I have been turning for a short time, about a year and some change. In this time I have learned that my neighbors are my best suppliers of wood. When they cut down trees I come a running. This last summer I got some big Ash logs and lots of Maple. Now that it is “winterish” I’m trying to turn all this lumber into bowls and boxes. I start by getting the wood. Usually I will put it in the back of my SUV if it’s just one or two little logs but if it a bunch of wood I have a 4×8 trailer. Th...
I finally ended up with 6 coats of Arm-R-Seal Poly in semi-gloss, giving it a light sanding after the last 3 coats with a 320 pad. I liked the look, but wanted just a bit more gloss, so I gave it two quick coats of spray lacquer in gloss. Now it’s looks good and the finish is glass smooth mostly. The really nice finish actually highlights some of the small imperfections in the turning, but you have to be looking up close to see them. I tried taking some pics using different lights...
I have been carving for sometime and lately I have been carving some walking sticks. The material I use is fallen sticks found in the forest. The stick is still green, but I still carve. A friend of mine asked me by using a green wood, would the wood warp and crack? I said, well I’m not sure. To me it’s ok if it warps some because it’s only stick. The twisting and warping may improve the looks. Can anyone else share there thoughts about carving green wood and what you might ...
A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to build another backsaw. (Here’s a picture of my first backsaw project.) The saw that I wanted to duplicate is a Disston No. 77 that was my grandfather’s and perhaps even my great grandfather’s. My dad told me about it one day when I was tossing around the idea of a backsaw project. He said that my grandpa kept the Disston No. 77 (you’ll love this) in the barn to remove horns from the cows. It made me sick. I was sure the saw w...
I finished up the project in this session. Since it sticks out, I will comment on my non standard design – i.e. drawers in the back. I originally did this as an attempt to fix an issue in my shop lay out – stupid move. Fortunately, the flaw is not as annoying as I was worried since the INCRA Router Top has you standing at the side (facing the fence) vs standing at the long edge. So I started here And ended here Steps I followed in today’s session1. Dust Collec...
I am sweating bullets on this thing! It is about 3 1/2” in diameter and 3” tall with an entry hole of 3/4”. I am about halfway done with the hollowing and the finished part has walls of about 1/8” However, the tool is starting to get a bit jumpy and grabby. As this is a sugar maple burl from a farm that has been in our family for well over 100 years the wood has a lot of sentimental value. As a result I DO NOT want to blow it. Figured I would step away from it fo...
Hi All, I posted some details and pics of my workshop today as well as some projects. I completed my first project recently – a headbaord for our guest bedroom. I’ve made some picture frames and working on a more ‘deluxe’ picture frame now. I’m going to need to jump in and look for some answers soon, the questions are starting to pile up!.
My original plan for this project was to follow the process outlined in this article:http://www.popularwoodworking.com/projects/tips-for-finishing-cherry. Saving you the read, the steps are 1. Apply dewaxed shellac as a seal coat2. Apply glaze, a cominbation of artists oil and Liquin, for color3. Coat the fully dried glaze with topcoat of poly Seems simple enough, but in my own rush to finish the porject I did not cut my shellac with denatured alcohol, and as such the glaze would not reall...
Hey everyone, I haven’t posted many projects during my time on LJ due to the fact that I am currently waiting for most of them to dry out before I finish them. In any case I would like to give back to the LJ community and share what I am working on and hear everyone’s feedback. I am just going to post everything that is currently in progress and if there is any interest in a particular piece I will create a new blog with more photos and information :). Here are some of t...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #38: Random Thoughts and Stand-Up Nativity Set
It is raining again and finally we are experiencing some cooler temperatures. It is a wonderful relief from the hot and humid weather we have had. It is still a bit humid, but the weather service shows this being the pattern for the week so there is some hope that it will begin to feel more comfortable shortly. I understand that others have it far worse than here. Being from Chicago and spending so many summers there with a 103 heat index, I should be used to the heat and humidity. But I ...
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