I made the trek to my wood supplier that gives us free scrap wood for our Toy Making outreach at the Mason Dixon Woodworkers. These toys are given to underprivledged children at Christmas time. We usually make about 1300 or so toys each year. This is my catch from the past week. Approx 200 BD ft of Honduras Mahogany. A lot of it is 10/4 square and 30 to 35” long. I can get all of the wood that is less than 36” long. I’m also going through his cuttoff bin and taking all Sa...
After finishing the saw rehab, it was back to completing the chair. My wife was away for the weekend on an all out scrapbooking extravaganza. So that left me some time to work into the wee hours of the night to complete the chair set slats. First, I cut and fine tuned spacers used to make certain the spces bewteen the slats are identical. I could have tried to do this by eye, or some other inexact technique, but to me the spacing between the slats is a critical element. Hey, it’s my cha...
Once I have my strips sanded to thickness, I can cut them and get the five pieces I need for gluing. I have enough material for six so I’ll have a strip left over. There are a couple of cases where I ended up with damage on part of a strip and that sixth piece was nice to have. First, I sort my six long strips and find which end I want to have in the final part. I look for color, grain direction and any character that I might want to have on the outer faces. Then I mark for cutting. ...
I just had to check, and it’s been eleven days since the last “Sawdust Up-date” from this direction!Eleven days doing darn little Woodworking… If you’ll recall I left off with the three sides all set, waiting for the purchase of some Lexan.I have yet to buy some, so the other day I began work on the hinges by slicing a useful piece off of a small slab of Mahogany leftover from the Ark project…Then I laid out the Hinges. This is a simple pair since, in the c...
Finally a Rubik cube that is solved once and for all, no more frustration, lost sleep etc. Move on with your life, take up woodwork or something. Live again! ...MAKE CUBE.Made from 1cm MDF.; 10cm each side (I would make it smaller); cut 4 squares 9cm,1 square 8cm and 1 square 10cm…... ...VENEER FACES.Glue a different veneer on each side... ... .ROUTE GROOVES.I routed the grooves with a 90° V-Groove bit ( NOTE I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS SETUP)... ...MASK SQUARES.Mask the squares w...
Yet another way to use up scraps; this pair is made from Beech with Mahogany inlays. Those who have had the benefit of a misspent youth will note that the smaller die is a Right-handed one while the larger die (3”) is a Left-handed one. These don’t roll under the furniture so easily... . ....
There are three curved parts in each stool. These are formed by gluing up thin strips to create a thicker laminated part. The three parts are: 1. Seat Back – 7/8” thick (formed with 5 or 6 strips)2. Back Rest – 7/8” thick (formed with 5 or 6 strips)3. Slats – 3/8” thick (formed with 3 or 4 strips) (5 per stool) As I plan the construction, I start to realize that I have 6 stools with 7 curved parts each. That works out to 42 glue ups. Each one requires...
Back in early November, I went to my favorite lumber yard and started looking at what kind of wood to use. I was interested in mahogany, but wanted to check out my options. They had some very nice ribbon mahogany. I went home and gave it some more thought. The next weekend, I made the plunge. I had only one problem, I kept seeing pieces that looked too nice to pass up! I ended up with way more than I needed for this project. I can rationalize it that I saved gas by not making an extra ...
This week I embarked on a new Adventure, or maybe and Old one! I had the privilege of turning a piece of “River Recovered Old Growth Bullet Tree” that had been sitting at the bottom of a river in Belize for an estimated 150 – 200 years. When I first received my piece of “Old Growth Bullet Tree” from Greenerlumber.com, I wasn’t sure what to expect from it. I did know it had been at the bottom of a river for 150 years and even though it had been vacuum kiln dried, it would be as we turners...
I recently returned from seven awesome (and tiring) days of teaching at the William Ng School of Fine Woodworking. The first five days were dedicated to the Modern Hall Table, and the weekend class was focused on the frame. And believe it or not, the frame was the more challenging project to complete in the given time-frame. But I am glad to say that everyone was able to go home with some semblance of a finished project. I thought it would be fun to share some of the pictures I took durin...
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