The last blog entry ended with me having two saw blades ready for handles. The handle material I chose to use was mesquite, which I bought from fellow LJ BlueStingrayBoots a while back. One of the pieces he sent me was about 5/4 thick. I decided to use the Marshall & Cheetham backsaw handle template available at the TGIAG website for these saws. I printed off two of the templates and laid them out on the mesquite to get an idea of roughly how much material I needed. Then ...
So, I’m a sucker for challenges. A few years back, the ‘Couch to 5k’ program got me running again after many years on the D.L. Last year I took on a “consecutive days of Geocaching adventure.” (think high-tech scavenger hunt if you’ve never heard of it) I started out attempting 30, then 100 days in a row, which fulfilled a couple of challenges I was going for. Then it was onward to 189 so I would surpass my record of days without geocaching. Yes, when I...
Here are some of the latest slabs that have come off the mill. I have been trying to get as much juniper as possible lately because it seems to be fairly popular around here. The color and grain make it perfect for rustic cabins or southwest furniture. It is also a lot easier to mill then mesquite. I also attached a slab of the mesquite burl that I came across. If anybody is ever around tucson,az or payson,az give me a call I have slabs in both areas. 520-444-1225
I arrived home yesterday to find a package on my front porch. It was a care package from an LJ friend in Texas. Gerardo Garcia sent me a message and asked if I wanted some wood. He was getting concerned about the posabalities of Huricanes in his area of S. Texas and was offering some wood. What arrived was 61 lbs of Mesquite and Texas Ebony. Small to mid size turning wood. Thanks BlueStingRayBoots. You are a great and generous friend. I hope and pray that the water stays ...
The other day I enthusiastically bought some fancy wood since I was making small stuff and wanted to try out some other material. And then I promptly forgot what I bought. The receipt appears: —Bolivian Rosewood—Figured Santos Mahogany (“Bee’s wings” I think)—Mesquite (knew that) Any tips for working with these beauties? I’ve already resawed them down to get bookmatched 1/2 inch boards…. The mahogany in particular seems a bit brittl...
Have begun construction on a shadow box for my retirement. First step – think out all the angles, grooves, dados, joints etc. and put the concept to paper. Scale helps to figure out exactly what the angles are and can help to see what might and might not work. As with any plan, once the actual work begins, the plan will often change to be either more doable or possible. Decided to build a shadow box for a 5’ x 8’ US flag in a doghouse pattern. Looked at several sites f...
I’m a member of the San Antonio Woodworker’s Guild. The Guild recently decided to do a project for the San Antonio Museum of Art. The project is to build a bench to be used in the museum. The museum has several benches, so it was decided that ours would be similar yet distinctive. Horace Staph, one of the elder statesmen of our Guild, came up with this idea and did all the necessary coordination with the museum as well as creating the conceptual design. Prior to us gettin...
It’s about time I attack this project with a vengeance, if for no other reason that it will be good to have the commission money to travel to Berea on (Neener!) The most challenging part of a very challenging project has been finding mesquite in quantity and size to work for me. Each leg is 4-1/2” on the square, a modified cabriole leg. I finally scored the lumber about 4 weeks ago, about an hour away. Heck, in Texas, that’s neighbors. Here is the stack: I didn...
Next weekend I will be going to my dad’s, and taking a couple blocks (purpleheart and honey mesquite) to turn on his lathe. I don’t believe he’s done much turning, mostly table legs from what I know. Anyway, these are the pieces to be offered at the sacrificial altar. They started out as 6”x6”x2”, and so far I have found center, used a protractor to make a maximum circle, and cut them on the bandsaw, about 1/8” outside of the line. One que...
It’s quickly becoming my favorite time of year. The gardens and farmers markets are overflowing with their bounty, almost everything is fresh and in season, the days are becoming comfortable – not yet crisp, but not too hot. Time to preserve and make preparations for the winter. The freezer down in the basement (shop) is almost completely stocked with goodness to keep me going well into next year! I promised “more about this later” during my shop tour... so here it...
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