OK, maybe all of my wood-tec type friends out on LJ,s can help me figure this out. I’ve allways been fascinated with the dynamics of curing and drying wood after the harvesting process. One to overcome is of cource the growth vortex that occures in some species and not in others. One question I have is this, Is there a right-hand vortex that occures above the equator as opposed to a left hand one bellow the equator? When a tree wiggles and struggles up out of the grownd, It also “...
Well…that took a lot longer than I expected. You’d think by now I’d remember that milling the lumber and cutting the joinery is only about the first 25% of the job. The bulk of the effort follows as you make the final adjustments, the final shaping, fine tune the details and then actually sand all the parts, glue up and sand again (and then repair the 6 dings/dents that somehow found their way onto my finished work, thank god for wet rags and irons). And I still have to p...
This Parquetry panel is an insert for a conference table. This is the companies logo, It’s an abstract design of an Eagle. The panel size is 24” wide x 54” long. This was a very fun project, it took me around 32 hours to draw, cut, glue, and stain and finish. I used the “The Window Method” because of the long straight lines and the geometrical shapes. It’s much more accurate this way. If I was to used a scroll saw it would be very hard to keep the lines straight. 1...
I have decide to turn only reclaimed, American woods. I’m doing this for several reasons:1) There are trees that we pass, and largely ignore, everyday. Turning this wood gives me a chance to reintroduce myself and others to to this amazing world. I love the outdoors, and I go hiking, exploring, and “wood hunting” with my son quite often. I want to be able to point to a tree and tell him what it is. But as I’ve started trying to identify the species of wood that I&...
Hello. This is a update to my chessboard build. Its been a long time since my last post here because I have been busy, working on some other projects, and trying to aquire the tools and materials to finish the board. The last couple days I have completed most of the pawns with 4 left to be done. I have finished the Kings and Queens as well as the other large pieces aside from the Knights. It is very fun to turn some of the maple pieces because I come across some neat spalting like in the clos...
Here are a few pictures of what I’ve recently been working on. I’ve sanded the piece up to 800grit but I still have to hollow out and apply a finish to it. Here’s a picture of the awl I am currently working on. It’s made from a maple burl I personally stabilized and stainned using colored dyes. (Thanks Mafe and Trifern for the inspiration!). I am still debating on what kind of finish I should apply…. I want the finish to enhance the grain and ...
So one of the things I like about this hobby is there is always something new to try and for a person that has a hard time with doing the same thing constantly that is a good thing. The problem with that is there is always something new and I have not yet found one thing to focus one, I am not sure if that is a good thing or not. But until I figure it out I am pretty happy trying as much as I can. That being said I have decided to tackle a cutting board. My first one is to be for a gift a...
Shortly After completing the toolbox that was posted here: I realized that I’ll need some setup to hold the larger tool/components/etc as it just won’t fit into the small toolbox. I looked around at kennedy, snap-on, and other similar toolcarts and they are either too big or too $$$ for me, so I figured I might as well build something that would match the toolbox. After debating several design ideas, I think I’m going to go with the ‘simple’ plywood carcass w...
I am a little slow out of the gate today, but it wasn’t without purpose. Yesterday was a very full day and I accomplished a lot. My early start paid off and although I thought that by the middle of the afternoon I would have a bit of a letdown and get tired, that didn’t really happy. I didn’t start cutting until late afternoon and finished up around ten. Even after that I was still excited about the project and got some of the general sanding done on it and the first coa...
With the top done, set the leg assembly in position next to the face vise. And the end vise slides to make sure everything still fits. Square everything up and mark the spot where the hex bolts attach the top to the top rail. I used the top rails as a jig to get the holes straight and drilled from the bottom toward the top to just where the brad point stuck through the top surface. This gave me a pilot for later drilling the counter bore in the top for the ½” bolts that attaches the...
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