I really like my new (first) shop apron. 😄 It is nice with a lot of pockets so I can have all my often used tools on me. It is waxed canvas so it feels really sturdy and it protects my cloth from a lot of dust and dirt while working. Originally I wanted to order the Adam Savage one, but to get it shipped to Germany was way too expensive. So I found this one on Amazon. It also has a magnetic patch which is really great during de-/assembling stuff. #woodworking
Took a couple pictures of the box with some of the finish applied. This is about six coats of French polish applied to the top and bottom, vs. one coat of tung oil on the inside of the box. #woodworking
Been making a little box in the shop today. 5mm thick salt cedar sides, dovetailed (because I can) with some 1/16” exotic hardwood for a top and bottom (I think that came from an Ocooch Hardwoods exotics sampler pack). No photos yet, but the box is together, the hinges are on, and the first coat of tung oil went on before I broke for dinner. When completed, it’ll hold a pen that will be a retirement gift for my primary care doc. Tomorrow, latch & more finishing. And photos. #woodworking
Scrap pencil holder for the garage workbench, 10 minute project.
All from one piece of wood, cut to six equal length sides plus a shorter bottom. Put together with some old nails and a scrap wire to hold it in compression when it inevitably gets overfilled.
My first #handtools #woodworking video is out!
On the todo list for the next one:
- Ditch the 15 years old camera, and use my phone that shoots 4K instead.
- Lights are good, use more of those.
- Get better at editing.
Restoring a rawhide mallet:
I finally have a camera angle where I can’t put my tripod. #contentcreator #woodworking
#wood #woodworking #shavings #handtools #handmade #plane #shop
Good morning from the workbench
I’m trying to upgrade my options for camera angles, like using the French cleat wall above the #workbench with a camera and light mount. #contentcreator #woodworker #woodworking #onmyworkbench #heartwoodandsteel
I had to get squirrely with the drawer rails, since I was sloppy with the cabinet and there is a difference of .5cm in wideness from the front to the back part. The first drawer I had to trim a little bit until it fit. All there is to do now, are making drawer fronts and close up the back and sides of the cabinet, so the saw dust doesn’t get inside. But so far I like it and get to store stuff I usually have lying around on the workbench. #woodworking
I am on parental leave, but I barely get into my workshop. Don‘t get me wrong, I love the time with my daughter, but a simple project can take forever. Anyhow I finally made two drawers for my table saw stand and now have a little more storage in the shop. 😄 I went for a simple drawer design, because it should be fast and functional rather than pretty. So butt joints and screws and dados for the bottom. #woodworking
Restored/cleaned up rawhide mallet.
The boiled linseed oil and paste wax finish made the outer rawhide layer look translucent, it should cure slowly and harden with time and use.
Happy with the result, looking forward to "persuading" holdfasts with it.
Just migrated over from a tech-oriented instance that I chose because it was explicitly LGBTQIA, I am just not that much of a tech person. I am, though, a creative person, so I decided to jump over here.
A hashtag of interests in hopes of connection. I'll do a second intro post that is more narrative.
Creative things I do:
#pottery #weaving #printmaking #knitting #garden
Other stuff about me:
My next plane to tackle has obvious German trimmings… and it is German; an ECE. One like it is listed in their current catalogue’s ‘Primus’ line. I paid 2€ for it. But it’s been abused and neglected. Lots of dings and scratches, and the long adjuster screw is bent. A curious feature is the adjustable mouth opening via sliding piece on sole. Seems gimmicky. I figure I can always remove that and put in a patch, but more likely I will resell or trade this one after fix up.
Ex. of my cleaning phase. More or less the same for every tool, pending needs.
Disassemble where feasible. Use WD40 if frozen. (It was.)
Metal: wire brush, vinegar bath; scrub coarsely, wipe, another bath if necessary, file bad spots, finish with fine abrasive, wipe with mineral oil.
Wood: remove paint drips, clean with gentle cleaner and 00 steel wool (leave patina). A good coat of BLO after.
Next phase: Level sole and sharpen irons. But I need some things first.
Stumbled into some free material from a neighbor moving away, time to make some bowls.
(ash tree a neighbor cut down about 5 years ago)
Monday means work. Not much time for wood, but spent about half an hour planing a tenon. I will do this now, but I’m the future I’m undercutting tenons my friends.
During downtime I started reading By Hand & Eye and I am delighted and inspired. #woodworking
One week check-in. They've been sitting stickered in our very dry and hot garage. The moisture meter already has most of it around 7% 😱 with a couple of spots at 11%. Is that possible after only one week?
Most of the rounds look good. Two cracked dramatically though (bowties and epoxy might look cool?)
Slab cuts are ok. No dramatic cracks but not as clean as I was hoping they'd be. Next batch I'll bring into the basement where it's cooler and they can dry slower.
Obvious 3D printer job! Only, I don't have a 3D printer. But I do have some wood chisels and carving knives and a big pile of scrap wood.
So I made this car part for the trunk (boot) cover from scrap wood. It works for now, maybe I won't spend €15 to buy a replacement plastic piece.
That pool cue pen is devilishly hard to manage. At 8.5 inches, no pen box or display fits. Normal pen pots tend to tip over. Something had to be done so I figured why not manage it like any other pool cue and make a cue stand for it?
Voila! #HotOffTheLathe today are the two cue sticks used as the uprights for the stand divider. The rack is 3D printed. The base is #shapermade and the divider is laser cut. Used all the toys on this one!
It's been a long process, but I think I have my wood carving project in the "good enough" stage. Now I need to find some (very) orange stain.
Salon Habitat et Bois, 21 - 25 septembre, Épinal, France.
Le premier salon de la région Grand Est consacré à la construction en bois et à l'habitat !
Il y aura des outils !
Il faut que j'essaie d'y aller.
When you start a business and you focus on branding. #woodworking
Getting ready to put my brand on my new tablesaw push stick. #woodworking #branding
I'm about to GM my first RPG today. Feeling a little overwhelmed, but I think it should be okay. I whipped up an impromptu GM screen out of some scrap plywood and mahogany this morning to make it look like I know what I'm doing.
Detail of the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine in Kamakura. I love that red color and the way it has been built. #japan #woodworking
Today I stained the bedroom door I made a few weeks ago. Used Dark Walnut Danish oil I picked off Amazon based on how the sample picture looked on my phone screen. I guessed pretty well lol, it's just slightly darker than the color of the stuff inside the RV. I may clear coat it if I have enough left over after I finish painting my bike, but with this type of stain I don't *have* to. #DIY #WoodWorking
Had a guy say to me today that he sees me as a #woodworker that takes wood pallets and makes things out of them and I kind of wanted to punch him in the face.
Only thing stopping me is I think he meant it as a compliment.
Working on fitting mortises and tenons for the long stretchers. It is a big hassle since the stretchers are so long, I have to take everything to a different room rather than test fit on the bench. One day fitting mortises and tenons won’t be so much work, but today is not that day #woodworking
Here’s the top of the #4thStreetMysteryProject dry-fit together. Still to come: two drawers and the drop front.
So if you had “drop front desk to be auctioned off to raise funds for 4th Street” as your guess, collect your token.
Installed at the client and really happy. #woodworking
Photographing these mortises is tricky, but not as tricky as chopping them! They are at a 15 degree angle and are about 1 1/4” wide. You can see that the one on the left isn’t quite done. I’ll wrap it up tomorrow and then either get the tenons to fit or start the other two mortises. #woodworking
After some plumbing chores this morning, I had time to play #Woodworking. Decided to make the other vise on the old woodworking bench functional.
There's a few pieces missing and it's bit bodgy to use, but functional for now. Much better than not having it!
Sawing is not allowed indoors in my new household so I made a little mini-workbench that I can clamp to the table on the balcony. I must admit, in nice weather, it's quite a pleasant spot to work.
"I'm nearly 45 and I have come to enjoy the existence of a well placed bench."
New blog post... https://www.splitbrain.org/blog/2023-06/03-guerrilla_banking
In-progress pics of the top of the #4thStreetMysteryProject which should start to make what it is more apparent. #Woodworking
Spirit stains and metals in open grain wood. Experiment. Lesson: The stain is quick to find its way to the opposite side, in this case from the outside to the inside of the bowl. #Woodturning #woodworking #stains
Hewn from solid hunks of found timber, Oliver Chalk’s vessels embrace the natural grain and gradients of different types of wood to reveal voluminous functional sculptures. #woodworking #sculpture #carving
My garage flooded with last night's storm (evidence on the wall in the background).
Fortunately, I was in the garage when it started, and managed to vacuum away most of the water (about 100L) before it made serious damage.
Time to move all the tools away from the moisture and quickly learn masonry to attempt a fix, sigh.
Anyone know if the Stanley 55 combination plane is compatible for lefties?
Metal combination planes in general, for that matter.
All done. #WoodWorking
Really weird day today. I did some woodworking to relax but couldn’t focus and was doing something pretty tricky on top of that. Anyway, half of one (of four) angled mortises close to done! #woodworking
I was able to deliver my latest piece of furniture to its new home today. Very pleased with the details on this one.
I designed the majority of this piece in Fusion 360 ahead of time, but made some adjustments (including rotating the legs 45° to increase strength and stability). I did hand-cut dovetails on the casework and a gentle curve on the top portion of the lid. The hinge mechanism was a fun exercise to find a form that would work without ugly hardware.
Apparently you are not supposed to throw band saw blades. Who knew? 🤷♂️
Used my weeknight shop time to lay out some angled mortises. As I said before: chopping the ones on the already glued assembly are gonna be a whole thing, and in fact for this simple layout they are already a whole thing. #woodworking
Sore and tired, but much progress was made.
Have decided these benches are salvageable with some new hardware, bracing, and paint. All the benches are in various stages of work
#maker #reuse #WoodWorking #Artist
I built these Adirondack chairs from plans in Norm Abram’s Classics from The New Yankee Workshop book about 25 years ago. They’ve been out in the #pittsburgh weather all those years and needed a tuneup. A little sanding and screw tightening and they’re good as new plus a little patina. The redwood from Brookside lumber has held up pretty well all these years.
#maker #pghmaker #helloimakeis #wood #woodworking #normabram #newyankeeworkshop #chair #adirondack #empireofdust
Ihr erinnert euch noch an die Latten? Heute ist das Projekt fertig geworden. #wasMitHolz #woodworking
How to Change a Quick Fix Into a Large Project 😬 #Woodworking #HomeImprovement https://samgrover.com/2023/05/30/how-to-change.html
Grizzly tools apparently has a sale and I really would like a jointer… way too many options to decide on though and should wait before spending so much lol. #WoodWorking
Finished the new desk and moved it into its final location. The top is one beefy boy. Now comes the fun part of setting everything back up and cable management. #WoodWorking
Got some of the apple tree wood yesterday and stickered them to sit overnight in the garage to seal this morning. They looked perfect when I got them.
But wow... this wood had other ideas. Just overnight in the garage and one of the rounds literally exploded.
Anchorseal hasn't arrived yet and I only had yellow glue so giving that a try on this batch. Finger's crossed.
#Found on the street, attempting to resurrect for use at one of the #schools. They need outdoor sitting areas near their #gardens. Might paint with designs if I can get everything solid. Was told these benches are 50 years old 🤷🏼, there are 3 that I brought to repair.
#Upcycle #reuse #volunteer #artist #WoodWorking
Bed table for lazying with a laptop in bed - ready for user acceptance testing.
If it's performing well, I'll go spiffy it up with some varnish, but first it goes to QA.
Heute etwas für mehr Ordnung beim Werkzeug gebaut :) #woodworking #wasMitHolz
nearly complete - paint is still missing. It will get painted in RAL 5005 - the blue from #Bosch blue
I forgot to give credit to Mike Henderson's tutorial for his shop made cauls circa 2009. Timeless guidance. The only place I'm diverging a bit is rubbing wax on the contact ends instead of using packing tape.
Learning how to use cauls tonight. This table top will be the largest panel glue-up I've ever done and just the dry fit with half the boards is killing my nerves.
The cauls rock though. They're making me feel better.
My dad has started to hand mill his apple tree for me and I'm so excited! I need drying recommendations, stat.
Is Anchorseal the way to go for sealing end-grain?
We made it to base dry fit, fam! About 6 weeks into this build and no looking back now.
Why didn’t you all tell me bar clamps (edit: pipe clamps. duh.) are so awesome! I have been wasting my money on chunky Bessey bullshit but I needed a suuuper long clamp on a budget and got a metal pipe from the plumbing section with a pipe clamp fixture and omg! This is all I want/need.
What a beautifully simple yet completely functional wood lathe.
Delay after delay but finally putting my head down and making more progress on the table. I think it’s starting to become clear what style it will be.
Und die passenden Bilder dazu. Allerdings wird das Projekt jetzt ein paar Tage ruhen. Es gibt aber nochmal Bilder wenn es fertig ist. #woodworking #wasMitHolz
Und nun auch noch alle 60 Leisten geölt. #woodworking #wasMitHolz
Weiter geht's mit Schleifen #woodworking #wasMitHolz
Noch ein paar mehr Impressionen :) #woodworking #wasMitHolz
Hat richtig viel Spaß gemacht und ging echt flott. #woodworking #wasMitHolz
Ich darf jetzt die nächsten Tage 55 Leisten á 25mmx2500mm sägen. Das wird eine Freude. #wasMitHolz #woodworking
Kind of a last minute project because our stair railings were literally collapsing on themselves. I guess I'm a carpenter now? 🤷🏻♀️
We are completely replacing these stairs with a front porch eventually but it's just not in the budget this year. Hope this will tie us over until we can! Paint in a few months.
The nominal size of a 4x4 post is 3-1/2 x 3-1/2. Why do we just accept the LIES!? What a ripoff.
Picked the Most Troubled part of the Trunk (previous posts) for turning wet today. Had spotted a bark Intrusion, branches going inside etc. Knew it would be unpleasent to turn, but difficult to tell how beforehand. This time it was indeed, as these photos testifies. However, I knew also; would be an interesting, exciting wooden bowl in the end. More on this in the captions. Put away with shavings in a paper bag now.
#woodturning #Woodworking #Ulmus #elm #bowl #lathe #wood #woodturner