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  1. lew

    Cherry Burl Platter

    From the album: Cherry Burl Platter

    Bottom view of cherry burl platter.

    © Lew

  2. lew

    Cherry Platter Front View

    From the album: Cherry Burl Platter

    Front view of cherry burl platter

    © Lew

  3. lew

    Oblique View

    From the album: Cherry Burl Platter

    Cherry burl platter

    © Lew

  4. From the album: Hollow Forms

    form turned with Easy Wood Tools
  5. A trip to visit my retirement adviser did double duty as on the way back I picked up some 6/4 Cherry and Baltic Birch Plywood. My plan is to make 4 copies of a folding desk design I made when in college. This time the legs, stretchers and top trim will be cherry rather than the maple I used originally. Slow steps. Patience to maximize the part yield I can get from the 3 cherry boards I bought. First part will be the desk sides. 2" tall. 24" long, 1.25" thick. Here is a render from Aspire showing the outcome from CNC pockets and end profiles for the sides. Left and right version will be needed. I have some joinery details to work out, and need to figure out the best way to clamp the rough rectangles to my CNC bed to make the cuts. Slow steps. No rush. I'll post updates for this project as I proceed. 4D
  6. After what seems forever this bowl is finally done. Just kept getting interruptions . Trying something different on rim by using a Wagner tool to create some embellishment and then added Gold Guilt Wax. Bottom has gold and silver. Finish is Watco Danish oil and a light coat of lacquer over the guilt. In case you have not heard the story. Note the first think people do when they pick up a bowl is to look at the bottom so most of us try to give them something to look at,
  7. Decided to continue this in the “what’s on my lathe” may be drug put so will put it all together here. Looked a lot larger when started. After close to a month drying in kiln time for second turn. finished and lacquered the bottom. That means we turn it around and turn to finished surface for the top. That gets it to the point that the top in lacquered in gloss black. Up next is where it gets interesting.
  8. Gerald


    From the album: Hollow Forms

    © Three Rings Woodshop

  9. OC3

    Cherry display cabinet

    From the album: Glenn Davis

    Cherry display cabinet with curly maple raised panel back and bulletin board, mortise and tenon doors, pegged construction
  10. A lady who owns a local spinning shop contacted me and asked about making her some drop spindles to sell in her shop. Now, I've heard of drop spindles and I've even seen pictures of some others have turned but I never really knew what they are for or do. I visited her shop and I was stunned. I had no idea spinning wool is still a thing. VERY nice shop with knitted and woven items every where. She sells equipment, wool, and teaches the craft. It was really an interesting visit. She didn't have any drop spindles like she wanted made and she was sold out and her current mail order supplier wasn't responding or filling orders. She described what she wanted and said she's wanted someone local for a while and one of her customers gave her my name. Don't know what will come of this but here are four of the first ones I've made for her. They are about 11" long and the "whorl"(new word for me) is about 2 1/2" diameter. According to the shop owner drop spindles predate spinning wheels by a few centuries and basically evolved from sticks. The underside is hollowed to provide stability and shift the mass to the rim so they spin longer. The Easy finisher is the bomb for that. Basically no sanding here.
  11. Posted these on my facebook page a couple days ago but almost didn't post them here as every one has seen them in one form or another before. Decorative mason jar lids for a local bee farm gift shop. 25 honey dipper lids and 25 herb jar lids and she ordered 25 more of a different size when I delivered these.
  12. White ash, bloodwood, cherry, black veneer and some glue. diameter 11.5 height x 6.5 tall 234 pieces. calabrese55
  13. As a child growing up I remember in a few homes I would visit there were these wonderful furnishings with these really beautiful dovetail designs typically on the surface of the furnishings. I had not thought much about it because in the early 70's it wasn't hard to find or view quality furnishings, it was taken for granted. Homes were still filled with the "good stuff" from the 19th century on up through the mid 20th century. As a child I did not know what I was seeing, because it was so normal. But now looking back at the homes I would visit with my parents, to visit friends, relatives, cocktail parties etc, within those homes were some really beautiful furniture! One of the furnishings that seemed popular and I remember specifically two homes we would frequent that had the Lane furnishings within. Lately I have been perusing Facebook Marketplace and Scandinavian and Mid Century is all the rave, again, and I am happy to see it coming back. I love that time period and style. It's known as MCM furnishings, or Mid Century Modern. I have always been pulled to that design and style, one of the reasons I embarked on my sculpted rocking chair builds awhile back. I do believe, correct me if I am wrong, but I think Lane started out as a box and blanket chest maker in the early 1900's. Their cedar lined chests are in abundance in the classifieds, beautiful today as they were then. Here are a few of the Lane Acclaim Series of furnishings I remember as a child, very cool, I still love it! From the little research I have done, I am not sure if this style was produced mainly in the 70's or earlier. I know many of you remember this style. High Fi Stereo Media Console Links of interest Lane Cedar Chest Home Furnishings Hall of Fame interview with Bernard Lane Lane Furniture Blog
  14. Managed to get some forward progress on the wife’s entry table this weekend.
  15. I just completed a solid cherry entertainment center for my neighbor. I sanded to 400 and applied 4 coats of General Finishes Armor Seal semi. An absolutely foolproof product.
  16. From the album: Intarsia Art by Mike Mathieu

    18'x 24" cherry frame Intarsia consists of 175 pieces from 15 different woods
  17. With the club's long time charity deciding they don't want wooden toys any more, we needed to find a new place. One current place is the local children's hospital taking 30 small boxes a month for the patients to decorate while there and take home. So I started making some. The first batch (6 of them) was mitered corners with a sliding lid, used keys on the corners. Second batch (5) finger-jointed and solid top rabbeted. Looking for something a little more efficient in production. Third was a prototype with an inset lid held with a brass rod as pivot hinge. Ok, but finicky. Forth was today. Mitered corners and inset plywood top and bottom panel. Biscuits to reinforce the miter joints. I did another groove on the inside near the top. Then once the box was assembled and glue dried, did another pass with the 1/4" bit on the router table. This made a double rabbet to hold the lid in place. Saves having to do an inner layer insert. I'll do a run of these when I get some more lumber and plywood. I talked to a local furniture shop last week and they told me the set out their scraps on Monday afternoon for the trash man. I was there and picked some of their cutoffs from the scrap bin;. Most of it was 1/2" poplar, probably drawer sides. A bit of maple and some cherry. In another adventure, I got a bunch of leftovers from red oak flooring (one time find) . Well, started today to rip off the tongue and groove edges so I could do glue-up. Then I thought, hey, the ends are going to be hidden by miter joints, just use them to align the glue up and rip off only the top and bottom edges. Lesson learned. It appears that the groove side is slightly wider on the top than on the bottom. I'm thinking that's so the top joint is tight and the bottom does not matter so much. I got a lot of "cup" in the top that I needed to get out with cauls and now I looks like there's a gap on the bottom of that joint. Well, nice try. Wait for the glue to dry and rip them apart. On the other ones, I will try just trimming off a bit on the groove side to align it up.
  18. So I reached a point today where it was necessary to acquire new skills to move forward with the entry table project (See the entry table thread for more on that ongoing saga). So off to the shop I go, turn on some tunes, grab some scrap and start knocking together some dovetails…how hard can it be right?…… Famous last words, it turns out it is a lot harder than it looks. The first attempt was ok but gappy, second attempt was just a debacle. After that one, I took a break and reassessed many many life choices. Played ball with the shop dogs and came back to it knocked out the third attempt which is actually acceptable. Learned a few lessons today which is always a good thing: 1. Free-hand dovetails done by guys like Christian Becksvoort or Paul Sellers is a LOT harder than they make it look. 2. You can reference both chisels and saws on a knife marked layout line. 3. Everything in the joint has to be square. 4. Clearing out the corners of a blind dovetail is a pain, and I now realize what the purpose of a skew chisel or fishtail chisel is. For what its worth, cleaning out a blind dovetail without one is a tedious process. With lessons learned I think I have acquired the necessary knowledge to move on to the next step of the entry table which will give me ample opportunity to practice and build skills.
  19. Cal

    Masu Cup

    One of the fun things of doing woodworking with our son as he grew up is watching him learn and explore new projects and techniques that interest him. We had an interesting conversation yesterday on two topics, both in the Japanese drink category. The first is the Masu Cup. Basically a box to hold ice to keep your drink (in this case, some type of cocktail) cold. Here is a pic of one that he provided, 'cause I sure had no idea what he was talking about. As you can see from the pic, this particular box is already beginning to discolor on the bottom. If one of you were to entertain building such a box, for the purpose of holding ice... what sort of finish would you use hoping for a long life from it? This second pic is of a hot tea that son & DIL made. At the Japanese market they found a type of tea containing cherry buds. Directions called for it to steep until the bud blossomed. They were both curious and delighted to find the bud actually opened. He reports the tea was also delicious...
  20. Put some birdhouse ornaments in the kitty for next Christmas. Gives me a little jump on the season.
  21. I have mentioned the entry way bench and decided to make a post about it. This is a piece inspired by Natsuki Ishitani. I scaled this one down and have had to come up with some creative ways to do things to keep to the design. There is a lot more to do, but here is the first test fitting.
  22. Finished up the Christmas goodies today. I made some lidded bowls and mounted ceramic ducks on the lids. I've had these ducks for years and this year decided to use them. The lids are brass made from some salvaged door kick plates. I used my metal lathe to turn the brass sheet into round discs after roughing them out at the band saw in the metal shop. The lids are roughly 5 1/2". The lathe is a 6" max so rough cut had to be under the 6" limit. I had nine ducks ergo there are nine bowls. Black Walnut and Cherry are the wood species.
  23. I have been wanting to make one of these for a while and finally got around to it.
  24. John Morris

    Morris Son Turning

    From the album: Shaker Furniture

    Soon after I had the blank in the lathe, my son walked in and I put him to work on roughing out the blank, he did a pretty nice job for his first time and Easy Wood Tools really helped in his learning curve.
  25. For everyone who got to know Jim Luley, from Easy Wood Tools, he posted this message to all our turners- Please drop by his post and wish him well. As @Steve Krumanaker said on another site, "he's the nicest friend I never met". Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN posted a gorgeous cherry bowl he has finished- Rusty tells us a little about the shape and finish in this post- In addition, Rusty is tackling a large walnut bowl! Can't wait to see how this one comes out- Rusty also asked us what type of sanding discs we used. Several of our members offered what they prefer. How about giving Rusty your opinion- @HandyDan got a really good jump on his Christmas ornaments- Check out his post for more images and what he used to create the colored stripes- What’s Coming Up- Click on the images for links to more information and registration. For The Newbies- Handy Dan gave us a look at his batch of Christmas ornaments. Here's a video from Rick Turns demonstrating how to turn another type- Mike Peace posted an video explaining why considering grain direction is important when making a turning. Thinking about learning bowl turning? Watch Richard Raffan turn one from start to finish. Lots of great details. Expand Your Horizons- @RustyFN showed us his rounded bottom bowl. Here's Lyle Jamieson demonstrating turning a similar bowl with a natural edge. Turning a bowl from wet/green wood is mostly a two step process. Rough turn and then allowing the moisture to equalize before finishing. Here is Sam Angelo's process- Last week we mentioned a method of sealing bowls/vessels using milk. This is an update from Debbie Coull Experiment in sealing wood with milk update: IT WORKED !!!! Woohoooooo! The wood surface has a waxy feel. Smooth. Absolutely no odour. The wood was sycamore, but I doubt it matters. Stone age man would have used whatever was the local wood. I will now use this daily and plan to make more. Maybe a cup to see if it adversely flavours tea, but I doubt it. The method the worked was I submerged in milk and simmered for 2 hours, then left in the milk overnight. I used semi skimmed, but I doubt that matters as it's the milk protein (casein) that seals the wood. The next day i rinsed with fresh water and left to dry. It was incredibly heavy now, having almost doubled it's original weight. I left it to dry for a few days. Here is the porridge test (scientific test used by bears). Perhaps others could maybe use this for their food bowls. I'm really pleased this worked, and I would have persevered until I figured it out. Ancient techniques may be lost in time - but they definitely have their merits. For the Instagram Post- https://www.instagram.com/p/CkGFH0-jNhx/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY%3D For Facebook- https://m.facebook.com/groups/229189982049033/permalink/662821255352568/ New Turning Items- More on the Yorkshire grit sanding paste from Easy Wood Tools- Turning a natural edge bowl- like the one shown by Lyle Jamieson, has special challenges. Some reverse chucking methods could damage the fragile natural edge. Ron Brown has a solution. Check out his site at- https://www.ronbrownsbest.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=47&product_id=865 Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning
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