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adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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End Grain Goomba

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End Grain GoombaI made ANOTHER wooden pixel project: Goomba! This version is end grain instead of my usual plywood creations. This pixel wall art project is a great way to use up wood scraps destined for the fire pit.I did a sloppy job with the glue up so there are a few painful looking gaps, but from a distance you can't really see them so I'll try overlook them. :)I used leftovers from my Tardis End Grain cutting board project. I couldn't bring myself to toss the scraps so I held onto them for well over a year.I documented project details on my blog. You can read the steps about it here.Here's the build video for end grain Goomba.
View on YouTubeThanks for checking out my project!



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Modeling A Plucking Jack in SketchUp

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For the last 12 years or so, I've attended the Colonial Williamsburg Conference "Working Wood in the 18th C. And following each of those events, I've posted a SketchUp representation…

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Soda Bottle Display Rack

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Soda Bottle Display RackI've been trying to teach my 10 year old son about the family trade (woodworking) over the last few months. A couple of days ago he came to me and asked if I could help him make something to put his soda bottle collection in. The next day we went out to my shop and we drew up some plans. Then we built it. The most I did was help him with the dados and do the router work around the edges. Then I just showed him how to use the and saw and the drill press and he did the rest. He didn't even need my help assembling it.



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UnaBox - My take

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UnaBox - My takeBoy and Girls,Not too many sleeps since I invaded your sanity with my last post.You may have noticed I have taken a shining to posting puzzle projects

  1. (Japanese Puzzle).
  2. The Square Brick.
then again you may not have unfortunately there's no third option so you must choose between the two now don't lie to yourself!This project presents my take on the UnaBox which I made a few years ago when I was a SketchUp duckling in my late 60's.The reason I'm belatedly presenting this project is because a friend asked me about shellacing and as the UnaBox was used in a shellacing demonstration video by a very clever master ctraftsman woodworker whom I proudly call a friend, I decided to link that video to this project and hopefully provide some useful information for some.
Now in defense of the presenter (to provide anonymity, let's call him Carl... only because that's what his mother named him), while we have debated the French polishing topic often in the past, this was an ad-hoc, unrehearsed undertaking through my continued persistence, cause he owed me a favor and I demanded my kilo of flesh. We ferreted around for about 10 minutes in preparation to amass some of the items required, clear his dining table (much to the chagrin of his missus) and set up the camera and of course poured me a generous glass of vino. The video goes on for about 1 hours, however, it is about how shellacing is done traditionally and not the modern day twist presented by those shoot from the hip cowboys that may have sniffed a tad too much metho. If you want the craftsman version, please check out this video, otherwise if you just want to brush it on, simply search the Internet. We did pledge to make a rehearsed formal video, however, time has been our major critic and I feel (contrary to the presenter), this rough cut, iuneditteds video is better than not knowing about it rather than some of the misadvice found on the net.Back to the UnaBox. I downloaded the plans off the internet, imported into SketchUp, and then totally disregarded the SU model and went off and did my own thing Shit, somehow it actually worked and it now has a nice coating of shellac thanks to Carl.The box was made out of merbau and flocked (with an ”l”) on the inside. That beauty spot on the lid is where I dropped it, dented it and patched it and called it a contrasting feature as I was too bloody lazy to fake another dovetail by making a new lid..I wanted to make the box puzzle self-destructive without any external tools. You could use a coin to remove the threaded plug, however, all my friends are cheap and when they borrowed my 10c piece to undo the plug they never return it the 10c not the plug just think if 1,000,000 people undid the box, I'd be $100,000 poorer.
Consequently there is a dummy plug with a cam that can be rocked out of place revealing an underlying washer,
The washer is used to remove the threaded plug.
the threaded plug and the hole both have repelling magnets forcing some upward pressure on the plug to remove the need to exert strong closing force.The top lid can be swung around out of the way,
To permit pushing the lid back out of the captivating notch,
Then the whole lid can be swung around exposing the flocked cavity
waiting for that elusive 10c piece to be placed inside, that never eventuatesAnyone crazy enough to undertake this project can get the plans and vague measurements from here, otherwise don't waste more time and do yourself a favor and get educated by this video (in case you ignored the previous link)...,
just don't forget the popcorn
and a potty
if you don't have a pause button on your video player.I think I have puzzled myself out by this latest instalment, so you may rest easy knowing that there is no planned masochism on you, the unwary public.


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