Sometimes when I am working the hardest, it seems that I have the least to write about. I spent the day yesterday pretty much chained to the computer drawing and that in itself doesn’t really make for an interesting blog. It was one of those days where I was able to stay truly focused (yes – even I have them sometimes) and besides taking a couple of breaks to respond to mail and such, I really did nothing but sat and drew all day. I did finish one entire pattern though, an...
Here’s another practice version of a “Real Asian Style” table. I tried to use traditional Chinese joinery (or at least what I think would be traditional Chinese joinery). Design is as simple as I could possible think of, not waisted as it really should be, no moldings. Material are a few 2×4’s that probably don’t quite have the right proportions. At this stage for me it is really about learning the joinery so I did not bother preparing the stock. I got...
Unfortunately I did’t remove the problem of lathe at 100%. Still warm, but I can work continuously about 1 / 2 hour. I managed to align pulleys and found a serious distributor for driving belts. These are high quality and resistant to heat. I bought 5 pieces because they are cheap, about $ 4 each.So, full of joy, I chose a piece of green walnut and I made a bowl. Before I start it turning, the wood has been outside about three months. I made a rough turn and I dried the bowl in the mic...
In looking back at the past week, it seemed that many situations arose that called for me to play many different roles within my company. I was required to be a technical consultant, accountant, customer service representative, writer, advertising agent, administrator, teacher and photographer. Oh, and I almost forgot – a designer. It certainly was a full week! So many times people say to me that they don’t want to do woodworking as a living because it would take the fun out...
I’ve managed a couple hours in the shop this week. Yeah! I’m starting to work more on my serving tray for my boss. I’ve got my sides together and you can see I did not get the bottom exactly right – but I can fix that with a nice strip of matching wood. The inside angle is correct according to the text and my measurements. Tonight I used my band saw for the first time in a very long time – made me very nervous so I cut way outside the line and ...
Hi guys. I guess I’ve been gone awhile but I’m finally ready to work on the Unisaw again. The videos tell the story. I’ll be posting the series finally in just a few moments so don’t change that dial!
I forgot to post the finished picture of my saw; the brass cleaned up nicely. Hope it’s an improvement!
I spent the day yesterday in a flurry of activity. Perhaps it was because I was feeling more like myself but I also think that it was because I wanted to tie up some loose ends and start the new year off properly. I found myself full of energy as I tidied up things and organized and put everything in its place. It felt really good to do so after the chaos of the holiday season. Keith was busy preparing several pens for turning. While he hadn’t heard how the three shops that carri...
Well, today was great until I got home. Gotta a call from my sister that my Uncle had passed away this afternoon.He passed away from pneumonia, he also had throat and lung cancer, as well as tumors in the brain. I will be making his Urn. I am thinking a box made from walnut. Does anyone know how big it needs to be?
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