My latest tools are these tiny trim planes. Again thanks Mads Felding for the inspiration.They are made from Jarrah and a really lovely figured piece of Banksia; all wood came from the scrap bin. I made two to use up all the timber.The blade is cut from an old 2nd hand Stanley plane using a Dremel. I still have to make another blade, insert the brass pin and design a wedge.I will post pics of the finished articles as soon as I have them finished.
A short video of the CNC lathe I used to round the columns for the trophies.It can be found here… http://youtu.be/SJ3AeBP_KJIThe turned columns After being fluted on the 4th axis CNC router
I was out at the local hardwood dealer picking up some purpleheart, when I saw this sticking out of a bin. It’s very rough sawn (actually, it almost looks like it came off of a pallet somewhere), and someone had written “Jarrah? $1” on it. Naturally, I had to try it. It’s like one of those scratch-off lottery tickets – you might be wasting a dollar, but you could win as much as two or even five dollars! A little time with a jack plane reveals: We...
Slab 'n' Burl Hardwoods.have come all the way across the country from the centre of south western Western Australia to be part of the Brisbane Timber and Working with Wood Show this week end….. bringing with them some of the most fantastic Slabs and Burls I have ever seen…Clint and Nikki Decke specialize in local timbers from around the family farm… All of their timbers and burls have been sourced locally from surrounding private properties and forests manages by The Depa...
The box is almost done. First thing I did today was cut the top to fit. I inititially cut it the same size as the box but decided to cut it a bit smaller so that the corners would show through which I thought gave it a nicer look. I also rabbited the under side of the top a bit to hold it in place. I generallly like lift off lids better than hinged lids for a couple of reasons: I think the metal of a hinge can distract from the beauty of the wood, and I’m too lazy to go buy the hinges. ...
Everything about the double dovetail joint is complete. I hope it was cear enough for folks to make their own. Feel free to bug me with questions if you didn’t follow. In summary, it’s just a bunch of half blind joints using a corner piece with the grain perpendicular to the sides. From here on out it’s just another box but I’ll continue to post shots as I go. Yesterday I lightly sanded the shellac that I previously applied to the inside surfaces of all pieces. Then...
I didn’t quite get the box assembled on Sunday but I was close. Next step after gluing the corners is to cut the remaining half blind dovetail joints. I thought I was going to have to do a second setup on my jig to cut these like I had to on my Spalted Mango Box but I didn’t. On this box I’m reversing the joints end for end rather than doing a mirror image. Half blind dovetails are actually always reversed end for end like this when cut on an Omnijig and probobly on most ...
I’m not planning on going into all the gory details about how to cut the dovetails, that would be a lengthy blog by itself and it’s highly dependant on your choice of jigs or hand tools. I use a Porter Cable Omnijig but I’m sure any jig capable of making a half blind dovetail will suffice. If there’s enough requests then I may do another blog on that or could go into more detail on this one. Step 1: Clean up the glue from the boards that you glued the corner pieces ...
A1Jim suggested I post a blog to describe how I did the double dovetail Joint I used on my Spalted Mango Box so here it goes. I hope people find this helpful and if you have questions please post them and I’ll do my best to answer them. I also greatly appreciate feedback on anything. I was going to show how to make the joint using some scrap wood but since it’s just as much work as using good wood so I decided I may as well use good wood and build a whole box. I’ll be pre...
I am working on a couple Pelicans that I am hoping to incorporate into a “big picture” somehow. They are done completely in hardwoods and I was thinking of perhaps sharing how I sanded little pieces such as these. I have already started and as you can see I still have pencil marks for an eye on one. However when I brought my camera into the shop to show how I was going to sand these lil’ pieces I noticed how dirty, (dusty, sawdust, etc.) my little sanding pads were. They are...
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