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In the current August issue of Furniture and Cabinetmaking Magazine (UK) is an article of mine about building accurate angled jigs. A customer from England has commissioned me in the last few years to build four custom Donkey Ears for his Vogt Shooting Board with the No-Rock Runway. He makes multi-sided boxes and the angles have to be exact. In the article I show the process step by step and give general tips on jig making.
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.”
In WW II my father was called up for service at the Pentagon where he was “in charge of the selection and procurement of tools used in overseas shops for the repair of fighting equipment.”
His son, Tom Vogt, my late half brother, left his studies at YaleUniversity
to join the first wave of air force pilots. He became an ace in the European theater.
My inventor dad must have been particularly aware of the challenges to aircraft, one being the failure of tires to hold up under the demanding wartime conditions. He patented a repair procedure and donated it to the US Air Force (application October 1943). Here follow some text and a picture of the basic mechanism. To read the patent, click here.
“The main object of my invention is to provide a simple apparatus in which newly applied patch or recapping material is brought to vulcanize or curing temperature uniformly throughout its cross section, whereby the interior or center portion of such material is cured for as long a time interval as the outer surface.
A further object is to provide a simple, comparatively light and readily portable unit for effecting the vulcanizing, and in which there is no power consumption except during the actual heating and vulcanizing action.
A further object is to provide a simple apparatus by which the duration of the application LO of heat may be varied for different areas, and in accordance with the thickness or other character of the rubber to be vulcanized at such areas, so that a uniform degree of vulcanization is obtained.
In carrying out my invention I employ high frequency electrostatic heating, the electrodes being disposed on opposite sides of the part to be vulcanized, and I preferably make one or both of the electrodes in the form of a roller which may move along the tire to be vulcanized, and apply the required pressure thereto.”
Bamboo is now used for the bearing and running surfaces on the Vogt Shooting Board. It is sealed with shellac, followed by Osmo Polyx-Oil, and then wax.
The final step in honing the secondary bevel for my shooting plane irons is to push them into the end grain of a Maple stick charged with 0.5 micron diamond paste and sliding side to side. This ensures that the burr is removed, while not dubbing the edge as stropping might. Shooting end grain puts a premium on having a keen edge.
I’ve got a good line up of shooting boards ready for Handworks 2017, as well as Planing Stops and Clamp Clips . One is especially adopted for a wood shooting plane that Ron of Brese Plane will have for the event.