Uploading some videos of the project so far to Google+ As of posting time two videos are uploaded and six more are in que.
I use a lot of dunnage for my projects.It’s from freight shipped out of India and is usually some type of exhotic hardwood.Some pieces are a reddish hardwood. It has a very fine grain, is VERY hard, and every piece has cracks running down it.I have decided to only make mallets and other hard type things out of it.But I’d already cut a cane blank and decided to go on and make the cane. Besides I wanted to see how it turned out. I’d turned the blank to round a few weeks ago...
I didn’t want the first entry to be too long, it was War and Peace just for day 1. So, here’s the rest of day 1 followed by day 2.It’s really just hollowing mostly…hollowing, hollowing, and more hollowing.I stopped the first entry at 9:06 p.m. at about 2 inches depth.9:14 p.m. It’s not brain surgery…a long handled, a study tool rest, wood hitting the cutter head, me hanging on the back of the handle. Down to 4 inches in 8 minutes. The Sovereign can r...
Seth (my daughter’s boyfriend) does yard work for spending money and got some oak logs for me (about 4,000 pounds worth).I decided to try an open form with a (small) piece of it.Since it was green it was heavier than I wanted to try lifting onto the lathe. Besides that’s why I have a chain hoist and trolley. Seth was doing the hoisting…lots of pulling to bring it up…but he’s young. Initial mount to the headstock is a 4” faceplate, the biggest I’...
For me, when someone makes a project that I have shared, it is the ultimate flattery. I hope the two youtube woodworkers feel the same as I make there designs of these fine tools for my shop. Special thanks go out to John Heisz and Peter Brown for providing plans and/or videos of these projects. Today I make three different designs of compass’s. I have needed a compass in the shop for a long time and some recent projects this need has arisen. SO today I am going to make three differen...
Looking at my blogs I just realized I never finished out this series from last year. Portable Pastimes had a decent year end with about 5 shows and a handful of Etsy sales. My wife and I both chose a machine to purchase in the new year. I of course went with a new lathe. It was a debate between that and a new table saw, but the old lathe just took up a lot of space in the shop. You can see the progress of that in My ShopQuest 2014 series if interested. We started this year rather slowly bu...
Since Bryan didn’t want a crooked elder wand I went back to the drawing board for a straight one.I went to the dowel bucked and found a piece of old draw-blind dowel.I chucked that in the lathe to make the straight wand. Since it was a straight turning project I use a spindle roughing gouge, spindle gouge, and skew to do the rough forming. Then I sanded to 320 grit, and applied a colonial stain. I decided to do the dremel dimpling after the first stain because I wanted to d...
My Grandson Bryan came up to visit this week.He knew I made canes and asked me to make him one.After talking with him and his mother we decided he’d much rather have a wand.He’s very animated and energetic (read HYPER) so for the first 10 minutes he was full of ideas and tangents of creative thought (making lightning bolts shoot out the end type stuff.)He’s a big fan of the Harry Potter movies and decided he wanted The Elder Wand.I’ve never tried making a wand before, ...
I have a thing for filing cabinets. I have 19 (nineteen) in my shop.I get them for free or dirt cheap off Craig’s List. And they are all high quality (Hon or equivalent.)A couple weeks ago I decided to consolidate my two grinders on separate stations into one master station.My main grinder was set on a rolling tool stand. It has the lathe sharpening setup underneath. The second grinder is a cheapo for general purpose grinding. The goal was to mount them back-to-back in the (futile...
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