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  1. Lumber Run the other day...one of the boards was a1 x 6 x 6'5" plank of Maple....the other Maple was even longer...decided to see about a Project for October.. Sides are curved.. Fancy stuff.. However...sides needed to be 9/16" thick, not the 3/4" that the Maple was...lid panels are at 5/8" thick...need to do some resaw, it looks like. Hauled that plank to the shop, once the bench had been cleaned off.. IF I can hit me head on the way down the steps...imagine what this was like...had a few spots to work around, too.. Usual knotty stuff.. Even a "split end" Went to the cutting list...and started to lay out what needed to be cross cut.. Board was a wee bit too long to be cutting on the tablesaw, so.. we have ways..Disston D-100, just need a cut line to follow.. And work my way along until.. Left-overs? Will provide a 9/16" x 4" x 6" piece for the end of the box, to go with these.. Includes a "spare" side...but, these are all too thick...need to set up a kerf cutter, again.. Best face against the fence, run all 4 edges through...fence set at just over 9/16" for some cuts. and 5/8" for two others..blade does not reach high enough.. But, this will...just follow that kerf.. Until... "POP"...Repeat for the rest of the sides.. Will work on the other 3 parts later...will need to plane these smooth.. Before any joinery can start in.. Stay tuned..
  2. Many seem to have questions on how the rattles are made. I will describe how I do it as best I can. I'm sure there are other ways to accomplish this task and would love to see how you do it. I start out with a 2"x2"x6" turning bland. I make the the entire length round. Then I make a dovetail tenon on each end so as to mount them in the dovetail jaws on the chuck. I also make a parting cut two inches from the end leaving a 2" and a 4" piece. I mount the 2" piece to hollow out the inside cavity. I use 1-5/16" as the inside diameter and allow for a 3/16 recess so I am going to go a total of 1" deep from the end. I have a steel washer that I use as a guide to size the cavity. I size the recess to 1-7/16" and go 3/16" deep and then hollow the inside of the 1-5/16" ball to 13/16" deep from that ledge. 13/16" is half diameter. The recess ledge is the center of the ball both inside and outside. Now it can be rough turned on the outside. Use the parting tool to make a cut at 1-1/8" which is the end and round it over as required. I then part it off and mount the handle end in the chuck. A 3/16" long tenon needs cut on the end to fit in the top piece. Cutting the outside makes it much easier to sneak up on a good fit. The very end of this piece is the center of the ball so hollow it out to 13/16" deep for the other half of the inside cavity. Add the media being used for the noise maker, BBs in this case, and glue it together. There is going to be some squeeze out of the glue so don't move it around until the glue dries to prevent getting glue on the balls and gluing them to the insides. Remember to align the grain too. Mount it back on the lathe when the glue dries. Keeping in mind the center of the ball is 3/16 from the glue line turn the rattle to the final shape and sand and add burn lines as necessary. The glue line should be the first burn line from the left. I add two more to the right because I find three burn lines most pleasing to the eye the center burn line is real close to the actual center. I like to sand to 400 grit. I like to leave the end piece for a handle to use while applying finish. In between coats remounting can be done if desired for removing dust nibs and smoothing. Once the finishing is done, part off the end piece, and rub some finish in the fresh cut. Now it is time to take some pictures and share them here.
  3. Young couple next door just had a baby. I like to give a rattle for newborns and noticed I was out. Spent a couple days making these three out of Hard Maple. My niece recently showed me a video of her baby playing with his. She said it is his favorite because it is the loudest. Never thought I would hear that as they don't sound very loud to me.
  4. Feeling a little better today and managed about an hour in the shop before pooping out. I decided to try something I been wanting to do for some time and try the box/dovetails joinery system built into the Shaper Origin. No computer work required. It’s all done with onboard software. In keeping with their history the guys at SO made it quick and simple. Had the operator read the instructions a little more completely it would have come out even better. But then again following instructions was never my strong point. Paul
  5. The HVAC and repiping are done and I won’t have much to do with the roofing so she gave me the next project. The pantry is in dire need before the shelving collapses and hopefully a fairly quick project. It will involve a lot of maple for the components with 3/8” mahogany edge banding. Lots of pullout shelves and lazy susans. I snagged the maple two days ago but will still need two sheets of 1/2” ply for the bottoms of the pullout shelving and three sheets of 1/4” ply for the backing. The hardware is a lot of drawer slides and lazy Susan bearings. I included pictures of the existing pantry. Paul
  6. Steve Krumanaker


    From the album: Steve Krumanaker

    A small maple bowl with some zentangle patterns for embellishment.
  7. I made another salad bowl. This one has a round bottom.
  8. Making my first calabash bowl. Still have sanding and finish to do.
  9. This desk design of mine has been the most duplicated project of mine. Seems most can use a desk. It was 1981 when I was a college student driving a small hatchback and tried to make sure all my furniture design projects could fit in my car. The photos are scans of professional photos I had taken of my projects around 1988. Found them in an old notebook. The little knee-rest stool in the image was a class project done by my students. It had one rear caster which we eventually discovered like to gnaw pits in the soft fir floors of our building. The full story and an image of the desk folded can be found here: https://4dfurniture.blogspot.com/2022/08/a-folding-desk-my-award-winning-design.html
  10. https://www.cookwoods.com/collections/maple
  11. View File Woodcraft Magazine Issue 81 (Classic Shaker Counter) A wonderful plan by our sponsors "Woodcraft Magazine". Woodcraft has given us permission to share any items from their online catalog, thank you Woodcraft! Submitter John Morris Submitted 08/14/2022 Category Furnishings  
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    A wonderful plan by our sponsors "Woodcraft Magazine". Woodcraft has given us permission to share any items from their online catalog, thank you Woodcraft!
  13. The leg is mending and today I gave it a few hours working in the shop. Minor pain and a little swelling but as a favorite Marine of mine once said “ pain is what reminds you you’re still alive”. I have been meaning to make a new resaw post using bearings so today was the day. I need to resaw some more teak tomorrow and we will give it a test run. Paul
  14. Ol knuckle head sanding on a New Lebanon Shaker Rocking Chair. I built this chair from Curly Maple, it turned out very nice.
  15. Seems I remember someone posting on here how to do it?? Its been on my back burner for years, I'm wanting to do it, Finally! What glue to use? Was thinking maple and black walnut for color contrast, I think the walnut is a no go for food contact? Advice? Links?
  16. My buddy who runs the canvas shop needed a new mallet for pounding grommets. He goes through one every year or two and I turn him a new one. This one is scraps of maple and walnut. Paul
  17. From the album: John's Shop

    I recently inherited this beautiful workbench. The top is 4" thick, 6.5' long by 24" wide with a tool well at the rear. The top is composed of Maple and Oak billets, there are dog holes and the original owner made his own dogs out of aluminum rounds, they work very well. The end vise is large and very powerful. The cabinet is made of oak, with oak drawers and walnut pulls. I will be using the bench as my primary work surface for all I do, I cannot wait to start work on it. I purchased the hold fasts from a fellow on ebay, he hand forges them and sells them at a very reasonable price. I have already tried them and they truly do hold fast! More than likely I will remove the surface mounted vise as it will be in my way, but it is a nice vise, I'll mount it elsewhere in my shop space.
  18. lew

    Bottle Stopper1

    From the album: Bottle Stoppers

    Spalted maple with Ruth Niles stainless steel stoppers

    © Lewis Kauffman

  19. Not for candy asses!. The maple board is 1 1/16 " thick and the backer board is 3/4" ash plywood. I should have weighted it for this is the heaviest thing I have ever cut with the scroll saw. I sprayed the stickum on yesterday so I don't have very much time left before the glue stops holding down the pattern for me to cut each piece apart. This is very hard on my old scroll saw. Its sitting on the table saw extension for size comparision. Those two drills are easy to get used to having. Smallest and lightest weight I've ever owned and all this time I wonder why I thought I needed the heaviest drills made.
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