks gazing at projects, reading the forum, checking blogs and taking stock of where I am at. My journey as an amateur woodworker has barely started and I have been exposed, through this site, to more methods, techniques and projects than would normally be possible even in traditional education. Now I’m not saying that the education I’ve gained here passes up what I would get at Inside Passage, or College of the Redw...
So you bought a new rotary carving tool and need to buy some carving burrs, eh? Confused? I bet you are. The new power carver can easily become befuddled with the bewildering array of burr choices on the market. Hopefully this article will help you avoid buying the wrong burrs for what you need to do. Burrs come in plenty of different shapes, types, sizes, and materials. You can find them with diamonds, rubies, ceramics, and various oxides of all sorts. Then there are HSS, carbide, carbon ...
As I’ve discussed in the previous two entries to this blog series, finishing is an important part of the “craftsmanship ” that goes into your work. We’ve talked about sanding flat stuff, round stuff, and now we’ll talk about sanding the small, detailed stuff. We will make a distinction between small items like a spoon and detailed items like a face carving, as they require different methods. I’ll also show you the actual products that I like to use in each ...
The Passion of Wood How splendiferous is my joy at writing, as I sit here in the mornings, be-fore the sun has had a chance to display a magnificence of splaying rays. This is when by writing with pen and paper, ‘the why’, concerning my medicine of ink is flowing best and the images of imagination take on their body of words. This is when I rise above the cathedrals and temples built by hands of men//women and soar into the rapturous volumes of an opened heavens delight. Storie...
What a good day in the old shop. Finished the planer cart today and got the pics posted. Also posted a few older projects. Got a bit of picking up done but am dragging my feet on the actual cleaning. Ugh! I don’t have much in the way of dust collection yet so, the post project cleanup is the worst. Although, any time in the shop (even cleaning) is better than time most anywhere else!
Since the debate seems to rage onwards when it comes on how to sharpen a blade sharper than we need too… I figured I’d throw some more gasoline into the fire. But in order to get some good numbers I need some numbers! What do I need? What rate do you consume pads? How many tools can you sharpen per pad? What do you pay for your pad? Of real interest would be how many inches of tools width you can sharpen per pad. So if you exclusively use 1 inch wide chi...
This evening I checked another item off my list for Project X. I spent a couple of hours calculating, measuring, cutting, cussing, planeing, cleaning, moving and a few other “ings” I seem to be forgetting. Due to some strategic use of my planer (some would call it an accident) I managed to squeeze another 2 key pieces out of the 2×4. Exxxxxxcellent. Well . . . DW was not up for taking pictures tonight . . . so the “no pictures, did not happen” does not apply. Tomorrow night I ...
Well, So far so good.. The glue has set and now I have a nice 13×18 inch blank to work with. I have traced the shape design on it, and have cut it out with the bandsaw. This left some material on each side that will be extremely valuable to finish the project. I am really starting to feel good about it. So far everything has worked out as planned. There are going to be so many little pieces that will have to be made The only thing I am worried about is not being able to complete ...
Well, hell, let’s get back to it. First off these entries will be coming sporadically. You need to know we do have a business to run. And it’s tax time. I have started something here that could be way over my head. After all English is like a second language to me. No, no, no, it’s because I attended Los Angeles City Schools, not because I’m an immigrant.Hell, I took dumb bell English many times at Santa Monica City College. So it takes me a little longer to write these than most of you. Than...
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