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Kyra's Guillotine

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Kyra's GuillotineMy grand daughter approached me for some help building a model guillotine for her world history class, and I agreed to assist her. She found the plans she liked from the web (https://www.instructables.com/Mini-Guillotine/) and I found enough material in my scrap bin to make it (red oak, maple, ply, and 1/8 hardboard)To better understand the instructions and check the dimensions, I modeled the plans with Sketch Up. We ripped up some oak and half lapped the pieces of the frame and table components, dadoed the uprights for the blade to ride in and pulleys in the headworks. A couple of YiaYia's sewing machine bobbins found their way into the headworks for the pulley system.All the connecting pieces were glued and pinned with finishing brads. Being it's nearly Halloween, I suggested splattering some of the pieces with red paint, which got her to making some plans for little sisters Barbie doll. I think Kyra and YiaYia are out looking for a small basket - I didn't ask why.I know this was not much of a fine crafted build, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share my shop with my grand daughter and our adventures with all you' all.



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Crazy Eights

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Crazy EightsWoods: Yellowheart, Western Red Cedar, Eucalyptus and Wenge.Frame: Maple.Finish: Boiled Linseed Oil.



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Douglas Fir Rootball Bowl

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Douglas Fir Rootball BowlWe had to wait until the lighting was right to take photos that came anywhere near close to doing this bowl justice. Otherwise, this would have been posted a lot earlier today.This is a douglas fir tree root ball bowl. The tree was leaning precariously, so I decided it had to come down. What I didn't anticipate, however, was how deep the roots were. Heck, I thought I could just dig around the root ball and the tree would fall over if I dug deep enough. I guess I could have cut the tree off at ground level, but then I wouldn't have gotten the opportunity to see what the soul of this tree was all about.I gotta say, this bowl was a super challenge. It's 25 inches long by 20 inches wide by 8 3/4 inches high. It also weighs about 30 lbs. It's by far and away the biggest bowl I've attempted.The differences in colors in the photos is due to different lighting during the photo shoot. As usual, pics just don't do the pieces justice, but they're as good as they're going to get.Thanks for looking.TZH



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