Mahogany and walnut, 12 x 6 x 6. I made a number of these in the mid-1990’s as gifts. They are handy to take flatware to set a table or tools out of the shop.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Paulownia, 12”L x 6”W x 4-1/2”H. Three removable bit trays.
Fifteen bits, which includes an expansive bit and a rare 3/16” auger bit. A bit file is included in each set. Set sized from 3/16” to 1”, by 1/16’s. Expansive bit, 1” to 3”. An Irwin pattern set and a Russell Jennings pattern set.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
A corona virus isolation project.
Hand made in the Flaming Forge located in the New Wolfden Woodshop. The Toothpick and Bowie knife were invented by the knife smith James Black, circa 1830. Blade sourced from my steel scrap pile.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Mahogany and ash; the stock is 25 x 1-3/8 inches, the magazine, which holds 8 bolts 7 inches high, the steam bent ash bow 19 inches with a 3-1/2 inch draw.
A covid virus isolation project.
A reproduction of a design from plus or minus four centuries AD/BC. This is a project I have been wanting to build for 40 years. To operate the bow, load magazine with bolts and “ row” the lever. The Chinese dipped the bolt tips in Tiger Poison (aconite).
Thursday, July 23, 2020
The Saga of the Distressed Ambrosia Maple - The wood in this box is 15” offcuts from long planks. The pieces were badly warped and twisted and destined to be fire wood. Needing a corona virus isolation project, I took possession of them. The wood has ambrosia fungus markings, beetle holes, fungal black lines and knots. The grain is contorted and exhibits tiger stripe. The color varies from light to dark.
I spent several months wetting and clamping the rough-sawn wood to flatten it. Not a total success. Next I roughly hand planed. Then into the planer. Finally, flat. When building a box, I prefinish the top and bottom panels before assembly. I hit one side of one panel with Watco, my usual finish. It turned a yellow-green puke color and was very blotchy. What to do? I sprayed clear flat enanel, many thin coats, with lots of sanding between. Then Watco in very thin coats. It worked. I used this approach on all box surfaces. The figure in this wood is quite busy. I think of this project as my harlequin box.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Wooden clamps to clamp wood. Specifically, shop-made hand screws. Dimensions and materials are not important, however I will give some as a starting point. Do not use pine nor poplar. Quarter-inch threaded rod will work. Hardware is available at Lowes, or Home Depot.
Note on holes: Tee nuts must be a snug fit. Rod holes must be a loose fit. Handle holes should be snug and the rods threaded in. Nail holes must be snug, with rod flats up for drilling. Lightly peen nails. A drop of cyano glue might be used for snug fits. Tee nuts are of the type with holes around the rim, no teeth. Large dowels may substitute for turned handles. Use tap-tap, tap to enlarge drawing. Making hand screws is a good winter activity. Groups of three is convenient.
Friday, January 10, 2020
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Monday, January 6, 2020
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Friday, January 3, 2020
The case is 10H x 7W x 5D and has a front and back door. Both door frames incorporate positive and negative cloud lifts.The carcass is mahogany, joined by the Japanese joint of five (three in this case). All joints are pinned with square ebony plugs. The ebony handle is distinctively Oriental. The glass in the front door is “seedy restoration”. The clock face and rear door panel are white oak with distinctive flame grain. This design is in the Greene and Greene genre.
The original Los Barrios clock case has a pleasing shape I call torii form. It is common in Arts and Crafts design and especially in Stickley works. It is very much like the Shinto temple gates (torii) in Japan.