I bought some Abranet at the Charlotte Woodcarvers Show back in February and decided to give it a try on the walnut. It is amazing! the ‘Net sands fast and leaves a very smooth, almost burnished finish that makes the dark wood look almost like bronze. I am going to replace all my sandpaper with Abranet!
Two years after I built the stool in the previous blog post I was taking 10th grade wood shop at Marietta High School. We had a full wood shop and an excellent teacher, Mr Spofford. He was serious about having his students build big projects. So, in 10th grade for High School shop class, I built a grandfather clock from plans. It took the entire school year to complete. The clock is built out of solid black walnut. The spindles and the molding are only thing I did not make. All credit goe...
I know I make mistakes when I get hurried, so I wanted to make this important cut when I first came into the shop. I finally took the plunge. Covered the cut lines with tape to eliminate splintering: How’s it look? Now it its time to cut the corresponding angle on the leg. And . . ? Wonder if it will fit together? This might actually work!
Because woodworking is a hobby, I only get an hour or two a night (at most) in the shop on weekdays, and I travel a fair bit, so sometimes progress is a bit slow. Tonight I did a fair amount of cleaning in the shop (the spray of wood chips from flattening the boards went everywhere). The most important task was setting up the crosscut. As you can probably tell, I feel like this is the single most important task of the entire project, so I am taking it slowly. Tonight I drew the line to ...
Some of you all asked for this, hope you are not sorry. You can look back to my projects to see my first which is a teardrop style. This will be a hourglass style made from walnut and maple.Started the day by drawing a plan then cutting and planing some walnut for the sides 1 7/8 by appx. 34 by .130 which will be .125 after sanding. Since this is a hourglass style you need a form for the steam bent sides I made the form from some 2×4’s glued side to side for the width and added a p...
Sliding into home, sanding, fur detail, and finish to go.
OK. Only two. But you are here reading so I got your attention. Today will I will show you the final photos of the scroll sawn version of my "Nevermore" plaque. I finished it up yesterday, and it is heading out to New Jersey this morning to be published in the November issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine, which will come out in September. That will give those of you who want to make it plenty of time. I am pleased with how it came out, but I still couldn&...
Another busy weekend has come and gone. The speed that time passes continues to amaze me. I must be busy.It is cool here this morning, with just a bit of rain. After the past few days which were rather warm and sticky, I am happy for the change. Although our weather here in Nova Scotia seems very mild in when I hear about how hot it has been in other places. I feel very fortunate.I made some progress on my "Nevermore" plaque yesterday. I didn't quite complete it, but it will be ...
I made good progress on my scrolled version of the "Nevermore" plaque although it did not come without its challenges. It was nothing that I couldn't overcome, but it took some real thought to sort some of the process out in my mind and make it work how I intended. But after spending the day laying things out and finally getting the chance to cut the pieces at the scroll saw, I am fairly happy with the results. Below is a photograph of where it sits as I write this morning: S...
Modified my jig to allow upward cuts with the gouges to finish the back of the neck, and start the left side as well. A few more days will bring some sanding, fur detail with V-tools, then a light smoothing with some 600 grit Abranet.
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