Hey guys! Back from the mountains (alas, too soon). First this quickie blog post about what happens when you order a pen turning mandrel without owning a lathe. Being a cheap skate, and a long-time reuse-recycle-minded guy, I of course built myself a wee lathe with all recycled parts: motor from an old printer (or photocopier, can’t really remember, I dismantled so many of both…), pulleys and timing belt also from reclaimed hardware, so for the bearings (hidden in the block ...
These pawns I turned out of various pallet wood, deadfall, offcuts etc, the three on the right are out of african blackwood, once my final design is pleasing unto me I will turn a whole set. Each pawn becomes a little quicker. I turn them all on 3” faceplates but a chuck would be just as good. I didn’t bother to put a finish on most of them. I could probably have a game of chess just on prototypes alone! A work in progress may inspire others to try as well. I swapped out my 1.5...
Welcome to another installment of the Chess Corner! Today’s topic is turning rooks or aka castles.The large looking one on the left was a first try out of some sort of mahogany pallet scrap and after turning it round realized how open-grained it was, not a desirable trait when wanting to work with small details. So I found a more close-grained wood such as maple that I laminated out of offcuts from a local cabinet shop. This one “turned” out pretty good, pun intended! The la...
Well, after a little bit of tweeking, It looks to be working… (keeping my fingers crossed). This was just to be a proof of concept (prototype), but it seems to be working well enough that I’ll use it for the rest of the production and make a better one next time. Thanks to all for your suggestions. !(Working router trammel)! Sincerely, Tom
Well, here we go. I have been working on the design and preparation of this project for 3 years. The final prototype was just completed. This is my second prototype. The first one was a quick (that is a relative term) mock up to see if I had the size correct. I built this out of scrap 2×4s and screws. Pieces were only roughly shaped. After building this, we determined that it was about a half inch too tall. The second prototype was built as a prelude to actual construction....
Guys and gals, I need your advise. I’m cooking my underbench chest of drawers to store some tools. And I’m dreaming about full extension drawers. Here’s what I’m up to so far: half-wooden shop-made full extension slides. Two aluminum extrusion profiles and wooden runner: The extrusions are cut in flash into carcase wall and drawer: I think whole idea is more or less clear, anyway see some pictures of drawer in action. Fully closed: ...
If you don’t remember the teacher from ‘Ferris Beuhler’s Day Off’ the title is not at all funny, it’s barely funny if you do remember the movie:-) Anyway, I got a chance to work on the birdsmouth joints Paul ( Shipwright) recommended for making my hollow mast prototype. Once I’d fabricated a zero clearance dado blade insert I did a couple of test cuts and then ran my 10 boards through for my trial glue up.I had cut a pronounced taper on the boards figuri...
Hi there welcome back for another installment of the chess corner. Today’s topic is turning bishops for a chess set. It’s very satisfying to be able to be in a position when creating your own chess set to put your own style on the pieces. For instance let’s look at a few bishops I cooked up in the chess corner. These look very close to a standard bishop except for the very top. Instead of the tiny little tip on most I flared it to give it a little bit of a different look bu...
This is my soap dispenser. There are many others like it but this one is mine. And once it’s empty there are a few goodies to look for inside the pumps of these things: The hard plastic balls are very nice and shiny (not as in this picture, I stuffed it in a hole in my tabletop so it wouldn’t move during the picture). I collect them for fun and maybe someday I will have enough to make a bracelet for my girlfriend ;) The stainless steel spring in these things is of...
The Journey to extreme chair making begins as Jalen chooses his wood and lays it out in anticipation. in preparation for an ambitious project and wanting to really know what he was doing jalen chose to make the more crucial parts of the chair out of poplar. The actual techniques and process will be covered with the start of the real chair.
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