When I posted my project on the new work station for my Pen Wizard I jokingly said that I would be an expert by Sunday.Well, it’s Saturday and I’m half way there! I tend to do things over and over and finally the light comes on. I’ve probably used a dozen orphan pen blanks and a half dozen pieces of dowel trying to figure this thing out. (One advantage is that I have cleaned about half the wood off the tube so it doesn’t take so long to get it clear of wood.) Wel...
Yo whats up everybody today I took down my old clamp rack and set up a new one. Then I started organizing all of the cut offs and the shorter pieces of wood.
Today, I was building a window sill for my house, the window was a bit bowed so I needed to remove some wood in the middle to make it fit. I kept thinking how am I going to do this without screwing up. Should I sand it, cut it, or what? what a pain. I was looking through my bench drawers looking for that ever elusive pencil, you know the one that can move on its own. As I was searching, I pulled open the drawer with my hand planes. I love hand planes, but I never remeber I have them. I grabbe...
Took another stab at it this evening after work. I found some clear pine I decided to use since I didn’t have any more good poplar scraps. The pine seemed to be more difficult to saw, like it was gumming up the small teeth of the saw. Chiseling seemed to go ok though. The results are acceptable again, but not as good as I would have hoped. Sawing the pins seems to be the most difficult part for me right now. I did however, try something a little different tonight. As I was scrib...
I have been commisioned by a young man who is an ameture astronomer to build for him an eyepiece box. That is, a box that will hold all of his eyepieces, his filters and his maps without any damage to the pieces. He travels with his telescopes every year to SC, I believe, so it needs to be secure enough to not open up on him and to withstand an accidental tumble or two. I have had to learn how to use a dovetail jig and have done pretty well with it. However, due to my lack of proper pla...
Dovetail Pen Progress Success!! It took a few more tries but I finally have a set of pen blanks worth of being assembled into a final writing instrument. Some more issues that I have run into along the way are: Working with Padauk and CA glue – I found that when I was applying the CA glue to the blanks to stabilize the chipout that the glue would pick up the color from the Padauk. This in effect became a “stain” that would penetrate the Maple and start to turn it pink. I solved this ...
Dovetail Pen Progress Pictures. OK, I managed to get a few pictures off the camera. Just bare with me, this is my “garage” camera so the resolution/quality is not top notch. The three following picture are: #1 – My collection of dovetailed pen blanks. End to end joints for the dovetails. #2 – A closeup of some of the chipout I experienced along the joint seams. You can see the CA glue that I used to solve this issue in the picture. #3 – Finished pen blanks, first attempt. In this pi...
Deuce’s log, January 13, 2010 We’ve all heard stories of past lives coming out to the surface…I cannot forget how crazy i thought the person who first suggested it to me was. Memories of being someone else? Where’s the lithium? The past few months I’ve been biting my tongue, because memories are now something I cannot remove from my head.I’m not crazy, but lately i have been remembering quite vivid memories about being someone else; About a past life....
Hello All, The Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking (Manchester, CT) is hosting the SAPFM (Society of American Period Furniture Makers) New England Chapter meeting on Saturday, February 27 at 9:30 am. The presenters for this meeting include Robert Mussey, Nickolas Kotula and Will Neptune. Robert Mussey, author of The Furniture Masterworks of John & Thomas Seymour, will give a presentation on the Seymours of Boston, concentrating on their unique styles, ornamentation and methods ...
Ok sorry this took so long… The Crochet is really what it sounds like if you ever looked or have your self knitted… a Crochet hook is a comma fused to a needle, Another use Ive see for it is to reverse it and use it to disgorge hooks for fishing. Using the down force of the “comma” to free the fishing hook, then as the hook is released, the comma holds it hidden so it can be guided out without hurting the fish. Anyway on my table, its a comma that is fastened t...
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