Letter to the Editor: Multiple Layers of Regret
Got a chance to use some new turning tools last night. Maple with one coat of shellac that really brings out the grain.
I was commissioned to build a set of boxes to hold machinist tools. Walnut and bloodwood sides with maple plywood panels.
This is what I love about woodturning. Turning a small log into a small bowl in an hour.
Cedar bench for my dad. Inspired by the Woodwhisperer.
If you don’t have a reliable source for turning stock, check to see if your city/town/county has a bio solids plant or somewhere that accepts logs. These pine and maple bowls were all from wood destined to be mulch, and free to take.
6x2 maple bowl. Picked up a bunch of ends from my local lumber yard for cheap.
I am on a laminated bowl kick right now because I don’t have a chainsaw or a big bandsaw. This one is ash with a tung oil finish.
I worked on my sanding technique and think I got a better result on this maple bowl.
I made a wooden ring out of some scrap wood.
I built a simple tool holder from scrap plywood to get all my chisels off my bench.
I made a laminated red oak bowl. 9.5” is the largest I can turn on my small lathe. Now I really want to upgrade.
Made a MDF wheel strop on my lathe. Really puts a mirror polish on my knives and chisels.
I turned a handle for a 6 in 1 screwdriver insert out of oak. One day projects are the best.
Shallow pine bowl. My first time turning something this large. Maxed out the diameter on my small Harbor Freight lathe.
I decided to upgrade my son's workbench with a vise. Now I need to convince my wife to let me bring it in the house.
Turned a small vase from a chunk of spalted maple. First turning of the year.
A shallow pine plate. My first time turning something this large. Maxed out the diameter on my small Harbor Freight lathe.
Each bowl has been bigger than the last. This one is oak with one coat of BLO.
My first...thing. I made a mallet out of a log. I love this.
I've taken the plunge. I have no idea what I'm doing, but it is fun.
I got a new table saw for Christmas, so I needed to make a new sled.
My second pen. This is going to be a deep rabbit hole.
Small cherry jewelry box I made my wife for Valentine's Day. I feel accomplished, even with my mistakes.
Oak, bloodwood and olive wood. I had a productive night in the shop.
First corner complete. Three more dovetails to go.
Getting more complicated. Ring box out of ambrosia maple. I went really slow on fitting the tenon and got a good slip fit. Next up is a BLO and wax finish.
I ended up needing a place for my new clamps. I used a 2x4 piece of 3/4 plywood and I am very happy with the results.
It took longer than it should have, but I made a bed from scratch for my daughter. I learned a lot with my largest project to date.
Finished a router table extension for my table saw. Scrap plywood and a few hours this afternoon.
The memorial's installed boss.
I got an early start on a Father's Day present for my dad. Simple picture frame made out of firewood from his house. Simple BLO finish. I'll follow up with a couple coats of shellac.
Can someone draw my son? He and my wife love The Nightmare Before Christmas and he refers to Halloween as Jack. Thank you.
On sale at Menards. Is this a good price for Jorgensen parallel vises?
Shop stool or side table. I can't decide which it is.