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  1. Do you have a special pencil which you use to put layout lines on dark wood like walnut? Danl
  2. Dane Franco

    Walnut Chair

    From the album: Dane Franco

  3. My daughter asked me to make her a small box...Presto changeo, ala kazam.... Had a lot of fun with this one. Not bad for a first box. I wish it had turned out a little more centered, so that the variations in wood types were more even. .40
  4. Finally started on the last piece of walnut root ball. This piece has son nice natural edge but just could not incorporate it all into this bowl and the piece has too many cracks to make a hollow form. Color on one side is out of this world but has a terrible odor. Like the latrine. Hope that disappears as it dries. Was in a hurry to get in to supper so did not get a final first turn picture.
  5. So, the story began just over three years ago... I was set up at the local Farmers Market, chatting with another vendor and she mentioned in passing that her father had a small sawmill, not a business just the equipment. Several weeks later a customer was asking around trying to find someone to buy several walnut logs that he had (the trees were on his property and had died) he was trying to sell them as firewood. I put him in contact with the person with access to the sawmil, told the both of them all I wanted was a couple of planks for my scrollsaw. Got the planks last week the largest is 7' long, 10 " across (average width more than 12 1/2 at the widest) and 1 5/8 thick. I'm not sure what I'll do with them yet. Also, my local HF had a Bauer 12 1/2 inch benchtop thickness planner marked down to $189 (open box return) so I bought it. (I've been looking at one for a while and couldn't pass on the price). Here's a picture:
  6. This is what I am working on right now. I have a little more work on this and it will have a lid.
  7. I’ve started making my wife a dining table she’s wanted for a very long time. I’ve never made a ding room table before, so I hope I’m doing it right. I bought 8/4 walnut. Even though I have a bench top jointer and a (cheap-o) bench top thickness planer, I had the mill mill them up for me for me. All the material was flat, dry and square. I just needed to cut to length.
  8. 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.
  9. Well after the wife told me she wanted a coffee bar I tried to procrastinate. Bought the lumber 4 months ago and finally this week started building. Already had the walnut for top and legs so started with that, So this quick and dirty taper jig sees service. Have plenty of these clamps and they worked great for this. So now time to clean up the saw marks and shave some of that old patina off. Did I mention the walnut has been laying around a while. Now to chamfer the bottoms of the legs and then on to the drawer box ends, TO BE CONTINUED, MAYBE NEXT WEEK
  10. An interesting video on a finishing technique for walnut using garnet shellac and Mohawk (nee Behlen) Rockhard finish. (Of interest, too, is the boat, lawn mower, and boxes in the "finishing room")
  11. The tea jar lids have been well received at the honey farm. Owner told me the ladies love them. She said a lady bought two of them and remarked: "it's too bad you don't have them to fit the jars your herbs are in". Cindy, the owner said, "I started texting you before she was done talking". Do you think you could make even a smaller size?" So, I'll deliver these in the morning. They are much smaller at only 2" I. D. I did nine of them to start, we'll see how they do and go from there. The jars are pretty small, only 2" diameter at the top. The jars are so small one of my concerns was that the wooden lid would "overpower" the jar and look unbalanced. I kept them as small as I could. Of course that doesn't leave a lot of material to work with. This one didn't make the cut for this batch. In other news, I've been turning with next Christmas season in mind. Little bitty bird parts for birdhouse ornaments. These bodies are about 3/8" by 1/8", heads are probably about 1/8" by 1/8"
  12. Dear folks, my son and I just finished building a solid cherry with walnut accents desk, we would like to finish the desk in a satin clear, but we also love the warmth and patina that develops with oil based finishes. We are not staining our project, we are applying the finish with brush, or wipe on. I am going to dive into the General Finishes line of products, I'd like to know if anyone here has any recommendations for our project?
  13. RustyFN

    Walnut

    I got the walnut log cut in half and one bowl rough turned.
  14. RustyFN

    Free wood

    I called a local mill and asked about some free scraps. The guy was really nice. We ended up talking for an hour or more. He gave me a walnut log and one he called Osage orange. This is all I had room for. He said I could come back and get more when I need it.
  15. Just a small amount of woodworking. Maire has had a print laying around for years waiting for me to frame it. So, I finally did. Using some walnut that was in my scrap bin I made a small frame, ordered the mat on-line, and got some glass cut at Lowes (a story told in another post). Anyway, she was happy though I though maybe I should have used a lighter color wood. The pics show the profile I cut. One of the things I like about frames is using the router table, probably my favorite tool to use in the shop. The second shows the frame in the web clamp, something that hasn't been sued in quite a while...it's also been a while since I've made any frames. Then the completed print. BTW, I used a place called Matboard and more for the mat, and they really do a nice job. I usually rail at the cost of shipping ($10 in this case) and here they really earn their keep. The packaging job they did was truly great and done to protect the fragile matboard from being damaged. If you need one, I highly recommend them.
  16. you might be a woodworker Me cuttin' up a mess of 2.5" thick Walnut The beginning of a massive table
  17. Did the rough turn on this last week and just getting to post.This is from The walnut the club harvested on city property. Might have gotten two platters but had some flaws. A bit of a different shape as it is a platter with high sides. This is 14 inch so left it at 1.5 thick. May take a while to dry this one. Have not turned walnut this wet before and it looked to what light streaks when first turned. Also has some of those purple streaks. there are the purples Running a bit of water. This is is where I stopped. The light areas look prominent here. Today it is dark like walnut is supposed to look. Plan is to use stick n burn patterns and color with Welburn metallic dyes.
  18. My son approached me last month and asked if we could build a desk for his bedroom for this upcoming school year, he is planning on a ton of homework and being in 10th grade and all, the work is going to get harder and harder. He asked me to help him build the desk just before I went into the hospital back in early June, I was in bad shape for the first few weeks coming out of the hospital and meanwhile he was asking me when we can start the desk, bless his little soul and heart, as crappy as I was feeling, he felt that ol Dad could get up and go and power through it all with a desk build. I had to put it off, with the way I was feeling, it wasn't even safe for me to be out there in the shop, and the fact that he asked me during that time period, and asked a few more times, indicates I was putting on a pretty positive attitude show for the family, despite how I was feeling. So, now that I am feeling pretty ok, much better than before, me and the boy went to the lumber yard and picked up a few cherry boards. The desk will be cherry, with walnut legs, he wanted two tone. Actually he wanted a Walnut desk, but once we got to the yard, the walnut was just too expensive, so he came around to cherry. We have a budget and we needed to stay within. And it so happens that I had some left over walnut so we'll incorporate the walnut into the mainly cherry desk somehow, thinking possibly the legs will be walnut. I had my boy rip down the boards on the Shopsmith, he did pretty good, burned the cherry on one edge and I then I took the second board and showed him how to use moderate steady feed rate and also keeping it against the fence. Once we had the boards sized, we chose one edge to join, the boards will be cut in half, and folded against each-other and glued edge to edge. I showed my son Jeroid how to handle the big No. 8C, he knows how mostly as he worked with me often years ago, but many years have gone by since he's been by my side in the shop, so picking up the plane again took some practice, fortunately we left the board wide by an 1/8" because I knew Jeroid was going to need practice room to get the edge right. Jeroid took a few passes on the edge and did pretty good, he had a few issues keeping the plane in constant contact with the edge, but he figured it out, I just stood back and let him error, and figure it out. He did. He really got the hang of it, and started to enjoy the process. By the last couple passes he had some shavings singing from the plane, I could tell he felt really good about what he was doing. The edge did get a little off, so I showed him how to get back to 90 with a little lateral adjustment of the plane iron, and he brought it back to square in about 4 or 5 passes. After he joined the boards, we cut them down and glued them up, that is where we are at right now, we have two desk ends, next we'll get the inner dividers joined and glued up. Thanks for reading along, seeya all next time!
  19. lew

    Easy Wood Vessel

    From the album: Easy Wood Tool

    Lidded vessel turned with easy wood tools.
  20. Winter is coming which is our time here in the desert to start our shooting season. This year we will be doing the 1000 and 1500 yard milk jug challenge. I decided this year to make some ammo boxes as presents to my shooting buddy using scraps from the bin. They are walnut and maple. I used the Shaper Origin to make the actual block and holes which worked pretty well. Paul
  21. As promised, here is the result much of my efforts this past couple of weeks. It is a solid walnut pool cue rack my son-in-law resulting from a request he made upon moving into their new home. I am also in the middle of making a Danish Style Bench with a woven seat. I have never tried this before. I remember a project in a wood working magazine several years ago. I can't find it but I have designed it and am building it from memory and should have it done next week if all goes well. It is interesting to do as there are lot of curved surfaces and making the right and left hand parts uniform is a bit of a challenge. But challenge is what makes this fun. I am glad I don't have to make and sell my projects to make a living. I would starve. I have also included a sign I have in my workshop that many of my friends (none of which are wood workere) who visit me have commented on.
  22. If you go back to the entry prior to this "unusual ornament" you will see the block I made this one from. This one looks like it has many different designs in it and I didn't see this outcome until I stopped the lathe. I like surprises like this.
  23. Seeing that I had took all the tips off of my EWT tools not including the rougher. I started on a new project while I'm waiting for a couple tools and parts to get here to finish off the last project. I decided to go with the Walnut Claro again this round. I had a minor problem in the beginning that I didn't realize that the blank was off angled cut and was well some what lop sided to start with. Even still burned through that issue at the start and had a go with it. I had to take off quite a bit of material to get more of a cup shape with this one. For the bottom I didn't go with the mortise route since I seem to have been cutting those too deep. I guess that needs more practice on my part. I decided to go with a tennon so I could just hack it off with my new hand tooled crosscut saw. Also with some of the pointers I received in the last project I am definitely going to be trying the sanding before hollowing portion on this one as well. I'm not quite sure but I'm semi starting to like the offset pattern of the grain on this one.
  24. I have been experimenting with the UV clear finish that dries in seconds when exposed to a UV light or the sun. The sun. is much quicker. I got a surprise when I coated this ornament and took it to the sun. The Walnut looks normal, until it is exposed to the sun and then turns purple, (almost glows) but returns to normal again when out of the sun. It is the only wood so far that does that. Can anyone guess what I turned into this piece in the center. It is chrome like and comes from a entirely different source and I wondered "What if?"
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