I roughed out another spoon today. I was trying a different handle shape to get a feel for it. Playing with some curves. Also, I’m looking for good ways get a better finish on the spoon bowl. I tried sanding some. I need to get better at making smooth cuts to reduce the work required to finish the spoons. I am thinking of getting some curved knives. That or I need a wider/flatter bent neck gouge. I am thinking of a knife simlar to one of the curved ones from Pinewood For...
I recently finished working on a cutting algorithm app for the iPad and iPhone called Smart Cutter, and wanted to share the app with every one hoping get some feedback from carpenters and wood workers. Smart Cutter finds the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper with minimum scrap. It employs a state of the art algorithm to generate the maximum number of small pieces cut from a larger sheet of paper, wood, cloth or any other material, with minimum waste. Whether y...
About 4 weeks ago I carved this sun. It is a pattern by Lora S. Irish from her book, 101 Artistic Relief Patterns for Woodcarvers, Woodburners & Crafters. I really do like the patterns in this book. After cutting and sanding the basswood blank I attached the pattern and carbon paper and carefully traced the pattern by hand. As you can see this basswood is somewhat grainy. I didn’t think that it would matter that much. I began carving by outlining the inner wall ...
This weekend I managed to finish the chip carving on the frame. I dry fitted the frame to make sure the corners carvings would all line up together. As you can see I carved the frame unassembled because of its overall size. The carving time on ths was 7 hours total. The edge designs 1 1/2 hrs. , Sleds 1 1/2 hrs. , Dates & diamonds 1 1/2 hrs. , Rope 2 1/2 hrs. The pieces have been sent on to my friend and next week I’ll put the frame together.
I finally have most things together and sat down to play some. I wanted to do some simple 3 corner chips. I started by sanding a practice board to 220 grit. I reviewed Marty’s video and then drew out the pattern. Drawing the pattern was harder than I anticipated. I need a better mechanical pencil and possibly a better metric ruler. 2mm and 4mm was much smaller than I anticipated. The drawing was a little uneven, but I really did not worry about it. I was mainly hoping to ge...
This is a wooden mold for gingerbread. It used to be in many cottages in our cantry. This one belonged to my great-grandmother and could be some hundret of years old. This was one of my very first carvings about threeyears ago. Now I made this carving again and hope it is a little better than the first one.It is realy very easy and I would like to invite you to follow. Stuff preparation. You need only one chisel and one knife. And you carve layer by layer. (I need a little more ...
This Week I show you how to make a folding out feed table for your table saw. This design was based after an article and plan found in a 2009 issue of Woodworker’s Journal Magazine. Originally the plan was designed for a Cabinet saw with a Biesemeyer Fence System, so I had to make some slight modifications for my Porter Cable Saw. In this 3 part video series I show you a step by step on building this project as well as talk about the modifications I had to make. The Article and plans ca...
Lesson 4: Pattern Transfer The goal of pattern transfer has got to be to get the pattern on the wood as quickly, easily, and accurately as possible. That should be our goal. In this video I’ll show you three methods for pattern transfer. The first two methods work fine and I used them exclusively for many years. But they are slower, more difficult, and not as accurate as the third method – which is using the Pattern Transfer Tool. I suppose you can tell which method I pre...
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 –...
The weekend before last I chip carved the following four basswood plaques (one not pictured yet). I’ve been practicing free form chip carving for about three months and these types of patterns are what I have been generally using. I’m hoping that I can soon get good enough to decorate things like wooden jewelry boxes and similar wooden items. In a leisurely 2 day weekend I can usually average about 4 plaques per weekend. I’m not where I want to be yet but I’m go...
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