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  1. 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 la
  2. This is what I am working on right now. I have a little more work on this and it will have a lid.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 reaso
  5. Have had a small walnut root ball for several months and decided yesterday to at least cut it. One piece seemed well suited for a hollow form. It had a crack but gives me a chance to test some powders to color epoxy and fill that crack. It turned out that the crack went almost full length but that did not interfere with hollowing like the rocks. First noticed at about 2 inches from the bottom. I think there were several smaller ones also. The big one cause me to have to resharpen two hss bits and destroy a Hunter bit. that spec below the hollow form is the approximately t
  6. 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.
  7. 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")
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. RustyFN

    Walnut

    I got the walnut log cut in half and one bowl rough turned.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. you might be a woodworker Me cuttin' up a mess of 2.5" thick Walnut The beginning of a massive table
  14. 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 l
  15. 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 des
  16. lew

    Easy Wood Vessel

    From the album: Easy Wood Tool

    Lidded vessel turned with easy wood tools.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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 mo
  21. 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?"
  22. This is a project that use a LOT more than just the CNC but I decided to put it here anyway. Please move it if necessary. Started yesterday with some cutoff pieces of Walnut, finished it today, shipping it to NY on Monday. Finished in Nitrocellulose lacquer. When your planer isn't big enough and the CNC is... Enjoy! David
  23. I'm building some walnut bedside tables with 24" circular tops. For visual interest...and because it'll be fun... I'd like to use 12 alternating maple and walnut angled segments in a sun burst pattern. Ive gotten far enough to understand that the angles need to be 30°...I think. Do I cut each angle side at 15° ? Please help a mathematically challenged old man. And, muchas gracias!!!
  24. I made this in my tiny little shop (man, I’d really LOVE to have a window). Two are #4 hard maple shaker boxes with African mahogany tops. Also made two #3 shaker boxes from walnut with butternut tops. Hit them with some natural danish oil and after they dry for about 3 days or so, I’ll shoot them with about 4 coats of a satin poly. The hardest part for me is milling the stock to 1/16th of an inch....I seen to be able to get a better result on my table saw instead of the bandsaw....anyhow, I hope all youse guys are staying safe and healthy! I can’t wait until this comes to an end.
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