Fail is in the title but really, it was a success. I successfully learned a new a trick on the mill! And that’s a half glass full, people! See SanJuanCarpentry.com for more! If the video doesn’t appear, CLICK HERE to see it now!
So today I found a stump today and it was just begging to be made into a side table. So now it’s in my front yard and I am attempting to come up with a plan. First on the list is to have it kiln dried. Than comes flatting and sanding the top than making the legs whatever they turn out to be. So first question is kiln drying it ok? If not why? Second question how do I keep the bark on the stump? Ok third question what is the best way to flatten and remove all the gouges in the...
At the garden I dug old stump of Prunus avium. I was there for some years. Summer is here so I decided to divide it to half parts. My friend helped me with sawing by crosscut saw (little blunt). It was very hard work. But after some hours very beautiful timbers shows. I grinded it and soaked with water. You ca see it’s little stained by fungi.
Progress on the stump is going well. For the past week, every evening rather than working out in the cold shop, I have had a comfortable seat on the couch inlaying turquoise and copper. At first I only planned on doing a few inlays, but as the cold weather continued, so did my inlays. This project should be pretty awesome when I’m all done!! My uncle made me a really handy stone crushing tool that takes the mess out of smashing up turquoise into small pieces and dust. ...
Evolution of a stump: From natures sculpture to mine. #2: Sanding, burning, more sanding.....and more sanding!!
Working through the grits of sandpaper is important. I feel like I could utilize some advantage if I included a couple more “in between grits” from my typical strategy, but sandpaper costs a lot!!! I started this piece with my chainsaw, roughing out the size and shape, cutting a “flat” top and bottom….then moving to my angle grinder with my favorite shaping tool attached, the Holey Galahad carbide disk. After the shaping is mostly complete, I move on to the o...
My uncle was needing to expand his horse pasture, and thankfully I just happened to be there the day he was going to push this old tree down with a tractor and throw it in a slash pile. Just an ugly old rotten tree to him, but I saw it different. “HOLD ON Uncle Joe, let me get my chainsaw and take this tree out for you.” “What are you going to do with that”? he says…..well, just wait and see. A couple of hours later, using a chainsaw and...
When using some veneers, they must be flattened prior to use. This is especially true of burls, crotch and stump veneers. Flattening them really isn’t a big problem, it just takes a little time, and a flattening agent. The main steps are to spray the front and backs of the veneers. Once the are sprayed, they are placed between plattens and some sort of absorbent paper. Some people use newspaper, but I ‘m always concerned about print showing up on my veneer. I us...
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