Tonight Nov 15, 2007 The Mason Dixon Woodworkers Club held it’s Holiday Banquet. We even invite the wives, children and significant others. And for some of the older members their chauffeurs. We had 52 people present, and 4 of them are LumberJocks. I keep trying to get more of them to sign up, but you know how old fogies are “Non Computer Literate” Our president owns a computer but no Internet. Our Vice President doesn’t even own a computer or cell phone. ...
Well got another fairly warm day in the shop 50 degrees F. Cut out the derrick sides and made a glue up jig to hold them together while I added the cross braces.This is a little trickery because there are only three sides to it.This is one of the great things about these plans, just copy, print out the plans, glue them to some wood clamp it up and you have all the angles and places to drill marked out. Now glue on the braces and every thing will stay in place till the glue hardens. T...
After the Circus Train I wanted to make a regular train. Band saw and drill press are the tools used, step one: Then a few coats of milk based paint (blue, black and red) and acrylic (orange and green). I like the milk paints, go on nice and cover well and have a smooth finish. Now to design some of my own using this style. I also need to find a better way to cut wheels, I may use dowels rather than cutting the out with a hole saw.
This is the machine I used to build, ‘Toy Crane’; they’re phenomenal machines. I cut circles and everything else on it. It was the first time I ever used one; in fact ever saw one. That veneer is hard to work without machines made for maching it that have small advance scoring saws; it tears right off of the core. It’s best to score it with a utility knife and use masking tape to prevent tear out.The patterns were covered with a perimeter of elastomer and an ejector created a partia...
Toymaker Amber Dusick aka woodmouse her wood shop in her garage in downtown LA. After the birth of her son, this one time farm girl from Wisconsin became nostalgic for the toys from her past: simple, natural toys that would inspire creativity and imaginative play, made from materials that wouldn’t stick around in a landfill for thousands of years. After years of silver smithing, throwing pottery and drawing with pen and ink, Amber finally found her medium in wood. Using sustainab...
Well, as some of you know, I have been working on a rocking horse for my grandson’s first birthday. I finally finished it, I will post a picture of it in my projects. I must say, it was quite the challenge. I had a very frustrating day trying to router the pieces to a template, I finally gave up and just cut them on the band saw and sanded them to size. At one point I actually thought, I am not going to be able to do this. And me and my big mouth, I had already told my daughter wh...
There’s still enough time left to put together a few toys before Christmas. Both of the woodworking clubs I belong to contribute home-made wooden toys to ‘special’ children each year. Some go to Baptist Children’s Home, Children’s Cancer Center, poverty workers , homeless mothers, etc. – and some to a ‘Shoe Box’ operation that includes them in packages to our military personnel overseas for local children – hopefully making a friend out ...
I sent an e-mail to the published of the Seaford Star newspaper asking if he could provide a copy of the newspaper article so that I could post it here. Here is blog ! where I mentioned that an article was created. Blog #1 This is a blog on the giveaway day that the author of the article was present for. Giveaway day blog The publisher sent it to me. This is missing the pictures of course. _ Delmar woodworkers bring Christmas to kids By James Diehl There were no Christmas ca...
Edit 8 June 2015 Finished truck can be seen over here One of my preferences in woodworking is wooden toys. I have a special interest in trucks and the model of the Old Time Farm Truck by Ron Fritz, Creeksidewoodshop.com on the Google Sketchup 3D warehouse drew my attention. His model was in imperial dimensions and since I work in metric I redrew the truck in Sketchup with metric dimensions and also simplified it somewhat . You can convert imperial to mm in sketchup and the other way ro...
Calling this a woodworking project would be a gross overstatement, but if you’d like to bring a smile to the face of your own – or other children, it doesn’t get much quicker or easier than this. The photo below shows a few of the two dozen or so small tops I made from wheels and dowels ‘left-over’ from the small race cars I made for our club’s Christmas toy drive. They could be made any number of ways, but here’s how I did it. I chucked a dowel into my portable drill that was snug...
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