"Hobbit Holes in MyWorld" --by RusticWoodArt #25: WoodWorking Vision

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Blog entry by frank posted 08-20-2008 02:44 AM 1443 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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WoodWorking Vision big is your wood-working vision?
....and what happens to your head-room once the expansion within your head decides to get a vision of be-ing a-head outside?
....where will you get your vision from and will you also frequent the market-places of traditions to honor the money-changers?

....for without a vision your wood will perish!

....just as the fire you feel within your belly of now,
will just as soon also go into the alley ways of extinction,
just like all those that came before you who burned for a flicker,
and then comes the day when your out of sight and out of mind

—-for without a vision your wood will perish!

....and so there also was the day when my fire had reached a low,
and all the information i had gathered was of no-use any-more,
i had reached an exponential rate of woodworking information,
my knowledge had gone to overload and my imagination lay grounded

—-for without a vision your wood will perish!

....i was in en-cased within a box of wanting till mind dumbed i down,
the working of wood along lines of tradition had taken it’s toll,
just i was left noticing that my vision was perished rubble on dry bones,
and the sadness was that other’s said don’t fret since it all takes time

—-for without a vision your wood will perish!

....imagine the freeze that was placed on my hands as tools sat silent,
fears of silence for what the bell ringer would soon bring my way,
great shocks alive i wondered if any had noticed the madness of my head,
while out in the woods i heard a new song bringing freshness of now

For without a vision your wood will perish!”

....and then my soul turned to spirit of vision and my wood knew the definition of life….
—by flp


I started this project with some scrap; ”who said scrap….” pieces of walnut that had been sitting quietly inside my barn for some time and were gathering dust. With that thought in mind, I might go on and add that their place of sitting was in an English Barn and since they were just hanging out….other rodent animals were also using them as walk-ways, which gives new meaning to the phrase; ’’a little scat here, a little scat there….!”

The wood for this project is Black Walnut and that’s three boards, with heartwood and some sapwood. Since this story is about ‘finishing’ I will shorten the time spent spent on//with the wood prior to the finishing, by saying that pre-finishing of the wood included:

1.) ....jointing,

2.) ....planning,

3.) ....glue up,

4.) ....cutting the outside shape with the use of my worm drive trim saw, ( and I will add, I don’t see how a woodworker could do without one of these) since to my way of thinking and use….I call this tool, an upside-down table saw for rough, trim and finishing. Ah yes, “the miles I have plowed with this one….and talk about accurate….” The surprising part about the Porter Cable 4-1/2’’ worm drive trim saw, is that it just keeps on going and going,

5.) ....initial or pre-sanding....and this includes the grits of #60 – #80 – #100, by random orbital sander,

6.) ....cutting the hole diameter out using a jigsaw….and yes, this was done after the initial pre-sanding stage,

7.) ....then I followed through with a hand rasp on the hole,

8.) ....followed up by hand sanding the hole edge with #60 – #80 – #120 sandpaper,

9.) ....did I forget a step, well I’m sure some-one will let me know.

Some of the tools used up to this stage of the woodworking process….


Finishing: Rustic Ritual Landscape the use of Wood Art !

So to start out I’ll start with the next step of sanding on the top of the sink counter. The sander I’m using is a Bosch 5’’ random orbital sander 3725DEVS; 8 hole hook and loop, which is connected to one of my Sears Craftsman wet dry vac’s by a Fein hose. This arrangement is so completely dust free, that it can be used inside and I never have a problem with dust from the sanding process.

It is at this point that I use the Mirka 8 hole hook and loop disk pad, for sanding….and I might mention that since I’ve switched to Mirka, I no-longer have problems with the sanding grit running out on me. I might add that when I’m done with a grit and going to the next grit, I used to save the used grits for future sanding….but with the hook and loop, I have found it best to just forget putting the paper back on since the grip can be weakened. I do still save the #60 and #80 grits for any rough hand sanding that comes along….and yes, this is one of the articles that I fill my pockets with, so if you ever meet me and need some sanding in the rough; “I’ve got the grit….LOL” Now I’m off and going again, when some-one finally finds me out in the woods, propped up against a tree and I’m passed on over the shadow-lands; I wonder what else they’ll find in my pockets?

The grits I’m using for this stage of sanding are; #120 – #180 – #220 and I might add that since we’ve now crossed over from working in the rough, to the art of finishing wood....please remember to not skip a grit. Not only will your wood know it, but any-one feeling and watching will know it also and, although those other’s might not tell….the wood will tell-a-tale.

Well that’s as far as we are going to-day….whew, all this writing and camera work can be some work….hmmm, I need some-one to follow me around and do my photography. But then that would probably not work either, since in no-time I would have them laying their camera down and picking up a chain saw and getting into the action of woodworking.

I probably will not post an-other up-date on this story till the end of the week, since my next story will be about lost//abandoned cabins in the woods….after all, I feel a waundering walk-about coming on….

Thank you.

” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 08-20-2008 03:59 AM

Just make sure you come back, frank, to continue your tale – avoid the shadowlands on this walk-about.

Btw, how much is Anderson Windows paying you for your advertising space?

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 08-20-2008 05:10 AM

Thanks for the post Frank. That is some beautiful walnut. It looks and sounds like you are taming it well. The only tale will be at the tail end; “It is finished!”, or is that really the tale, because it has really just begun?

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 08-20-2008 01:05 PM

—hi Steve; you’ve got me on that one about the Anderson Windows….LOL, actually I just use whatsoever is around. It does seem that I have a lot of these AW boxes though, since I just put 15 or so in the cabin of various sizes. Of course I save the boxes and cut them to various sizes, so they work great for on the spot drop cloths and walk cloths. As I’ve said before, I really do use everything….”use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”.

—thanks for the comment on the beauty of the walnut, Trifern; ....and yes you are right about my end of this project and the story goes on. And then if one thinks about it, this story started long before I ever arrived on the scene….and I’m only one of many players in this wood story.

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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