Warning: pic heavy Just posting a bunch of progress. Leg vise continued. Cutting the bridal joint. Lignum vitae pin for the guide. This stuff strong. Trying to incorporate this as a pin holder but haven’t come across an idea that I can pull off with what I have on hand. So it’s on the back burner for now. Hammered a poplar dowel and drilled a center so I could bore it with a forstner. Didn’t work out so well. Stuck a roll pin...
For those interested or can understand the science behind ramp walking toys, found this: Click on the image to download a PDF copy – links to a new page. This refers to the kind that rock from side to side, as the walking robot types. Trying to read this as a strange hypnotic effect on me – puts me to sleep zzzzzz…. My simple solution is to simply put the axis of rotation above the center of mass. Fortunately I have access to a CAD program allows me to pin...
For anyone interested in ramp walking toys, here is a link to a youtube video: https://youtu.be/WOPED7I5Lac featuring Tad (not Ted) McGeer back in the 1980s with a very impressive model. Also if you google tad mcgeer passive dynamic walking find a lot more. Be warned – your life will never be the same again.
On my to do list along with tidy up the garage/workspace and find those lost tools. all the pieces fit inside the box like a suitcase.
Hell has officially thawed out (I think) so I’m back in the “shop”—a term I still, unfortunately, have to use in the loosest possible manner. So because I’m still working outdoors, and Wisconsin in winter is not conducive to outdoor work, I’ve spent most of my off-season studying, studying and reading. I managed to get a little play-time in just before the holidays; I braved the cold and set up a few tools to craft some toy boxes for the nephews. There ...
A short history of my journey into the art and craft of making ramp walking toys. Also known as passive dynamic walker. As much as I like making things, enjoy making things that move even more. It all started with the Ramp Walking Rhino, a design by Robert Lou Ma. I made one, and it kind of worked. I think the problem was a small hinge, which I did not have, so I used a piece of piano hinge instead. The challenge with these toys is to minimize friction, and the hinge was not sturdy ...
We just published a new video on the reversibility of the animal glues and specifically hide glue through a presentation and 2 projects. I hope you enjoy those and it answers some of the questions we receive often regarding the understanding of reversibility. Of course Old Brown Glue has the same property.
So I scarfed this “New Old Stock” item on eBay for $89.00. It’s a 24” Incra Ultra Positioner. I made a mounting bracket and attached it to the back of my home made router table. I am really stoked about this improvement.
I just completed a video that shows How to Flatten Veneer using hot aluminum plates. This really is an amazing technique! I am very impressed by how well it works. My friend Tom Schrunk showed me this technique and he was nice enough to participate in the video with me. I did upload a very short video from the Handworks event, but that was just kind of a quickie. I really put a LOT of effort into this one! I tried some new things in this video and it would really help me to know wha...
I recently had someone ask me why not make my hinges square since I was planing the back side of them flat. Truth is I considered it, but could not get past the problem of the hinge jamming into the box as it rotated. If you look closely at the picture below, you can see how the corner of a square hinge rotates down into the imaginary box in the picture. Anyone have any ideas?
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