I haven’t turned any wood since I was in grade 8 woodwork class. It’s about the age of my oldest son is now and I thought I’d try including him in a project. Both learning to turn wood again and engaging my boy have proven challenging. Anyway. I value the skills attached to woodworking, although I’m no craftsman, I get a kick out of trying to produce good woodwork and truth be known, there’s nothing I’d like more than having my sons in the shop wi...
Well, winter finally arrived a couple of days ago…..6 inches of snow and -2 degrees F. Not so bad, but I was getting used to the idea of skipping winter this year. On a more pleasant note; I just celebrated my 1st year with LJ. I have enjoyed being a part of this great group of men and women, craftsmen and artists, with a common, yet diversified interest in things wooden. I have “met” so many great people in the past year and have even managed to meet a couple in person.Th...
I haven’t had much time to work on the bench since I did the glue up of the top, but tonight I finished tuning up my jointer plane which still needed the bottom lapped and the back of the blade lapped and sharpened. Then I tuned up my ugliest #5 which will now be reserved for fore plane duty with it’s sharpened 8” radius camber blade that I did tonight. Then I went work flattening the bottom. It’s not 100% perfect, but it’s 99% which is good enough for me for the...
My old (like 50 years old) Craftsman compressor gave up the ghost last week. So I bought a passable one from Northern Tools and decided it was time to wire my shop for air.I took my old air hose and a bunch of T’s and connectors and brackets and ran hose around the shop I will soon have air within arms reach throughout the shop. I’ll take pictures when I’m done.But right now I’m feeling pretty good about it. Lee
OK, this blog is actually a post script to the finished project that I posted earlier this week. I thought that it would be nice if I crafted a wooden star to put on the top of the creche during Epiphany (visit of Magi). I’ve included a JPEG of the sketch up model because I don’t know how to imbed a downloadable file.....Anyway, I had hoped to use 1/2” thick material, probably poplar or a softwood. Cutting the angles of the four pieces does not concern me nor does marking...
Yesterday was a good mix of fun and work. It was a beautiful day out with warm sunshine and cool air. My kitty Pancakes definitely has ‘spring fever’ and is anxious to come out on the small deck with me and sit. I don’t let my kitties outside at all, except on the deck when I am with them. After growing up in Chicago and seeing the horrible things that happen to outdoor cats, as well as hearing stories of pets here that are either harmed by other animals or vehicles, I...
Putting together the underpinnings of the bench, I used some of the ideas from C. Schwartz on Roubo bench, mostly about mass. I did not do true through-the-top timber framing, but did use drawboring on the end assemblies because they are permanent. Stretchers length might change in the future. I chose not to whittle my pegs from stock, but used dowels and a belt sander: To pull the whole end-assemblies together, I used my biggest drift. Schwartz had a good article on putting shop-made...
Purple heart…I still get people wanting to know how I get timber this colour….do I paint it..or is it a stain? Those of you who have used purple heart know that it is naturally purple…but when you dress or sand it… it goes brown… If as most of you know you leave it in the sun or UV light in the workshop… hey presto… back to purple… This piece was partially covered to prevent the whole board from turning Purple. Here are a few sho...
Well, I have one finished Adirondack Chair now. It’s nice and heavy. No danger of this one blowing into my pool no matter how much wind we get here. Here it is during the priming/painting process. And another. Here is the completed chair and the legs for two more chairs and the matching settee. I stopped by our local specialty lumber yard today just to look around and see if I could find a better deal on the Douglas Fir 1×3 and 1×6 lumber that I need ...
As promised, here are some videos of the day. If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be MAGICAL. I knew what was going to happen and it surpassed even my expectations. Fantastic atmosphere right from the ‘off’. Everybody, young and old, came ready to party. The entertainment was great, the food was to die for and the company was delightful. It was a privilege to make some woodworking projects that contributed either a useful function or just pure enjoyment. As well as the res...
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