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Evolution of my router planer #6: Version 2.0

07-28-2011 05:31 AM by TZH | 2 comments »

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...

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Evolution of my router planer #5: Version 1.2b

07-28-2011 04:57 AM by TZH | 1 comment »

Awhile back, I began posting a series of blogs on the evolution of my router planer. Since that time I’ve actually made three more minor modifications that have had a huge impact on how well this thing works. The first modification: I was always frustrated with how long it took to measure the height at which to set the cross members of the planer using my square in a slotted 2×4. Well, I finally came up with a solution so simple even I was amazed (not the brightest bulb in the p...

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SPOON CARVING #5: Back in the saddle again...

07-23-2011 04:36 PM by Spoontaneous | 22 comments »

After a good 5-6 weeks, I finally made it back to the shop for a couple of hours yesterday, the shop being the alleyway behind my friend’s garage. Pretty dang hot and humid.. and the mosquitoes and gnats didn’t seem to mind. I didn’t take along my sketchpad but I remembered this inch long drawing (circled) that I thought would be easy and fun to make. Looking through my wood box I found a piece of serviceberry wood that I thought might look alright. I don’t ...

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SPOON CARVING #2: Regarding wood slection

07-12-2011 05:35 PM by Spoontaneous | 6 comments »

I had posted the following in the first part of the ‘blog’ (comment section) and someone was kind enough to suggest that it might be easier to find posted as a new segment/addition. Now that I have been educated, I will post the upcoming tools discussion as Part 3 and the step-by-step as future segments. A little bit about wood selection: For NON-functional spoons the choice in wood is completely open, although there ARE considerations. If you plan to carve in great deta...

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Carving on the Cartecay #1: - The Setting

07-07-2011 10:01 PM by helluvawreck | 13 comments »

A few weeks back my family had the opportunity to go to my brother’s cabin on the Cartecay River up in north Georgia for a four day weekend. It is a beautiful place to visit and the log cabin has all of the amenities, is very nice, and has ample room for a large family to live in comfort. There is a screened in porch that stretches all the way across the back of the cabin and a stone covered patio on the bottom floor under the porch. The porch and patio have ample furnishings. On the po...

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Handy tip for protecting knife tip...gouges and chisels too

07-07-2011 07:29 AM by darkhollow | 5 comments »

the best thing I have found for storing small knives, gouges and chisels in is synthetic wine corks. They do not wear out nearly as fast as regular corks, are non-corosive and not very absorbent, and hold tightly any tool stabbed into them, protecting knife and finger tips. They are also becoming more and more common, and being non-biodegradable or -recyclable, are just adding to land-fills. I’m trying to find other uses for these as well.

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Asian Woodworking #3: Indonesian Woodcraft

07-05-2011 08:37 AM by JRL | 1 comment »

While touring Indonesia, we came upon these finely carved posts which were mortised for the framework of a new home. The diligence and patience to produce these trim pieces for soffits tells me a lot about the character of these craftsmen. The paneling pictured here is ordinary in Indonesia. CNC? What’s’ that? The chunk of ebony was my treasure find.

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Stationary box, chip carving #4: Finished stationary (jewelry) box

07-03-2011 04:37 PM by MyChipCarving | 8 comments »

To complete this jewelry box for my wife, I applied one coat of sanding sealer, two coats of amber shellac mixed with medium brown and red mahogany dye, followed by two coats of satin lacquer. All materials were sprayed on using an airbrush. I made two trays and lined the box and trays with red velvet.Your comments and feedback are welcome!Shelley loves it :-)

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It's an action figure....

06-30-2011 06:57 PM by mpounders | 5 comments »

nope, it’s a doll. I’m still practicing female faces, only this is a smaller model, which does add to the difficulty a bit. It is a lot harder to detail and being a millimeter off here makes abigger differnce than on a larger carving. But this is a “useful” carving, a toy that can be played with or collected. It is a little over six inches tall, from basswood, and is based on the classic “Hitty” doll design. People collect these dolls and ...

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The Evolution of Design #1: The Making of the Rocker Cradle

06-30-2011 02:41 AM by ScottMorrison | 8 comments »

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…

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