Jim Rochester posted a project titled” “The Hardest Project I've Ever Had to make.” It is a box for his Dad’s remains who just passed away. I can understand how hard that would be. I am thankful that Jim shared his loss and his project. It reminded me that I have a few things left to do for my family before this cancer gets the best of me. It has metastasized and is now in my abdomen and lungs, so like Jim, I don’t have a lot of time to finish up some project...
I have made an urn for my own ashes. Actually, I have made several of them, but thankfully, they haven’t yet been used, and there are no ominous clouds on the horizon. The first couple of attempts resulted in beautiful boxes that would have done the job, but they didn’t seem right to me. They were made from fun wood; one from aromatic cedar and another from walnut; and I gave them a lot of thought and attention to detail. However, something wasn’t right about them. In...
This will be mom and dad’s final resting place. I think I’ll keep this in dad’s old room after I fix it up. But after I make the living room furniture I may bring it back in there and put it on a shelf. I need to make some wedges for the inside corners out of some of the 8/4 walnut. I also plan to make some roundover molding for the bottom to transition the padauk to the walnut. I may slide another board in between the two for a deeper profile. Thank...
I was honored to be asked to create a box for my mother-in-law’s cremated remains as my first project using this jig. She passed away right before New Years and while we waited for the return of the remains, I was able to create the box using the jig. Once again, the set up was easy. The joints were just tight enough to allow glue to swell the wood for an incredibly strong bond. This jig was a very helpful because I was under a tight schedule. The wood is cherry and the inlaid...
I have been studying segmented turning for a while. I have lots of small pieces of exotic lumber, a really good lathe, and seeking some out-of-the-ordinary projects less frequently seen. It was some You-Tube videos, a 90 yr old turner in North Carolina, who really made me conclude that this was something I could be doing! And so it began, two blocks of 10/4 maple, with a purpleheart filler. Next, some laminated beech, cherry and maple, and a pedestal made of salvaged yew from a neighbors t...
Sorry folks for the hiatus. Been a hectic beginning to the New Year but not entirely unproductive. Towards the ending of last year, an announcement was made that the company I work for has been sold to a company in India. This has caused me to reflect a little on life, evaluate my future, and come to terms with the fact that I have made the transition to my middle aged years. Most of this will be fodder for another blog. In the interim, I spent a little bit of time working on my turnings. ...
I am making a small box for a very special friend to put some of the ashes from her recenltly deceased husband. She really likes the keepsake box that i am posting a picture of here: I want to make the top so it is somewhat secure ( not locked ) but because it is such a small box (7×5 x 3)I would prefer not to put a bunch of hardware on it. I thought about a couple of small button magnets mortised into the inside edge of the box to hold the top shut and it would put a “fair&...
Moving further down the road to starting a professional shop, I’ve designed my own logo, seen here: I’ve had a stamp made up of it, so I can “sign” my projects. I think it will look professional. I did want to use Maker's Marks, but this guy is impossible to get a hold of; I’m guessing he is incredibly busy. Anyhow, I think it came out well. I’ve also done more planning on what to make and sell. I have a small shop, so making huge furniture is ...
More ProgressI started the day out by planing the remaining miter keys. The trick is plane down from the corner to avoid blowing out the grain. PanelI picked stock for the panel lid and resawed it to around 3/8”. Yesterday I bought a new blade for cutting the miter keys. I did not have a flat ground blade and wanted one for the miter keys. I used it for cutting the panel grooves and a little ripping. Nice so far.I offset the groove so that I can rabbet the bottom of the panel...
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