Exercises in Artisanship #11: Creating a saw till with what ya got! PART 4

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 05-15-2012 11:05 PM 2793 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Good evening once more friends. Here is another installment of this saw till project build I have been having a fun time experimenting with.

This till has been prepared for the task of holding my various saws for the last week or more….....but I wanted to take some additional time on this and try some creative ideas.

I felt this was a nice opportunity to take aim at showcasing various skills and add them to this project to make it extra special as well as different from the rest.

I feel my work can only grow with taking some risks and challenging myself at first time attempts, so this was another situation where I gave that a whirl…..or a spin on the lathe…

Pic 1: I thought it might be fun to add a twist of some cool side pieces with interesting curves so this till is attractive from the sides…or at least interesting to draw your eye to it. I bought some 1/4 inch pine craftboard and had some ideas sketched to have a go at it.

Pic 2-4: From pencil trace to cope saw….spokeshave to file for side chamfers…..these sides pieces were taking shape and fun to create!

Pic 5: I jogged the two pieces once both created….then cope sawed the difference in wood fat…lol. This worked well for getting them in line with one another.

Pic 6-7: Got my bruiser of a rats tail….to help rasp down the roundness to my desired look. Followed up with some sand paper to get everything feeling in tune and smoothe.

Pic 8: Now I traced on the wheat carving design onto each side piece….this would make for some nice chip carving later and added a little handsaw spirit to the whole tills look.

Pic 9-11: I was looking to try 3 smaller spindels that would be ornamentation for the back of the till. I cut some poplar dowel to desired size..then got my nail to make relief areas for the lathes centers.

I then added a bump of wax to make the piece turn without too much effort.

Pic 12: More for practice then need I created this little story stick to help me in my duplication process at the German Spring Pole lathe.

Pic 13:
Come on gang, gather around…..this portion of the slldeshow we are going 1500’s country style foot lathe turning! YEE HAWWWWW....LMAO!

Pic 14: This is a first time for me duplicating spindels for a piece to be used…..and I was very happy with these especially since a few months had passed since turning. Great aerobic workout as well.

*Pic 15:* A mock up of the ideas…...with some more clean up and work yet to be done.

So the lathe was a blast to get using again, it is definitely a multitasking affair…lol. Once you get into the rythm of using your foot….working the tempo with the cutting tools and having that story stick (A nice help indeed) you are off to the races.

Hope anyone who stopped by got something good from this… more blog should do it for the finishing touches…..hope you stay tuned and have had a great time in your shop as well!

Best wishes and pine shavings


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 12:09 AM

Looks like you’ve been having fun. Should be really cool when you’re done.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 05-16-2012 12:46 AM

It is going to look sweet, Nice artistic details, I am so jealous of your spring pole Lathe, I want one!

Did you take a class with Roy or did you just follow his plans?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 01:08 AM

Nice journey as always. Gonna be a nice piece when it’s finished.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 05-16-2012 02:04 AM

Thanks friends. Mauricio, I just went through his plan in the book. It’s a lot of fun and really very usable once you get onto it. Thanks for looking!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#5 posted 05-16-2012 06:43 AM

It’s nice to let your creativity run wild once in a while and try new things. You are making some great additions that will make the saw till unique as well as add interest. Looks great Joe.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 05-16-2012 01:37 PM

Hey Joe,

I love the lathe! and the till. You ever run into the Jersey Devil in your area. Looking at the pictures I’m guessing your in the pine barrens of south Jersey.


-- Second Chance Saw Works Blog: Positive Rake

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