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Son, age 8 at the time, made this as a gift

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Son, age 8 at the time, made this as a giftWhen my son was 8, he came up to me and asked if we could make a Christmas gift my brother, his uncle and Godfather. I said, of course, to which he responded, good. Let's go up Lowe'sHe lead me to the dowels and gabbed a few. He then said we needed to get some spray paint. Then he finally told me we needed some wire, which he picked out and asked a salesperson to cut for him.I repeatedly asked what we were going to build, and he always responded, Don't worry about it.He then told me we needed to go to Michael's, where we bought the clock and piece of wood.When we got home, we went to workshop and he told me how many and to what size he wanted the dowels cut with the chop saw. He then asked me to drill holes in one of of the newly cut dowels, so he could stand them up on tiny dowels and spray paint them.He then told me that I was done and he would take care of the rest.Remember… HE IS 8!!!!On Christmas, he gives this to his uncle/godfather. It is actually the first time I had seen it. He wrote on the bottom, Uncle xxxxx, when we get together, we always have a blast.My brother, who is a cop, kept the clock on his desk at the station.In addition to the electrical tape, the dowels are glued together with wood glue. He cut the wire so that one end would go in an end of a dowel, twisted together, then tucked behind her clock.If I knew what he had in mind, I would have talked him out of it. That is probably why he wouldn't tell me. It should also be noted that this was before the war on terror.No need to have a paternity test. He's mine!



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Sanding Bow

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Sanding BowSince I started turning on a lathe, I've noticed a distinct loss of fingerprints when sanding. Mostly at the lower grits, I sure manage to heat up my fingers quick! I went looking for a solution and found the sanding bow. Who knew? Before someone starts with the whole hold the sand paper with two hands so you don't press your fingers into the work.yes, yes, you're right. But once I saw pics of a sanding bow I just kinda wanted oneyou know, so I can sand and eat a sandwich at the same time or something. Anyway, after some study I pushed together some ideas and made this guy. It uses two slotted dowels, one forward and one rear, to friction wrap the paper so it stays in place and an elevating cap piece to apply tension.The cap has a hex bolt epoxied in the bottom, which runs through a hole to a nut captured in a walnut dial.Through trial and error I found 20 is the magic length for the 1 wide paper. This lets me get one full 360* rotation easily on each dowel and have just a bit of slack left, which is taken up by the elevation cap.Built of a chunk of scrap maple I'd laminated together for another project. Finished with spray lacquer because it was easy. This one yields about +/- 8 of sanding area, which I've found also works very nicely for finishing round over work as well as on the lathe. I might build a bigger one at some point, but this one seems to be about right for right now!



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Cherry Picture Frame

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Cherry Picture FrameBack in the before times I took a class in (using) moulding planes with Matt Bickford at Lost Art Press. At the end of the class, I had a nice piece of cherry moulding suitable for a picture frame. I forget the exact details of the moulding.A while later, I bought one of the prints from Molly Brown and have finally gotten around to framing it. The glass is slightly over 8 inches square, which gives a 1 inch mat around the print (though about a quarter inch of that is hidden under the frame).Construction is pretty typical for a picture frame. Frame, museum glass, mat board, the print, backing board, glazing points, then a construction paper backer to cover it all up and keep the dust out. The frame is mitered and has 5/8 inch ash plugs (I bought a plug cutter to make them) put in to strengthen the miters (with the grain running the correct direction this time). You can see them in the picture of the back.Finish is leaving the moulded stick in the window of my shop for six-eight months with the New Mexico sun shining in on it, then 3 coats of platina shellac. Gotta love cherry for how easy it is to finish!



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