OK well I am back on here and and I really want to show you all what I have been up to, so give me a few days and I will have new projects posted
So I have been searching online for better scrolling wood. Something like 12 inches by 12 inches or larger. Specifically I am looking of Maple or Cherry. I have found this one source but they state that the center is MDF. Not sure what the means (YES I know what MDF is) or how that would look in a scrolling appilcation. Are they saying that the center is the same wood as the top and bottom layer however just ground up? I have used lots of baltic birch which looks fine. Thanks for any respo...
So I have re worked the designs on a few of them and I am almost there with them to start making them en-mass for sales and gifts. Need a bit more space around the legs and wings for painting. He is make out of red oak and I wanted him left natural. But this was my forst experience with making one of these toys with a hard wood and the belt sander scorced the poor thing. Need to work on my technique I guess as that isn’t an issue with the pine guys below. I use milk paints on...
So, in my last BLOG entry I posed that I was considering posting products on ETSY. I got a lot of good responses. Now the decision of “WHICH ONES”. If you do not know, ESTY has a “Sellers Handbook” available on its site. Problem is that it is all in little segments and, therefore, not easy to print. However, as I am doing a real careful search and study on this, I copied all of the important sections and pasted them into a WORD document, all 100 pages. They, also, s...
All the boards have been cut to size, planed, and tenons cut. I cut 2” tenons on the short rail boards – why, I don’t know, other than adding 4” to the length seemed like a good idea at the time. Now that I’ll be cutting the mortises I’ll pare them down to 1.5”. Next, will be measuring and cutting the mortises, and the rabbets for the maple ply inserts. One of the nicer pieces of equipment I have is the Hawk router table – the router table...
Arts and Crafts Entertainment Center / Sideboard #2: Pattern Routing Curves, Mortiser Mod, Side Panel Glueup
For those who are just joining, this is what I am building.-----Time to pattern rout the lower side rails with an arched shape. -----I made an oversized base with toggle clamps to hold my workpiece in place. After bandsawing the rail to rough shape I clamp it in the jig, and zip it to shape. -----Arch complete. ------I stained the front side of the floating panels, and built the side assemblies. I installed some 1/4” foam weatherstripping in the groove to help center the floating p...
ScrollSaw Information and Resources #18: What Accessory Items are Needed or Wanted with a Scrollsaw.
While researching what my family might purchase me for Christmas (and I hope they do) I have compiled a list of items that scrollsawer might want. YES a lot depends on what type of scrollsawing one does but this list seems fairly comprehensive. Of course the first assumed items are a scrollsaw and LOTS of pattern sources. After that it seems to me that one might want these items (in no specific order). 1. Blade Storage Systems.a. Lots of people use the round plastic storage tubesb. I have ...
So Ill start out by saying that I forgot to mention in my last post about the “payment” my father gave me for helping him remove the cabinets in his kitchen. A barely if ever used Delta Shopmaster bandsaw! Its not the 14” I used to have, but its a start!!! Not that I asked for or expected any form of payment. I think it was more of my dad getting things out of his way that he realizes he has no want for. He also offered me his Hitachi comp/mitre saw that fell off the saw hor...
So I finished turning the bud vase, actually I made two, and began to consider how to finish them.I knew the rotten wood is like a sponge.I’ve worked some punky wood, and just like end grain it’s always ready to suck the finish right out of the jar.In regular wood I usually put some 2 pound shellac on and the buff it off with the Beall system.I didn’t want to hit this with the polishing wheel as I was pretty sure it would disintegrate.I’ve been researching different ep...
Wednesday proved to be a challenging day for me as I had noticed when I was leaving to take Tom to school that the wind had lifted the shingle (role type) that’s on the porch roof. Mental note to fix it when the wind died down. Well I forgot to do it when I returned home, too caught up in sanding the bed. So I’m in the shop working away when my wife gets home and tells me that it has come completely up. Wow and just when I was about to go from 80 to 150 grit! Afternoon ruined along with a pa...
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