In my last blog I showed a pattern which I am determined to try. It is made of rectangles from 1mm to 12mm in size. Due to a shortage of materials (Ebony) I am making the pattern from 1mm to 10mm. This is because my aim is to make a box using this pattern (or parts thereof) on all visible faces. This is the tallest order I have placed on myself to date. ImpossibleII now seems a fond memory. Machining wood down to 1mm square is a nightmare. A bit like I imagine tightrope walking to be a...
Well, haven’t had a lot of time for my little box the last days but got a hour or so today rough-planing the miters and selecting and planing the exact piece of the maple I wanted to use for the top. And I think you guy’s who voted did the right selection, looks real good now that the wood is planed and the figure starts to show… The wood is just straight maple but I selected a piece which one end had a quite large branch going through the wood as I hoped it would have so...
It is great to feel as if I really accomplished something. Although I didn’t finish everything on my laundry list of things to do yesterday, I got to most everything I wanted to done and at the end of the day I made the choice to call it an evening and just chill. I felt satisfied that I did enough for the day and wanted to sit back and enjoy the moment. I played some scrabble, watched a show or two and went to bed kind of early because I wanted to be refreshed and well-rested when I...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #18: The Road Trip Did Wonders! I Can't Wait to Get Moving!
Well, after taking the day on Saturday and trying to get some random things around here done on Sunday, its back to some full force work for me. The road trip was really nice. We couldn’t have picked a better day. It was bright and sunny and there was one point in the afternoon where we actually had to put the top up on the car because it was so warm. That’s highly unusual for Nova Scotia and it was one of the hottest days I can remember in the six years I have been here. P...
Today I sanded, I sliced, I diced and I shaped. I was not at home to Mr. Cockup. Today I’m fierce and to the strains of ‘Fearless’ off, Pink Floyd’s Meddle off I went. All this took just two hours.. First I sanded all the slices to 6.93mm then I glued them together (superglue, most precise and quickest) Then I shaped the triagle ends on the disc sander The I fulfilled my promise of yesterday and chopped them into little pieces Back to the...
I’ve accepted the mission and the secretary has already dissavowed all knowledge of me (for all you MI fans).Armed with my plans and two sticks of wood (one Sycamore, 50mm square. One Purpleheart, slightly bigger) I enter the arena of ‘The Impossible’. I feel someone is watching me. Is it the ghost of the great M.C.Escher or has the medication worn off already? No its you lot. Quiet at the back. ThreeSpeed, the mad professor is about to start. Here is where we begin P...
While attending the Brisbane Timber and Working with Wood Show last weekend, I had the good fortune to meet up with quite a few friends.. Among them was Doug.. aka LJer Woodfix… Doug lives in Brisbane and has been threatening to come up to see me in my workshop but to date has been unable to make it up…Managed to get a pic..The day before I met up with another ‘new’ Lumber Jock but was so busy… no pic and I apologise but did not catch his name..Just as a small as...
Hello againWell having retrieved the missing piece of SycamoreI discovered that the saw must have chewed it a bit before it spat it out. Only 34mm on a 70mm piece intact. I decided a partial repair was in order and set about it with my ‘Glue of Choice’ for the project. Its a Cyanoacrylate based glue for porous surfaces. Hell you most likely know of it, its probably American. Comes in a 1oz bottle.This was the result.Over 50mm of usable wood.I had a slight change of mind on the des...
Hello again. Day two of the challenge. I decided to measure up everything and arrange it before me to see what materials I have to make this box.It didn’t take long to decide on a four sided box. I will make it vertically grained as this is where I have most length in the flitches and I’ll loose at least 2mm height when I seperate the box halves, top from bottom . Another piece will be the bottom of the box and the last will be the lipping for the inside, this will locate the top...
This was a challenging commission from a very dear friend. Make a box containing her Red Star.Well the starting point was a mozaic she has hanging at her home, conveniently posted on her Facebook page (I do love the net, everything at you fingertips). I decided to base the design around the large, black bordered, star in the top left. The design was accepted so here I went. The first question I asked myself was – How to do it? The clue was in the mozaic and heres how I did it. P...
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