I jumped the back fence several months ago. We have a canyon out there and there is a lot of deadfall and detritus that I like to rummage through for odds and ends that might make interesting additions to my project list. The last adventure uncovered this length of acacia which I thought might make a neat cane. It’s very hard wood, so carving it has taken a lot of hours. Obviously, the thing can’t get chucked up on my lathe, so I took some killer grinding bits to it with my ...
Ok, first rust hunt of this season is done. Picked up an old Plow plane for less than$15 Kind of nasty, though That metal stril is called the skate. Shouldd be a nice, bright, and shiny steel, NOT a rusty slab of… The wedges were…eh, ok Wasn’t any cutter/iron in it. The wedge for the cutter was only half there. The other wedges made getting this plane apart a bit of a bother. You see, they are shaped in reverse. tap on the bulb end to LOOSEN the wedg...
Well – I spent the day yesterday finishing up the other version of the little cookie cutter animal basket that I showed you a couple of days ago. The first version (pictured above) was done using the new DecoArt Chalky Finish Paints, and I thought it would be a wonderful gift for a baby or even Easter. I loved the soft, pastel colors and I thought they looked really beautiful. The other version however is really different. It just goes to show how much a little paint can chan...
I missed posting yesterday because I didn’t really feel that I had anything unusual or interesting to talk about . Things here have been really busy and I find that some days I just don’t have a lot of new information to share. I am coming up on four years of writing here now (I had to check – I thought it was only three!) and while I have many, many new readers, I sometimes feel that I am being redundant when I tell of the ‘routine’ things that I did on the p...
Well it’s been a couple weeks and the bitter cold snap has slowed the progress a bit.. but here’s the progress since we last met. I wrapped up the Toddler Rail joinery… voila! And surface prepped the walnut for finishing with some P220 on an ROS and P320 by hand. I was originally planning on just using my #4 and skipping the sanding (as much as possible) but I chickened out… I brought all the dowels home from Dad’s shop to my cozy (and down right CO...
When I left off I had completed the first of four for this box. I thought I would share a little more on the process of the mitered dovetails and update the progress on this project. Something I have learned about dovetails in general is to clearly mark the waste sections to be cut away. It only takes a few seconds and really makes the difference when clearing the waste. I can’t tell you how many times I have cut on the wrong side of the line. Marking them clearly is the answer. ...
Good day to you all. It had come to my attention that the links for many of the videos in my Lumberjocks online scroll saw class entries were missing. I have had several emails sent from those who wanted to see the videos that went along with the class lessons. They are all short cuts, but many found them very helpful to them when just beginning. I spent this morning re-linking them and now everything should be alright. The class link is here: http://lumberjocks.com/scrollgirl/blo...
With the plans drawn up, it is now time to mill the rough lumber. As per the title of the series, I am using poplar for this project, mainly because it is inexpensive, and this project was meant partly as practice in joinery. I might have gone with pine, but these boards were exceptionally cheap ($20 all told) and should look quite a bit nicer. Here’s a picture of them: Here comes the dilemma. I have no planer or jointer, nor do I have any hand planes (or even any experience usin...
I’ve been working on this bench for more than a year and am finally almost finished. The base is ash and is from a plan I got from woodstore.net and the top is 2×6 lumber from Home Depot and is loosely based on the Stumpy Nubs 2×6 Roubo bench. The top is 36” x 59” and 5” thick. I made it wider than both of the plans called for because I wanted to use it for assembly. I haven’t had a chance to seal it yet because as soon as the top was flat I started...
The clean up is supposed to be done this week. It’s a black ugly mess. I am very happy that the concrete pad is still in very good shape. In my attached garage, I am thrilled to say that the 220 circuits are alive and the equipment all started perfectly. Got a couple more pieces of equipment to get, but it’s going in the right direction. Of course the world didn’t come to a stop waiting for me to be ready. I have been getting calls to get logs. These are so...
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