Something to be aware of when turning Bowls:- When you sharpen your Bowl Gouge you may get a tiny “Burr” on the heal of the bevel that then results in scratches in your piece at the point of transition between the wall & the base on the inside. It’s always worth checking for a burr on the heal, and if you find one, just remove it with a fine file and then a bit of fine sandpaper, just to make sure the heal is smooth.
Another piece of scrap has befallen my assorted blades, and has now become the slats for the bench. It was a large hunk of Doug Fir or Pine. It was originally going to be a large slab bench, but I decided it would be too large & unwieldy. It was 3” x 12” x 8’ – warped, twisted, split, cupped, weather-worn and worm-eaten; beautiful!Now it’s 6 slats 2 1/4” w x 1 1/2” h x 52” long. The previously mentioned character charms still exist, just...
So after making a large workshop upper cabinet, and then a glass door cabinet, I decided to start making more cabinets to store garden tools in the garage. While I’m at it, I decided to make two, one for long handled tools, and another with shelves for smaller stuff. I made the previous cabinets with maple, and it seems like a waste of money to make a garden tool cabinet out of relatively expensive wood, but hey, if I’m going to all the trouble, it might as well look good. I al...
The blacksmith I bought the saw from loaded it on my trailer with a jib crane. He asked me how I was going to unload when I got home and I told him the truth, I’ll figure it out when I get home. I got lucky the trailer was the same level as my shop floor. , and the saw would fit through a 36” by 84” doorway if I took off some parts and the door with no room to spare. I put a 6” by6” across the opposite end of my shop squirted dawn soap on the trailer and floor a...
Just finishing up a few minor details with this cane, gluing the pieces together and taking it for a test-drive.. I seem to spend a lot of time on some of these details, but they are as important as the carving and other work. A beautiful carving doesn’t seem to go with a poorly constructed cane and vice versa. I like to walk at least a few miles with my sticks, to make sure they feel right and are comfortable for the future owner. I have been thinking a lot about how the antler is ...
We were very fortunate that the first 'blizzard' of the season wasn't as fierce as predicted. Oh – we got snow alright. And some pretty intense howling winds as well. It is hard to say how much we wound up with in the end, but I am thinking it averaged about a foot. With the wind so strong you can see grassy areas in places and the drifts are two feet high in others. Such is winter in Nova Scotia.I never mind the cold and snow. I much prefer it to the sometimes muggy he...
The coolest job in any restaurant belongs to the bartender. Sure, the chef gets the credit for the outstanding meal, the maître d’ for the ambiance of the place and the wait staff for the overall dining experience. But, when people want to have fun and strike up a conversation, they turn to the bartender. Think Isaac on the Love Boat. Tom Cruise in that stinkin’ movie about being a bartender. “Yes, Mr. Bond would like his martini shaken, not stirred, Mr. Sinatra wants a highball, an...
Greetings, I have been turning for less than a year and I have finally started to master the art of bowl turning. After a few bowls flying off the lathe…. A few blowing up… I have had a few now that have come off the lathe in one piece. My question the the Lumber Jock Nation is what is a good food safe finish for those wooden bowls that have survived? All comments and suggestions are welcomed!! Thanks!
I am just stopping by quickly today to say good day to you all. I spent the day yesterday working on the painted version(s) of my little bunnies. As with most things, the progress that I am making is slower than I had anticipated. There is a lot to think about and I am trying to filter my thought process to one step/version at a time. I find that the more I teach through my patterns the more detailed I want to be. I suppose that this comes from the experiences I have had with customer...
Because woodworking is a hobby, I only get an hour or two a night (at most) in the shop on weekdays, and I travel a fair bit, so sometimes progress is a bit slow. Tonight I did a fair amount of cleaning in the shop (the spray of wood chips from flattening the boards went everywhere). The most important task was setting up the crosscut. As you can probably tell, I feel like this is the single most important task of the entire project, so I am taking it slowly. Tonight I drew the line to ...
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