The timber is still moist to the touch and heavy, probably about 28% moisture, but it will be easier to cut in this condition and will dry quickly with a smaller cross-section. It is time to rough-cut the components. You may remember that I have already selected and prepared pieces for the main members – the back legs. All this hand-work makes you think of efficiency in a way that you may never have thought of it before. If you have ever cycled around the countryside and taken a wrong t...
Well, finally I did this. The brief process of inlaying a hair comb right here.Of course first I need a sketch on my comb and my wife do it for me: Next step is cutting a groove for the brass ribbon: Then I use a lathe for cutting a mother of pearl: After this phase I cut a space for mother of pearl peaces: And the final steps are grinding and polishing the comb. Usually I use a dentist`s drill for these operations. And after that I have the comb in bee...
You may be wondering when I am going to stop daydreaming and get on with making a chair. The short movie that I produced to accompany this entry provides a ‘short-cut’ to the main action! It’s just that I know that some people are going to ask “What’s the point in making furniture by hand?” and I think that it’s difficult to explain, I certainly can’t put it in a sentence. I have read entire books by people who have tried to answer this question ( e.g. David Pye – “Th...
Like most individuals, I consider myself to be self-taught. I have no formal training as a woodworker, I did not apprentice under anyone, nor do I possess any formal education in design or art. But it would be dishonest to say that I have not had any teachers. Like anyone else, I read everything that I can get my hands on and I have inflicted myself on many a hapless professional craftsmen. I want to introduce the LJ community to one of my mentors. His name is Mike Blatnick and he lives in...
American Beech – Fagus grandifoliaEuropean Beech – Fagus sylvatica This is a great wood that has a lot of nice properties. It has a fairly straight grain and looks kind of like scaled down oak. The sapwood is a cream white color, the heartwood is a light reddish brown. It is fine and silky with a close and even texture. It is very hard and it’s surface can be highly polished. It cuts, sands and machines well, as well as a great screw and nail holding capability. Wor...
Hand Planning of In-Grained Wood ....out in this walk of life, i have tapped the shoulder of my many other’s, where were it not for dreamers of more, i should have given up my presence long of yes-ter-year’s…. —-”enter not the dwelling of caged minds seeking harmony”, was the voice that spoke to me from ages of yore, for in the duty of a soul that comes upon the dark night, there is a light for culler’s of the reapers who strive their spiritR...
Some peopole asked me about the properties of beech, a wood that I have used in most of my projects. Traditional Uses of the WoodOpinions about the value of Beech timber can vary enormously. It has been said that the Beech was valued more for its pig-fattening mast (the seeds) than the wood. Others will tell you that it is a versatile useful wood. These contradictions will be more easily understood when we examine the characteristics of the wood.The wood is short-grained, yet dense and hard. ...
Tabitha Cum....a descriptive journey —-and so you made your incision in metre,out there in the octaves of wooded living space,you waited till one such as i came walking by,and in your patience of never losing hope, ....” i stopped and said, little girl arise….” —-your patience was in the ages of eons,where golden haired angels of filamentous wispy inspired desire,cater to the one’s of us who walk with eyes in the sky,never having a reason beyond the one you gave, ....” i stopped a...
This is the construction details for my table for the LumberJocks / Popular Woodworking Challenge.Dads sub series for the tables that our family were going to make was the ”The Uniqueness of Wood”. We all tried to make tables from unique wood. I selected Curly Beech. Other Projects in this series are Dan's Yellow Birch, Dave's Cherry Table, and Dad’s Goncalo Alves and Dad’s “Twins”: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/1449. The Blogs are “Dad’s #1”: http://lumberjocks.com/jo...
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