(The following is reposted from my personal blog, Toward Simple. You can view the original post by clicking here.) Finally, I have finished a couple of small woodcraft pieces made from reclaimed objects. I forgot just how fulfilling it is to work with little more than a few pieces of wood, limited tools, and one’s own hands and imagination. I’m beginning to think of the salvaged materials I’ve been gathering – wooden pallets, fenceposts, etc. – as small to...
For those so inclined, an instructional video for three simple handcrafted projects to fill an empty weekend. So turn down the sound and relax watching these craftsmen at their best. Enjoy …...... http://youtu.be/rJ1TKkkF1ps
Good morning everyone! I have spent the past 20 years of my life focused on making projects and crafts with my scroll saw. Over the past year, however, I have started to branch out a bit. I have started to obtain antique wood from barns and old houses to make projects from. I have found that the antique wood has a tighter grain, and people are very interested in buying things made from wood that is 100 years old. My only problem has been finishing the rough wood. One of my best fr...
One of the parts of woodworking that many would like to do better is finishing, and that includes me. On my quest to obtain the background I have bought books, talked with professionals in the field, and searched high and low on the internet to find the answers to my questions. Some of the questions arose as I was completing a project but others were generated by what I had read. As I have gotten older I say to myself, “I know I have read something about this particular procedure”, but I...
Designed by Scott Shaeffer of San Juan Carpentry and fabricated by Mitchel Dillman of Colorado Rock*N Logs, this new tool is a must have for any log craftsman! In this tutorial we give you a little introduction to see it in action! Read more about the clamp by following this link: http://logfurniturehowto.com/review/the-log-clamp-review/
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My love of wood I owe to my Great Uncle Albert. I have a picture when I am about 4 helping him in his shop. He loved wood but was not a very “fine” carpenter. For him you could never build it to sturdy with more wood and of course this was reinforced by more screws. I loved what he exposed me to but decided I wanted to become the best carpenter I could be and that would mean finding a teacher to help me reach that goal. I met a luthier when I was about 12 and was all to happy t...
In varying stages of finish.. there are some rough shapes.. smooth shapes.. then I took it to Kaj. Marked where he wanted the thumb points. I have used the rough belt sander.. a runover with a hand sander.. 120 grit for 20 mins hand sanding..Quick hits with the rough belt, quick buzz with hand sander. 120 for 10 mins on the thum notches. 400 grit on the knife for 15 mins.I gave it a rub with tung oil.I will wire wool it tomorrow and another coat. Thanks for looking.
Kaj has supplied with a lot of wood to help me with my knife making and turning.This handle uses more traditional materials. He saw the knife with the Purple Heart and liked the colour.Birch Bark spacers, Thin strips of elk horn. Masur Birch for the handle. Measure, Mark, Drill, File to fit.Each piece. The masur Birch handle are 2 angled bores like—> \ |Before gluing with epoxy I layed the materials out in order of gluing. The whole process took about 2 hours.
So i unveiled my knife handle this morning.. The curly birch was glowing.. the purple heart lookes splendid.. i think i will leave the bird cherry to a picture. After all a picture is worth 1000 words.. (swear ones) I guess the apple wood peg split it.. I knew i should have fitted it earlier..-21 but sunny…. So like the weather this morning i take a negative and go for a positive.. I can do an article on rehandling/renewing a damaged knife. After a bad start to the day with the k...
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