A few years ago I helped one of my nephews turn a baseball bat (visiting from Michigan). He’s now three years older and has grown out of the bat we made, however just last week, two of his younger brothers called me me a favor. They wanted me to build a custom baseball bat for each of them. As the “cool uncle”, I went right out to picked up some maple stock and turned two bats yesterday. See the picture below of the turned bats. Each of my nephews wanted there bats co...
First of all, thanks so much to all that posted comments about the project. The illustration posted definitely has some components that will be similar to this project. I will be using the galvanized steel for the crank.I also want to add that for some reason the website is only showing the left part of all my pictures. Not sure why but if anyone knows how to fix it let me know. Since last post, I have been able to work two consecutive days for a few hours. Vacation time really is awesome....
So my latest project is officially underway. Click Here http://lumberjocks.com/bfd/blog/8062 to see the back story and details. I decide to build from the ground up so I start with the slab legs first. Here you see one end panel with the heavy duty glides attached and the 3 inner layers of Particle board. The glides are rated for either 1000 or 2000 lbs (either way they should hold!) The layers are glued and screwed together to make a particle board sandwich. I then atta...
Two hours on Friday, and two hours I managed to squeeze in Sunday afternoon, but the work progresses! Began Sunday by transferring the pattern I fabricated onto the wood I guess most attach the patterns to the wood, to be honest, I’ve never done it that way. When I started doing these, ready access to a simple copying machine was difficult to come by. The patterns were also considered precious to me and I didn’t want to cut them up. Anyway, I’ve continued doing them right on...
so yesterday I spent for the most part all day turning a nasty garage into my new shop. I have 30 days to get it ready for my move. Apperently the previous tenent housed an animal in that garage, and it did his business all along one side of it. I removed all the bad sheet rock and replaced it with new. Maybe we should go back alittle. We me wifey and I live on the meger side. I spent 22 years working in kitchens, running them for most of that. Mostly private country clubs. I made re...
So I got everything apart yesterday! I guess you could call this a euro style cabinet due to the way it has been assembled. I could be wrong. The cabinet was assembled with tons of staples and very little glue. The back had two support pieces and one large piece of hardboard for structural support. Here’s a picture of my method for heating up and disassembling the frame and panel doors. I’m sure glad I made that mallet. I mentioned before the use of pins to hold tog...
The soundboard is done (but not glued on yet) bracing is in, and I think I’m very close to stringing it up. I may go ahead and apply finish to outside before I string it, so all the “nasty” work will be done before detail work. The soundboard is spanish Cedar…not sure if that is a good soundboard material, but saw it at the sawmill and just had to have it. The lid is done except for the flap that covers the end, and cutting it apart so part of it can fold back. It spru...
I have started a full sized chess board made out of veneer. The squares are made from Nigerian Satinwood, Curly Maple, and edged with Mozambique. I used a dyed black veneer on it’s side for banding between the squares, and a pre-made banding for the outer trim. The board was made with most likely the most common method of cutting strips, and glueing them into a stripe pattern. Then cutting equal strips the other direction and glueing into the checker pattern. I added very thi...
Piece if the week showcase #1: Cal Urban Lumber's "Piece of the Week" Premiere Showcase starts 4/1/09
I’ve been getting some WONDERFUL submissions all weekend! Please keep them coming! If your submission isn’t featured this time, I will keep your submission pics and you may be chosen for the showcase in weeks to follow. Thanks to all who have sent pictures so far, and for those of you who haven’t yet, this is your chance for some free advertising or a place to show how proud you are of the piece who have submitted. Everything I have seen is really great! As this ...
I pulled the trigger on buying a new bandsaw today. I went ahead and got the Grizzly 14” 555X with riser. It took me a while to make the decision and even longer to actually hit the checkout button. Man that’s a lot of money. Got the saw in on Monday and put it together that night. I have to say I am impressed. It is quiet, fast, easy to use and handles anything I have thrown at it so far. Even the setup wasn’t hard and I am a complete novice. Be sure to get a frie...
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