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I moved way over to the slow lane on the right today. I had big plans for finishing the bookcase by sunday but that won't be happening. I did some OT and when I came home I vegged out looking at old tool catalogs. I didn't go to the shop until after 1000. And when I got there I moved over into the slow lane there too.
|got it tighter|
|much better on square|
|smoothed up the 45's|
|it's a filler|
|2 shallow rabbets needed|
|plane body is done|
|scraped the frog seat|
|the frog and the yoke are next|
|so I can spray the primer on all over|
|sawing the shelves to width|
|lost both of them|
|the old hole filler|
|front ledger is going to be a problem|
|the pine is higher then the ledger and the router will ride on it|
|clearance for the router|
|chopped and the ends square and the fit is good|
|glued and cooking|
Who was Florence Nightingale Graham?
answer - beauty entrepreneur Elizabeth Arden
|Top tray of my tool chest|
|Middle tray of my tool chest.|
A very satisfying little project, took about three hours sketchbook to lights off. I chose not to break down the build here for a couple reasons. My daughter asked for one of her own right away and I think I can improve on the concept with slightly different materials. Also I want to get better at video: shooting, editing, all the things, and I believe you get better by jumping in and doing it, making mistakes and doing it better. Since I have another to build I thought I'd shoot my own version of the Tested One Day Build video. That will show all the build decisions and details and should be in the works in the next week or so.
Ratione et Passionis
Feast your eyes on this fantastic short film.
“Fascinated with the shapes and textures found in both newly-cut and long-dead pieces of wood, I envisioned a world composed entirely of these forms,” Foxwell told Colossal. “As I began to engage with the material, I conceived a method using a milling machine and an animation camera setup to scan through a wood sample photographically and capture its entire structure. Although a difficult and tedious technique to refine, it yielded gorgeous imagery at once abstract and very real. Between the twisting growth rings, swirling rays, knot holes, termites and rot, I found there is a lot going on inside of wood.”
But I don't judge a book by it's cover nor by how thick it is. I started by reading the Acknowledgement which is something that I do with the rarity of seeing Halley's comet. She grabbed my interest there and it never wavered even when I finished reading the book. In fact when I was done, I read the write up on the front and back dust cover. I was still hungry and I wanted to read more of whatever she had to write.
The book to me was part auto biographical with a bit of ethics and philosophy interspersed throughout the book. It is not a 140 plus pages of why I am a cabinetmaker and how I survived doing it for so long. I bonded with her after reading the last sentence on page one. She expressed a frustration exactly the way I would have had I been in the same situation. I knew then that this wasn't going to be a staid book written by a prim and proper lady. (kind of got that idea on page 1)
The book was everything that Nick Offerman said it was. No disappointments other than me wishing it was longer. She jumps around a bit going back and forth in time but it flows smoothly in spite of that. She wove a good story and I never felt like a door was abruptly shut in my face.
At first I thought that she was English but she is an american who lived in England for quite a few years. It is there that she got training as a cabinetmaker and worked in a couple of English woodworking shops. What struck me about these years was her perseverance. Things were 2 rungs below poverty but she stuck with it in spite of the low pay and what I would consider god awful living spaces. And inbetween she managed to get a Masters Degree.
I tried it on a very small scale and stopped. My first commission I ate. It was a bookcase and the person who commissioned it refused to buy it even though we had agreed on the price before hand. His response was, "...I can buy a cheaper bookcase at Walmart...."
My first mistake was not getting a 1/3 of the money up front and another 1/3 when half way done. I am not a business oriented person in this respect. I could empathize with Nancy on this.
One of my favorite comedians is Ron White who does a bit called you can't fix stupid. I'll add to that, that it is impossible to fix ignorant either. How do you explain to someone whose eyes see nothing by $$$$ the difference between hand tool joinery and machine made joinery?
Nancy has written two other books that I am going to buy too if I can. If you are inclined to buy a book based on Nick Offerman's opinion (an author, actor, fairly well known guy, and a woodworking business owner) and me (a nobody who is a wanna be cabinetmaker who also outputs daily keyboard diarrhea), I don't think you'll regret it.
What are you if you are glabrous?
answer - hairless
It was a few weeks before Hans had an opening in his schedule that allowed us to go out and hit the road again. I had promised him the chance to go out and learn about the furniture heritage of North Carolina.
We drove south two hours to start the day in Charlotte, NC. We were hungry and decided to try a local ethnic restaurant I had heard about. Nobody over 70 that I talked to had anything bad to say about it. Plentiful food at reasonable prices. It was even in my GPS!
The food there is all organic in that for the most part it is carbon-based. I believe that there was some issues a few years ago with respect to their special meatballs and the local Health Department but I can’t find the article and I don’t want to be seen trading in unsubstantiated rumors so I will not mention it for now. Forget you read this, assuming you did.
Part of the store is filled with hand-made, boutique furniture from some of the finest local artisans the world over. It reminded me of 10,000 Villages or Pier One Imports. There exists some obvious cross-pollination between the artisans and some of the brain-training companies. This outfit offers a line of puzzle furniture with abstract shapes and cryptic pictographs you solve in the vague hope of assembling the purchased item. As a bonus, the cardboard box often proves to be as useful as the contents therein.
From Charlotte, we headed north to Thomasville, NC. Thomasville is known (to some) as The Chair City due to a combination of the furniture manufacturing (2000 chairs per day in 1916) and the presence of The Big Chair (see below).
We stopped first at the statue of John Warwick Thomas, founder of Thomasville:
What youngster doesn’t like trains?
And then, The Big Chair:
I have two problems with what they describe as the world’s largest chair. Is it really the largest? I was unable to independently verify this. For convenience’s sake, I will just accept it until proven otherwise.
The more fundamental question is is it a chair or a chair-like structure? Does labeling a chair mean it is a chair or does calling it a chair imply that it can be used as a chair for chair-like purposes. Does chair define its function or describe its appearance as does Einstein Bros. make bagels or do they make bageloid sandwich rolls? Does a label make it so?
In Highpoint, we found the world’s largest chest of drawers, 36′ tall.
We drove home, tired but happy.
all right – let’s try a couple of short videos this time. From Greenwood Fest 2017.
an overview of the woodpile area, with Rick McKee ducking through…
Kiko Denzer turning bowls during Jarrod’s class:
and a long one from Roy, more from Roy Underhill’s Big Box of Woodworking Fun
I’m video-challenged – but because of Instagram I shoot many short ones with an ipad. Just spent a godawful amount of time figuring out how to get them here. Let’s see if this works:
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Plymouth CRAFT’s Greenwood Fest 2017 is now a thing of the past. I vividly remember the feeling last year after the fest, I was so overwhelmed I just floundered around for a couple of days, not being able to concentrate on anything.
This time, it still is overwhelming, but in a good way. I want to thank everyone who helped make it happen – Plymouth CRAFT’s board & volunteers, the crew at Pinewoods, all the instructors and most of all, the folks who travelled from Australia, Turkey and places in between to come join us in the woods for carving and camaraderie. Astoundingly great time, thanks all.
Here’s pictures. there’s more. later.
the group shot:
Darrick Sanderson never stopped
Jogge & I with our special guests, Drew & Louise Langsner
A workbench designed for hand tool woodworkers but made (partially) with a CNC. It features a 3D carved leg vise and a workbench top designed to improve ergonomics. I designed the BARN workbench for the Bainbridge Island Artisan Resource Network. It’s a Seattle area community group that has built a wonderful community facility for artisans to share resources, education, and workspace. I wanted to help my new neighbors, so I […]
Any experienced woodworker will tell you that the first secret to good work is keeping your tools sharp. “The Perfect Edge” by Ron Hock is one of the best books out there on sharpening woodworking tools. If you don’t have it, you need it. From choosing a sharpening set-up to in depth coverage of different sharpening methods, this book takes the mystery out of this crucial set of skills. I’m […]
As Day Two convened of the inaugural Intergalactic Ripple Molding Association, with Cor’s ripple cutter “in working order,” the day was spent fiddling and adjusting to make it cut some real moldings.
One of the first things we encountered was a broken part, the threaded collar that allows for the cutterhead to be raised and lowered, or better said, raised and released to allow the coil springs to push the cutter down on to the workpiece. Rather than ordering another identical part, which would have cost us a day (the free market is GREAT; if I order a part from McMaster-Carr or MSC Direct before lunch, the part is invariably on my porch the following morning. Even here in the Land Time Forgot!) we dove into my stash of lignum vitae and fashioned a new one, courtesy of my salvaged set of oversized taps and dies. Keeping a slab of lignum around to make collars, bearings, etc., is a real boon in the shop. Works like butter, wears like iron.
With the new part installed the fine tuning of the machine began in earnest. While we already had what Rippleista John called “proof of concept” what we wanted was a machine that could crank out the linear feet of moldings ad infinitum.
In a short time we had further refinements becoming manifest.
And once we were able to produce this molding, thanks to the delicate ministrations of Rippleista Sharon (she actually measures stuff. What’s up with that?) we knew we were on the way to ripple nirvana. However, the machine is fussy to the point of truculence, requiring adjustments almost between every pass. There is indeed great room for improvements in this machine and the likely model I will be building myself. First among these will be a Norris-type advancing mechanism for the cutting iron.
One highlight of the day was Rippleista Travis showing off his tool chest. All were duly impressed.
While the others were fussing with the Winterthur machine I was wrapping up making the box for the new machine that we were about to undertake fabricating. I was making a long, narrow box from 2×6 stock.
The dust is starting to settle. I’ll get to the whole thing, but in the meantime, here’s the group of instructors from Greenwood Fest.
Back row, left to right – Jögge Sundqvist, Jarrod Dahl, Pete Galbert, Peter Follansbee, Jane Mickelborough, Barn the Spoon, Louise Langsner, Drew Langsner
Front row, left to right – Dave Fisher, Tim Manney, Darrick Sanderson, Paula Marcoux, JoJo Wood, Roy Underhill
|#2 plane body|
|I'm glad I waited another day|
|I got distracted|
|finessed the joint a wee bit more|
|the bead sizes are slightly off|
|the bottom of the toe is the problem|
|a little difference|
This was it as Myles wanted to discuss what type of toolbox or toolchest I am going to make for him. The normal stuff, what type of wood, what will be stowed in it, the joinery options, etc etc etc.
What is a hallux?
answer - a person's big toe