Came across some interesting wood at the Woodstock Wood show this weekend. Was admiring this really interesting design in a piece of wood when this young lady stuck her head in it and made me forget the kind of wood it was.Question of the day….what kind of wood was it…and more importantly….WHO was that nice lady?? Braggin rights to whoever guesses first! Hint…..she’s working on a really big shoe! http://picasaweb.google.com/sicordg/20101002#
So after my last post, “Am I in trouble” (of becoming a Galoot), i have decided to write my first ever blog “The Slippery Slope” chronicalling my decent into the world of hand tools .. finding them, cleaning and restoring, and using. Im not sure how far this will go but here’s to givin it a shot …. My grandfather passed away a few years ago and in the process of cleaning out the house i stumbled across all of the old tools in the basement. Mostly mec...
Last week was our 10th anniversary. We went to Sleeping bear Dunes in Honor, MI. While we were there we had a real bad wind storm that knocked down a basswood tree in the motel’s yard. (no damage to anything). Well I asked the manager if I could have a few pieces. This s what he gave me Then we stopped at an antique sop and picked up this Stanley Baily #3 plane in excellent shape. Just needs some TLC Paid 20 bucks for it. Now I just need to learn how to use it....
Part A. 1. Before we start to power carve, I must remind you to wear a dust mask and glasses or safety goggles. Also, at 35,000 rpm, a rough burr caught in your sweater for even a second will snap your flex shaft cable immediately! I have been unsuccessful in replacing just the cable because once snapped, they are hard to remove, so I’ve made many an unexpected trip to the store to buy a whole new shaft. Your rotary bits spin away from you so if it gets too close to a far edge,...
Tool tote travel – teasera learning travel in tools and techniques Ok, I have talked about this before in the my first dovetails blog…The project is a tool tote, a mix of pine, and a branch from the forest! The challenge for me are to make all the processes, with both power (modern), and hand tools (old), to compare the difference, and to get on a travel in learning, both for my limits, and for what I can do that I thought was not possible.Here comes a few photos of the ...
Just a mini-blog today as I’ve found out the yacht varnish takes 12 hours to dry. Two coats, two sides thats two days. So I can’t show the clip fitting yet but I can show you how the two sides turned out. I took the board out of the clamp. Flat as a pancake, no ripples in the veneer. Little Boy never lets me down. The edges were trimmed to size. and on the work side I trimmed back the veneer at both ends by about 10mm and fitted a new piece of veneer with grain parallel to the ...
Oops! began as an idea about outside the box hinges. I’ve always liked the “box on stand” idea but had never tried one so that sort of fell into place and one of the first ideas I had about box decoration was a “spill” pattern. I sketched these on a bit of paper at the kitchen table one day and it was left there. Last December I restored an old ShopSmith 10 ER and had been wanting to see how good a tool it really was and what kind of precision I could achieve...
Anyone who is following this series or just happened to read it knows I was highly disappointed in the horn I had made that was pictured in the last installment. I really had no idea what I was going to do about it though. I was really discouraged with it all. I’m not great at the lathe, pretty inexperienced to say the least. Chips, a fellow lumberjock, visited me and gave me some tips to acquire the results I wished for. Above all, his visit and conversation on the horn matter, if noth...
It seems like I have been all over the board the past couple days regarding work. I don’t know. Sometimes it just happens. I have so many directions that I could go in and I need to commit myself to going in one. Or at least one at a time. Doing only one thing is almost impossible these days. There has been so much opportunity from many different places and I don’t want to let any of them go. I find that I do one task for a while and then get distracted and do another task ...
This is a repost of an article originally posted on the Little Good Pieces blog on September 7, 2010. Principles Rather Than Plans I built a bookcase last month – nothing special, not even worth posting as a Lumberjocks project – just plywood, edge banding, and paint. White paint. Why even mention it? Because it wasn’t really a bookcase, it was a shoecase. It was sized specifically to hold 24 aftermarket plastic shoe storage boxes for my wife, and it fulfilled this ...
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