Spent some time on the sugar maple mexican pot today. I reverse chucked the turning onto a vacuum chuck and turned the tenon off of the bottom. The piece was then sanded all the way through 320 grit and then removed from the vaccum chuck. I build my own vacuum chucks using PVC pipe and attaching closed cell foam to the end of the pipe. I turn a plug from Trex wood deck material, drill it and then use a threader to create threads to fit my lathe. The plug is glued into the heads...
Last year, on a whim, I submitted a few my pieces to Fine Woodworking Magazine for a new feature with Hank Gilpin. I just received my complimentary issue of FWW #214 (October 2010), and yep, that’s me getting my Jewelry Armoire design ripped to shreds on page 64. :-)) Yeah, sure, it is never much fun getting your work critically critiqued, but if you can swallow that medicine, then you have a fantastic opportunity to improve. In fact, one of the reasons I took on the Jewelry Armoi...
Greeting All, I’ve been doing a bit of Mad Scientist routine in the workshop again. As a few of you may recall, I’ve been asking about V Drum sanders for a while now, convinced I could make one out of my Shopsmith with a minimum of effort. Picture One This is the tailstock with a mdf block in it. I ended up using a turned piece that projected out of the tailstock toward the about and inch. Picture Two Here is the flat bearing I am using with a 3/8” center. ...
Hello all. Well I seem to have whet the appetite a bit so here goes for a ‘novel’ technique for making mitred boxes. Its a bit like making a box out of paper, like they showed you at school, using a ‘net’. Only in 3D, with wood and a tablesaw (not sissors). Well first comes the board Its made from alternating strips of Maple and Rosewood of varying thickness. I won’t bore you with the details on how to make it suffice to say that all the corners must b...
The sawyer has come and gone,and did a wondreful job,now my work starts.I built two drying racks to handle the 1400 BF of planks.The first rack was made from 2×6 and 2×8 stock I had,the second rack was built with 4×4 stock I picked up at one of the box store.I made two removable roofs from 2×3’s and corrugated metal.I then cut 3/4” stickers to use between the planks. I didn’t think I’d ever finish cutting stickers. stacked the wo...
One of the beautiful aspects of woodworking is that there are so many facets to the craft. Marquetry is one of these woodworking crafts that requires just basic woodworking tools and is well with the reach for all of us. The primary shop tools used for this wood project are the scroll saw, table saw, and the band saw. The hardwoods selected for this project came from a number of wood species that were in the scrap bin. Selected woods for this woodworking project include hickory, maple,...
Right now we’re having our 20k subscribers party with free giveaways. The first 10 giveaways go to random members within the 100 most active members list. If you go to the jocks page, sorted by activity, you note that it’s 5×7 jocks per page, or 35/page. Martin is at the bottom of page 3. The first 2 pages are 70 in all, then the first 4 rows of 7 on page 3 are another 28. That’s 98. Then Martin is the 4th one on the next row, or #102. He’s carefully kept himself ...
Technology – Old versus New Don Butler 6-26-10 It was a strange experience, finding myself in what I used to think of as the Older Generation. In my childhood and youth I was taught to respect older people. These days, it’s getting harder and harder to find them.My point, though, has to do with my surprise at finding myself defending and promoting new technology to ...
We’re continuing our special 20,000 LumberJocks Celebration Giveaway. Here’s a brief description of this Giveaway from the original post: We will have one new LJ shirt owner every day for the next 20 days. First ten will be randomly selected from 100 most active members while next 10 will be randomly selected from the remaining 20,000 members. LumberJocks Shirt Winner for today (Day Seven) is: TomFran Here’s a list of proud LJ Shirt owners from previous days: ...
Anyone who knows the name “Krenov”, knows that his books on cabinetmaking are not only valuable for woodworking as an activity, but valuable as an insight not only into his world, but also a study in a relationship with wood & the process of creating. As many of you know, he passed away last September at age 88. It was a sad event for those who know of him. I had a phone conversation with him (as it turned out) not long before he died. It was one of those things you always ...
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