Hello everyone hope this blog finds you all well and happy. I am just writing to update on the progress of my new shop. I have been busy setting up have come a long ways but have a long ways t go. I am at least able to make some saw dust now, I am going to attempt to add some pictures now I am not sure what I am doing but will try. This shows the lumber racks that I have built still need to add a sheet goods storage area to the left in the picture. Here is a shot of the band saw and ras t...
Holly – Ilex opaca I love this wood for trim and inlays on dark woods. It has almost no figure from grain pattern or color. Holly is a chalky white to a light shade of gray.The texture is very fine and uniform. It’s an easy wood to work with. Cuts clean and smooth with hand or power tools. Capable of a very smooth and hard surface. Flexible and strong, bends nicely. Very expensive but a little goes a long way as long as you are using it as stated above. You can also...
Swiss Pear – Pyrus communis This is another wood loved by model makers. It’s grain is straight to sometimes wavy.The wood has been steamed to produce an even pink color with little to no figure. The wood is remarkable for its extraordinary smoothness and evenness of texture. It is excellent for carving, turning or milling. It can be cut with a sharp edge in any direction. Finishes to a polished surface. Pearwood can also be stained black to resemble Ebony.Flexible and ...
Boxwood – Buxus sempervirens Long used to make model ships in the 15th and 16th centuries . These ships were then used as the models to make full size ships. Stanley Tools has long used it for their folding rules. Also used for engravings for printing applications and used for musical instruments. It has extremely fine texture, easy to carve and turn but difficult to split, color uniform light yellow. It’s also very strong and hard. It will not splinter. There are a lot o...
Two miracles have happened first thing in this class. Miracle one is that I am not the only woman in this class!!!! Very odd occurrence. Miracle two is the other woman is an orthopedic surgeon! Just what I need. She’s been very nice and has given me some tips on what to do to make my back feel better. So that’s a blessing. So onto the class. This is Kelly – the school’s owner. You can tell right off that he is a very nice man and runs a good school. This i...
Here’s the technique I used to make the inlay in the TV Stand that I recently posted..First you need to make a little jig like you would for finger/box joints...Then make a cut and then move the cut you just made over the piece of wood on your jig. ..Then flip it over, center it between two cuts and do it again..Then you glue in small pieces of wood into the cuts and then bandsaw cut off the inlays...Here you can see two different inlay woods. It all depends on the effect you are goi...
A measure of the hardness of wood, which is produced by a variation on the Brinell hardness test. The test measures the force required to push a steel ball with a diameter of 11.28 millimeters (0.444 inches) into the wood to a depth of half the ball’s diameter (the diameter was chosen to produce a circle with an area of 100 square millimeters). It is also a good indicator of how hard a species is to saw or nail. The results are stated in various ways, which can lead to confusion, es...
Mahogany South American – Swietenia macrophyllaAfrican – Khaya ivorensis Mahogany along with cherry, and oak are probably the most used wood for furniture. It was a favorite of Chippendale. It’s also used in musical instruments, boat making, outdoor furnitiure… It works great with all tools, and holds screws and nails very well. It doesn’t splinter. It takes all kinds of finishes evenly and very well. South Amercan mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)...
A beautiful but very “hard” wood. Lends itsself more to carpentry than to fine woodworking. It often took 45-60 mins to plane a 12 ft board. Screws, with pilot holes very often, striped the heads (square drive), snapped or simply reached a point where they stalled out. Found most effective method was a framing gun at +/- 100lbs. Have not yet attempted to glue any but will update this when I do. I suspect that this will not respond well to hand sanding and will require very sharp h...
As I sit here on the front porch watching the sun come up I can’t help but to think that even with over 17 years of working with sawmills, I still look forward to firing the mill up in the mornings after I have a cup of coffee. Well I had better get to making sawdust.
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