THE ART OF NOT TAKING A TRIP TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM!Yesterday I awoke out of my daze of admiring a quilted maple block with a shocking sensation and blood everywhere. The dull blade on my bandsaw did not help and using my hands to push the beautiful block through didn’t help either. Simple word of advise which many of you can attest too. Keep your tools sharp and use a push stick! Lets say it all together now! Keep your tools sharp and use a push stick!Keep your tools sharp and ...
A long time ago, I said I would post a blog entry showing how I plane really big pieces using my router planer. Well, here goes. I started out with some really big cottonwood rounds (that’s my son in the first photo): I cut them into 5” to 6” thick slabs and had to figure out a way to plane them down to 3” to 4” thick to use as table tops for TV stands and coffee tables. That’s when I came up with the Big Boy Router Planer below: I just hap...
So far, I have been carving outside on my patio and the lighting is great. I’m anticipating that I will have to move inside into my garage based shop as the weather turns colder and wetter. The shop has pretty good fluorescent lighting, but I would not say it is the equavilant of natural light. Does anyone have recommendations for lighting to use for carving. I am thinking that task lighting that could attach to my workbench would be a good option. Any suggestions for how I sho...
Why this quilt pattern is called “Geese on the Move”, I sure don’t know.But what I do know is that it makes a great quilt square chip carving.I’ll show you how to carve two-sided chips in this lesson. Here you go: Next Lesson: Applying a finish
- – - – - – - – - – - – - – -——- – - – - – - -—- – - – -——- ——- – -—— -—- – - – - – - – —- – - – - – - – - – -— Mission vs. Arts & Crafts, What’s the Difference?: Recently, I posted a project here called an “Arts & Crafts Entry Table”. here is the l...
First, you need some bark! You can buy cottonwood bark by the pound and get some really great wood, that is much thicker and wider than what I found in my neighborhood. Or, you may find your own, if you live further north than I do! Look for a tree with thick ragged bark, or the cotton-like flowers(?) when it blooms. Look for dry bark that has fallen off or a tree that is dead. I collected several garbage bags full from a tree that was struck by lightning. I washed mine and scrubbed with a ny...
Didn’t know whether to post here in this blog or in the walnut tv stand blog. So here it is. Found I had to tweak my router planer a bit more in order for it to work as well as I wanted it to work. The slabs I’m doing right now were too long for the regular planer, so had to get out the really long rails once again. Problem with the setup I had already used was the sled didn’t ride the rails as nice or as easy as I’d hoped they would, even with using some wheels/cas...
I got my carving fixture completed today. Now I should be able to make some more progress on the carving. Been going slow because I have been focused on rehabilitation of my leg. Finally able to put a little weight on it (30%) and this means increased exercise, physical therapy and such. I’m still adjusting to the new level of activity. The fixture is made from some borg 3/4”by 24” by 24” plywood squares. I laminated two sheets together for the top to support...
Just a little video I shot today of the gantry router doing rough cutting on a little project. Maybe tomorrow I will finish it and show you what it eventually turns out to be. I had a long day today and wanted an easy and pretty quick project to work on so I grabbed this 3d model I had played with over the weekend.
I was designing a project a few days ago, and a couple of the joints would use angled dado’s. I’m wondering if anyone has done this and opinions on the safety of doing so.
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