Thursday, November 20, 2014

Inside out Ornament

Last year turning ornaments was good practice on the lathe. I wanted to try something different this year and I have watched several videos on how to turn an inside out ornaments. I had some figured walnut I had been saving.

I glued 4 piece together with paper in each glue joint so I can easily separate the piece after this first step.
 Next after squaring up the ends I put the blank on the lathe and turned a pleasing curve.
 After turning the inside of the ornament I used a chisel and separated the piece.
 Each piece was rotated 180 degrees and glued together.
I didn't get a picture while turning the outside, but here is the ornament ready for finish.
Here is the ornament with a coat of spray shellac. I will sand between coats and probably apply four coats.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A new level of pen

I have been making wooden pens for the last year and have finally taken the plunge and have gave acrylic pen blanks a try. Acrylic will really give me more options for colors and patterns for my pens.

I started out with a Woodland camouflage blank for a bolt action pen. It came out very good.
Ready to turn

Getting ready to sand

After wet sanding up to 12000 grit

The finished product

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Here are some photos of making a cherry yo-yo
Cutting the blanks on the bandsaw

I used 5 minute epoxy to glue the tubes in the blanks

Shaped on the lathe

With a shellawax finish

Quarter sawn cherry looks great as a yo-yo

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A fungi for fun

I have a hard time staying away from the lathe, I really enjoy turning. I had a little extra time one morning in the shop so wanted to turn something. During a thunderstorm recently a Bradford Pear tree at my parent's was damaged. I picked a few pieces out of the log pile to make things out of.

I had watched videos of people turning mushrooms as practice.  I grabbed a piece of the bradford pear and put it between centers on the lathe. The bradford pear turns wonderfully with the wood still being green (wet).  It was a lot of fun.

Since the wood was green the mushroom will crack and possibly warp as the wood dries out, but that will just add character. Finished size is roughly 5" tall, 3.5" across the cap, and the bigger part of the stem is around 2" in diameter.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Carl's Bowl

Back in the spring my father-in-law asked if I needed some wood and being a wood worker/turner who heats with wood also I can always use more wood. The wood was walnut from some walnut trees being removed from his childhood home.

I processed the suitable pieces into bowl blanks and the rest will be firewood.

I mounted one blank to the lathe after roughing out a circle on the bandsaw using a screw chuck.  In the process of rough turning the outside of the bow the screw I was using as a screw chuck sheered off.

I really liked the sapwood that was in the original shape. I used come old chisels and removed enough wood around the sheered off screw to be able to remove it with some vice grips. I then mounted the bowl between centers and reshaped the outside of the bowl.

I didn't get back to this project until recently when I made a new glue block to mount the bowl to. After attaching the glue block I had to true up the outside of the bowl and hollow the inside.

Glued onto the glue block
 I finished the bowl with mineral oil.

You can see most the sapwood is gone after having to fix things along the way.  I gave the bowl to my father-in-law, Carl, as a thank you for the wood.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A photo essay of what I've been doing

Turned a mallet from a piece of maple firewood

pallet wood planter

Mother's day planter made from cedar fence picket

Raise bed garden built from cedar fence pickets (6' by 3')

My wife and I built this clock for our back porch

Turned my first yo-yo

This froe belonged to my great-great great-grandpa

more family tools

My Great Grandpa built this table, I plan to clean it up and fix the loose joints. 

This saw was my uncle's grandpa's.

The spoon on the bottom is Red Bud and was carved for my Mom's Birthday

Zebra wood pen

Me at the age of 4 helping Dad build his garage

Tigerwood bolt action pen

Old Craftsman block plane that belonged to my grandpa
My co-worker was remodeling a 140 year old building and gave me some wood from it.

Wine bottle holder made from the 140 year old wood.

I finally got around to build some wood working for mere mortals inspired clamp racks

Pumpkin decoration to pain with the kids

Built-in Book Case with Desk

In one of my last blog post I mentioned a big project I had been working on. It took way more time than I planned but I got it installed back in the beginning of September. I built the bookcase and desk from MDO plywood and poplar face frames.

I sized the book case to where I could get all 4 sides from one sheet of plywood. Doing this let me cut all the dadoes for the fixed shelves at the same time so I knew they would line up.
 After routing the dadoes I ripped the sides to with using my Kreg Rip Cut
 I made a jig to drill the shelf pin holes.

The cases were then glued together

 Poplar was used to make the face frames,

 The desk section has a 3/4" plywood top and 1/2" plywood bottom.
 The drawers are made from 1/2" ply and were joined together using box joints.
 The drawer fronts are made from poplar and the drawers have full extension slides.
 It needs trimmed out still but it it already being lovingly used.