As a proof of concept, I made a C-Clamp out of wood. I intend to eventually make a few more, but I’m wondering what would be the most useful size to build. The one in the photo is about 6 inches square with the clamping capacity of only 2 inches with a 4 inch deep throat. Any suggestions?
Coming home from Church on Sunday I passed this plant stand, out for the trash, not far from my house. Needless to say I walked out and took a look. It is made of solid, 1 inch by 1 1/2 inch oak. It came apart into 2 frame pieces by removing 4 screws on the bottom. Some flexing broke the doweled joints. This is what I got. The long bits have a useful 22 inches of solid oak between the dowel holes.
Here’s a video about my version of Ron Paulk’s Workbench 2. https://youtu.be/YTM_jP5nvEo
[Above] This was my last log of elm in which I hoped to find some more spalted wood. The first thing I did was to grab my Australian Bowie knife and strip off the bark. It came off very easily as the log (2 feet long, 4 inch diameter ) had been sitting on the ground under leaves for several years. [Above] Then I put the log in its most stable position on its side and attached a 1×4 to each flank, making sure it was fairly stable and trying to have the boards parallel to the b...
I had two elm logs left that I pulled off the bank on the side of my house. They are both about 2 feet long. One of them I cut up tonight and I was happily surprised. I tried a different technique this time which I’ll cover when I break down the other log. I am very happy with the yield. Each slice is about 1/2 inch thick and the narrowest is just under 2 inches. The others are about 2-1/2 in. The log was about 4 in. in diameter.
At long last, my latest booklet, How to Make a Ball-Jointed Doll in Wood, is finished and available. After a year of trials and errors I have made a darn good set of plans and instructions for my 7” ball-jointed doll. The booklet is 48 pages long- more a mini-book than a booklet- and has 120 full-color step-by-step photos as well as 6 pages with full-sized plans and assembly diagrams. Go to my web site to order your download: www.woodworks-by-donna.com
I’ve been living in the natural world of Rivers Inlet, British Columbia my whole life and I’ve never found anything that astounded me more than this. As a beachcomber, when I find a slide it’s a perfect treasure for me to sift through but what I found the day I came across this slide, completely blew my mind. At first sight, the log was a beautiful old growth red cedar – already a gem in itself. But once I started milling, the unique treasure I discovered within ...
Made a litte video to finish up the weekend!!! View on YouTube Thanks.
This story starts on a Saturday morning when I got a Facebook message from my friend Rob. “We are having a yard sale and there are a ton of old tools” Rob said. So ofcourse I got in my car and headed over there. I found a lot of great old tools but this week we will focus on the Level I found, It’s a Stanley No. 104 Level 18” long. This will make a great restoration project I thought… I made a video of the restoration as well, you can see it here: View on Yo...
I am working on this for a gift for our granddaughter. The design may change a bit. I want the design to have gentle curves that will create dramatic shadows to provide interest as your eye moves around the mirror. In the second video I am working on the top part of the mirror. I’m tossing around ideas in my head of which wood to use, maybe some of the rescued mahogany, shedua or walnut. Sydney Part 1 https://youtu.be/wtXfl5eHGlE Sydney Part 2 https://youtu.be/4NCQjfWLk_I
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