Well guys I can hardly stand it! I am getting so close to done on this project and yet there is so much to do. I just want to go home and be with my wife and my dogs so bad.
This job has been a nail biter every step of the way. The more I get done, the more work I have at risk if I should screw up. A mistake could cost the equivalent of a good used car – NO KIDDING.
If you want to do high-end work, the risk is high too. That is one factor most don’t think about. This seems to fit my personality though, always pushing myself to the limit in whatever I do.
Now I’m A Machinist…
Well, not really. But I did get to do some work in the machine shop of my client. He is a hobby machinist and he has all kinds of metal working equipment in the basement. If I lived in Ohio (it seems like I do now) I would spend half of my time in the wood shop and half of it in the machine shop to add metal to more of my work.
Here I am cutting the allthread for the legs of the handles.
Applying a brushed finish to the copper handle material.
Doing the handle layout without damaging the finish or drilling in the wrong spot was tense. It took me six hours to place 6 pieces the first day. It took 6 hours to place 2 pieces today. Technical, tough, tedious!
Just a Dry Fit…”
OK, it looks done but it’s not. The handles have had the initial fitting and now they will be removed and taken to the shop to be sprayed. I am supposed to get my finish in Friday afternoon.
It is exciting to see this kind of progress though!
For all the minutia in a step-by-step photo album you can check it out here http://gallery.mac.com/toddclippinger#100350&bgcolor=black.
This is just pictures with one line titles, the images say it all.
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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com