Well, after two sweaty hours out in the shop today in ridiculous humidity, I was able to wrap up the last of the carving and put on the final touches. Here it is with the basic shaping and sanding complete. Then I went back with two different sized nail sets and gently hammered in a scale patter on the dragon heads and necks: And finally used my carving chisels and chip carving knife to cut the year numbers. Now it’s time to put a coat of clear shellac on the car...
There’s not much that words can express that pictures can’t outdo…I got to carve another 2 hours and it’s coming along nicely! And here it is next to the old one…
So I had some more time today in the shop and continued to work on the leg vise chop. There’s not much to tell, the picture show the progress. It was slow, sweaty work, but this is the result of about 2 hours. Had to hone the chisels but other than that, everything is progressing as planned. Finsihed the final shaping of the banner (just needs smoothing and sanding) and started in on the dragons! Woohoo! Really liking how the curled banner looks 3D! Thanks to Mary May and...
Well, now that my workbench is finished I can finally start on some badly needed tool storage and organization. I have been tossing around ideas for a tool cabinet for a while now but have put it off in order to not get distracted and prolong the bench build. Basically I am wanting a cabinet that can be mobile (I am a renter and in the Military so my stuff will have to move eventually) It needs to be able to hold a large amount of tools in a central location. Be a cabinet rather than a c...
http://youtu.be/aRlhNQ3UNsg In this video I show how I build three paper towel holder using a design by Winfried Wondel….and the time it took to complete this simple little prodject!
Got a little time in the shop left after repairing my jack plane iron—-that’s another post—-time to start carving! First I transfered the design using tracing paper (rub a pencil to cover the back in graphite, then retrace the design on the wood). Then I used a 1/2” bench chisel to make stop cuts around the larger portions of the banner. It will be draped over the bottom section of the dragons so it is the high ground, so to speak. After the stop cuts were ...
Got to spend some more time in the shop after I put the kids to bed. I continued shaping the chop and here is the result….one nicely beveled chop, using chisels and the Nice Ash block plane. A deadly combination—-that poplar never stood a chance. By the time I had all the bevels done (30minutes!) I realized I had time to go for flattening the sides, and I ended up with this: I am very happy with the results. Got a little workout in and finished the chop’s s...
Finally got a chance to sweat in the shop….I mean work in the shop today. Wisconsin may not be as hot as Texas (ever) but we sure get some humid days and being inside the garage, even with a box fan going full blast is good recipe for weight loss! Today’s first order of business was to start crafting a carving mallet so I could do the details on the leg chop. I don’t have one and quite frankly, I just think they’re cool. But…I’m going to take a non-tr...
Okay, so if you follow this blog, you’ll know that last year I built a leg vice and attached it to the workbench I built over the summer. The chop on this vice was simply two pieces of 3/4” pine, about 6” wide, glued together and shaped (with some crude tools I had at the time and zero knowledge of what I was doing). Then I carved my initials and the year of it’s construction (2012) into it and made a nice little handle out of poplar. Well, it works. ThatR...
After fixing the hole in the kitchen ceiling, I didn’t have anything lined up to do like I like to have… So for about a week, it was thumb-twiddling time (at least shop-wise)...Every time the stairs were descended, heading down to the shop, there were no sparks of creativity going on, no light bulbs going off flashing new ideas…But there was this… On top of my pile of “Real Woods” was the leftover 2” x 8” that I had cut in half for the kitche...
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