Friday, September 28, 2012

Attitude adjuster

I was going to paint this black but I'll probably never get around to it.

Shop stool

I'm going to make new bar stools for the kitchen so I thought I would start with a prototype.  I made this from 2x4's and some very cheap pine.  I didn't sand it, wipe off any glue or apply any finish.  It's certainly nothing to look at but it is very light and sturdy and will work well for a shop stool.  I used no nails or screws, just dowel joinery and glue.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

First go at Olive wood

I bought a small chunk of Olive wood a while back.  I've seen more interesting pieces but I really like the dark streaks in the grain.  I was kind of hard to work with.  Tools had to be very sharp and you had to go slow.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Rotting sycamore branch

I stumbled across a rotting sycamore branch laying in stream while hiking with the girls.  It had a few cool knots and growths so I cut off a chunk and took it to the shop.  It smelled like raw sewage while turning it so in the future I'll probably stay away from the stuff laying in a stream.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Another Harry Potter wand

Here's another Harry Potter wand I made for my niece Claudia.  I tried to copy the wand used by Bellatrix.  In total I've seen about 12 seconds of Harry Potter.  This was simply an accident when flipping through channels.  Turns out I picked one of the more evil characters to replicate.

Made from walnut, stained with dark walnut, and finished with lacquer.  This was also my first, angled, round mortise and tenon.  It turned out ok.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wine bottle stopper

A while back I was at work chatting with a friend.  The topic was what most guys talk about numerous times per day, salty cured meats... your bacons, hams, and baloneys.  Turns out his wife is from Reading PA and he is familiar with the wide variety of baloney in the area.  I told him my kids love sweet baloney.  Well, he went back to visit this past weekend and he was kind enough to bring back a generous pile of baloney.  The kids were very excited about it, as was I.

I got to thinking, what better way to say thank you for a pile of baloney than a wine bottle stopper that looks like baloney.  Thanks Michael!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Some wood storage

I was able to take advantage of some space under my out feed table for wood storage.  This works well for anything under 4' and has cleaned up thing quite a bit.

Teacher's pen

I plan on making these for gifts at Christmas time.  It's called a teachers pen and one end has black ink while the other has red.  Hopefully Avery doesn't get any of the red ink.  It's made with Mesquite dark (I think), curly Maple and Blood wood.

Wood gloat

We hit a garage sale this weekend and I got 60 board feet of Ambrosia Maple for 30 bucks.  That's about 10 times less than you would pay at any store.