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Finial top lidded bowl - figured maple and sapele

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Finial top lidded bowl - figured maple and sapeleI had a chunk of figured maple that I knew was going to have awesome chatoyancy, and it was about the right size for a small bowl. I've never done a finial top lidded bowl, so I figured what the hell?I turned the bowl body first, then used a vacuum chuck to hold the lid blank well enough to cut a lip on it, then used the bowl body as a jam chuck to finish the lid. The cats eye is just awesome. The pics clearly don't do it justice, I had a piece of walnut for the finial, but it ended up being all checked when I got it turned down, so I found a really pretty piece of sapele. I feel like the finial is a bit chunky, but it's my first attempt at it, so I'm not too upset. Sanded to 600 then, finished with homemade friction polish and a little Renaissance wax.First time with this type of bowl, first time with the vacuum chuck and transfer tail stock insert (neat setup!). I did learn the limits of the vacuum chuck, which is probably a good thing too!



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Use Car Jacks in the Shop to Lift & Level

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I have long used my car's scissor jack for house and shop projects including lifting a settled deck and leveling workbenches. And when I needed to install a new set of cabinets in my shop, I realized that a pair …Source

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Thor's hammers

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Thor's hammersJust finished a run of 15 Thor's hammers made of various scraps, (redwood, Douglas fir, alder). The handles are 1-3/8” diameter round stock with a 2” diameter toy wheel glued and screwed to the bottom of the handle. The larger hammer is 4” X 4” X 10”. The custom laser engraving and colorful paracord “Navy fancywork” on the handle is added by my client.



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Choosing a Finish for Color

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Different finishes look different on different species. There are many reasons to choose one finish over another. Usually the most important is for protection and durability - how well a finish protects the wood from moisture and how resistant the …Source

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Deck railings

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Deck railingsMy customer asked if I could make a replacement top and bottom deck railing. A 45” long segment was destroyed when a not too competent tree trimmer felled a palm tree. It didn't land where he expected it to land. The ten PVC balusters survived but the thin walled artificial railings didn't. I'm not sure what the material was. I suspect something similar to artificial decking. The replacements are shown next to the damaged originals. Both replacements were box beam constructed from 4 pieces of alder. The ten holes for the 1-1/8” PVC balusters required a router template. I rough cut the holes undersized on the 3/8” thick tops with a saber saw. Prior to the box beam glue up I attached the template and used a 3/8” diameter flush trim bit on the router table to size the baluster holes. I ruled out using 8/4 alder and mortising in the baluster holes with a mortising machine because the balusters had rounded edges. The mortising machine would have made square mortises. By using a router template and a 3/8 inch flush trim bit, the holes had corners with the perfect radius. My replacements probably won't withstand a another tree falling on them but they're a bit stronger than the originals.



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