It must be about four years since I first had a vague idea of reproducing this Roman plane from around the second century AD. The original has an ivory infill body, and is remarkably complete. I gained permission from the curator of the Guildhall Museum in Beverley, East Yorkshire, England, to take some measurements and photographs when the plane was removed from its environmentally controlled cabinet for its periodic inspection. This blog is where I originally touched on the subject, an...
I’ve had a number of comments about the metalwork on my lacewood box. This does seem to have generated some interest so I’ll write briefly on this aspect. Making hinges is a particularly useful string to a woodworker’s bow. Bespoke hinges complete the personal signature of your work, whether a box or a cabinet. Many, if not most woodworkers on this site will be familiar with scrollsaw work and many specialise in this style of work. In practice, there is no difference betw...
Exciting Progress.. I am making some great progress on my closet project. I currently have the copper rods in a machine shop where the parts are being fabricated. The clients and I had talked about changing the lights to better illuminate the fine work that I have produced. While the metal work is being done I decided to go ahead and install the new lights. WOW! Man-OH-Man! Does it ever look fantastic! Here is the closet with the old lights: Here is the closet with the n...
Hi There! I for one, really like the way brass looks with a rich background of mahogany or dark oak. I also love engraved brasswork. This morning as I drank my morning six-pack of diet coke, I was checking my regulars and came across a link to a person who does steampunk stuff and had a procedure to do brass etchings of anything you can photocopy. It’s relatively simple, and can be done with materials you can get at the borgs. Below is the photocopy “negative” (le...
Where can you buy 1000 (full size) sheets of (nice, waterproof) sandpaper for $1.00? Those were the first things to go; I managed to grab 2 boxes in the frenzy, one box of 150 grit, one of 280… Need a sheet? let me know! At 8:00 Saturday morning, Grizzly Industrial’s annual tent sale in Muncy PA opened their doors. I thought I would check this thing out, and actually got there 15 minutes early thinking I would take a look around before the crowds showed up at 10:00 or so…...
I got this great letter today from DenmarkAs you can see there is an Origami and a leather strop for my knifeThe knife in the picture is one that I made years ago another thing the writer and I have in common.We both also make knifes and do leather-work.Unfortunately we both have spinal injuries, but we both smile a lotDo you know who it is yet?Jamie
Cheap 20€ router from big box store: Plus plastic lock lever: Equals a lot of frustration. This thing wears out so quick that it started playing me tricks after the first 10 uses or so. Having two of these, one here and one at the parents’, I took benefit of spending my holidays at their place to quickly mill two replacement levers, out of steel bar. I brought one home and finished it this afternoon: I like the fact that these entry level routers have a prett...
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