For the longest time I have gotten away with not needing a drawknife. Until now that is. A customer wants me to make a bokken which is a wooden copy of a japanese sword. This seemed like a decent excuse to buy myself a drawknife. once i got the tool off ebay I then set about making some new handles from black locust (I always find an excuse to use free wood.) Unfortunately after over an hour of work I screwed up the finish when I tried to install the steel rings that i salvaged from the ...
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My dear friends and family! Thank you for your patience and for your kind words of encouragement, your thoughts and prayers, and for your friendship. Doubtless this has been some of the hardest few months of my life. First thing first, Theresa is out of the hospital down in the Bay Area. She had surgery shortly after we got there, where they placed a stint in her liver and took more biopsies. Then after a few days of intense care, they finally diagnosed her with a very, very rare auto i...
Picking away. I did in fact finally finish and deliver the walnut cases for the French Barn store. Because they wanted them to be hand made, I did hand cut the dovetails, and did all the smoothing with my planes. I used hide glue and shellac. My kind of project.. except there were 6 of them. It was fun none the less. I even added some fake (wink, wink) butterfly keys.. So now I am back to trying like mad to finish the huge table that I started before Christmas. There are a few...
The work on the workshop came to an abrupt halt as a more pressing problem with the house reared it’s ugly head, however that has now been sorted, and work is now back on schedule… more or less! It doesn’t help that only large National Companies in Colombia have any machinery to help out, locally everything is done by hand, including bulk concrete mixing. I am told there are two reasons for this, one that it keeps more people in employment, and the second, anyone wit...
So I’m a bit of a lazy dude. Don’t get me wrong I love a good project or jig or art piece but sometimes I need something and I need it now, and I just don’t want to spend time making it nice. Soooooooooooo this is what I do when I need a zero clearance insert and no time to make one, I’m sure you have all done something similar, maybe you can post a pic or description of your quick fix too. Basically I get the fence lined up with the distance I need a...
instead of putting tension on the arm itself, the Davinci catapult uses the flexibility of two wooden pilars called flex rods. I will used the mortise machine to create the cradle for them then I will attach them directly to the catapult.
This was quite a depressing week in woodshop. After all of my hard work, I was finally ready to assemble my pieces a few days ago, only to find out that I measured some pieces incorrectly. I screwed my shelf pieces in and one was shorter than the other. Along with this, my bottom piece was also too short by almost an inch. Getting over my frustrations, I jumped straight into making new pieces and am actually almost ready to stain and reassemble. By next week I will have my new pieces all toge...
Wire SizeIn making flower stems, I use several gauges of galvanized wire, ranging from 14 GA to 30 GA as well as single strands from picture wire. Although some people use thin brass tubing (available from hobby shops), I have found that wires of varying gauges are sufficient to create a pleasing result for this project. I use two gauges of wire for each flower. The thicknesses will depend on the size of your flower – bigger flower, thicker wire. The heaviest gauge will form the flower stem a...
It’s been a little too long since the last post about this project. If my shop was more orderly I’m sure I would be more productive… ah well, time for organization can be found here and there. This weekend I decided to tackle the construction of the base of the bandsaw. My original design/vision called for a base that sat on some adjustable feet, with a pair of wheels at the back which sat about 1/4” above the floor, and that protruded from the rear in such a way th...
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