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Project by llwynog posted 1182 days ago 2072 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For me, full-fledged projects span at least a couple of months.
These are lesser projects, usually finished within the course of a weekend or two, that I undertook these last 4 years.

In no particular order :

Picture 1 : Hand screws. They are not much used where I live to my knowledge so I was very interested when I saw them in many US magazines. I am very poor clamp-wise so I thought that these could be a very cost effective way to increase my stock. I am rather happy about this first batch although the cheap wood die/tap set I bought is for 3/4” (19mm) dowels which is a size that is not readily available in France. I had to make my own dowels out of beech and that is what is refraining me from making some more right now. I need to find a more efficient way to make dowels.

Picture 2 : A quick book holder set for my son. The base is made from walnut scraps and the sides from spalted beech that I salvaged from my uncle’s firewood. The top ornament is supposed to be a small drakkar ship but you can really see there what you want. The dovetails are not too elegant but I have never been very good at them so far.

Picture 3 : A puzzle for my son, as his first Christmas present. Nothing fancy, dyed beech and fir wood. I found the pattern in a scrollsaw maker’s pattern book/

Picture 4 : My very first try at dovetails. I find them much too fat and once again not very elegant. The box is made of paulownia wood. It was pretty much the second or third thing I made out of wood since I decided to choose woodworking for a hobby.

Pictures 5 and 6 : A push cart for my son’s first birthday. Made of ash, birch and beech. Did not get much more usage than 2 weeks or so, and then was shunned and left aside as a thing that babies who do not walk for real use.

Lastly a ramp walking toy :

I made several of these for nephews or friends’ children. I found the plans on http://blog.dugnorth.com/2010/09/plans-to-make-ramp-walking-wooden-rhino.html
One future project that I would like to tackle some day would be the robot :
http://blog.dugnorth.com/2011/02/download-plans-for-ramp-walking-wooden.html

Until my next (real) project,

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather





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Druid

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#1 posted 1182 days ago

Bonjour Fabrice. Nice to be able to see your projects. You had a question about making dowels, so I would suggest looking at this site for ideas . . . http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=42331&cat=1,180,42288
Bonne journée.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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llwynog

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#2 posted 1182 days ago

Hi John,
Yes I know about this tool but I could hardly justify the $200+ price tag, especially since the main goal of these hand screws are to build cheap/cost effective clamps.
I plan on making a similar contraption out of wood. I still need to iron out a few details.
For a cruder way to do this, this got published today.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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Joe Watson

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#3 posted 1182 days ago

yeah the wood gears post is a neat cheap method.

-- Got Wood?

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Druid

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#4 posted 1182 days ago

Hi Fabrice. I would also find it hard to justify purchasing the whole set, but there is the option of obtaining just the single ¾” one. But, the reason that I suggested looking at the site for “ideas”, is that I thought you might find the inspiration to make one.
The link that Joe just provided looks like it is exactly what you need.
Enjoy.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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mafe

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#5 posted 1182 days ago

That last picture is priceles!
Sweet little box with so fine dovetails.
You got a lucky son.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Chispa

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#6 posted 1179 days ago

Nice Clamps!

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