It is usually easier to drill any holes needed in the handle before you actually start shaping it. I just clamp it up and use the drill press to drill my holes…. the one in the shaft is usually drilled with a cordless drill. I like to use a 5/16 or larger threaded rod to join the handles to the shaft. Some people prefer wooden tenons and use it as part of the design with an exposed wedged tenon. You do have to carve or shape that tenon on the shaft unless you use a wooden dowel. I pref...
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.
You not only get to play with the toy when assembled, it’s also a puzzle! After testing, I have it completely dismantled to do some finish sanding and painting. I stopped counting parts and pieces after one hundred, but it is important to be able to be able to make adjustments and repairs if needed. So I though I would post a few pictures of the inner workings, that might help if someone might like to do something similar. The important part of the man, as far as how he dances, a...
I’ve been working on the mechanical parts of the toy this week. I built a 10” x 10” box with mitered corners out of oak. The back drop and other pieces are out of poplar and the stage is 1/4” birch. I used 3/4” birch plywood for the gears and collars and cams with dowels for the different rods and pistons. The back drop will be doweled and glued in place, and I am trying to decide if I want to put the title up there or down on the oak. All the other pi...
I’m trying to catch up on my posting and keep these in the sequence that I made them. I cut the body out of some thicker wood and then added the legs. Check out those boots! They’ll look snazzy when I get them painted. The arms will be fixed in place, but I still have some more carving to do on them. The right hand will be a separate piece that is movable also. Thanks for looking. There may be some resemblance to me, at least in the last pose!
Hi everyone, Here’s a Maloof Inspired Shoe Bench built a while back, but the templates and instruction booklet are now available. This one was built from Bubinga, which made it a bit heavier than normal, but will probably outlast my grandkids. Quite a fun little project, especially my favorite part….the handles. Enjoy!
It was a thursday morning just another day carving at our local carving chapter meeting. In walks a nice elderly gent that had a box of Thompson sub maching gun stocks that never made it to use. They were stored for years, he knew of the carvers and decided to donate them to the club as test projects for us less talented carvers like myself. I inspire to become a great carver someday Dennis Z. in my opinion is truely a great carver.So I decided to take two of them although I was urged to take...
So unfortunately I had not taken many pictures during the process of hand planing the curved door as well as cutting the dovetails for the carcass. I wanted the door to be thin, very thin, which ultimately led to many, many problems. I ended up with a final thickness of a bout 1/4 inch. While I was milling the door I did not have the wood move on me much at all, the Avodire I ended up getting was so incredibly stable I could do almost anything to it and it would not warp. The one thing ...
Soon, I will be releasing a documentary on the evolution, history and the making of a Rocker Cradle. Although I’d love to take credit for the original concept, the idea was actually a bit before my time, circa 1700’s. Hope you enjoy the clip…
Para golpear mis formones utilizo desde un simple pedazo de madera, martillo, mazo de metal o de hule, pero ahora comencé a hacer un mazo de madera de una pagina de planos gratuitos, y tenia la idea de hacer tambien un pequeño mazo de talla. Caminando por el mercado encontre un puesto de artesanias y tenian unos apachurradores y dije “es igualito” entonces los compre. Me falta terminar el mazo grande y darle un acabado a los pequeños.
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