The reason I started this blog was to show a project that sort of evolved over time – at least a year so far – and illustrates one of the ways I seem to gain enjoyment from messing about in the workshop. I see a lot of small box makers who seem to work this way finding new and unusual ways of creating something from what seem to be left over cutoffs and so on.Anyway I can now show you the finishing touches to this stage of my project – but it is still not finished.It may bec...
I decided that the cuttlefish is attacking a fish as the wood looks a bit like a fish tail shape after I did some band saw outlining so I worked on giving more form to that area.The end of the wood has some finger-joint routing that seems to look OK. The area below the fishtail looks like a good place to shape some coral type formation.The eye of the cuttlefish is formed using 2 sizes of forstner bit on the drill press.The area below the cuttlefish seems to suggest the head of a fish ̵...
From time to time I had done a bit of practice carving , pyrography and edge finger jointing on some scrap pine so I wondered if I could work this up into something to fit the underwater theme of the band saw project. The idea of a cuttlefish and its prey began to take a vague shape in my imagination. So I penciled in some outlines and started carving. Not very promising yet but things should get better.
I created this about a year ago as a first band saw box project. First I had 2 small boxes that looked somewhat like fish but were only large enough for a couple of keys or maybe rings. Then got the idea of joining them using an old wooden spoon. The tip of the spoon became the fin ( draw-pull ) for the larger drawer and recently I added a bit of polished copper wire for the other fish drawer. Now I have to think of some use for this thing or something to add to the interest. ...
I spend a bit of time every day browsing Craigslist for Wood & Tool Bargains. This past Thursday I found an early 80’s 1 3/4hp 14” Jet Bandsaw for $40! I picked it up on Friday! While there is quite a bit of work that needs to be done, I am very excited about this machine. The 1 3/4 hp motor is quite big for this type of machine and works great. The wheels and infastructure are in fantastic shape. It is one heave piece of machine. Most of it is Cast Iron. There ...
Ok, I’ve been working on this for about 18 months. A little here and a little there… a piece at a time. It’s finally finished and now I can move on to making instruments. I never built a bench, or anything else – unless you consider that bowl I turned in wood shop 45 years ago? – so there was some learning curve involved. I never: made box joints or drawers, glued up a top, made and installed mortise & tenon’s, installed a vice – let alone two ...
After recieving MsDebbies post this morning I thought I should take a few pictures of this step stool and enter the kitchen challenge. The step stool was made on the request of MBH as she is sligtly vertically challenged and couldn’t reach the upper cabinets in the kitchen. Since then it has become more of a utilty stool used mostly for painting.The plan was published on the Home Hardware site as a free download. I made it out of pine scraps that I had around the shop. The stool was...
”Dreams are made possible if you try.” ...Terry Fox This episode is part of the Let's Build Series Woodworking Techniques: 1.) Cutting 45 degree miters using a flat board miter sled on the Table Saw.2.) Cutting dados on the Table Saw using a Sacrificial Fence.3.) Sneaking up on table saw cuts with the aid of shims. In this online video tutorial we continue the woodworking process of using an exotic wood in the construction of a jewelry box. The walls and base of thi...
I am laying out the legs now to accept the panels and railsThis is where the center stile will fit into the top and bottom rail.The tenons are only 1/4” and the panels will float in the rails and stiles. The strength that holds the sides together will be from the rails, the top and bottom shelf which will be 3/8” X 1 1/4” tenons pined from the legs.
Long day at work doing precision work (3 root canals, bunch of fillings, implant impression, lots of looking through microscope loupes…..) time to do something BIG with my hands and the bandsaw!! So tonight was the night to let the timberwolf howl! I have been tinkering and practicing with pine to dial in the GO555P, adjust the resaw fence and figure out blade drift. I cut some maple and pear that I bought to do a tea box for my mom, but have been too chicken to hack into it until I g...
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