A section cut from a conical solid along the vertical axis will give us a parabola. I don’t want to explain much on how it constructed however this parabola can be cut using straight line cuts. On sketch up, it looks like this - From the looks on the drawing… a lot of planning came up with the following questions as my guide: 1. What wood should I use? At first, I was about to use a plywood with flats be covered with veneer of two different wood color however, the ven...
As you can see Meilie (mmh) gave me a “Big man’s cane” to try out and to keep. She asked my height and weight and picture of my hand so she knew what size and heft she should make the cane from. It’s an experiment for her, but she hit it on the money, it’s even reversible. What a beautiful piece of art. I’m not sure of the wood types, I think mahogany and cherry but wouldn’t bet my life on it..All I could think of is the bowl I gav...
I am hoping that some of you can make some suggestions on what I should make next. Whatever I make I will do a blog on how I made it. If it’s really involved, maybe a multi part blog. Well, the house is already full of furniture so I can’t make anything big unless I get rid of something. (Very hard to do since I built most of it.) Here’s what I’m looking for: 1. Something I have never made before. 2. Hopefully something unique.3. Something that will expand my ...
I have finally finished cutting the frame profiles. I decided to make a bunch of small frames, rather than just one. I really like framing, but boy am I dreading the mitering and glue up! But before getting into the mitering (next blog entry), I wanted to show off some of the profiles. The first two pictures are of the frame I took from the plans on the American Woodworker website. I really enjoyed doing that one. I already tried once on a cove frame I cut, a...
Here is how I made my Intersected cutting board posted here. There seems to be a lot of interest in this board so here is a blog on how I made it. First of all here’s what I planned on making. It’s the top one. After I got both the circles intersected I liked how it looked with the rounded corners so I just added in the “wedge shapes”at the top and bottom and called it done. I think that it makes it very distinctive also. As one person guessed I ...
To help get the rough cut end squarded up, i am rubbing pencil lead on to the edge of the squar then slid it over the end across the top too You can see that the high spots have pencil lead (graphite) on them. Sand, than repeat.
What do you guys think? This is a chess table that I made in high school, 30 years ago. The main parts are made of cherry and the chess top is made from maple and walnut.I spent most of my time in high school in the wood shop with a wonderful teacher Mr. Boettler. Like any good teacher he gave us good instruction and than let us develop the skills on are own. As I look at the piece today I can see many things that I would have done diffintly if I was to build it today. My question is should...
Grandma's Picture Frame #3: Zero Clearance Take 2: Using a Molding Head on the Table Saw, Safety and Other Thoughts
In the last blog entry, the table saw molding cutter fiasco was discussed. After some feedback, and encouragement, and trust that the mishap was partly due to a knot in the wood (WHO PUT THAT THERE!), I went back and reworked the Insert. This time I made it slower, neater, and let the cutter itself remove the kerf by very, VERY slowly raising it while the fence held it down. If you do this, please use a cutter that has both outside edges; otherwise, you may not have created a universal slot f...
I read alot about blade tension and I kn ow that is a problem I have. Most of what I read talks about the sound of the blade. That sound reasonable. However I just saw a new post that talked about defection as a better method. The comment was the the thickness of the balde would change the sound and as I should always be wearing my hearing aids I could not tell anyway. It seems that this deflection should be a better method. I will be trying this out this afternoon (as it is finally warmer in...
Hello Again, Well after a rough day at work I was really looking forward to today’s course…then I had to go back to work! But its okay I still made it to class early! I’m 2 for 2! Today Ryan demonstrated the bandsaw, disk and spindle sanders. Pretty cool, a huge bandsaw. I will have to measure it’s resaw capacity as it looked about 12 or 13 inches but very deep from the blade to the arm and a huge table. After the demo’s we picked our projects and began ...
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