This project is what I call “THE PROPOSAL EGG” It’s a simple idea that, until last night I had never heard of anyone else ever making. It’s a SPINDLE TURNING project that involves making a hollowed out “EGG”, that becomes a “lidded box” (eventually the base part will have a small round “ring cushion” once my friend has made some or me, as round ring cushions just don’t seem to be available to buy in the UK) that a ring can be...
I complete the three legged stool. In this episode I glue up the seat and eventually the rest of the stool. I shape the legs, install the wedges in the mortise and tenons, sand and finish the stool. Thanks for the support and kind comments! This was a fun project and satisfying to have completed it. Best RegardsChris http://youtu.be/jhUJkumaA18
A common technique when turning wood is to turn a green piece of wood, then store it in a brown paper bag until it is dry. The paper bag lets the wood dry slowly and uniformly, this reduces cracking and splitting. The problems are: How long to store it? When is it dry? You cannot see it in the bag and commonly available moisture gauges only measure the surface of the wood. I’m not sure how unique this is but I’ve found that by including a remote humidity sensor in the paper bag...
Over the past few days I’ve been working on an idea that I’ve NEVER seen or even heard of anyone making before. Therefore I am obviously having to work out methods & techniques “on the job”. It’s only a small item that I hope will sell well at some craft fairs & markets, and possibly on line sales too. I’m NOT going to reveal what this item is, until I have got it the way I want it, and have made a few ready to sell, BUT…I WILL reveal it on...
I’ll walk you through the steps to make a wooden business card holder like this one. Choose what ever wood you’d like and follow along. A few passes through the table saw and a quick spin on the lathe is all it takes. I hope you enjoy the business card tutorial.
Something to be aware of when turning Bowls:- When you sharpen your Bowl Gouge you may get a tiny “Burr” on the heal of the bevel that then results in scratches in your piece at the point of transition between the wall & the base on the inside. It’s always worth checking for a burr on the heal, and if you find one, just remove it with a fine file and then a bit of fine sandpaper, just to make sure the heal is smooth.
It is hard to believe that it is Thursday already. I honestly don't know what happened to this past week. It is difficult for me to understand how quickly time can pass, and just when I think it couldn't move any quicker, it seem to accelerate to an even greater speed.I can finally say that I am pretty much caught up with things. While we only were gone for four days, it seems to have taken the next several days to get caught up again. I think it shows me just how busy I can be on a d...
Check out the finished product here. Thanks for following along.
A few years ago (before we were married), my wife bought me a monstrously huge pepper mill (I think it was about 3 feet long). It was awesome, except for the fact that it was a pain to use and had formed a fairly substantial crack over the years. Fate would have it that my daughter developed a huge love for dismantling it (apple doesn’t fall far from the tree), and lost several key pieces of the grind mechanism. After a painful hunt, we decided to give up on that mill and consider bu...
I was able to finish up my drawing yesterday. Whether or not I was able to squeak the project in under the deadline for submissions remains to be seen. I honestly was not sure of the cutoff date, but in some ways (to me, anyway) it didn't really matter. Either way I wanted to create these designs. Either way I win. As time goes by and and I do what I do longer and longer, I have discovered that there are a world of options open for me. I used to get rather tense about deadlines and t...
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