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  1. Cube within a cube and maple score.

    Steve Twydell, whose youtube channel is "templeboy turnings" did a video on turning a "cube within a cube". It's kind of a neat project because you actually start with a cylinder and then turn it square before forming the inner cube. It's pretty much been a lesson in humility but after several attempts I had a limited success. No finish, no sanding on this as I'm still learning. The hardest part, at least for me, has been to get everything square. After that, it's pretty straightforward. Here's a link to his video. cube in a cube In other news that matters to no one but me, I scored a huge maple log this week. Close to 30' feel long and 24"+ at the butt. Got my work cut out for me. Steve
  2. Have most of the Maple parts cut to rough sizes....saw blade is set up, connectors done. Goal is to make a Frame Saw... Will get a few pictures, later. Today being a Monday, after all Traditional Chinese Woodworking site has a bunch of videos ( in Mandarin) and a few show the fellow building such a saw. My feeble attempt will be close to what he is doing. I still need a 1/4" all-thread, a wing nut and washer to match..for use as the top cord to tension the saw blade. Tore a couple old Butcher's saws down for some of the parts. So, do I post this saw build here, or..in the Hand tool section?
  3. Got some new bowl gouges

    Most anyone who visits this forum will know I spent a week at Marc Adams in September. The guest teacher was Glenn Lucas. During that week I had the opportunity to use some of his signature bowl gouges. I was very impressed with the cut I got from them, enough so that I ordered his 1/2", 5/8", and the 5/8" bottom feeder bowl gouges. This is the first bowl I've used them on. It is hard maple, twice turned, harder than nails, and about 9" in diameter. In the picture I have sanded it with 150 grit only. I used a 3" disk in my drill and this is after about 5 minutes. In this picture the rim has not been sanded at all. It is the first time ever I started sanded with anything other than 60 or 80 grit on the inside of a bowl. I could start with 150 grit because there was virtually no tear out, even in the "problem" areas. FWIW, I have since finished sanded the bowl inside and I started with 320 grit on the rim. This is not meant to be a recommendation to buy his tools. I'm sure the techniques I learned from him contributed as well. It's not unusual for me to spend an hour or more sanding a bowl this size. I might have had 15 minutes on this one. Steve
  4. Just finished up 12 more ornaments, I think that will do it for this year. That will give me about 45 altogether. Some will go in gift shops but many will be gifted. Anyway, I had a piece of spalted beech, heavily spalted but still solid enough to hollow, kind of unusual. Did one with walnut accents and one with maple. I like the walnut one for the contrast but then, I like the maple one too. Steve
  5. More ornaments

    A few ornaments from the latest run. There were 17 in this batch. Actually have started another 10 or so, that will probably be the last of them for this year. Steve
  6. main view, lid closed.jpg

    From the album Blanket Chest in Maple

    Front of the blanket chest.
  7. A Project in Maple..

    Starting up.... Ripped from a wider plank of 5/4" Maple...bandsaw ripped to a 1-3/4" width....needed jointed.. Wasn't quite right...wanted to tip a bit.... Used a no.14 jack plane...this bigger plane, a Ohio Tool Co. No. 0-7 worked decently on a few longer rails Charles Neil had stained the panel...needed to remove the coloured parts... No. 4 smooth plane seemed to work....soon had a pile of parts.. Set most of this aside. This morning, at a yard sale, found a couple pipe clamps for a ten-spot.. About 5' long or so....came in handy, since I "only" have 5 in the shop.... Jointed a couple edges. This one might be for the back of the chest....older pipe clamps needed a pair of visegrips to keep them from sliding away... More jointer work... This time around, I used a Stanley No.7c. Somehow got things into the clamps.. And set this thing aside til tomorrow.....Figure out the foot profile, and used the bandsaw a bit... Then set the length of the rails and a center rail.. Bottom rails will be a tad wider that the top. I'll cut the panels into two raised panels. We'll see IF the back panel gets divided... Picked up some new chisels yesterday.. Local Aldi's store had these on sale...$6.99 + tax..... Waiting on the panels to cure out....Still working out what the ends will look like. Stay tuned...
  8. Chest of Drawers: PIP

    Well, last drawer is DONE! Soooo, how about a few pictures as a PIP? Fancy-schmansy top? Wondering WHAT the Amber Shellac will do to this view? Thinking the "build" part is done....now on to the finishing part... Just a fun, simple little project...better than IKEA ones, though?
  9. Another platter

    I've been wanting to add some color to some of my turnings and posted a little about that earlier. At the time I was working on another decorative platter and have just put the sealer coat on it. Probably should've waited and taken better pictures but I wanted to share and got impatient. The platter is soft maple, turned to about 1/8" thick and about 12" diameter. My original thought for the center motif was to use water color paint. After several practice pieces I just wasn't getting the "pop" I was after and decided to use aniline dye. It is definitely a more robust color. The sky, the tree, the animals, and the bottom are pyrography. The underside I was excited about doing this piece there are several things I really like about it. Even so, I'm just not sure it "works". Steve
  10. 18th Century Maple Chest

  11. 18th Century Maple Chest

  12. Maple Chest and Dovetails

    From the album 18th Century Connecticut Blanket Chest

    I cut these dovetails with my PC 7519 Router and an old Model 1601 Jig that dad bought in the 80's to make beehives with. He gave me the jig and I've had it ever since.
  13. Curly Maple Chest with Antiqued Escutcheon

    From the album 18th Century Connecticut Blanket Chest

    I absolutely loved making these chests, I made a few of them then stopped, I was combing through my archives and found images of this chest, we still have this chest in our home today.
  14. Another decorative platter

    Just finished another decorative platter. This one is 12" diameter and 1/8" thick. It is basically the same pattern as before but drawn a little differently and it shows a spline much better. This really is the effect I've been trying to get and I'm very happy with this one. The rose was drawn in Inscape and engraved with my little laser. The shading on the rose was done by hand and I've got a lot to learn about all that. Thanks for looking!! Steve
  15. To be honest I'm not sure whether to call this a plate, saucer, or maybe even a dish. At any rate I'm going to start at the beginning and show the first picture again. Basically just a series of triangles from this side. There is a pattern but it's not easy to make out. Just as an aside, my wife liked it this way very much. What I didn't show you was the pattern I had drawn on the other side. This picture is after all the piecing had been done. This is the underside of the bowl. This is the inside after piercing and having some of the pattern drawn in. I didn't feel I could lay out inside and out before doing the piercing so I did the outside, pierced, then drew the pattern to match the holes. It was a LOT more difficult than I thought it would be. Visualizing the pattern was difficult even though It's my pattern and I'm very familiar with it. Also, some of my cuts weren't exactly perpendicular to the surface and that changed things enough I had to fudge here and there to make it all work out(kind of). I have to say, it's amazing to me what a difference a few simple lines can make in how something looks. In this picture the pattern is drawn and burned in. I have begun to do the grain lines and shading. I keep telling myself I need to lose weight but I don't know how I would hold things to work on them if I did When looking at some of my other pieces some have remarked that I must have a lot of patience. I have to say, it's like therapy to me. Sitting on the patio, burning for a couple hours, and having 3 or 4 glasses of wine I'm very relaxed. Much like this post, I did eventually get it done, took me the better part of three days to see if my idea would work. All in all, I'm happy with how it turned out though there are lots of little issues on the inside. It was a great learning experience and the next one will be better. Thanks for looking!! Steve
  16. A little maple plate, a work in progress

    Here is a little maple plate, about 9" in diameter and turned to 1/8" thick. I've done a little piercing on it. Doesn't look like much but there is a method to this madness. Not sure how it's going to turn out or even if my idea will work. May be the last picture you see of it! Steve
  17. A wooden easter egg.

    The boss asked me if I could make her an egg tea light in time for Easter. So, I took a break from the dippers and did this over the last few days. Overall I'm happy with it, the narrow end is a little fat but not to bad and she loves it so that's ok. It was my thought to put "He is risen" or just "Risen" on the back but just couldn't make it look right to me eye. It was also my original thought to stipple the "halos" but I'm so glad I waited as I like them the way they are. The egg itself is maple and the base is spalted beech. Thanks for looking!! Steve
  18. Curly Maple Shaker Rocker

    Well here we are. Getting ready to cut into a nice 8/4 board of heavy Curly Maple to begin another rocker journey. Tonight I'm laying out parts and cutting. With any luck I'll have some slats in the steamer tonight. This photo does no justice to the figure in this board. I'll keep this topic going with this chair build. Thanks for following along! Legs are cut and squared.
  19. Kind of a fun project

    I've been wanting to one of these for a couple years, ever since a youtube author named Peter Brown did one. It's a zoetrope, which is an old fashioned animation player. Hope to have a video up on it in the next couple of days. Steve
  20. Same ol' same ol'

    Latest batch of honey dipper lids. I have about 40 in process but I finish them in batches of 20. No engraving on these, customer wants about half of them engraved and half not, need to have 120 of them by the middle of June. Mostly maple, cherry, and walnut, although there are some white oak and hickory ones as well. Steve
  21. It's done!

    This thing is finally done and packed for shipment. The walnut and brass elongated ovals on the doors are to cover my goof. Attached hinges on the wrong side. I kinda like them so, I made two more as escutcheons for my door pulls. A better shot of the pulls The drawer sides are grooved for wooden glides. The blue stuff is on swiveling wings. Those are earring do-hickies. The drawers are lined with the same stuff.
  22. Ornaments Update

    Managed to get a four coats of finish on the first batch. Took the time to hang the beads in a few. Went to the surplus store down town and picked up some more lumber. These are Maple 4.5"X30" boards they sell for $1.95. They are a glue up of two thinner boards to achieve the 4.5". I can get six ornaments from each one. I cut four of them up and have enough to make 24 more ornaments. Notice the rubber bands on this group. In the last thread Gerald mentioned seeing them done without gluing them. I thought it out and figured I could clamp the one end in the chuck and tape the other end. It is a little fussy but still saves a lot of time over gluing them. I get the four sticks lined up with the rubber band on them and put a couple clamps on to hold them together while I mount them in the chuck. I then take some filament tape and wrap the other end. It works surprisingly well. After the first turning I turn them inside out and glue them for the final turning.

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