Sunday, April 25, 2010
The third project is more in line with what most would expect from a woodworker. I would love to build a piece of furniture from every period like a Chippendale High Boy and a Queen Anne Secretary, Pennsylvania Dutch Chest, and a Windsor Chair. these are just a few. I know all these would really expanded my skills as a woodworker. When I think about these project right now I feel I don't have the skill to accomplishment them but I know if I started one of them I would accomplish my goals one step at a time.
This is my wish list, what is yours? drop me a line in the comments and share your list, I would really love to know what other people want to build not just what their are building.
Friday, April 23, 2010
This exercise was mostly to help me improve my skills with Sketchup and I must say this one has been the hardest yet because of the turnings on the legs. I am using Sketchup Pro Eval and it has shown some kinks that I wasn't having with the other free Sketchup I was using
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
This past easter sunday one my daughters new chairs, from her new dining set collapsed at dinner, so I spent most of today repairing it. Now out of all the chairs I have put back in service, I have never seen one as poorly constructed as this one. Not in any of the joint did I find any glue, just pin nails and drywall screws was all that was used to holds this chair together. I thought, maybe it was just one that got past the inspectors, but after checking the other chairs I discovered that was how all the chairs were assembled. This chair didn't just collapse one of the cross pieces split in half and gouged a nice chunk of skin out of the person that was sitting in it. luckily, he was all right, he was young and bounced, but what if it was one of the older people there for dinner, they would not have been able to have take a fall like that, and the split wooden piece could of done a lot more damage than it did.
Next week, I plan on disassembling all the chairs and gluing them back together the right way. I would say this is just another example of you get what you pay for, but she paid as much them, as she would have for some good chairs, made by someone that cares about what they do.
Monday, April 5, 2010
I had a great afternoon at my woodcarving class, after some introductions we got started by, first getting a nylon bag that contained a Kevlar glove, carving knife, leather strops and a packet of instructions to help learn some of the different cuts for carving with a knife, or whittling.
The first project was designed to teach us how carve with grain, it is a ball a top a cone with a cove in the middle and another cone on the bottom. Carving this helped the carver to see how you have to cut in different directions for different effect and grain direction, kind of like when you're planing, but with a whole lot of changes in the direction that you cut with the knife. This was designed for the guys who have never worked with wood before, and aren't aware of how the grain effects what direction you need to cut to get good results
Then we carved a dowel out of a square stock of basswood. The dowel was fairly easy until we found out that for homework we needed to whittle a whiskey jug on one end and a coffee pot on the other end then seperate them with just the knife. We also got a duck and a swan to do a home with an encouragement to carve at lease twenty minutes each day.
I have my swan and duck done, but I have been putting off the jug and pot till I get a little more comfortable with the knife.
The best part of this class for me is just sitting around shooting the breeze with some fellows. We all got comfortable with each other really quick and after just a few minutes of talking about woodworking and carving, it was like we were all old friends, and that is one of the best perks to being a woodworker, the brother and sister hood of other woodworker to be friends with.
Next class was face carving and chip carving, both went well for me and the face was a lot of fun to carve. They are called No-See-Ums becase they are carved without eyes, instead they have a hat pulled over their eyes this simplifies the carving and makes easy for the beginner.
The chip carving is a lot of fun and takes a lots concentration to do, you just get lose in it and before you know an hour is gone, kind of like meditating.
I know I am hooked on carving all ready and I plan on learning to do all I can, besides my wife already has a honey do list of things she wants carved, so what can a guy do? Honey I need some new gouges.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
In The Wood-shop with Derek Cohen. Derek is from Perth Australia and has many techniques and tutorials on his site. Derek is a hand tool user and has loads of information on using them in his projects at his Building Furniture page. check out his site, it is well written, easy to follow, and has a lot of great information on it, so enjoy.