Thursday, May 30, 2013

OMG - You did what!

I recently volunteered to make a chess board for an Isle of Lewis chess set because I like a challenge.  Never having done any veneer work before I started by watching some you tube videos by Matt Furjanic and decided I could give it a go.  Since the veneer work is the big unknown I decided I would start by making a chess board on a 12mm core and try to incorporate the board in a storage box IF it works.











Sunday, May 26, 2013

A coffee table from scrap

What a spectacular piece of wood.  It is great to see the Brazilian mahogany on display again and it seems to suit the new redgum base.  I guess its an arts and crafts style with the through tenons.

A very satisfying project.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A table from "scrap"

A couple of months ago I was given a magnificent Brazilian mahogany table top which had been broken from its base.  Initially I thought I would resaw it but I can't bring myself to do it.  In the same batch of "scrap" I was given a couple of redgum sleepers so I decided to make a coffee table before the table top gets damaged from kicking around my scrap pile.



Friday, May 17, 2013

Moving on

With a simple spotted gum floor held in with some cleats, canoe number two is ready for the next 30 degree launch day.  I am very happy with the finish and she should look great in the water.  I have been unhappy with Marisol's (that's canoe number one) seating and steering arrangements so I will launch canoe number two as is until I can get my head around a simple adjustable seat and steering system.

In the mean time I have been given part of an old flat pack kitchen so along with the backlog of projects I can barely move in the workshop.  Stay tuned for a mancave makeover.  I will probably give the beer fridge and pool table a miss and just try to improve my storage and work benches.

Canoe floor
Canoe floor



The workshop

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Fifty percent capacity

The last couple of weeks have been pretty slow in the workshop.  It's not that I haven't been working it's more that there hasn't been any noticeable progress on any projects.  Some might see a glass half empty, others might see a glass half full.  Here at the tinkerers workshop we see a glass at fifty percent capacity.  This week has seen multiple projects reach noticeable milestones.

Canoe number two has come out of the paint shop and I'm very happy with the result.  I'm keen to get a wriggle on fitting the floors and possibly even launching before the dead of winter.

Canoe number 2
Canoe number 2
















Canoe number 2
Canoe number 2
















In the mean time Son of Tinkerer has got wind of my recent purchase of my first real carving gouge and requested my old gouge made from a half round file.  The old file was cut in half and ground to shape with and angle and bench grinder.  The blank was tempered in the oven at 200 degrees and slowly cooled.  The edge was then sharpened and polished on the polishing mop.  It cuts quite well but needs constant sharpening. 

Carving gouge made from a half round file
Carving gouge made from a half round file
















Last but not least my second bent wood bread basket has been finished, this time with a pine base because that's what happened to be at the top of my wood pile.  I think I have perfected the copper stitching by sticking with a 10mm stitch length.  For some reason the wire seemed to stiffen when I used a 5mm stitch length on the previous job.  Could the copper be work hardening?

Bread basket number two
Bread basket number two

Sunday, May 5, 2013

En brödkorg

As much as I appreciate being part of the work force, at the moment I have a backlog of projects that are just not getting done.  One project which can't wait past mother's day is my brödkorg (bread basket).  Steam bent hoop pine sides with a cedar base.  This time I have tried to stitch the over lap with copper wire which seems to have worked quite well.

En brödkorg
En brödkorg