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“Logger” pulls his weight.

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 06-01-2016 03:52 AM 1601 views 5 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I was drafting this post I was faced with the conundrum of quality vs quantity. My wife always insisted I was a windbag and not to besmirch her reputation, I decided, to hell with quality and let’s go with quantity. So if you have some idle time to spare, read on and if you find inordinate prattle offensive, I hereby warn you to just look at the pictures.
You have been warned.

“Logger” (T&J model – The Logging Truck #84) was my next sojourn into the workshop, to undertake the metamorphosis of lumps of wood to a vehicle small enough to permit this 4’ 15” giant to reach the pedals. This latest thrill seeking project was instigated by the over-abundance of trees that needed to be moved in my garden (the fact that it was the only T&J plan I expended my valuable shekels on and was gathering dust in the confines of a drawer, that graced the sawdust pollution of my workshop sometime in the past, might have had just a slight influence). I never for a moment realised that you cannot easily move live trees.., and I was unceremoniously informed that they need to be human-ely (tree-ely just didn’t sound right) put down first (I cannot say chop down as my garden is so sensitive that I don’t even dare to walk on the grass… just smoke it) . Unfortunately, according to botanists, most of the fauna populating my garden’s “forest” does NOT comprised of “perennial woody plants” but rather overgrown “woodified” weeds which are not conducive to bonfires let alone prime woodworking media. Consequently I had to make a pilgrimage to the big smoke (Melbourne) to purchase more exotic and costly “woodified” weeds. I returned back in Churchill to the boo’s of my family and just minutes before they had the opportunity to change the locks.

  • In an endeavour to put meaning to the de-mystification of the above cacophony of syllables, a brief layman’s translation is ”I built a toy truck and needed some sort of PROP to put on the back of it.”.

PROP. Now that is a story nearly deserving a literary article on its own. Bamboo sticks were more deserving of a faecal establishment, and plastic sticks would look plastic. Square stakes didn’t look curvy so I contemplated Tee-Trees. Back in the 60’s, Tee-Trees were every where. On our fences, gates, window shutters, picture frames (I had crooked pictures, they were taken of law-breakers), tree and garden vegetable stakes and the list goes on (and I ran out of ideas). Now, in 2015 (well actually it was “back then”, not “now” as now is 2016 – and will take its turn to be “back then” in 2017) I tried in vain to purchase some Tee-Tree stakes. Google search revealed nothing, even after I turned my PC on. The only source I could find was on patrolled beaches behind cordoned off areas. I eventually found some on the outskirts of a plantation and when I approached, I was approached by some burly guys demanding my termination (no.. not to kill be but to terminate the trespass). After a lot of soul searching, I eventually put on my balaclava, painted my Honda jet black, even died my knickers black, not to mention the black toenails from 10 deftly aimed hammer blows, I snuck out after midnight in an effort to defoliate the schrubbery on the side of a deserted road. Don’t believe me?? See if you can find any Tee-Tree? NO. not on the side of the road but a supplier.

  • Again, brief layman’s translation is ”I thought some T-Tree might look good and if I could get some it may make the model look better (which I eventually did get).”.

Second warning.

Unfortunately “Logger” was built way back in the first quadrant of year 2015 AD and my collection of polarized photographic paper was unceremoniously discontinued by the local paper mill (APM to the locals) and I only have a smattering of JPG quality media to immortalize “Logger”s coming of age (furthermore, some of the lithographs are just too precious to share with anyone… even I haven’t seen them).
So I will endeavour to construct this biographical saga around the few images I could retrieve from the bottom of the @Recycle bin of my USB dongle.

Third and FINAL warning.”

I absolutely refuse to turn a bowl (except upside down to prove to mum I have finished my soup), so the next picture is testament that a lathe can be used for at least 1 thing other than bowls…
Miniature T&J gear shifts.


Sorry the above 1st picture is out of focus, but I was in a hurry to write this article (blurred by speed – motion not dope).

For anyone interested, below is a perfect example of how I incorporate a laser into my T&J builds (and for those not interested you’ll still have to look at the picture just so you’ll know what to ignore).
By laser cutting pieces out of 6mm MDF, I have a perfectly shaped template for layout and router following to minimise (if not totally eliminate) the need for spindle/profile sanding (see bellow – that’s the loud picture underneath).

I haven’t included the follow up picture as I couldn’t find it and the routing didn’t work.., Just kidding, no picture taken and the routing did work beautifully.

  • Another brief layman’s translation, ”I omitted to taken any worthwhile pictures.”.

Third warning (I did say before that the Third was the final).

However, all this talk of a Laser is just a pie in the sky and is only of benefit to those that just happen to walk into a spare room of your house (you might get arrested if you walk into the spare room of a stranger’s house) and notice a laser engraver/cutter in one of its corners (if you can’t find it in the corner check the other 3 corners… but only if you have a 4 cornered house.. ok, to keep it short.. check ALL corners). Now, the way to ensure you miraculously find a laser cutter in the corner (of your house, a stranger’s house would be considered theft) is to nurture a daughter (can be any female kind) that you get nagged by and subserviently relinquish your alpha dominance and concede to setting her up in a laser service providing enterprise , whereby that one and the same descendant then immediately loses interest once the cheque for the laser has been signed and deposited.

Voila… (I seem to use that word often… well at least once before in another blog… must look up its meaning… it sounds something like a tulip or it’s close cousin the rose)...

… One spare and idle laser waiting to be found and (ab)used in the corner of a spare room…
I do laser jobs… cheap, cheap… however, the postage is murder and currier pigeons are hard to find…

  • Layman’s translation, ”By misfortune, I now have the use of a laser.”.

Third warning (but its probably too late now).

Phew, after proof reading this submission, I didn’t have the energy left (or the heart) to delete the nonsense and if I did, this article would only contain,”Logger” pulls his weight. The End.

For those that take pleasure in sadomasochism and put themselves through the ordeal of reading this type of drivel, prepare yourself for just a couple more inane offerings while my ankle heals, and for the others, lock up your keyboard in case This Little Black Duck jumps out of your screen.

  • Layman’s translation, ”Be afraid, be very affraid.”.

Bue…........., for now. LBD

PS.
The obligatory Model/SU pickie…

PPS.
Unfortunately that tragic origin of the laser is true.

PPPS.
After this, can anyone dare to imagine the rubbish I will serve up when I describe the build of ”Garbo” the garbage truck.

PPPPS.
Probably TMI, but with all these Ps, I gotta go to the lavatory!!!! NOW!!!

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD





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htl

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#1 posted 06-01-2016 04:39 AM

Looking good and love the small glimpses of your nice shop.
But as for your tales of I’m still trying to figure out your tales but it will probable wake me in the night, which is when you are awake since you’re down under and awake,, being up over myself I’ll be sleeping thank you very much.
So good day to you as I have a good night.
Bruce #4
PS I will read this again in the morning in the mirror looking for the really meaning of all this???

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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majuvla

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#2 posted 06-01-2016 04:41 AM

Beautiful photos with ’’real loggs’’ at the back.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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crowie

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#3 posted 06-01-2016 04:44 AM

That’s one good looking Semi and Jinker, young ducky….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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LittleBlackDuck

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#4 posted 06-01-2016 05:14 AM


... looking for the really meaning of all this???

- htl


The real meaning is (and not really worth understanding),

  • I have access to a dictionary.
  • I try to make nonsensical prattle an art.
  • I have had my time wasted by others in the past and now I’m reciprocating.
  • I have a weird sense of humour combined with an over active, imaginative mind.
  • What I think is funny often needs to be non-violently beaten into my audience.
  • But most importantly, Pretending to be insane so my wife will leave me rather than divorce me and leave me without a workshop (just gagging dear).

If now you understand, please explain to me…

Just re-read your post and I’m not surprised you are (or anyone else) is confused…


... small glimpses of your shop…

- htl

The last gallery picture was taken in my lounge (I think – occasionally).

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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Dutchy

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#5 posted 06-01-2016 05:35 AM

When it is sunday of when I have some more time I will give it a try to read your story. Looking at the pictures wasn’t that difficult for me, and Alex I discovered that there is a missing component. But nevertheless your logger is more beautiful than mine. Well done my friend.

When will you start building a logger with still more wheels?

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 06-01-2016 05:59 AM

Hi Dutchy, In all fairness it is not worth reading unless you have a lot of time to waste and you’d probably get thrown by the Dutch translator (which you would need as it doesn’t make sense in English).

No such thing as “more beautiful”... but mine is better “crapped” on about.

I am interested in the missing component you mentioned.

As for the wheels, I have taken a leaf out of your book and Bruce Number 9-5, and may sometime try to build without formal plans. Thought I’m not quite as adventurous as you two and need to master you guys’ wheel making, but the follow trucks look a lot like “Logger” and are the ones that try to run over me here in Churchill when I go down to buy my cask(ssss) of wine. Not only that, it has MORE wheels…

I may try that sometime in the future… however, I already have about 12+ T&J plans that need to be built first.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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#7 posted 06-01-2016 10:16 AM

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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Redoak49

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#8 posted 06-01-2016 11:05 AM

Really great truck with wonderful details…well done..

As to your prattle….was enjoyable read

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 06-01-2016 11:20 AM

Hi Dutchy, Good pickup. You are right, I was admiring yours (truck) and noticed the badge when I was first joined LJ and was introduced to your blogs, but believe it or not, I was too shy to comment and eventually got sidetracked with those great wheels of yours.

But dear Dutchy, you are only half right… It is missing, but that’s becaue on my very first test drive I ran up the bum of a slow travelling Donkervoort

that wouldn’t move over and it got broken off.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 06-01-2016 11:22 AM



Really great truck with wonderful details…well done..

As to your prattle….was enjoyable read

- Redoak49

Thanks Red. If I can get just 1 mouth turned up in a smile, it was worth the effort.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 06-01-2016 02:20 PM

This miniature logging truck is a beautiful project. I love the details and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dee1

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#12 posted 06-01-2016 02:43 PM

Yes there is not much I can add but I really like your truck it is just great Good Job
Dee1

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#13 posted 06-01-2016 03:19 PM

Love the truck. Great workmanship, as always! I read every word of your? LMAO! loved it.

-- Bruce - Indiana

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htl

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#14 posted 06-01-2016 04:04 PM

Bruce317 you read it but did you really read it with out tears in your eyes waiting for him to get to the point about needing to cut the grass in his yard.

On a saner note.
””By laser cutting pieces out of 6mm MDF, I have a perfectly shaped template for layout and router following to minimize (if not totally eliminate) the need for spindle/profile sanding (see bellow – that’s the loud picture underneath).”“

I would use this Technic if I was going to build more than one part but having [It takes as long to make the pattern by hand as to make the part.
But with the laser you can zap a part for the pattern in no time and this would really change the way I would build if I had this tool.
Very interesting in deed!!!
It’s very interesting how other people are able do their wood working.

Ducky how thick a wood are you able to cut with it?

Bruce #4

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 06-01-2016 11:26 PM

...there is not much I can add …
Dee1

- Dee1


Hi Dee1, thanks for your kind words, but between you and me… there is a built in calculator on your computer. Calculators were invented for woodworkers (and butchers) that run out of fingers.

...? LMAO! ...

- bruce317


But do it gently. I did that and now I’m on a permanent bag.

... cut the grass in his yard…

- htl


You dear sir are nearly as twisted as I am. “Cut the Grass”... really. I am waiting till I can buy one of those fangle-dangle SS here in Australia… until then I have an excuse to stay with the missus.

On a saner note.

- htl


I can ad-lib… ”Do Re Me Fa So La Ti”, but out of tune.

....
Ducky how thick a wood are you able to cut with it?

Bruce #4

- htl


For once I’ll try to give a straight answer… approximately 6.3752491356mm thick.

Unfortunately I didn’t know enough about lasers when I bought mine and the daughter didn’t do her due diligence process so I only purchased a 30W laser (I believe 100W can do up to 3/4”... and cut your grass). So it does depend on the timber type as some cut at a lower power (without complicating it, wattage, speed, power, hertz all influence cutting depth and quality) and therefore less charring, but I try to limit it to (in non-metric terminology) 1/4”. While mine can cut deeper (I have a configured setting for 12mm MDF) I need to do things like double and triple passes, however, the charring affect just about turns the piece into artist’s charcoal. For templates and non-presentable MDF (jig components) the charring is acceptable a quick wipe of Danish oil will “seal” and stop the black marking my hands and an added benefit is that the heat of the laser tends to seal and harden the edge of MDF.

Having said that, the thicker I cut in light timber (the 1/4” mark) the more clean up I have to do. For straightish pieces that’s manageable with a cabinet scraper otherwise its easier to cut as a following template. For dark timber the charring is the same “colour” as oiled end grain so there is no need for cleanup.

The one good thing about my approach is that once the plans are in SketchUp, and I will mention I draw up even the simplest things in SketchUp, it only takes a few minute process to churn out that 1 off piece in MDF with most of that time is taken up in turning on the laser and laptop and placing the MDF board on the laser bed.

Sorry about my long winded response but I blame it on my Napoleon Complex syndrome.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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