This is a very cool story about the San Francisco Fire Department’s ladder shop! I know first hand how heavy these wooden ladders are. I also know first hand what a 1918 wooden ladder feels like SFFD Ladder Shop Video
Thank you all for the encouragement.I’ve had some really great PM’s, with some great questions. In this title I could relate to many wonderful folk over the years. I thought though I would relate a story of one of my Jolly Rouges who is now a mere 76.In 2004 I got a phone call asking about woodturning lessons for this woman’s Dads 70th Birthday.They live in Glasgow and although that is only a slow one hour drive, I suggested that she find someone in Glasgow.Next I new she...
This piece is not finished….I am about to make a new, thicker top. I feel that the existing top is too thin….SWMBO thinks that the existing top looks just fine…..What you think?
This was a story that I was unsure about sharing as it is a fairly complicated situation. I have just come back from a short Retreat and while I was there I got speaking to a friend who is a cello player.She told me the story of how she had worked with a young woman also with Cerebral Palsy. They created a dance routine with music.So I decided to write about it.One of the most prolific woodturner’s that I ever had the pleasure of teaching was a young womanShe has Cerebral Palsy along with a f...
The wood shaped to the line. If you check back a few posts there were two lines. My ‘final’ line is what you see remaining. Here’s a jig I made to cut the edges to size. Does anyone see what ‘the problem’ is in this picture? Think hard… It’s a 1hp Craftsman router with a 3/8” straight bit. I call it a ‘face off’ bit, but I could be wrong? The jig part is the device holding the router steady. It’s 1/8” alu...
Tommy MacDonald has expanded the FREE content area on his website to provide more “How To” information. There are some cool projects and many helpful tips that might be of use to all of us. You can check it out at the link shown down below. Here’s the link to the HOW TO area: http://www.thomasjmacdonald.com/content/howto/ While you are there browse the rest of the site and check out some of the outstanding woodworking being done. As you probably already know, some of our fellow LJ...
Dear Fellows, People use to say that every Master’s dream is to be surpassed by his own Apprentice!So, the first and still sole person who interested in learning woodcarving with me gives me the full impression that he will make my dream come through very soon… I am very happy!His name is Luiz Favio Rocha Gomes who is an employee in the biggest Brazilian oil company, whose refinery is located in a nearby town. Despite the many activities he performs in his spare time, he st...
I should be completeing this cane in the next day or two, but it is pretty much completed for all practical purposes. I did manage to cobble together a short video showing some additional texturing techniques that I used to finish off the woodburning. I put a couple of coats of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits on it to “yellow” it a little bit. And I have got the handle epoxied to the shaft using the pipe clamp jig in the video. I’ll brush it offf good and put on a cou...
Ok, I’m back… Had a bit of an issue with the bending iron. It seems it is rather delicate and putting it on high (10) is a no no. It’s a Watlow ‘Firerod’ embedded in the aluminum tower. The current flow at 10 apparently burns out the element? It requires about an hour to get to bending temperature – and had I read the sheet that it came with… It was repaired free of charge and henceforth I will be careful to mind the dial! Nothing past 5 from no...
It is usually easier to drill any holes needed in the handle before you actually start shaping it. I just clamp it up and use the drill press to drill my holes…. the one in the shaft is usually drilled with a cordless drill. I like to use a 5/16 or larger threaded rod to join the handles to the shaft. Some people prefer wooden tenons and use it as part of the design with an exposed wedged tenon. You do have to carve or shape that tenon on the shaft unless you use a wooden dowel. I pref...
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