A few things, Summer 2011

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Project by skone posted 09-25-2011 02:36 PM 2127 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a while there, all I was doing was foot stools of one sort or another, for sale. Sucked the fun right out of woodworking for me.

Shifting gears now – back to the fun again, I’m hoping. Things I’ve done just recently…

—Three stool orders. Milk painted pine and poplar, hardwoods tops, etc.

—Quick projects I did to procrastinate from actually doing those stools: -A Disston saw I picked up for $2 and refurbished -A Millers Falls #2 Drill I raised from the dead -A light-use lumber rack for our smaller car (spar, spar, spar and more spar…) -An all scrap wood balance scale for my kids’ preschool

Although my “distraction projects” are nothing crazy – even quick and dirty – I learned a lot through building all those stools. People paying for your creations certainly changes the way you approach and execute a project. It’s what sucked the fun out of it, but also, it’s what sharpened my skills and pushed me to sharpen up my game.

That said, I’m looking forward to building something for myself (my family). Something a little more challenging, using actual plans and using some of these new skills. Without the pressure of a paying client.

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#1 posted 09-25-2011 06:38 PM

That is an incredible collection. The best looking lumber rack I’ve ever seen (mahogany?), a fine saw and drill restoration (I have both myself, neither looks as good), a great toy/tool for the kids and some really great looking step stools.
Some of my day job woodworking isn’t much fun either but as you said, it does sharpen your game.
You’re ready for some fine work, looking forward to seeing it.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#2 posted 09-25-2011 08:41 PM

Love the looks of the rack. what wood did you use and thickness? I also use lockers great storage. what about a stool how to? thanks!

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#3 posted 09-25-2011 08:43 PM

I built a wood rack back in the early 80’s for my FIAT X1/9 for the rear boot lid. Looked like a luggage rack, but served the purpose. It was made of southern pine, with many coats of marine varnish

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 09-25-2011 10:27 PM

B13 and vipond33 – thanks for the compliments. Photography hides the sloppy bits. I just got back from a woodworking show in Woodstock VT saw a lot of beautifully executed furniture. Makes me want to choose a direction and focus. A guy was using a treadle lathe (I think it’s called) and also there was a guy making spindles by hand with planes shaves and the proper old school bench or shaving horse. Sadly, it was pretty much 95% geared to selling furniture to rich people and tourists (which is fine – I get it) rather than something other woodworkers could get into. Looking at other fine executed work is great but I thought I was going to see more from mills, tool manufacturers, etc. It def was not for woodworkers. It was for people who want to buy something from a woodworker. Anyway, I digress…

The car rack—or fence gate as my wife calls it—is simple dimensional 1x white pine slats on on 5/4 clear pine cross bars that in turn sit on an old yakima roof rack. The finish is something that I do a lot with pine. Did it to a number of doors in our house, etc. I hit it with a coat or two of Mahogany Flame Cabot Australian Timber Oil and THEN i do it up with the coats of spar varnish. In some cases I substitute the spar for Sikkens CETOL since I was given some and it’s readily available to me. The rack here was finished with 6 or 7 coats of spar varnish though, over the Australian Timber Oil. No glue – I simply screwed the slats down. If I break one it’s easier to replace it. The screws are stainless but I ended up skimping on the U bolts and other bits as it started to get too expensive for what it is. So those are not stainless. Zinc coated should be fine, anyway. Used it already and it works great—- and that’s what matters!

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#5 posted 09-26-2011 12:10 AM

I absolutely LOVE the mini cannon in the fourth photo!

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#6 posted 09-26-2011 02:00 AM

mini cannon———gatling gun reference / eggbeater drill nickname i’ve never heard? or just a reference to the mass quantity of cold hard steel?

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#7 posted 09-26-2011 02:58 AM

mini cannon————got it. i just saw the picture as a thumbnail and it visually clicked for me. all it needs are some vintage cast lead soldiers!

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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