|Project by SawdustyDan||posted 03-09-2015 11:47 PM||778 views||3 times favorited||2 comments|
I’ll sit and ponder in my “shop” sometimes, looking at all my scraps and cut-offs and firewood and whatnots, trying to envision Something New to make out of it. I’ll get an idea/impression wafting around my brain and occasionally it comes out my hands. It might be delightful, it might be frightful, or it might just be mediocre at best.
I’d acquired a fair little pile of walnut and cherry firewood, while helping a friend pick up a load, and this is what happened to some of it. (doing stuff like this is a form of daydreaming for me) I took a couple of small-diameter (4-5”, with bark) whole walnut logs and stripped off all the bark. Then, I set about removing as much of the sapwood as I could, using chisels, scrapers and, eventually, coarse sandpaper; until I had The Look I was looking for (though I didn’t know it, until I saw it…). I cut these newly-cleaned ‘logs’ into chunks about 2-3” long-ish on my band saw, taking care to get the ends as close to parallel as possible free-hand. I decided which end would be the top and drilled two 1/4” holes on opposite sides of that end, 3/4” deep, close to the outer edge.. Then, with a good right-angle fence on my band saw, I sawed off an even 3/8” thick ‘lid’ from each piece. This left holes into the ‘bottom’ about 3/8” deep. Into each hole, I glued in a 1/4” dowel, which protruded about 1/4” below the bottom of the lid. Wile the glue set up, I took each ‘bottom’ and drilled a 1” hole down the center, with a 1” Forstner bit. (depth depended on the height of each piece; left around 1/2” or so at each hole bottom). I then flush-cut the protruding dowels off the top of each lid and fit each lid onto its respective bottom. After that, it was just sand-sand-sand to get a nice smooth surface and apply some clear poly finish.
Voila! A simple, little, natural beauty that I give out for gifts now and then. I enjoyed making them and could probably crank ‘em out in a quarter of the time, now that I know what to do. I made about a dozen in two weeks of spare-time puttering. Never said I was fast, but I do have fun!
-- Sawdusty Dan - Bellevue, NE - "Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should just relax and get used to it." Robert A. Heinlein