The Woodshop Shed

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

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Small Spalted Alder Bowl

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Small Spalted Alder BowlFinally got a chuck! Big rain storm a month or so ago felled old alder trees on a friends acreage. Got to grab a few logs and cuts. A lot of it spalted. First time trying green turning and to quote a fellow BCer, (AVE) it's got some apprentice marksFinished with tung oil and oil based poly.



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Yellow Cedar Burl

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Yellow Cedar BurlI'm not sure what you call this. Bowl, vessel, hollow turning?Made from a Yellow Cedar Burl. 4.5”D x 2.75”H. The opening is 2.5”. Salad Bowl Finish.I couldn't finish the bottom the way I normally do. I was afraid it would split, there is a pretty good crack which I filled with super glue.



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That's not firewood!

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That's not firewood!While visiting our daughter's family in December, last year, our son-in-law was about to throw these two pieces of “firewood” into the wood stove but I managed to wrestle them away from him – I don't get my hands on spalted maple very often. Our son had asked me to make him a couple simple nesting tables and I thought that the spalted maple might dress up an otherwise boring looking table set. There wasn't enough to do the entire tops but I had enough other salvaged maple scraps to make up the difference.



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HOLLOW TURNING PLUS, BULLET PROOF STEADY REST DESIGNED FOR LAZER USE.

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HOLLOW TURNING PLUS, BULLET PROOF STEADY REST DESIGNED FOR LAZER USE.I have been working on a YELLOW CEDAR log section that a friend gave me with hollow turning projects. developing new skills and having a great time while I have bee building a wood lathe for a friend. It is complete, he turned his first bowl as a test run and took it home to set up.
The hollow turnings I have made I have used my large four point steady rest, hollowing out as much as I dared, then removing it to finish up with the lazer pointer. I needed a steady rest that did not interfere with the lazer beam. How do you people that do hollow tuning solve this problem.
This is what I came up with, based on the principle of my first one that was super strong and bullet proof.For the arms I used the same principle of the first one, tapered locking arms, this time I used a slot and one fine threaded bolt.To learn more about this steady rest, it can be viewed by using this link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj_R703Nkac&t=95sThis steady rest is very easy to build, strong, and gives an open area for the lazer beam..
It worked very well hollowing out this project, used a round nosed lathe bit and got a relatively smooth surface on the inside with confidence of not cutting through.The foot and finial was also fun to make. Both from one piece of wood even though it shows two colors.hanks for looking, comment appreciated. Stay safe everyone..The new lathe



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Tea box for my daughter.

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Tea box for my daughter.We must have had 10 or 12 boxes of various tea, every time someone wanted tea every box ended up on the counter.Newly discovered clutter / organizing problem + quarantine + extra cherry lumber = get in the shop and make something….The box is made from cherry with a figured maple book matched top with maple dividers finished with maple splines for strength. I have a couple more polyurethane coats to apply on the outside of the box and it will be complete.Dimensions are 4 1/4 high, 10 1/2 deep, exactly 12 wide. I tried to estimate a new box of tea and size the compartments to fit them.



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Side table

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Side tableSide table I have been working on for a couple years. Brought the top home from Oregon, all the stones are from the North Pacific. The bottom is made from walnut. My first attempt at epoxy, could not get the top to shine that I wanted but…



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BBQ Block

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BBQ BlockHey Lumber jocks, '
Just wanted to post some pics of the latest project. A BBQ Block. This is a Redwood block that I put together from left over Redwood drops and scraps It's 68” in length and 19” in width. It's made to look 7” thick. I jointed all the boards and then biscuit joined the top boards together and simply trimmed the entire slab. I did add a thin piece of Oak to the ends to cover all ends. I glued and screwed the entire assembly using Titebond and Tru Lock screws, trying to keep the heads flush with the surface. These screws are for outdoor use and I highly recommend them. Several coats of BLO and we'll see how it holds up.I am having some thoughts about applying some film coating – maybe something from Total Boat. One pic shows the block in progress on top of my recently finished workbench. Thanks Lost Coast Craftsman.
Thanks for checking out the BBQ Block. I will try to post some better pics.
Greg



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Spice/Cookie Sheet Storage

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Spice/Cookie Sheet StorageI've been helping my son Dustin remodel his 140 yr old house for over a year. Built many things for him which I will post soon since I'm confined to the house/shop because of the virus. Anyway here is a cabinet I built for the kitchen. This replaces one that was there but in bad shape and poorly made and only was big enough for a couple of cookie sheets. I decided to round the front since the stairs going to the second floor was right there. Never made curved molding before so it was fun to make. I also incorporated a spice rack in the design. Next will be a end grain cutting board for the top. Pictures to follow. Thanks for looking. Enjoy Sorry about the flipped pictures tried to flip the but was unsuccessful.



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"Alignment" (Segmented bowl pair)

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"Alignment" (Segmented bowl pair)Segmented display bowls made from Goncalo Alves, Peruvian Walnut, Curly Maple, & Black Walnut.



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The Crow

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The CrowThis box is made from Pine and was finished with wipe on poly. I am fond of crows, they are clever, comical and resourceful, thanks for viewing.



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A couple more turnings

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A couple more turningsThe first one is an olla made from mesquite with turquoise inlay It is 6” across and 4” high. This was started in Arizona but I did not have my boring arm down there so I finished it here in Michigan. I should have planned it to be bored from the bottom like I usually do. I find that much faster and I can do it with just a 5/8' bowl gouge.The second piece is a walnut bowl that was roughed out a few years ago and was laying near the lathe so its turn came up and the elves grabbed it and now it is done. It is 6” across and 2” high and has a tiny bit of turquoise in it.Both pieces were finished with Danish oil and buffed and waxed .I'm debating on a decorative lid for the olla ! What do you think?Cheers, Jim



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Platters with a history

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Platters with a historyFinished these 6 oak platters about 2 weeks ago, mostly pre-pandemic. My brother gave me some wood from a table that was in basement of the family home when we kids grew up. Best I can tell the table was left there by my grandparents when they retired and my parents took over the farm. There were some leaves and other top boards and a couple of pedestals in pieces. Not in great shape. This spent a year in my shop while I was looking for a good use. No clue yet about pedestal parts, but decided to turn me and my 5 siblings platters from the top boards.Cut them up into usable size pieces jointed edges as needed and glued up 6 blanks. Reverse side looked like the original table had some hand planning.
My planer struggled to flatten one side and remove the old finish (put in new knives after this task). Located centers, marked out circumference for platter and mount. Roughed out each platter on band saw.
Used a combination of double sided tape and hot glue to mount a blank to a waste block. This worked great holding the blank while turning and made release to turn backside easy.
Turning this dry old oak was challenging. Easy to get tear out. Filled some worm holes and rotted spots with T88 epoxy tinted black after masking off the area.
Used the extended cole jaws to finish the bottom of each platter.
Two coats of sanding sealer and 3 coats of polyurethane finished the job off. Wish I had looked at the wood better before glue up. You can see some mismatched wood grain.



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Tortilla press

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Tortilla pressI like cooking, and I like making my cooking tools. The kitchen is a workshop, and I'm a happy guy.I've been eating keto lately. I'm not serious about it like keeping track of the numbers, just going low carb and trying stuff other than meat. I like bread, all kinds, and flatbreads are awesome.I've also watched more than my share of youtube lately. After watching people making keto foods and roti presses, I jumped in. I drew this up and started cutting and gluing . I didn't know if it was going to work until I made some tortillas. Like I said, I'm a happy guy.This is the 1st recipe I've tried out on this press. It's quick and easy, and they taste good. https://www.gnom-gnom.com/grain-free-keto-tortillas/They are smallish tortillas. I think the press should max out about 7”I decided to make 2, 1 for me and 1 for a Christmas gift.Sapele and aspen. 8 and 1/2” x 8 and 1/2” x 7 ” tall. Each of the main plates is 1” thick. I started with 3/4” thick stock, ripped it into 1” wide strips, and rotated them 90 degrees, as in making a cutting board. Kinda like quartersawn, it should stay stable.Mohawk Dead Flat Lacquer. Once the finish cures I might put on some beeswax.



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Octabox

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OctaboxOctaboxes
Creative credit goes to Jock Holmen who published the plans online in Popular Woodworking earlier this year. I used aspen, red oak, maple, and a yellow hardwood rescued from the firewood logs (anyone knows that nicely featured species I'd be grateful). One picture also shows an unfinished red pine and a finished pine with a mosaic top. They were my test batch, but they turned out so well I finished them.The project required a high degree of accuracy. I took the advice and made a jig I could fine tune to replicate the 45 degree cuts for the top and the 22.5 degree cuts for the sides. I'm a big fan of jigs. I admit I got sloppy and didn't clamp the end piece, and it kicked back so hard I got a bruise on the top of my middle finger… oh so lucky. The clamps slow down the process enough to keep you thinking and not complacent. The cut angles make kickbacks far more likely.



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I had to do it too.

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I had to do it too.Sorry Ed, but I had to do it too. Too much time on my hands.



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Slab Flattening Jig Base with Adjustable Rails

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Slab Flattening Jig Base with Adjustable RailsThis is the follow up to a rolling router jig I made a couple years ago( https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/388121 ) and never had a project for it until now. So that made me have to build the base for the rolling jig and I designed it so the rails are adjustable. I have it set at the highest position for this tapered mesquite round piece. I have two bolts and pins on each side to secure the rails. the pin holes have brass bushings in them made from 38 special cartridges . As I get into different thickness slabs, I'll spot more screw and pin holes for that height. The rails are 7” high and the base is 30” wide and only 38” long and I don't do any big table slabs but I could by sliding them through on another board to keep the height uniform. This tapered round is going to be a lamp base after it is turned on the lathe.It has aluminum clamps for holding the piece secure. I think a real heavy table slab would stay in place, but I like to clamp things down to insure they don't move during the cut with a 2” router bit. I used 1/4' screw-in inserts for the clamps and will probably put in a whole lot more in as I find uses for this jig.I did the cutting in my basement shop and I would recommend to always do it outside. It was cold out and I was like a kid with a new toy….......could not wait until tomorrow to run it!! It left a pretty good mess!The base is 3/4” maple plywood and the side rails are 1” Baltic birch plywood.The following are some shots of it in use on that round.:

Cheers, Jim



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Had to finally make a kerf-maker

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Had to finally make a kerf-makerUsed some scrap oak and short pieces of t track I had around the shop. Used a drywall screw. Made two one for my 1/8 flat bottom and one for my 1/4 finger joint blade



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Pyrography design box

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Pyrography design boxThis is one of those projects that was started over a year ago and finally was completed. I made a box joint jig back in Dec. 2018 and tested it out on some cut offs. The joints came out perfect but I had no intention of making anything out of the test pieces. I didn't want the wood to go to waste so I made this box with pieces of scrap that were laying around in the garage. The top was very boring so I added a little design and some color. The quadrant hinges were a hassle to install and the top does not fit correctly. But in the end I have a completed project that can be used to store something. Made from white oak and some plywood.



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Old Phonograph to Jewelry Box

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Old Phonograph to Jewelry BoxWas asked if I could make a Jewelry Box from an empty old phono case this is what I came up with.



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Splayed leg coffee table

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Splayed leg coffee table My very first woodworking project was a coffee table. It was made from a pre glued construction lumber panel that I purchased, some big box store select pine, and dowels, with dark stain, poorly applied gloss polyurethane, and a “Roman ogee” profile routed around the edge! Ugly!I had been living with it for around 5 years now, because at least it was solid. But we had a baby this year, and she's mobile now, and those sharp corners that I left on the old table were making me nervous! Plus I had been wanting something nicer anyway.So I decided in a “surfboard” shaped mid-century inspired table, with splayed legs. I found a fellow in Craigslist that had some walnut for sale, and he found me a couple of sequence matched pieces that were exactly the eight width and length to just have one glue joint. So I happily purchased them for $3/bf, and book matched them as best I could working around a knit and some worm eaten sap wood.Legs were turned on my spring pole lathe from pieces that I had split from a log about 4 years ago now. Set into a dovetail batten, which is then set into a dovetail slot in the underside of the table.I'm pretty happy with it overall, and my baby doesn't cry every time she bumps her head on the legs now!



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Calf Face Trash Bin

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Calf Face Trash BinThese were made for a customer that raised calf's. Made from red oak, carving on raised panel door is done with CNC.



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Pascal's wager - Proletariat Sandbox

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Pascal's wager - Proletariat Sandbox Large box collaboration with a local artistI met an artist at a show.
He is working on a masters degree at SCAD and offered to commission a collaboration. A philosophical piece, large.
We built a six foot by six foot piece for his “proletariat playground” thesis…with sliding dovetails:
and interlocked half-lap joints at the intersection:then box jointed corners:
for the main picture, I placed my shop stereo, my Escher, and miter gauge in heaven.
The other is of it in his studio… with other pieces in the proletariat playground.



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Shave horse

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Shave horseI have been saying I am going to build a shave horse for a few years now. Today was the day. I had some old oak lumber that was stored outdoors for a number of years, but was still pretty solid, so I figured it would work for what I wanted. Everything is glued and pinned with hardwood dowels.



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Pocket Hole Storage Box

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Pocket Hole Storage BoxI did a quick build to store my Kreg K5 Master kit, it has a sliding lid and spacers to keep the items in place.



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Thought I'd try SOMETHING different

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Thought I'd try SOMETHING differentSo, as the title says, I thought I would try something different. You know, BRIGHT IDEA.
After the other segmented platter worked so well my AMBITIONS were FLYING HIGH. I did have the good sense not to use good wood for this though.
The plan was to reverse the angle of the wedges (segments).
The timbers are Jarrah, She-oak and Meranti, it's about 9 inches diameter.
If you look closely you will notice whits stuff in all the flaws, that's White Diamond polish wax, which proved another point. Don't use it unless you have a really smooth surface.I have this sitting on top of my desk to remind me that I shouldn't try it again.Thanks for looking and C & C welcome.Bob



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Loom

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LoomThis is a loom I made for my neighbor, Carolyn, in Arizona. She weaves hats out of yarn and she mentioned that the 14” one she had was a little too big and it had 42 holes. So I made her this one that is 12” and has 36 holes. It is made from a piece of white laminate covered 5/8” maple plywood. The hole locations were done on the wood lathe. I borrowed the tees from my wife's stash of golf tees. There was no need for any finish on it.I normally don't like to leave any construction holes in a project but I did leaf the holes from the faceplate mounting on the back side where they will never bee seen. That way I could cut it down or put in another pattern of holes if she ever needed them.Cheers, Jim



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Keepsake Heart Box for a little 5 year old young lady

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Keepsake Heart Box for a little 5 year old young ladyI was helping a neighbor with a project that she was working on and she had her little 5 year old daughter with her. On my bench I had some small pieces of walnut that I used to cut some hearts out of for inlays that I needed for a box I was making.
I was just throwing these pieces out thinking they were unuseable. When the little girl saw the hearts she smiled at me so I gave her a few to take home. After They left I thought maybe I should just make a little keepsake box for the little girl using some of the waste from making the inlay hearts. After I made it I decided to make the inserts red. Well this is what I came up with. When they returned to my shop I gave the box to the little girl; she was so happy! Made me day!
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Short 1:44 minute YouTube Video
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Panel Saw

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Panel SawIf you have room in your shop this is a great add!



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Word Sign with inlay letters

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Word Sign with inlay lettersAn easy build!



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Raised dog bowl stand

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Raised dog bowl standGreat project with my son and daughter in law.



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A Surprise Gift for my Fruit & Veggie man's offsider - Hot Rod Ford "C" Cab Flatbed

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A Surprise Gift for my Fruit & Veggie man's offsider - Hot Rod Ford "C" Cab FlatbedThis is a Surprise Gift for my Fruit & Veggie man's off-sider – Hot Rod Ford “C” Cab FlatbedThe story goes that Sam has been working at the shop for past two years and every time I take a truck in, to show the owner [my friend Sam] the off-sider Sam starts asking about buying tickets for the community club or how much for this one!Well with all the world in lockdown over this virus thing I spent the better part of 4 days over the weekend enjoying myself in the shed.The result is a Hot Rod Ford “C” Cab Flatbed with a lot of peterbilt detailing…The cabin is old Spotted Gum
The engine is Red Gum
The bed is pre-coated Merbau Flooring
The sides are Merbau
The radiator is sliced Merbau Decking
The front & rear bumper bars are Tassie Oak
The front mudguards are Red Gum
The wheels are shop bought [front 2” and rear 2.5”]
The axle blocks are Merbau
The fuel tanks Camphor Laurel & Australian Red Cedar
The headlights are Tassie Oak with furniture buttons
The seat is Australian Red Cedar
The steering wheel is a timber button on a bamboo skewer
The side steps are Red Gum and Australian Red Cedar
The FORD Logo is courtesy of Alex [Thank you again LBD]The rear axle pivots to compensate for the front & rear wheel size differenceAbout a 25 hour build over the 4 days…Dimensions are
18” [455mm] long
6.75” [170mm] wide
7” [180mm] highThe finish is my home made Wipe On Poly [3 coats]
30% Tung Oil, 40% Clear Satin Polyurethane, 30% Mineral Turps.And here's a few extra photos….The gift will be given to Sam tomorrow when I buy my weekends Fruit & Veggies.
I'm sure he will be embarrassed but I know he has a couple of young boys who will love playing with it.



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Burned cedar

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Burned cedar 40 year old burned stump I finally got around to doing something with it. Used a Chainsaw and dremmel tool to carve this wood spirit. I remember being around 10 years old and helping my dad burn some brush, this stump did not completely burn, so we tossed it in the woods. Ran back across it while looking for some wood to carve.



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FIRE TRUCK

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FIRE TRUCKFinally done with this Fire Truck year ago a guy from church asked if I could make him a fire truck for his son of course I said sure I can not knowing then I would have to have been put into hospital twice for my collapsed lung hopefully now they have that problem fixed . He gave me free range to use my own wood and ideas so I asked a question here on LJ's and of course Duchy Jan came thru for me and sent me some Red dye I mixed it up to his directions on WOW what a nice job it did took about 49 hours was very glad to get it done as it took way too long and was getting to be more of a hassle then pleasure but here it finally is all maple and walnut and mahogany and grill is bamboo skewers



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white oak coffee table thin blue line

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white oak coffee table thin blue linecustom piece for a friend that had a friend that retired from the sherriff dept. white oak with blue tint epoxy thin blue line, top is also epoxy, fun project. thanks for lookin



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truck MAN

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truck MANman + contejner



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Walnut hollow form

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Walnut hollow formWalnut hollow form finished with walnut oil 10” wide 5” tall



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Mouse trap

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Mouse trapMarch 17 2020 Wonder who we will catch. Dave and Ed having fun. We cannot take credit for the idea, it was stolen, but it was fun making it.



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Oak Floor I made

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Oak Floor I madeOak floor I made



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Present for Dad

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Present for DadIn a couple of weeks my dad will become the new Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge in Lake Havasu City (for those that know him, please keep this quiet). I new I wanted to make him something to commemorate this occasion for him as it is the highest position at any local Elks Lodge. After talking to my mom about it we decided she would pick up a bottle of his favorite scotch and I would build the box for it along with the laser engraving. I am sure there will be some ridicule from someone regarding trademarks or something like that but to them I say, only myself and one other know the difference between the original trademark and this engraving. This is my second attempt at box joints, cut on my “new” router extension wing, and my first time making box joints this small. All in all I am very happy with it but unfortunately due to all of the restrictions of Covid-19, I will not be able to attend his induction. The majority of the box was made with honey locust and the lid is a resawn piece of walnut. It's a good thing it was a resaw because I forgot to measure twice and unfortunately cut the first lid about 3/8 of an inch too short. The entire box was sealed with boiled linseed oil and I included a bag of walnut hand plane shavings to cushion the bottle of Glenlivet. I wish I could be there to see the look on his face when he receives it but I know he will love it whether I am there or not. Cheers dad, and congratulations!



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Ukrainian Trident pendant

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Ukrainian Trident pendantMy niece is Ukrainian, and for her birthday I made her this pendant necklace with the Ukrainian coat of arms trident. It's dyed-blue maple burl with yellowheart inlay. All CNC work, of course.



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peterbilt tank hilarious truck

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peterbilt tank hilarious trucktank



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MUSHROOMS - Got a high doing these!

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MUSHROOMS - Got a high doing these!A couple weeks ago I had given a carving course at our Lee Valley Tools – carve some mushrooms!The instructions i gave my class was this, that the mushrooms have a cap that comes in all shapes and sizes and the caps are held up by a stem! Then to make matters worse I cut up a pile of my scrap wood into rough shapes that could be carved into something that was bulbous stuck unto a thin or stout stem. The pieces varied not only in shape and sizes but in wood species. This was my chance to clear up some of my miscellaneous wood inventory.
Each class participant had the choice of wood and number of carving blocks to affect a cluster of some weird mushrooms. Boy did we ever go on a trip!
My mushrooms were of the following wood- caps cedar fence boards, stems, spruce, pine or birch and bases were cut from exotic hardwoods from central America. The higher I got the weirder came the shapes along with their placement on the base.Enjoy!The Boatman!



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Curly Maple Ribbon Box

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Curly Maple Ribbon Box This is my first attempt at one of these and have been amazed at the different versions of the project.This is a very interesting project that uses many different methods using either bandsaw or scroll saw to read end result
I decided to use walnut and Purple Heart for my ribbon cuts and placed final ribbons on a Curley maple box.



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Small lidded box

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Small lidded boxSmall lidded box.



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New bookshelf

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New bookshelfWhen I first got into woodworking 3 years ago, my first project was a pine bookshelf that I assembled using dowels, but I didn't know what I was doing, so over the next 2 years it started to lean and sag. Last fall, I decided to build a replacement out of cherry, so I was looking online for an idea that I liked. I found a sketch with no dimensions or details of any kind, but I liked the way it looked. I had to scale it to the corner I wanted to put it in, as there's a doorway on one wall and a picture window on the other. I don't have a dado blade, so all of the dadoes and rabetts were cut one saw kerf at a time, but I think the final product turned out well



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Leigh D4R Pro cabinet

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Leigh D4R Pro cabinetI've documented this project in my blog.I've had the Leigh D4R Pro jig for a while, and it is cumbersome to store and set up. I decided to make two cabinets to replace a larger workbench and make them match the height of my Sawstop. The other is a router table, and I designed this to make it very easy to store/use the Leigh jig. I've looked and not found anything like this.The jig is mounted on the usual plywood plate, and simply rotates down into a cabinet for storage or back up and out for use. There is a cover plate that rotates out of the way when moving the jig, but then drops into place with the jig in either position.Of course, drawers are needed to hold all the bits and pieces that are used any time you use the jig.I'm tickled with how well this has worked, and it really has increased the likelihood of using the jig, which I did immediately to make all of the drawers for both this cabinet and the router table cabinet.The big open space in the back will be general purpose storage to start, and I plan on adding a plywood lifter to the back.



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For a little girl

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For a little girlTurned thick, then relief carved.Basswood. 10” tall x 4 1/2” wide. Acrylic paints



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Cabinet for Incra Router Lift and Fence

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Cabinet for Incra Router Lift and FenceI've documented this and an additional cabinet in my blogs. This is a router table/cabinet designed to match the height of my Sawstop.



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Ash Farmhouse Table

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Ash Farmhouse TableOur latest farmhouse dining table was delivered this evening to some very happy clients. This 96×36 ash table looks awesome atop a white A-Frame painted base.Two matching benches compliment this build and slide easily underneath. The table base also disassembles easily in a few minutes to move if needed.We used conversion varnish on all surfaces and we were very pleased with the results. Shellac-based paint made the base easy to top coat as well.Check us out on social media at @docsdesignsfurniture for all the updates!



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Single Strick Brass CLock in Wood Case

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Single Strick Brass CLock in Wood CaseI purchased the brass single strike clock from Klockit. The plans were very pricey and I thought I would make my own to save a few dollars. This was a gift to couple that purchased a new home. I used oak, oil stain and finished with a clear satin polyurethane. Since it was a 14 day key wound clock a door was necessary.
It's just over 15” high and just wide enough to display the skeleton works through 2” glass side panels.



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Circular blade storage cabinet

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Circular blade storage cabinetI admit that I have a problem. I was so busy for a while I bought new blades instead of sharpening. I love blades that tend to be at the high end quality and, unfortunately, price. I had them all stacked in a drawer which is no way to treat a carbide tipped blade. I needed storage for about 40 blades as well as dados and box joint cutters. I used all of that drawer scrap 1/4 inch melamine for the drawers, maple fronts and 3/4 oak case. I drilled holes in the drawer bottom and dowelled the center, and put a finger hole to make it easier to pick up the blade. The fronts are 7/16 wide so I had to get creative for the pulls. I used letter block beads for drawer handles and double duty for me to create a blade list with sharpening dates.



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Yarn Bowls #57 - #60

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Yarn Bowls #57 - #60Yarn bowls are a popular item, so I turned out four more, bringing my total over the last couple of years to 60.These are all made from domestic woods (cherry, maple, and walnut), about 6-1/2 inches tall and 6-1/2 inches in diameter.These are all shown with an (optional) Nostepinne, which is Scandinavian for 'nest stick'. The Nostepinne is a tapered stick used to wind yarn into a tight ball.
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Notepinnes (Yarn Ball Winding Sticks)

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Notepinnes (Yarn Ball Winding Sticks)“Nostepinne (or nostepinde) is a Scandinavian word that means nest-stick..The Nostepinne is used to wind yarn into a tight ball. The yarn can be pulled from the center of the ball and maintain more even tension on the yarn as the knitter uses it. These are tapered to allow the knitter to easily remove the ball from the stick.These are cherry, maple, and walnut, 10-1/2 inches long.My Nostepinnes are an optional item which can be included with my yarn bowls:
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Fender Jazz Bass headstock box

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Fender Jazz Bass headstock boxFor the rock n roller in the family. She has a Fender Jazz Bass, maybe she'll like it. I never can tell with a 14 y/o girl.I like making bandsaw boxes. This was a lot of fun.I downloaded a template from a luthier website, and copied it full size onto a piece of mahogany. I didn't use the string tree or truss rod slot.The waterslide decal came from Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/listing/398218933/fender-stratocaster-telecaster-jaguar?ref=hp_rv-1&frs=1&bes=1 Thanks, Mitch!!Mahogany. Maple inlays. 8” long x 3 1/2” wide x 2 1/4” deep. Mohawk Dead Flat Lacquer.



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A Box Cello

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A Box CelloA while ago my wife mentioned that someday she would like to learn the cello. That set me to thinking until I realized that I could probably build something like a cello.The front and back are from poplar drawer which I planed to a thick ness of about 3/16 inch. The sides and top of the box are white oak.I had ordered a neck, but after 3 months of waiting, I just went ahead and carved one using a pattern I found on the web. It was a bit of a job to carve oak, but I had examples of what I was trying to do at work to guide me. I did manage to buy the tuning pegs, strings, bridge, fingerboard and end pin.After putting it all together I stained everything but the fingerboard with Jacobean stain and finished it with spray lacquer. The result is something quite unique, but playable.More info on thebbuild is available here: (link)I hope to have a sample of it being played soon.Mandatory glue up shots:



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Inner tissue revealed, poplar burl bowl

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Inner tissue revealed, poplar burl bowlI collected a big polar burl last week and turned it into a pot. After microwave-oven drying, the wood warped. The effect is prominent in poplar wood, since its tissue is soft. In addition, the surface displays fine structures; grooves along the curly and bumps on burls, as can be seen in the last picture.



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Prescription bottle caddy

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Prescription bottle caddyI got tired of having a line of prescription bottle take a tumble while reaching for the tall ones in the back on my desk. So I made a corral for the spot. Cherry and ribbon Sapele, with home-made inlay-banding (bloodwood, holly, cherry). Padded on shellac.
The dividers are made with the most excellent home-made kerfmaker, (mine made after Mafe's contribution to the forum) https://www.lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/18170. All friction fit without glue.
Unfinished QS White Oak, Cherry and one lonely bit of Walnut that was the right thickness. To be truthful, I might have used Danish on them but when I tested the fit it snapped in so tight I decided to just leave well enough alone, which is rarely how I operate



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Treasure chest.

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Treasure chest.PARTY STARTER!



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Airplane propeller rework

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Airplane  propeller  reworkBeen a while since I've been here, too many other projects to do much woodworking, but some might find this interesting.I've owned my Hatz biplane for about a year and a half now. It originally came with a metal propeller, but it wasn't quite matched to the plane and for various reasons I wanted a wood prop so I bought one, custom made to my specs. The new prop is birch with a polyurethane leading edge for abrasion protection. After testing, it still wasn't quite right… it needed to have the pitch (the theoretical distance it moves forward in one revolution, 47” in this case) reduced, kind of like downshifting a car to a lower gear. It was better, but still not quite right, so I decided to make the final adjustment(s) myself, bringing the pitch down to 44”.A metal prop can be adjusted simply by twisting it, but for a wood prop the pitch can be reduced (but not increased) by shaving a bit of material off the back face trailing edge of the blades. The leading edge and front face are untouched. It's a tiny amount, which varies by where you are on the blade, from .014” at the tip to .075” 12” from the hub… and it needs to be accurate. Of course I practiced on a scrap pine board first!The modification starts with precise saw cuts 3” apart to establish the depth. I used one of Dad's old Zona saws, to which I clamped an aluminum strip, which I adjusted with a dial caliper to set how far the teeth protruded. I then used an orbital sander to sand the back face down until the cuts disappeared. An orbital sander really isn't made for heavy material removal so it's slow, but it makes it less likely to accidentally take off too much. Thinning the blade leaves the trailing edge too sharp, so I rounded it back with a scraper, in the process making the blade slightly narrower.After final sanding, 5 coats of rattle can polyurethane, checking the balance and adjusting it with a bit more varnish on the light side, then I put it back on the plane for further testing. It's considerably improved, it turns about 75 rpm faster and the plane performs better. It's now “good enough” but there may be room for further improvement, I need to do more testing first. If I do rework it again I'll likely trim a bit from the diameter to get the rpms up rather than reducing the pitch any more.



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Oak sensory whale toy

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Oak sensory whale toyA few months ago a new edition came into the extended family. Cutest kid, he's already a heartbreaker. I've been keeping little off cuts to make him some toys. His mum has started putting together a sensory toy bag for his upcoming six-month milestone and I made this little whale as an addition. Finished in linseed oil. I didn't use the usual beeswax because I know honey and young babies don't mix. The eye is inlayed volcanic beach sand.



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3 eagles

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3 eaglesstarted with one eagle and seen how much roo i had left added another.



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Line 'Em Up Puzzles

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Line 'Em Up PuzzlesThese “Line 'Em Up” puzzles were designed by Steve Good and shown on his “Scrollsaw Workshop” website. They were made from re-purposed damaged cabinet doors and drawer sides. They were Laser Engraved using a NEJE Laser Master that was also previewed on Steve Good's website. The NEJE Laser Engraver is affordable and really opens up new craft possibilities. The sides were cut on a table saw and the center cavities were cut using Steve's pattern with a band saw and scroll saw. The 3 pieces were then glued together, sanded and finished.
The last 2 pictures are jigs that were made to help mass produce the puzzles. One jig allows you to repeat cut the base pieces and the other allows you to cut off 5 1/2” long pegs quickly. The drop offs from the first cut are used to make pegs for the next puzzle. The peg sides are then routed using a 1/16” round over router bit.
These were made to be give-a ways but if demand picks up, I may try to sell some.
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run in the wind

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run in the windI looked for a type of picture that would catch your eyes.



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Treager outdoor BBQ Cabinet

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Treager outdoor BBQ CabinetHey Lumberjacks,
Just wanted to post my latest utility project; a Treager outdoor BBQ cabinet. I took some Maple and built a simple case/frame. Prior to assembly I installed made a small groove to hold the 3/16” plywood, this would eventually be used to mount rough-sawn faceboards. Post glue up, I split the cabinet and installed a small piano hinge. I then installed two small shelves with pocket screws. I added magnets to hold the door closed. Lastly I added the rough-sawn faceboards. The last pictures are some metal work of my favorite BBQ animals and old clever.
Thanks for checking out the Treager outdoor BBQ cabinet
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Large Miro Clock

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Large Miro ClockLarge Miro Clock
Just finished turning a large clock turned from Miro 400 mm in diameter.Comments Welcome



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Wedding rings box for my daughter

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Wedding rings box for my daughterI made this ring box for my daughters wedding. The main body is a piece of figured walnut, the top is from a piece of Lemonwood. The top is held on by four rare earth magnets, two in the top, two in the bottom.



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Queen-sized Headboard

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Queen-sized HeadboardIt has been a while!
Life keeps me very busy these days and woodworking for Fun has become an elusive thing…
The House requires plenty of work (not complaining!) and upgrades and renovations happen as time and money allow…
Sometime in October of last year, plans were made to have Debbie's Brother and his Girlfriend spend a night or two for the Holidays… It became a priority to finally finish one of the two upstairs bedrooms… Since we moved in 5 years ago, both bedrooms had been chiefly used for storage and were a mess! The process began with the larger one being emptied into the smaller one, floor, walls, and closet were repaired, all of the woodwork was sanded down almost to bare wood, and finally the room was painted top to bottom…
We decided to put our “old” Bed (7 or 8 Years old, but in new condition) up in the Guest Bedroom…
For ourselves, we bought a brand new Queen-sized for our own bedroom downstairs… The local Sears was having a “Going out of Business” Sale (aren't they all?) and so we got a very plush mattress and box spring @ 70% off, a huge savings!
After the bed was assembled and on it's frame, two things became apparent, #1) The Mattress and Box Spring were SO plush, that the bed was difficult for a couple of short people like us to get in and out of! and #2) Because there was no Headboard, the pillows were always wanting to squirt out and disappear behind the bed…So, before the Headboard could be delineated for size, the Bed had to be lowered a little…
I was loathe to put the Mattress on the floor, decided instead to make some quick “shoes” for the frame's legs…
After the wheels were pulled off and these were placed under, it was the just the ticket! Though the Bed was only lowered a little less than 3”, it was perfectly enough, we no longer need ladders to get up and in, nor a parachute to get up and out…
It was then a simple matter, to cut 4”x4” to size for the upright posts and then to shape and fasten Oak to the Posts… If you notice in the third picture, I took the time to do a cutaway at the bottom of the posts to fit over the Baseboard…
That has always seemed a problem to me with Headboard design, in that they do not fit flat against the wall, this one does…
Also, while it was still readily accessible, some brackets were added behind…
This, was to facilitate the addition of a couple of hidden, pocket shelves behind…
These have become a great place for our glasses, cell phones and whatnot…And that's about it for that, another project completed out of necessity rather than for enjoyment, but… truth be told, I enjoy the heck out of still having a pillow under my head when I wake up!Thanks for reading, Be Well and Be Safe my Friends! :)7 March 2020



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One Last Top

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One Last TopThis is the last top I'm making this season and I got it made in time for the sale today…and it sold.
It is made from 32 pieces of osage orange and pecan. The launcher is made from pecan and the base is mesquite.
The top body is 3/4” thick and 3” in diameter and runs 3+ on a stainless steel pivot. It is finished with Danish oil.Cheers, Jim



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the homestead, on barn wood

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the homestead, on barn woodI have done these a few times and now I have request for more.



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Macaroni

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Macaroni Basswood macaroni noodle 4” long 1.5” tall



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Live Edge Ambrosia Maple Serving Tray

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Live Edge Ambrosia Maple Serving TrayI know this isn't the most exciting project, but I made these serving trays for Christmas this year and my wife decided to make it into the base of our Christmas Dinner centerpiece. It's just some Ambrosia maple that I salvaged from a fallen tree that was cut up for firewood. I finished with Howard's butcher block oil, which really made the grain look interesting.On a side note, hand cutting these thick slabs with my sawzall and a cheap hand crosscut saw motivated me to buy a 17” Grizzly bandsaw to make more. I really enjoy the look of the finished project, but I'm not going to hand cut any more that way!



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30 bones

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30 bones30 “bones” each from a different wood type.



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Not just another bowl

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Not just another bowlPerhaps a month or so ago wildwoodbybrianjohns asked somebody if they might be interested intrading some sycamore wood for some oilve wood. It's almost common knowledge that I'll trade things with anybody no matter where they live. Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Croatia are a few countries that I've traded with as well as here in the states.
Well, to shorten this up a little, Brian and I managed to get in touch with each other and he expressed a desire to get some sycamore as well as some other woods. I gathered a 20lb. plus bundle of sycamore, wormy chestnut, purple heart and maybe something else, I just don't remember.
I mailed it off to him and he did likewise as soon as he could. My bundle of wild olive wood arrived

in short order and that same day I checked the moisture and cut some olive for my first walnut and olive bowl.

I coupled that with some walnut
and it was off to the RM
While that bowl was curing I decided to make one using the ancient olive wood with the rare and nearly extinct wormy chestnut.
Picture 3 above shows the pair and picture 4 & 5 is the chestnut/olive and picture 6 is the olive/walnut.
I'm not sure which is my favorite but the walnut has nearly been stolen twice probably because they hadn't seen the second bowl yet.At this point I have to offer my sincere thanks to Brian in Spain for the wild olive wood and I hope his stash gets released from customs in Madrid so he can have experience the same delight experiencing a new species of lumber. I can hardly wait to see his creations with it.Thanks for looking at my newest creations.



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Klaatu Barada Nikto

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Klaatu Barada NiktoLJ Candy Frye helped me to remember that I had indeed made a walnut spaceship with copper leafing.This one is smaller- about 3” in diameter and, with the finial, about 5” tall. It originally started out to have a small entry hole and just a finial topping but I messed up hollowing it. A large part of the top broke away. Cleaned that up and then made a lid for the larger opening. Used a Sorby texturing tool to do the spiral work. Then added the copper leafing. Gloss poly finish.Thanks for looking!



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Phone stands

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Phone standsThese are some phone stands I made for my father and his wife for Christmas. He honestly doesn't want more 'stuff/clutter' so it's challenging to find something small and useful for them. Usually we bake things. Since they recently got new phones and were using them more for news sites and books I figured I would make them some phone stands.I had a piece of walnut about the right size and knocked it out based on something I made as a test project for my wife but never did anything more with mumble years ago for my wife (she now wants a more pretty one then random unfinished redwood). If I'd thought of this a week before I would have used Shellac, but since I didn't I used spry spar varnish. Since they were already ripped to the right width I did most everything else with hand tools. The cut angle is 45 degrees, the square blocks were mounted using a dowel and are high enough to leave the charging cable in. I also hit them with the chisel for a bit more angle to keep the phone set so it won't slip out.



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#45 Pine Box

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#45 Pine BoxFinally got a box made to store the 45 and accessories, made from Plain old Pine with a wipe of BLO.
Foam insert so I can add more blades when acquired? Yes the 45 was used in the making of this box!



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VIP Plaque

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VIP PlaqueMade this plaque for my cousin as a surprise gift just prior to his visiting from out of state. He has his own Professional Photography Studio. The Plaque is just under 5” x 5” in size. I used Alder, Natural Danish Oil and Poly.



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Small Hollow Form

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Small Hollow FormThis is a piece I made to show some of the guys here how I make these being that we don't have a hollowing tool. I get asked on LJ's how I do it so I posted some process shots below. It is done almost entirely with a 5/8” bowl gouge working the inside from the bottom.This is a small vase( 4 1/4” diameter and 4” high ) made from mesquite and inlaid with a little sap wood showing turquoise in a few of the cracks that surfaced. It is finished with Danish Oil and then buffed and waxed.From the shots below it started with a mesquite log that was from a tree we cut 2 weeks ago.
A tenon was turned on both ends and then the part for the bottom was parted off for plugging the bottom and holding the piece while finishing the top.
Here are the process shots:
andI made a jam chuck to fit the top and used it to turn off the bottom tenon to the bottom of the piece.



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Echoes of Aja

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Echoes of AjaHere's a box I did in 2009. It's made of Bubinga, ebony, and boxwood. It's another design that seems to be pretty popular on the web – in that it shows up in all sorts of odd websites, Pinterest, etc.Basically, that means it's going to be copied a lot.



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Custom Dormer Woodwork

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Custom Dormer WoodworkThis is some woodwork / cabinetry I did in a newly expanded attic, done to match the rest of the early 1900s home right down to the custom the 4-layer floor moulding that was shaped on-site. What's shown is mostly the removable HVAC covers that tie into the trim and a towel warming bench that hides the ductwork. I particularly like how the floor trim tied into the stairs. I expanded the attic with a small crew, and after the flooring was in I was left alone with a 24ft rolling workshop to do the woodwork.



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Square Yarn Bowl

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Square Yarn BowlI took some time off the lathe and made this yarn bowl with 3/8” mesquite flat stock. We took 10 logs to the saw mill and brought home a truck load of flat pieces and some rounds. These have been cut and laying for 5 years.This bowl is 5” square on the inside and 5 1/2” high. I has some fractal figures on the front and is finished with shellac. To make this “open tops box”, I mitered the the sides on the sides and the bottoms and the bottom was miter all the way around and it was glued together using bungee cord for a clamp… sides and bottom at the same time.Cheers, Jim



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Beads of Courage Box

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Beads of Courage BoxMy latest 'Beads of Courage' box … this one is about 6-inches tall and 6-inches in diameter, made of mahogany, maple, and walnut. My local AAW Chapter (Bay Lake Woodturners) has turned nearly 50 such boxes and donated them to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.For those who may be interested participating, check out the Beads of Courage website.



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Tippy Tops & Arena

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Tippy Tops & ArenaMade a batch of 'tippy tops' and an 'arena' for them to spin in … plan to have these in my booth at an upcoming craft show.The tops actually can flip over and spin on the handle … these tops are based on a design by Eugen Schlaak.



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Fishing Landing net

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Fishing Landing netThis is my first steam bent landing net. I steamed the wood and clamped it into the mold first. I let it sit for a couple of days. Then took it off and glued it up, put it back in the mold for another couple of days.My first attempt I had maple and padauk, but the padauk did not bend well and split. So I resteamed with maple and walnut. The handle is also walnut.I sanded it smooth to even up the strips, then routed the edges. I made a jig to cut the thread slot on the tablesaw copied after tomgrin's great design.I drilled the holes, which was easy, next time I will get a tailors tape measure since it will bend around the hoop easier then my regular tape.I am happy with the result, except the handle is a little to wide for most people, my hands are bigger so it is fine for me. In the future I will either make the center wood thinner or carve away the strips on the outside, depending on what look I am going for.



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Yakety Axe

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Yakety AxeI really love good clean guitar of all genres. Chet Atkins was a major influence on many of them. I took a few liberties with this pattern by Charles Dearing and knocked this out on my scrollsaw. The guitar neck was especially tedious. I hope you all like it.



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Grand daughters paintable bird feeder

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Grand daughters paintable bird feederMy grand daughter likes to paint things and also likes to watch the birds at feeders.So Pops to the rescue my girl and her 5 friends have something to decorate and put stickers on whatever they want. Then they get to place the feeder and watch the birds visit the feeder they decorated.Made from 8 ft cedar picket, and scrap plexiglass, hinged the lids so the little ones don't make a mess filling the feeders.



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Walnut Slab Patio Table with Custom Base

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Walnut Slab Patio Table with Custom BaseThis walnut slab I acquired a while back and was struggling for ideas of how to use it. It had some awesome crotch figure, but had a large crack straight down the middle that would have been tricky to fix with epoxy.Being a guy who likes contrast, I figured I'd split it, joint/plane it to make flattening a breeze, then put the maple stripe for an accent.The base, it's a variation on my live edge dining table bases, simply cut down to size. Some folks don't like the look of natural poplar, but I do. It seems to compliment the figure in the walnut as well.As for a finish? Some shellac to seal it and some marine spar varnish as this piece is on our screened-in porch.Check us out at @docsdesignsfurniture on Instagram for our maker-centric feed.



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Daughter's Picture Frame

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Daughter's Picture FrameMy 21-year old daughter saw the 1980s/90s country band Diamond Rio a few weeks ago with her boyfriend and then got a signed picture. She asked me if I could build a frame for her and wanted to help. She wasn't able to do much with me due to sickness but we finished it today. She wants to decorate the border since we weren't able to remove all of the pen line (should have used pencil I guess)Walnut with lacquer and she gave me the best excuse to buy a new router bit



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Bookcase

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BookcaseBuilding this bookcase for my granddaughter for Christmas this year. I always like to get an early start



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Warrior CNC carving

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Warrior CNC carvingA model I got for a few bucks on ebay a while ago I finally found time to carve. After carving I applied 2 coats of shellac, then covered it in brown oil paint and wiped the excess off with a mineral spirits soaked ragged. The paint gives it a lot more depth than simply leaving it plain would have.I'm really happy with how it worked out. I'm especially impressed with the level of detail I got out of a 1/8” ball nose bit on the finishing path, I had considered using a tapered ball nose with a 0.5mm tip, but wanted to try something larger to save time and energy.I've been tracking time as I work on projects lately to help myself better track the machine time and labor that goes into some of this stuff for when I try to sell my work. Not sure why I felt compelled to include it but someone might find it useful:Prep time:

  1. Surfacing boards: 00:15:20
  2. glue up: 00:05:00
  3. Machine setup: 00:05:00
Carve time:
  1. 1/4” roughing bit: 00:52:27
  2. 1/8” ball nose finishing: 09:21:41
  3. 1/8 profile pass: 00:05:20
Post-processing:
  1. cut out: 00:10:45
  2. cleaning edges: 00:05:25
  3. Applying shellac(2 coats, not counting wait time): 00:03:22
  4. paint/wiping: 00:48:50
Total time: 11:53:10


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