The Woodshop Shed

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

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Mystical Talking Stick for Cub Scouts

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Mystical Talking Stick for Cub ScoutsThis Talking Stick is an original design. My daughter, a Cub Scout leader, had been asking for it for some time now. Inspiration came in the form of a Woodcraft sales flyer. Offered was a 1×1 x 12 piece of Mexican Bocote wood, a beautiful hardwood with lots of color gradations, easy to machine. It took the Minwax Oak stain well, and I added some Renaissance wax to protect the finish. My spouse helped create the “head” decorations from leftover trims. It has two little bells that help the user (talker) keep the group's attention. I bought two pieces, just in case, but the second one is waiting for a fun application. Amy was surprised at this little birthday gift.



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Sliding Cutoff Grinder

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Sliding Cutoff GrinderWoodsmith Shop was giving away one free plan during Christmas time. I was looking through the plans and found this to be something that interested me. This turned out to be a really fun project to do as it used many shop machines and tools. We as woodworkers sometimes crossover with metal work and I thought this piece of equipment would be a good way to expand my usage in that area.This sliding cutoff grinder was made mainly of Baltic birch plywood. The slider and the sliding supports is made from cherry. 1/8-inch thick steel plates and a 1-inch steel channel. The fence has two positions – one up front for rolled steel, bars, etc and one in the rear for sheets of metal. I painted a few areas to spruce it up and match the grinder. It will most likely take a beating so I put two coats of Tru-oil gunstock oil to give it a hard shell and intentionally kept the sheen low as you can make this finish look like glass.



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Valentine's Day Bear

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Valentine's Day BearThis little bear is all ready for Valentine's Day. He is 5 inches tall, carved from basswood, painted with acrylics.Claude



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