I’m pretty excited right now. I just finished attaching the legs to the hinge and so far nothing has fallen apart! From what I can tell the hardest part is behind me and now it is just a matter of shaping and fitting the adjuster arc to the legs. I also got the fine tuning nut built up and tapped. I still need to make an adjusting screw for the arc but that won’t take very long. Today at the OB appointment we were told that we will be induced on the 20th so only a week ...
I now have everything ready to glue together.All I need is three band straps, six small clamps a rule and a square and some Titebond III. Tray no 1 The two small clamps hold the front frame onto the baseThe damp sections are where excess glue has been removed. Tray No 2 The front frame under the base was made from an off cut when I trimmed the original stock to size Some chip out work I had the parts inside the bag.Looks like I will have to match up another smaller piece to...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1075: "Electric" Skeletons - Work in Progress
For the past several weeks I have been working on Christmas ornaments, now I need to finish some Halloween projects. Do you ever wonder why I don’t know what time of year it is? I really don’t mind though, as I just seem to displace the holidays and celebrate any of them at any given time. It doesn’t bother me in the least. The magazines work are funny that way. While I projects for the holiday issue were due several weeks ago, the issue following the holiday one wi...
The first time I turned a pen, I think it took me a little over three hours. That was in a class with 11 other students and a very patient instructor (THANK YOU, Duane Hill). The next couple of pens went a little quicker, and as my skills improved a bit, I became more confident. So much so that when the local AAW affiliate I belonged to back then undertook a commitment to turn pens for active duty troops serving overseas, I decided to step up to the plate and do my part. It was then tha...
Good news bad news kind of day. Twice. The first thing that hit me today was that the bare spot I had filed into the threads on the leg vise “screw” (really a 5/8” threaded rod from the Borg) for the first chop won’t work on v2 because the chop is twice as thick. Soooo…half an hour of filing and I had this: Then I started making the garter. First I measured out a 2.5” square of 1/2” oak. Then took it to the drill press and punched ...
I have two pieces of Tasmanian Blackwood veneer available to use on the Curved front Box The problem is guess I do not know how to go about it, I don’t want to waste the veneer by cutting it up incorrectly but in the same I don’t fully understand how to select a suitable piece. Does it start from the front wrap around the left and right sides and meet at the back as a join?Next what determines the aspect for the top of the Lid? You obviously don’t “...
I have a quandary yall; I took the cutting boards inside and now they are starting to curl. What the heck – over?The boards have 4 coats of butcher block, I wasn’t expecting this. I’m letting them adapt to the inside some more and hoping that they un-curl, flipping them over daily (right). I might have to add weight on top of them?This is depressing, they’re a hair over 3/4” thick so it’s totally unexpected.
I really like quick, no pressure projects. My daughter ask me yesterday how to glue straws to a piece a plastic packaging to make a table for her AG doll. Of course I dismissed that notion and volunteered to make her a table. From the scrap bin she picked out a piece of Jatoba. A 3/8” oak dowel and we are under way. Resaw and plane…. The real value in these little projects is the freedom to experiment. I wanted to try splaying the legs in both dimensions. This...
We had a very cool summer here in the South, so I was able to work on the shop most mornings and some afternoons. The shop is heavily insulated but not air conditioned. I have a little 1500 watt electric radiator for the winter, doing a bangup job. It was 9F when I went out this morning, but the shop was holding at 60F. Anyway, I completed the assembly table and a roll-around clamp rack. The rack is double sided, the longer clamps are on the back. The work on the table is one of the p...
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