Just got engaged a few months ago and promised my bride-to-be a hand-made captain’s bed (you know, drawers underneath the mattress platform) with corner posts and a canopy with a mirror. Found out they don’t use glass, but it’s still reflective – so it’s OK. Thought I’d start with turned posts and mixed species to give the bed some “character” instead of the much more common square or built-up posts and all the same wood – bleah! Got ...
Here I discuss my experience with bowl coring. A fellow WGNC member offered to show me the rope using the McNaughton Center Saver. It was a blast and a touch terrifying at first! What follows is my first attempt to recreate what I learned without supervision. I think things went well! Check out the rest of my bowl coring adventure!
Here are the steps I used to make an obelisk incense burner. I selected a 3 1/2” square by 7” long piece of pretty wood. Box elder in this case. I made a drawing to scale and then had to plan the steps in the process so I did not get ahead of my self because it would be impossible to do some of the steps out of order. Being an incense burner it need air flow to keep the cone burning. I started with the top vent holes while the block was whole. 4 -3/16 holes on a 3/4”...
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Here’s some pictures of the cedar I got earlier this week, For the most part the burn only slightly damaged the bark, the actual wood was still plenty good. Today we went to another ranchers place that was close by. For those who work with Box Elder know that it can be very hit and miss getting quality color in it. We hit the jackpot on the first tree, I am going to use it for some side rails on a baby crib I have to get done by Christmas. New grandchild due tha...
A while back my mother-in-law mentioned needing a few wooden spoons. She prefers wood utensils when making goodies like chicken & dumplings. The reason being, wooden spoons won’t tear the dumpling as much as metal or hard plastic. I made a couple spoons in early summer and didn’t care much for it but I decided to give it another try.. just for her cause she’s awesome. We had a family reunion coming up and she always makes a huge batch of dumplings so I knew she would want something with a...
Storm Front was donated to the McLean County Easter Seals to be auctioned at their annual fine art auction. I am pleased to announce it was auctioned for $275. The money raised at this event helps fund Timber Pointe Outdoor Center. Timber Pointe Outdoor Center is the premier resource in the state of Illinois, providing specialized and inclusive camping and respite programming for individuals with disabilities or special needs and their families in a safe, accessible and beautiful environme...
Welcome back to another installment of the chess corner! Today’s topic are turning knights for a chess set.I would say the knights are the most difficult piece to create as you have to turn it, then carve it out of whatever wood you are using for the set which may end up being tricky. There is two ways to so this, turn the base on the lathe then carve out the head with chisels and rifler files or carve the head separately then glue it onto a ready made base. I personally opt for...
I was bored and out of mojo yesterday so I grabbed this piece of stump and relief carved out this ornamental flower on the face with a pattern and a 1/4 ” spiral bit in a hand router.I then fiddled around with a carver set and scooped out the petals a bit.Sometimes it’s good to try something you have no clue about.I’m going to paint the flower and set the stump out among the flowers in spring. p.s. you can see where I ploughed right through the bark in a couple of places....
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