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.
After seeing Keifers nice light thought it would be good if some of the rest of us would share ideas. So here is some of mine. These can be used if you don’t have the best if lighting or your eyes don’t see as well as they used to or you just want work by spotlight.Drill Press spot lamp wired direct to DP switch for on/off. Arm is adjustable. Lathe spot lamp works well for the inside of bowls. Roll switch for on/off. Mounted on a hinged are and can be pushed back out of the wa...
I did a project just because it looked like fun and it will help me learn for a coming project. This simple three legged stool out of some maple. “Three Legged Stool”: http://youtu.be/XN6VE7_SgMc Thanks so much for your support! Best RegardsChris
A few years ago (before we were married), my wife bought me a monstrously huge pepper mill (I think it was about 3 feet long). It was awesome, except for the fact that it was a pain to use and had formed a fairly substantial crack over the years. Fate would have it that my daughter developed a huge love for dismantling it (apple doesn’t fall far from the tree), and lost several key pieces of the grind mechanism. After a painful hunt, we decided to give up on that mill and consider bu...
Feeling that a lot of uncertainties have been cleared away in my last post it is now time to take on the most challenging part of the project: shaping the back rest. This is where tings are getting a bit complicated. Shapes in 3d is difficult to visualize and shaping takes a long time. Having done a series of sketches i had a semi vague idea where i wanted to end:In order to work fast i decided to start using mdf for the first tests. Shaping in a combination of freehand and using divide...
This summer i have succeeded in having a whole week with only me, my summer house and woodwork. No work, no children, no nothing. Oh bliss! This week i intend to get as far as possible on my wegner project and also share the progress here on LJ in order to pay back a little on all the great inspiration i get here.It is now time to do a full scale prototype with turned legs and hopefully get some uncertainties cleared away and narrow the difficult parts down to a few. Lets rock:Pulled out m...
Well it has been one heck of a great weekI finally got Annes wee cabinet finished. :)She has given me twa wonderful Grandchildren and keeps ma wee boy happyit is the least I can do :) Twenty one days late but who is counting.The wee man on the base was a gift that I’ll explain just the nowWe have had the Dane Invasion known as LJ Mads Here he is arriving from the airport, saying something about me not picking him up at the airport and him having to mug an OAP for his wheels LOLDoes a...
I am not one talk to about myself at length but I do feel a desire to share my work with others. As a teacher I have a direct way to show off my expertise, what little I may have, and pass it on as a learning experience. I hope through this blog I can inspire or make people think about new things. I’ll start by including some quick projects: pens. Seems everyone can do them but everyone still loves them. I’ll add pictures of some oft favorites later but I can tell you from e...
I have always admired wegners furniture. Especially his chairs. They are so “final” designs. Nothing to improve, nothing to remove. Just right. For a long time a have known that one day i wanted to build something in his style. But as simple they look his furniture is nothing but simple to make. And i felt that i needed a certain level of skill to give it a try. The past two years i have built a lot of projects and tried to raise the difficult level a little each time.Last week...
Why I Buy Used Power Tools Alright, below is my spiel on why I buy used tools. Just like the rest of my posts, I am not claiming this to be gospel truth, but this is my thought process when it comes to making large power tool purchases. Hopefully this won’t overlap with my craigslist blog too much, but I feel they are different topics and each deserve their own post. When I acquired a real shop (a garage) for the first time about 18 months ago, I happily set out to look at purchasing my...
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