I had been saving a nice Honduran rosewood cut-off for a while before the last weekend. I wanted to make a marking gauge and thought rosewood was a good wood for it: dense and oily. A few gauges seen at LJ and in several ww magazines were an inspiration. The planned dimensions: fence—2-7/8” × 4-1/2” × 7/8”, beam—3/4” × 1” × 9-1/2”. Cut the beam and fence parts; got a 1/8” × 1” brass bar for wear strips from a recycled construc...
One of my staples for sale at craft shows is slotted coin displays.They are fairly simple to make and I try to make them in batches so I have inventory without setting up too often to make them.All of them so far have been made from dunnage used to ship steel radio transmission towers from India to the US. Where we would use pine 2×4’s to brace freight this particular company used an assortment of mid/far east woods. From what I can see and surmise it is the off-cuts from the India...
Since Bryan didn’t want a crooked elder wand I went back to the drawing board for a straight one.I went to the dowel bucked and found a piece of old draw-blind dowel.I chucked that in the lathe to make the straight wand. Since it was a straight turning project I use a spindle roughing gouge, spindle gouge, and skew to do the rough forming. Then I sanded to 320 grit, and applied a colonial stain. I decided to do the dremel dimpling after the first stain because I wanted to d...
My Grandson Bryan came up to visit this week.He knew I made canes and asked me to make him one.After talking with him and his mother we decided he’d much rather have a wand.He’s very animated and energetic (read HYPER) so for the first 10 minutes he was full of ideas and tangents of creative thought (making lightning bolts shoot out the end type stuff.)He’s a big fan of the Harry Potter movies and decided he wanted The Elder Wand.I’ve never tried making a wand before, ...
robcastle made mention of my blog and did some polishing on his Paper Towel Holder.I mentioned I’ve polished rough sawn material.I couldn’t find any photos, so out to the shop…I grabbed a piece of curly maple left over from a custom cane handle job that had a fairly rough surface. It even had some little shaving hairs sticking out. I spent a total of 4 minutes working part of the surface.In that 4 minutes I:1. Mounted the red polishing wheel.2. Rough polished with the ...
I was talking about sanding mops and other things and only referenced that I’d polished things with it. On all these pieces my finishing regime is the same: 1. Sanded to 320 grit. I don’t have anything finer that I care to use on a piece that’s going to be polished, and I’ve found that 320 grit seems to be perfect for getting a smooth finish. (Side note: I’ve polished some unsanded surfaces. It doesn’t smooth them, but it will polish the high spots. )...
I got a Beall system a few years ago.I started with the 3 circular pads.I liked it so much I also got the 3 polishing balls to do inside bowls.I also got an old motor for $2.00 at a garage sale so I could have a dedicated polishing setup.The motor is plugged in to an outlet box under the end of the bench. The receptacle it’s plugged into is controlled by a switch also under the end of the bench. The other receptacle is unswitched for plugging the other equipment in when needed. The outl...
Any good ideas on how to polish my open cast iron bed and fences? I’ve cleaned them up real nice but I really want them to shine before I coat them in wax or whatever route I go. Do I use fine grit sand paper, wet, dry? buffing wheel? Any input is appreciated. Thanks much!
I feel like a piece of steel wool. My arms are tired, my fingers are numb. My shop is strewn with rags, bottles and tins of various potions, pieces of sandpaper, wads of steel wool, coffee mugs and the odd scraper. Pieces of furniture stand everywhere. I have been sanding and rubbing and oiling and rubbing and oiling and polishing and waxing and polishing all week. The light at the end of the tunnel is faintly becoming visible… Anyone in his right mind will build a piece of furniture...
In part 1 I found a Eucalyptus tree in a nearby neighborhood. In part 2 I cut it up and had a better look under the bark, finding great boring bug patterns. In part 3, I finally took a 3” diameter piece of the green wood and had a go at it on my Sherline 4400 CNC mini lathe, set up as a manual wood lathe. I’m quite ‘green’ myself at this turning business, and don’t yet have many techniques, experience, and tools necessary, but it came out alright, was a lot of...
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