Last night I decided to commit to some face planing to get my boards ready for the glue-up. I’ve cut rough dimensions of the four stretchers and two boards each to make up two legs. To do this, I need to joint plane the faces so I get a good flat surface to merge. Afterwards, I will be finishing up the dimensions to exact measurements and smooth planing. Unfortunately, I don’t have a quality hand plane in my arsenal. I worked the face of one piece last night for about an ho...
Topographical Tree Study and Giving Kudos #4: "Obstreperous to Traditions of Workin' Wood" ---by RusticWoodArt
Obstreperous to Traditions of Workin’ Wood ....it is in the course of my daily meds, those inner pictures of imagination’s roaring meditation, that i am lost within the stillness of your soul, where finding the spirit in the tree speaks much of who i am…. —-tread lightly upon the heart of those who have no-taste, for poetic ‘verbal flowers’ that bring forth fruits of pleasure, in the hands of prophetic prophets drinking from wells of inspiration, givi...
OK – I’ve pulled out my Stanley that I bought off e-bay a few weeks ago. These are a few pictures to get the blog started. Some front views for overall effect: You can see from those photos this plane is not as bad as some. Here’s a shot of the mostly disassemled plane. This is a shot of the tote and front knob. The picture does not do justice to how rough the wood is. Feels worse than my winter hands. You can see that the body is not that bad as f...
I was bored and out of mojo yesterday so I grabbed this piece of stump and relief carved out this ornamental flower on the face with a pattern and a 1/4 ” spiral bit in a hand router.I then fiddled around with a carver set and scooped out the petals a bit.Sometimes it’s good to try something you have no clue about.I’m going to paint the flower and set the stump out among the flowers in spring. p.s. you can see where I ploughed right through the bark in a couple of places....
After being inspired by some beautiful scrollsaw work recently, I thought it was time I did a little practicing at my scroll saw. The WoodI purchased some 1/4” thick poplar—I didn’t want to use pine because it is so fragile and I didn’t want to use walnut for two reasons: 1) it is too hard and 2) After sacrificing some walnut to make my snowman bottle holder I didn’t think I dare sacrifice some more in order to “practice”. The ProcessI put tape ...
I had the opportunity to hear a talk given by Gene Landon recently. If you don’t know Gene, he has been featured in Fine Woodworking numerous times (that’s him in his shop pictured below) and he specializes in period furniture reproductions from his shop in Pennsylvania – for the most part all done with traditional hand tool methods. Gene gave a good talk about the his home and shop and the furniture he has done over the years. His capabilities and work were inspiration...
Click for Large Format Movie I just posted this on my woodworking blog and felt it was something important to share with my fellow Lumberjocks. I am sure many of us can remember middle school and high school woodshop. It is a sad state of affairs that industrial arts are being dropped due to budget constraints. It is up to each of us to help pass on the joy and traditions of woodworking. Those of you that have followed any of my entries on Lumberjocks.com, The Folding Rule Podcast or...
I was able to spend some time in the shop over the holiday and finished getting the tool cabinet together. The drawer fronts are mounted as is the hardware. All glides are installed and the trays mounted in the cabinet section. Next will be taking everything apart, sanding, and finishing. I plan to locate some drawer liner material to put in the bottom of the drawings.
I took a few pictures to show you how I’m doing on this. This is a shot of the rear of the shop. The County made me put in a levee in case it ever rains again. At least now I can sing “American Pie” with feeling! ”Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry…” I got everything out so I could sweep the floor. I need to run the dust collector down to the table saw. 4” to the dust port and 4” to the Shark Guard (you can see it on ...
At the end of this short video you’ll see me look up at Mike. If you listen closely you can hear the saw hit some more metal….... .... At some point after the next few cuts we hit our 3rd and 4th nails within the same board:........ But, look what we have here!........ Here’s a shot of the “scene” at this point (there’s a few board feet of sawdust):........ We’ll finish up the sawing in the next installment…We uncovered a real gem just a bit ...
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