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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. Large trophy base

    I was given a sketch and asked to build a replacement for this trophy for a General at the base. I think he just wants to refresh the look of the trophy, change some info on plates, etc. While it is some really pretty Walnut about 90% of it will be covered with engraved plates - ugh! But it's finished and they can do with it what they want, I guess. The base is 17" square, the next level is 15 1/2" square, and the top 2" section on which the cup locates is 10" square. The one critical dimension I was given is that it has to be 21 1/2" tall to the top of the cup. Everything is just setting in place, nothing fastened down in the photos. The missiles were taken from the old trophy and the cup is new. Original trophy - New trophy - Enjoy! David
  3. 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
  4. Finally, the Cradle is Finished

    Well folks, the cradle is mounted in the frame and it even quietly rocks. For the record, I burnt candle wax into the pivot pins. Now on to a quilt rack for a customer.IMG_1565.MOV
  5. It Rocks!

    From the album Walnut Cradle

  6. Cradle Front

    From the album Walnut Cradle

    This is the front of the raised panel/spindle cradle.
  7. Right End

    From the album Walnut Cradle

    This right end also has a pin to restrict the rocking action.
  8. Left End

    From the album Walnut Cradle

    Left end of the cradle.
  9. Back Side

    From the album Walnut Cradle

    Back side of the cradle.
  10. 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
  11. As some of you know, my sister has made it her life's work to make sure I get to heaven- fat chance! This time, she has me making a tithe box and shelf for her minister's church. I worked with him thru emails and Sketchup drawings to get the approval on the design/materials/hardware. The box is 1/2" thick birch and walnut stock with hand cut dovetails. Top and bottom are mounted in dados. The top is flush with the sides and the bottom is slightly recessed. The shelf is 3/4" birch plywood with shop made walnut edging. The hardware is a half mortised lock and a 110° stopped piano hinge. The minister has someone in the congregation do the finishing. The box is about 14" L x 7" W x 6" H. I did hit the walnut with mineral spirits to see what the grain would look like with finish- Thanks for looking!
  12. Cradle Progress Report

    Well, I am one week into a cradle build for a customer. He bought a cradle about 25 years ago and wanted it replicated. Thanks to the guys that noticed in the photos that the spindles in the original cradle were too far apart and didn't meet federal standards. After I took this photo, I added trim strips in the stile grooves. Hopefully, tomorrow I can finish sand this thing and get it glued together. As a point of discussion, the bottom is 1/2" walnut and I cut a dado in the end panels. Under the bottom I'll add a cleat all around the underneath side of the bottom. My OCD side kicked in and I added dowels to each rail on the sides for strength.
  13. The stuck drill bit hollow form

    Some may remember I posted pictures of a hollow form I was drilling and the forstner bit got stuck deep inside. Happily, I eventually got the bit unstuck and was able to continue. Even more happily, the vessel was dry enough to finish this week. Here it is, third coat of oil just applied. It will probably get two or three more coats before I'm done. Keep in mind, the oil is freshly applied so it will lose a little shine. It's about 14" tall and 12" major diameter. I have to tell you I was nervous, nervous while turning off the bottom. Afraid I was going to through. Walnut, what can you say? Steve
  14. front view.JPG

    From the album Maple Chest of Drawers

    Front view, showing off the grain and the trim
  15. Why they call it a learning curve

    THIS is why Dang, hate it when that happens. Have done a few successful forms the last couple of weeks and I guess I just got to aggressive on this one. Didn't have any idea I was in trouble until it separated. I was really pleased with the form on this one too. Oh well, it's how we learn!! Movin' on Steve
  16. The walnut hollow form.

    Finally got the walnut hollow form off the lathe, actually, it's been "off" the lathe several times over the past couple of weeks. Gerald had mentioned in another thread I might have problems with my laser and he was right, it was too heavy and wanted to move all over the place. Had to address that. Had some other issues and some other projects got in the way. This is my second attempt at hollowing something deep and it was probably a little too ambitious for me. Have to keep telling myself, this is a learning process and that was the main purpose for this piece. Next one will probably be smaller. Anyway, here's a pic, it's about 16" tall and about 14" major diameter. It will go in a sack to dry and then get remounted for turning off the tenon and sanding. Close to 1/4" through out, a little thicker here, a little thinner there. Still learning you see. Steve
  17. Another, I hate it when this happens.

    I've got a beautiful piece of walnut on the lathe, trying to do a hollow form about 14" deep and about the same major diameter. Drilling to start hollowing this morning and when I backed out to clear chips this is what I saw. No drill bit, this is a bad thing. At this point I'm over 10" deep with this bit. Fortunately I was drilling in steps and had made a good portion of the hole larger already. What now? Couldn't reach it with anything and there are chips packed tight around it. My first thought was, no way to save this. Still, I started picking at the shavings and blowing them out until they were pretty well clear, that took about an hour. After several failed attempts with rare earth magnets, screw drivers, etc. etc. I got the idea to make a loop in a piece of tie wire and slip it over the shaft. Held the wire with a pair of vice grips and ran the lathe slow. With a little help, the wire wound tight enough I could wiggle the drill bit a little using the wire and a screw driver. After about two hours I was able to get a purchase on the bit with a pair of deep reach needle nose and worked it the rest of way out. Next time, I'll be sure to clear chips more often and make doubly sure the set screws in my extension are tight. I think it will be faster that way. Steve
  18. Walnut Vanity

    Walnut vanity is coming along today. This will go into our quarter bath. The slides are self closing Blu Motion. Base coat of Watco Teak oil followed up with General Finishes Gel Top Coat. Two more coats to go with a 320 grit sanding between coats. My family loves it. I do too! It will be free standing, or floating about 8" above the floor secured in a corner.
  19. Another natural edge walnut.

    I've still got at least dozen of the natural edge walnut pieces to finish up. Was kind of between projects and decided to sand and finish this one. I chose this one because it looked like my cuts were decent and it wouldn't take as much sanding as some of the others. It's about 16X12X5.5. The bark is just really nice on this one I think. It was just about to big for my little photo booth. Steve
  20. A Walnut Vanity

    I've been tasked to create a walnut vanity for our half bath. This vanity will be Danish Modern style, rectangular, clean lines and crisp edges. I glued up the side panel this morning, the clamps are off and I'm flattening this end panel. Working the panel in a diagonal cross pattern, then I'll start in from the opposite side.
  21. Walnut Project Finished

    I was recently contacted about building a Walnut vanity and a Walnut Shelf to fit over a range hood. So so I was sent these two pictures and ask if I could do these. So I got started by gluing up several boards to make the vanity 24" deep and 41 3/4" wide. The boards are 1 1/4" thick and a piece is glued on the front to give it the appearance of being 2 1/2". finish was applied this week and it was picked up today to install. The Shelf is 1 1/2" thick 7" deep and 32" wide. It to was picked up today and installed. So i can now mark this one off the list and move on to the next one in waiting. I love it it when a plan come together.
  22. Finally got to try a deep hollow form, not real deep, about 13". First time I've tried something like this and there is lots to learn. The laser diode I was using wasn't the best choice and it wouldn't stay in one spot. Because of that and my own inexperience this piece is just too thin in a couple areas. It won't get much sanding because there is a very real possibility of sanding through. Still, for a first effort, I've got to be happy with the results. I also know there is a lot of room for improvement, especially in the form and getting a consistent thickness. Anyway, here is my first effort and a short video of the hollowing process. The base could be a little smaller and the funnel could also be smaller I think. I was surprised how difficult the big cove was to do and I can see there is room for improvement there as well. Wife says she loves it and I have to finish it but you know how they are. Thanks for looking Steve
  23. Shopping for lumber today!

    Today was the day to go do a little lumber shopping. I had a lady call me about these logs that were stacked close to her house and she wanted them gone. He husband had cut them and stacked them and she had no idea what it was and he had passed away. So I told her I would be happy to get them out of her way. She said come and get it. So this is how I shop for lumber. Much easier to put them on the trailer this way and easy to handle. After they were loaded I headed to the saw mill and let them unload them. He will call when me when they are ready to cut. I had him to cut them 5/4's. It will run .20/BF. Hard to beat those prices and it is nice to have friends with big equipment. So now I am back home and cleaning up the shop.
  24. Work Has Commenced

    Tuned up the saws yesterday. They got new blades, too. So, I’ve got a few to send out for sharpening. Most are Tenryu blades. Fine blades. One is a Diablo. Don't think I'll be that stupid again. They're just not up to snuff. My sharpening guy will probably chastise me. Pulled the rough walnut for the rifle case prototype. Got some of it trued. Today, the rest gets done. Think I’ll divide the top into three raised maple panels with a couple flat dividers. Not sure yet. The corners will get dovetail keys. Probably maple, as well. Might have some pictures later.
  25. 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

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