Well I think I did it! it’s not perfect. there is about 1/32 gap which is fine I can work with that and burnish it smooth. I love Wood working. it’s so rewarding and frustrating at the same time! LOL
I use my Lie-Nielson Adjustable Mouth Block Plane almost daily in my custom fly fishing net building. I actually have a few pics of my plane on my website (www.sierra-nets.com) It is a beautifully crafted tool and makes minced meat out of wood. A while back, I noticed I was having some difficulty adjusting the blade tightening screw, known as a “spinwheel”. When I last took the plane apart for sharpening, I noticed that the brass screw on the “spinwheel” was b...
Well I started the join today for the Entry Way Table I have started, Dont think I am going to make it for the Fair this year but there is always next year and hopefullly I will mave more entries. This is my first attempt at this type of join, I have practiced a Dove Tail joint only a few times, I really don’t think I am all that good at it as matter of fact I think I totally stink at it. Which leads me to Challenge myself and of Course I have to pick one of the most complicated type...
Welcome back and again sorry for taking so long to get this post out. After my hand healed I was really backed up on some other projects. I’m almost caught up and will post some of those projects on my page in the next couple of days. When we left off we had all the sanding done and are ready for staining and finishing. I’m making two of these frogs, one that will need staining and one out of exotic wood so everyone can participate in this project. We will go over staining next. I’m...
De’ja’ vu Last year I built a Shaker Bench for one of our favorite local charities. I was not going to make the deadline and Brian Havens flew out at a moment’s notice to help me build & deliver the bench just in time to be fashionably late rather than just late. (See blog entry here at LJ.) This year I started my project a couple of weeks early but things did not go as smoothly as I would have liked on the project nor my schedule. As a professional contractor my s...
As inspired by Steve - Mere Mortals... I’ve had two pieces of 1/8” scrap Curly Maple & Zebra Wood kicking around my shop for years!This seemed like a good way to use them… so I made two…Steve glued his up very quickly & simply… mine, being 1/8” stock was harder to glue-up… but, I made it. My wife liked the Zebra Wood one… I got the Curly Maple… (big grin) Here are four pictures of them… Steve, th...
Thanks for joining in again and I apologize for the delay. Hand is doing a lot better and it feels great to be back in the shop. Thanks for your patience and your encouragement to get better. In this section we will focus on shaping and sanding our pieces. In my opinion, this is the most important part of the process. Depth is what makes a piece really stand out and the more depth you use in your project the better you’re going to like the end result. We have all seen intarsia pieces...
I just wanted to update on the status of the class and inform every one of the delay. For those of you that do not know, I had a misfortunate (stupid?) accident and broke a bone in my right hand a couple of weeks ago. I was hoping that I had progressed far enough beforehand that it would not affect the class. Unfortunately the bones are not healing correctly and it is taking longer for ir it to heal. I tried again tonight, but do not have enough dexterity or hand strength to sand while I...
The bow tie layout for the outside of the apron is done. I also laid out for dovetail keys in the corner of the table top and cut the ebony to be used for the inlay. I used a router with a 1/8” bit to hog out the bulk. The lighting in my shop is ok, but not ideal. I used this cap from Lowes with LED lights in the bill to give me almost “line-of-sight” lighting to the router bit. I switched to a 1/16” bit to get as much of the corners as I could, then clea...
Thanks for joining us for the third installment of “Intarsia Basics” and this is where it starts to get really fun. Cutting out the pattern is one of the best parts of doing this kind of art. It takes a little practice to get used to using your saw. You can look up some practice patterns or just make some zig zags, loop the loops, straight lines, gentle curves, and circles on a piece of paper and glue to a practice board. Cut out some of these and you will start getting used to the “feel ...
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