I have been busy practicing dovetails. If there is a way to do it wrong I have done it, but last night I was able to make several “right”. I have developed “tennis elbow” with all the hammering with the mallet. It will be a good story to tell the doctor when I get home. We just bought a lathe and Kindlingmaker is having fun making lots of shavings, but I won’t touch it until I get back from class. The poplar practice table is put together and looks very presentab...
I’ve only done a few projects thus far. And this is my first time making a box. Here is what I have so far. The top is heart pine and poplar. Still need to do some sanding, add a finish and hinges. Here it is uncut. This is a different box – but here’s the jig for cutting the splines. And the splines drying.
The local museum, which I work at as a volunteer part time, puts on month long exhibitions of local associations and art work. There’s a small glass cabinet (40” x 20” x 9”) there which is rarely used. Our curator, Jenny, has said that I can show some of my boxes in it, any time in the year I like. I’m going for July/August as thats when our school holidays are and visitor figures are highest. What an opportunity. What to show? At least most of my work is ...
What’s happening in the shop for April 2, 2010. Getting Bean’s Templeton murphy bed ready for the finishi shop. Final assembly on Gates’ large job, and final assembly on the Special Edition Baseball bed. For missed video and building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. Watch us live:
Njarrrrrrr !!!!Man I’m itching to work on my ‘butterbox’, but it is only Tuesday night, & it’s still a long hike to saturday before I can get back to the clubhouse to progress PROJECT-1. I have been to the 2 DIY shops in town to look at woodworking tools, but it’s quite clear (and yes, I know very little at this stage, but still) that the tools they have is not going to go the distance. Mitre-10 don’t even have table saws, and Bunnings only stock 1 &...
Some of you may remember a previous post, where I was looking for someone to turn the handles required for the bench. Old Pete from the Australian Woodwork Forums answered the call. The original handle brain storm. The completed project, arrived in the mail today. The timber is Australian Blackwood. Pete, was more than generous, turned two alternate handles for the wheels, and two handles for the pins, and offered to re-make them if they don’t feel right. I do like the online wood...
Hello to all, My name is Eddie Weathers, about a year ago I started to sell some of my work (after 15 years of “practicing” and telling myself that no one would be interested). I began my love for wood working by framing houses, and helping out on renovations for homes. Now I am a journeyman carpetenter and I have just recieved a “Master” rating as a carver and engraver. I am also a Master Gunsmith, rated through Winchester Arms and a former competitive shooter 1...
We had some nasty spring storms last week on Vancouver Island and around Vancouver generally. Winds were reported at around 145 klicks (that’s around 90mph for you folks in Yanquistan) and a lot of trees fell. Power outages hit a lot of people including us. One of the casualties locally was this huge Douglas Fir in the Little Qualicum River Falls provincial park. Just a couple of days before we had walked past it and admired the sheer scale of the monster. Yesterday we walked the par...
Took the shell to work. Reason? Don’t own a lathe. So i turned it on a big metal engine lathe. I had to clamp it very loose because the 3 jaw chuck was distorting the shape. If I ever make these things for real, I will make a jig to hold the shape.
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