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10 Days in Vejer

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10 Days in VejerLast year I was lucky enough to visit a very good friend in Vejer de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain. It's a wonderful place and we had a fantastic time.That trip was the inspiration for this box.I just wanted to recreate, in some small way, the visuals in Vejer and Andalusia. Brillaint tile work everywhere, unexpectedly narrow, steep streets, passageways, alleys, arches and rooftops at odd elevations, buildings skewed at angles to each other (there are no right angled corners in the box), Moorish architecture…I'll never forget that trip.



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2020 Knife Swap

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2020 Knife SwapThe Fall 2020 Knife Swap was my first LJ Swap event, and my first time making a knife of any kind. I had a “Plan A” project, which was really too ambitious for my first knife project. I was wise enough to have a Plan B, which quickly became the new Plan A. It started with a Morakniv blade with hidden tang, bookmatched zebrawood scales for a handle and a set of brass pins, all sourced on Amazon.I drew a mock-up of a handle shape, thinking I would keep it simple. But looking at handle shapes I liked, I didn't think the zebrawood had enough width to make the flare I wanted on either end. So I rooted through my exotics bin and settled on a block of bocote. It has a strong contrasting grain, so I knew i had to orient the grain somewhat opposite the zebrawood.The bocote is a good bit harder than the zebra, so I shaped the bolster end first, on a 4” stationary belt and oscillating spindle sander, then marked and shaped the zebra to mate. The pieces matched well, but I added a green leather spacer, both to forgive any small irregularities and to create a contrasting border. The brass pin provided enough compression to keep the front assembly together and let the epoxy set.Next I shaped the butt end piece of bocote and then shaped the zebra to mate. I did have to add an internal pin to help link the tail piece to the body. Epoxying the tail pieces took a little creative taping and clamping.In the final shaping, I had to work the bocote first, then the transitions to the zebra body. The leather roughed up and stayed a little proud of the wood. I considered hardening it with CA and then sanding flush, but… I kinda liked the feel of it.It's finished with mineral oil/orange oil with beeswax buffed in – which is what I use for my tool handles. All in all it was a successful learning project and I hope was worthy of the LJ Swap tradition!



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I.T. Workbench (aka) Work From Home Bench

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I.T. Workbench (aka) Work From Home BenchThis was started in March, which is not technically pre-COVID, but before it was declared a pandemic….in other words, the bench was intended to go to my work place. I work in IT and build and configure computers…..Now it is my latest work at home bench.Low tech sketch-up:Construction is 90% from old Hard Maple gym floor:Joinery is 100% from the PantoRouter:The backboard has French Cleats in front of cork board – so dual purpose. Detail of the French Cleats:The drawer fronts are unique with grain matching gym flooring running vertical – some pics:There are a few screws in this one, but none structural, just to keep shelves in place, etc….Still need to build French Cleat fixtures….Plus have 2 monitor mounts to install.Now for my friends that got this far – my work has been crazy busy (too crazy busy) and hoping to catch up soon….Thanks for looking…...



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