A quick bit of info for anyone using an AXMINSTER awvsl Lathe (or similar)Today, my Lathe suddenly started to speed up and slow down, somewhat similar to the old Bus engines of the 1950s era, making turning almost impossible. Also, as it would speed up, there was a flash coming from the motor brushes. I guess now that some people are thinking that either my Motor was faulty, or that my variable speed control unit had a fault, and would probably need replacing…right? The way to fix this ...
This is my entry into the Christmas Ornament Challenge put on by Alan Stratton and Carl Jacobson. This is the third annual challenge and I ma amazed at the beautiful ornaments folks have made! This idea came to me as I have made toys quit a bit in the past and I thought just make a version of an airplane that is smaller. Proportions were determined mostly on the fly and are just approximations of what should look good. Much of what I did I had in my head and I made the first piece then fit ...
Currently I am making two styles of stoppers, cork and the metal o-ring type from Rockler (http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=18020&filter=wine%20stopper). I like the crome o-ring type from Rockler because of it’s sealing capability. I presently get my cork from Packard Woodworks (http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=packard&Product_Code=151322&Category_Code=proj-supp-botstop-botsc) and can make stoppers cheaply and use them as a l...
Probably the best technique in making a cylinder is making first the top and bottom. Then make the wall by following the contour of the ends. I made the two cylindrical ends by using a circular jig with mounted router using 1/8” spiral bit. Then I make a shoulder edges on same jig using 1/4 straight router bits. I do not have a picture of the round ends showing the dado edges. After the ends were both made, I selected a veneer tha can be wrapped around. I nailed brads to temp...
Starting to cut all the pattern pieces today. This is the pattern Shown in plan and end elevation. Just a side note. If anyone is thinking of making one of these please could you wait until I have finished and posted mine. This is my design and it is a live blog of a project, in real time. I have been beaten to the punch by over-enthusiastic people before. Its not big and its not clever. Now from the plan you can see that there are a number of small pieces here. The pattern ...
One of my staples for sale at craft shows is slotted coin displays.They are fairly simple to make and I try to make them in batches so I have inventory without setting up too often to make them.All of them so far have been made from dunnage used to ship steel radio transmission towers from India to the US. Where we would use pine 2×4’s to brace freight this particular company used an assortment of mid/far east woods. From what I can see and surmise it is the off-cuts from the India...
Quick tips with The Woodworking Coach #2: Flattening a board with the help of hot glue and laminate shims
Here’s my take on a common challenge, how to flatten a wide board when you don’t have a wide jointer. I acknowledge up front that this is not including methods of flattening with hand tools, but rather, a practical method for the woodworker who owns a planer but not a jointer. The Woodworking Coach Ep.2 - Flattening a wide board with hot glue and laminate shims from Chidwick School on Vimeo.
wow i havent been out to the shed in so long i guess its due to the fact that i have just finished all my exams and i really just was to lazy to do some woodworking but theres a big change about to happen, in about two weeks or so i will create a youtube channel, website and hopefully a Facebook page to do with me building projects. years ago i used to have youtube videos but they were dull and boring so i am giving it another shot, and i have to say with me being more experienced and with th...
I tried so many ways to make spokes for the backs of my windsor chairs. I struggled with draw knives, spoke shaves, dowel makers, the lathe, and never got good results. After thinking hard on the problem, I figured out a mechanized way to crank them out easily! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkjAuZ3NAr8
For those pf you doing spindle turning on the lathe, or any other turning that uses a “story stick”, here’s a little trick I came up with back in high school wood shop that I’ve found usefull. (we won’t discuss how old this idea is, other than to say it’s older than some uf your fathers!) LOL When you extend your diameters out to the edge of the story stick, use coloured pencils to do so, using a different colour for each different diameter. For exam...
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