I was asked by at least a dozen people over the last few months how I do my portraits. Particularly, how I get up to the point of actually putting blade to wood. In other words…… the Prep Work. I thought I would make Part 1 of my “Portrait Scrollsawing in a NutShell Blog” cover just that topic – getting everything ready to actually start sawing. The only “prep work” part I won’t cover in this section is designing the pattern itself – that will be at LEAST one, if not multiple future b...
Finally I have made some progress on the first lesson…enough said… watch the video........The finished component pieces ….shown at the end of the vid dry fitted.. [note that there are no gaps.. this will make for a good glue up..] have the following dimensions: Outer… 65mm wide and 40 mm wide [2 5/8 in and 1 5/8 in]2 Inner… 65 mm wide [2 5/8 in]Centre .. 65 mm wide [2 5/8 in]All pieces are dressed to 45 mm thickness [1 3/4 inch]My timber selections were Golden...
After a few questions about my homemade wax and finishing, i share now the recipe wich works very well for me. 200g beewax ( it´s a little less than a half pound)200g paraffine200g carnauba1 l turpentine ( thats about a little moore than 1 quart)asphalt paint, pigments ( for dyeing ) First melt all 3 wax sorts in a water bath. Be carefull that it will not get to hot and burn and you will have crumbsin your finish. Stir everything very well.l Take it from the stove and let it cool down...
Adjustable Height Rolling Outfeed Cabinet #1: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
But the past I am condemned to repeat is the creation of a new design that I have never done before, am not certain of the existence or availability of key materials and hardware, and possess the barest notion of what it is I want the thing to do. Welcome to my world. I knew I wanted a sturdy outfeed table atop a cabinet that would provide much needed storage in my small shop and would provide another work surface. If that were the extent of my desires I’d have whipped it out in n...
Body done, wedge done, plane iron done. If you are anything like me, eagerness to see some shavings has replaced all other desires at this stage! With a bit of luck, paper thin shavings will be curling out of the mouth. Isn’t it great! If not, don’t despair…. LET’S FINE TUNE: 1. True the plane sole. This is done with the blade in place but well away from the mouth and the wedge set up tightly as it would be in use. Why? With the wedge set, our plane is in “tension”. The wood actuall...
It makes me REAL happy to see that some guys have been inspired to make their own planes! For that reason, I will patiently bear the slowness of my backwater farm style dial up connection….. The last part to be made is the wedge. Just a simple piece of wood but with a very important function! Not only does it hold the blade firmly in position, it also acts as a chip breaker of sorts. Remember when we made the plane body (Part II) there was this little off cut piece to be saved? This...
Now that I have got the new saw pretty much dialed in, I’m ready to tackle the remainder of the power tools and arrange the shop for maximum ease in operation.This is the old saw and out feed table that I started with on my woodworking journey. As you can see, it takes up a lot of space in my cramped shop. With the saw stationed here I just barely could close the door.I recently bought a new Grizzly G0690 cabinet saw and lowered it to meet my requirements for comfort, safety and ease of...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_g6lHi9vSc This is how i change the knives on the machine I operate. There shouldn’t be too much difference between our 400mm and setting a 150mm.Hope it helps.
Here is how we replace the blade on our band saw. A fewhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=fU_U4ZH-Q7g tips that could be useful to you.
If this is happening a little too slow for your liking, it is because I have to make sawdust all day long to keep the wolf from the door. That is 10 hours gone. Making these little planes and blogging about it is mostly a night time affair, after taking care of normal daily chores and duties! We have made a plane body and it is looking pretty good! Time to do some metalwork.This is what we want to achieve: At the top is the finished plane iron, below is the material I made it from; ...
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