The weather seems to have gone from bad to worse, at least the cars have stayed dry! So the only work I have been doing is reclaiming some mahogany timbers that were left in the garden by the previous owner, to rot, and after cleaning them up, they turned out to be well seasoned usable timber, which only needed a few nail holes filling, after which I have used them both for making window sills and shelving. All of which I have left natural, and used my home made beeswax polish to bring out bo...
This poor old table was standing as recently as 3 weeks ago when I took the sunrise magpie photo by the BBQ. The white ants ( termites ) finally got to it and it fell over. At one time it was our kitchen table, a veranda table and at the end, a BBQ table. The glass has close to 24 years of honest wear and I’m very happy it didn’t break. The new table will be in white oak with a ” Leo Fender Foot ” I’ve been fooling around with for awhile. All slot mortised...
As some of you may noticed in the recent days our site’s grow doesn’t have only advantages – some issues are related to it as well. We’ve experienced few site downtimes this week. Fortunately they lasted only few minutes.. and some minor problems (not full site downtime) few hours. Our hosting company (www.rimuhosting.com) is providing us excellent service so far but they had to upgrade their servers this week which resulted in less than hour downtime on Monday –...
I was thrilled this week to get a surprise packet in the mail. Martin sent me a new lumberjocks t-shirt with “Best Craftsmanship Winner” printed on the front, and Obi’s definition of a lumberjock idea on the back. It is a great shirt. Martin said that he was using another vendor for the printing, and I really like the quality on this shirt. The material the shirt is made from is the quality I would expect to get in a souvenir shirt on a vacation trip, thick, soft, and no...
You may have noticed that many of my projects have been made from Black Walnut from railroad ties. Here’s a little story about them.Quite a few years ago, back in 1953, I was working as a Track laborer at an Iron Ore Mine, operated by United States Steel Corp. They did their mining by running their own railroad down in the ore pits. Everyday the tracks had to be moved in order for the trains to get close enough for the power shovels to reach, & load the rail cars. That’...
I am in the process of building a second plant stand (I thought that I would be done today but the Universe had other ideas.) One thing that I am pleased with is the aging of the pine legs. Rick brought home some 1×2 pine which worked great for the legs but they were too white for my willow. So, I used some “greying” stuff that I bought at Home Hardware. (I’ll have to go look at the name of it). It turns wood a natural- weathered look. With just one light coat and an...
I had run out of 16mm (5/8”) glass tubes for my turned Rose Bud Vases. So I phoned my supplier who is only open every second Saturday of the month for walk-in business to ask him if he had any in stock. (He’s primarily in the mail-order business.) “Yep – we have ‘em”, was his reply. So I decided to drive the 60 mile round trip to his place of business and pick them up. I reasoned that this would work better than risking damage to the delicate tubes...
Okay, not bad so far. Mostly line work and some shading. The real challenge to this piece I left for last, the cable knit sweater. I probably spent more time studying the picture I had printed than I did actually burning the darn thing. I think it looks really good, but you be the judge. Step 5 Here is the finished piece. The sweater is done and was the hardest element of the piece to do. Overall, I think it turned out better than I thought it would. All that’s left is to apply a ...
Yessireebob, I have my own blog over on blogspot. That’s where I’ll probably do most of my posting from my shop stuff. Yet, I suspect I need two blogs…this being the second one because I have two minds….major ones at least…and then a host of minor ones. Some of my minds I tossed out a long time ago, thank gawd.Then again, they sometimes reappear in the strangest places full of thoughts and fears. These whacky minds I’d thought I tossed out are some from...
As many of you know, I am trying to incorporate more hand tools into my woodworking. I’ve started reading up on hand planes and have bought a low-angle block plane to start with. I’ve decided that for myself and for anyone else who would be remotely interested that I would start a blog to document my progress (hopefully not my lack thereof). The first thing I’ve learned is that while it is very easy and useful to read everything you can get your hands on and ask anyone...
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