What Is Burl? I have discovered that this question is the most searched question for burls on the internet. Over 140,000 times world wide per month. So I read what Wikipedia’s definition is and found out that they are not clear and in some details are wrong in their definition. So I am going to attempt to clear the muddy waters. First of all Wikipedia says: “A burl (American English) or bur or burr (used in all non-US English speaking countries) is a tree growth in which the grain ha...
After posting a few of these neat little calls I thought some other folks might like to know how to make them. They are an easy project and another way to use some of that scrap wood. The easiest way to make a scratch box is to have a dedicated mortiser set up with a 1/2”cutter but since I don’t have one here is how I do it. If you do have one you can quickly see how to use it to accomplish what I am doing. I start with a 1 & 5/8”“x4” piece 1/2” t...
Well guys after 2 days I finished my first whirligig ” Man cutting wood with a Laguna Bandsaw. If you would like to be part of the Whirligig Wars Woodworking Contest. Visit A Simple Design of Ocala for more information or check out my blog entry “Whirligig Wars Project contest” here on Lumberjocks to watch the video.. Hosted by Steve Ramsey of woodworking for mere mortals and Myself with prizes from Laguna Tools, Woodworkers Guild of America, Rockler Woodworking, Steve R...
Quartersawn oak blanks are cut to 14” long and 1 5/8” thick. The upper crest rails are 3” wide and the lower rails are 2 ½” wide. I chose to construct the chair with floating tenons so that I could mill and cut all of the rails to the exact same length. A bench-top mortising machine is used to make the mortises for the upper and lower crest rails. The 3/8” chisel is set exactly parallel to the machine’s fence, then an auxiliary fence is installed and shimmed to the proper angle required. Sto...
These are some newel posts that I made for a local contractor recently. They are made out of Knotty Alder and are 7” x 7” square. The barley twists are done on the legacy ornamental mill. The column caps were hand turned with a tenon and applied.
I can’t believe it’s been just over 3 weeks already since I picked this stuff up. This year is cruising past me. I saw an ad one morning – only a few minutes old – for a very large pile of scrap wood, mostly superior-grade alder, but with a mix of some other things in there, like plywood, and walnut. I wrestled internally for a bit. Do I really need more wood? The answer, it turned out, was yes. I wrote, mentioned I was a budding woodworker, and would love to find uses...
Well, thanks to the comments and questions I have gotten I dug through my pics to find one I had on how to make a pot call. So for the folks that want a quick tutorial here we go. A pot call is basically a shallow dish containing two ledges inside. One is cut into the rim to hold the playing surface while the second is a ring left in the center raised to clear the bottom of the pot and still leave a space between the sound board that rests on it and the playing surface above it. One thi...
Recently I posted a video covering common woodworking joinery ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqXLYe783qw ) with the help of a few friends. In that video I talked to you all about making finger joints on the table saw and showed you a finger joint jig in the process. Well as I promised, here is the complete build process of that Jig. Table Saw Finger Joint Jig Also a little reminder about the 2nd Annual Whirligig Wars. It is almost here!! The event Runs from July 10 –...
Processing Beach wood I took a trip to the beach for wood yesterday and that I will share some lessons that I have learned throughout the years of harvesting off the beach. Harvesting beach wood for turning or your wood project is a lot of work but you know how we are… Yah we are like kids in a candy store. We will beige, borrow or steal to get our candy. Well hopefully not steal. I like beach wood because it is more stable than green wood. It has been soaking and drying and soakin...
I belong to the Central Florida Woodworkers Guild, who are a bunch of really nice and really talented guys.Every year, the guild provides ornaments to the Orlando Festival of Trees as a means to support the arts and to help out the guild. This past week, I scroll sawed some ornaments to help out with the annual drive.I’ll bring them to our meeting tomorrow night.I used a bunch of different wood scraps I had, and just opened this and that can of finish.(But it’s funny that I al...
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