I was a very fortunate woodworker this week to receive correspondence from a special friend. Of course it is MADS! Mads for the few who may be unaware of his positive presence on lumberjocks is a fantastic woodworker, designer, and all around spiritual character. Basically he makes the entire experience of sharing on Lumberjocks all the more interesting and fun. As I opened the envelope there before me was a wonderful letter full of good things. A handmade Origami Crane…wow, I lov...
After several hours of carving with my Dremel tool over the last two days, I completed the custom checkers for this project. This was my first attempt at wood carving and with 48 sides to carve, it was a bit tedious, but not too difficult. My skills improved a good deal by day two and I took some extra time to go back over the first day’s checkers and make sure they were all pretty consistent. I took some video of the carving process to post as a separate blog entry once I have...
It was a good day in the garage. I need a few more like this one to keep me on track to finish this project and a few others before Christmas Eve. First I cut the pieces for the base frame, box sides, and the drawer fronts out of White Ash). Because I’m going to attempt dovetail joints for the first time on the box sides, I cut the sides by hand and jointed the edges by hand to make sure they were perfectly matched. My playing surface was about a quarter of an inch ove...
Soviet USSR equal Stanley #5 1/2 gift from Ukrainian LJ GeorgeThank you George. Soviet equal Stanley #5 1/2 as it arrived in the box. I said it before – if we knew how amazing life can be we would not believe it!.This story is just one more prove that kindness really exists and that life can take magic turns. Old times:My grandfather Ole (photo) was a naval military man, high range, working in Washington for five years as a military attaché for the Danish government, but ev...
Just thought I’d post this unique christmas gift I got; A bamboo wood iPad case. My brother got an Ipad 2 so he gave me his old one, which is in brand-new condition. The case looks great but boy was it a hassle to get on. It was too tight and would not fit. Heres my thoughts on why this is: I’m guessing it was made in a more humid environment, and when it was made, it fit perfectly. But when it was shipped to Canada, a more dry climate, it shrunk slightly. Anyhow, I ma...
http://we-wood.us/collections/collection I find these quite cool. Don’t know how long they would hold up though. They purport to plant a tree for each sold. —Dallas
The following link is a video that I posted on YouiTube. The project is an easy quick gift for far away friends. Hope you try this and enjoy the project. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufuxQyU6oKs
Calling this a woodworking project would be a gross overstatement, but if you’d like to bring a smile to the face of your own – or other children, it doesn’t get much quicker or easier than this. The photo below shows a few of the two dozen or so small tops I made from wheels and dowels ‘left-over’ from the small race cars I made for our club’s Christmas toy drive. They could be made any number of ways, but here’s how I did it. I chucked a dowel into my portable drill that was snug...
.. and it dates from this very evening. Hey everybody. I’ve bin bitten to the bone by the pen turning bug, as some of you already know. Here’s the latest one. No, wait… I actually made four more after this one. Anyway. I took no shots of the turning – but I have plans to rebuild version 2 of the homemade pen lathe next month, and to include an iPhone stand to shoot still & video while turning and finishing.When sewing the pouch, it hit me and I grabbed my ...
Last week when I was in Denmark, I popped in to see Mads and after a terrific meal, we spent a few hours talking tools. Time passes quickly when you’re in good company and all too soon it seems, I was on the last train back to my hotel. During the evening Mads presented me with a present – a MAFE original marking knife, which as you can see, came with a smile. Mads made the knife to use Exacto blades, so eventually after many sharpenings, I will be able to replace the blade...
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