It feels so good to come off such a nice weekend. The weather was decent (it rained Saturday, but with the rain came a cooling relief from the humidity and much too warm temperatures we were having) and it feels like autumn should. Cool. Crisp. Exhilarating. I was quite productive, yet I still feel greatly relaxed and ready to take on the new week. I finished my bridge and also completed painting a couple of more figures for the pond scene. I had to re-cut a couple of pieces because when...
Autumn leaves. Winterizing and covering the pool. #1: Autumn leaves when Autumn comes. Deck covering the pool
When summer is over, one expects the autumn leaves of red and gold start drifting all over the pool. Nice show to be seen on your´s neighbor pool. Sooner or later, it will happen in yours´, unless….... .... yes, unless you cover your pool. Since autumn started in Northern hemisphere, I imagine that someone may be interested in covering the pool, as I was last April. I made some research, namely surfing the web, and found the exercise of covering the pool can be done either t...
Still without a climate controlled work room, I’ll continue through the list of tasks that can be done without a dehumidifier. Next up is one of the steps that seems to mystify a lot of non-guitar types: side bending. There are many different approaches to this task ranging from hi-tech electric blankets to boiling. My method is based on conversations with luthier friends and guitar geek research. It’s also probably one of the simplest to set up without spending a ton on exp...
Phillipe has been competitive all of his young life. From the time he was in play school, he always wanted to have the tallest block castle or be the last one left in the spelling bee. Some found him to be too competitive, but most saw him as someone who was destined to be enterprising and successful. Now he was a teen and on this cold winter day he is bound and determined to build the best snowman ever. Never mind that little snowman on the other side of the pond -HIS snowman would be ...
”We build too many walls and not enough bridges” – Isaac Newton I had a lot of fun yesterday. I finished my little bridge and even though I had made one previously that went to the magazine, I had learned some things on this site that made the glue up much easier and it went together like clockwork. It was only a couple of months ago when I struggled to make the first one, and it made me feel good to think that I learned so much in such a short time. It went together so...
I filled in the knotwork with plaster. I did this after I sanded the inlay for the axes flush. I’m putting this here, because when I added it to the #3 entry, it messed up all the pictures that came after it. MUTE YOUR VOLUME!!! It’s really loud. Or at least it can be. !! I'm guessing now that I should have waited to sand down the desktop =AFTER= filling this in. It was another round of 150-180 to get it flush. And that was after taking the hand sander to it to simp...
Just a mini-blog today as I’ve found out the yacht varnish takes 12 hours to dry. Two coats, two sides thats two days. So I can’t show the clip fitting yet but I can show you how the two sides turned out. I took the board out of the clamp. Flat as a pancake, no ripples in the veneer. Little Boy never lets me down. The edges were trimmed to size. and on the work side I trimmed back the veneer at both ends by about 10mm and fitted a new piece of veneer with grain parallel to the ...
Oops! began as an idea about outside the box hinges. I’ve always liked the “box on stand” idea but had never tried one so that sort of fell into place and one of the first ideas I had about box decoration was a “spill” pattern. I sketched these on a bit of paper at the kitchen table one day and it was left there. Last December I restored an old ShopSmith 10 ER and had been wanting to see how good a tool it really was and what kind of precision I could achieve...
Anyone who is following this series or just happened to read it knows I was highly disappointed in the horn I had made that was pictured in the last installment. I really had no idea what I was going to do about it though. I was really discouraged with it all. I’m not great at the lathe, pretty inexperienced to say the least. Chips, a fellow lumberjock, visited me and gave me some tips to acquire the results I wished for. Above all, his visit and conversation on the horn matter, if noth...
It seems like I have been all over the board the past couple days regarding work. I don’t know. Sometimes it just happens. I have so many directions that I could go in and I need to commit myself to going in one. Or at least one at a time. Doing only one thing is almost impossible these days. There has been so much opportunity from many different places and I don’t want to let any of them go. I find that I do one task for a while and then get distracted and do another task ...
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