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Want to ruin a secular or religious day of observance? Have a sale to celebrate it.
At my last job, the Internet marketing lickspittles took every opportunity to inject commerce into something otherwise beautiful, grave or important. A few of their gems:
Don’t Let These Deals “Pass” You Over – Our Passover Sale!
Kiss These Deals – They’re Irish – St. Patty’s Day Sale!
TGIF – Our Good Friday Sale!
It’s Cinco de Deal-o!
Of course, all of these pale in comparison to department stores that have “white sales” on Martin Luther King Day. Think about that. Without any irony they’re selling white sheets on a day remembering a slain civil rights leader.
We refuse to pair commercial activity to holidays, patriotism or national symbols. In fact, our only complaint about any of our suppliers is that the supplier for our hats puts an American flag on the back of the hat. I always cut it off when I see it.
Today is Memorial Day. Instead of shopping, I’m in the shop building a crate and thinking about my father, who served in Vietnam, and all my friends who served in the Gulf wars, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. I’m listening to some of the music my dad took with him to Vietnam for his Teac reel-to-reel – Led Zeppelin IV and the Beatles white album – and hoping the (unlikely) day comes when war is obsolete.
— Christopher Schwarz
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Even though I didn't want to do exactly what he suggested, Gerry's comment was the insight I needed and I knew immediately what I did want to do. My prototypes taught me that my ideal stool would have the wooden bicycle seat mounted on a long thin stem and Gerry's idea was that it should be attached to a heavy round object at the base. I retrieved a 10 lb. weight from my weightlifting machine, drilled four counterbored holes in it, cut off two short pieces of 2x4, grabbed a scrap of closet rod, drilled two 1 1/2" holes and there it was, exactly what I had been groping for all this time:Andy: How about a circle for the base, with the seat pedestal set to one side. If the base was 1 1/2 -2" thick you could ease the bottom front to accommodate rolling forward as well as right and left. A dense hardwood might give the weight needed to keep it upright.
I know this is arguably ugly, but it works great and does have a certain modernist appeal. You really have to work at it to knock this stool over and the rounded edge on the weight lets it move easily in all directions. It's very comfortable and allows a wide range of movement.
This one doesn't incorporate height adjustment because I knew exactly how high I wanted it to be, but it wouldn't be difficult to add. I am not sure if this is a coincidence, but the height I chose by feel is exactly 1/2" less than my inseam. The important thing is that your knees be slightly bent.
This sort of active stool, as I have called it, is obviously not for everyone. The bicycle seat is ideal because you can move around without sliding, but you probably have to be a bicycle rider to appreciate this. I don't think you can appreciate this stool without trying it. For me, though, it is the ideal shop stool, just what I wanted.
I look at it now and can't understand what took me so long. Now that I can see it, this design seems so obvious that it is almost embarrassing that I floundered around.
I am done.
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
For that multitude of heroes I have never met, who like my cousin wrote us a blank check and signed it with their blood, I offer my profound thanks and humble honor. — DCW
No, this is not the title of a cheap porn movie aimed at the well known niche market for this particular genre of cinematic gems amongst serial tool collectors. The whole family should thus be able to digest this post, however JNSQ Woodworkings refuse to be held responsible for any unforeseen ailments that might result from indiscriminate consumption of the material. Parental guidance is therefore advised.
On a more serious note, I would like to apologise to my great friend, fellow blogger and tool historian par excellence Robert “Bob’s your Uncle” Demers for not posting this much earlier in the year. After all he found me a freakin legendary example of 20th century American tool manufacturing.
After using a couple of different examples of eggbeater drills it became apparent that my stockpile of African hardwoods necessitates contrivances with either massive drive wheels or a favourably geared two speed setup or ideally both. To give you an example, my first eggbeater was a Wiktor Kuc restored 1938 edition Miller’s Falls no. 2. It is supposed to be an ideal allrounder for the frugal (more recently known as “anarchical” in the prevailing Schwarzian vernacular) woodworker, but it really struggles to drive anything larger than a ¼” bit in lumber from the Dark Continent.
Initially I thought this is simply how it is with these eccentric drilling apparatuses, until by sheer chance I happened to stumble upon a two speed no. 5½ B Goodell-Pratt with a positively massive drive wheel. These babies know how to roll, innit. The GP has more torque than my 8 year old daughter, except in her case it is spelled slightly different.
Given this revelation I set out to procure another torque-ative eggbeater to torment my hardwoods with. Bob was of course my first port of call and I explained my predicament in some detail. You can read his summation of the tool here, which (by the way) is a hell of a lot more informative than this post. He agreed to keep his well educated eye out for a suitable monstrosity. It did not take him long to find Utopia in the form of a two speed North Brothers no. 1545.
Bob refused that I reimburse him for the tool or the shipment cost and sent it on it’s merry southward journey at the end of 2016. Luckily it did not embark upon a protracted sub-Saharan voyage like a particular parcel several moons ago. It arrived somewhat promptly, for trans equatorial pilgrimages, in mid January 2017. I did return the favour by sending him a locally made hammer, but clearly I received more value than he did.
It is only my second true North Brothers tool (as apposed to Stanley made attempts) and completely lives up to my very high estimation of this famous tool manufacturer. The low gear munches through anything Africa can throw at it and the considerable weight lends some advantageous momentum to drive wheel as well as a general feeling of old school quality.The no. 1545 The NB no. 1545 with the GP no. 5.5B The NB no.1545 with a 1938 edition MF no. 2 The NB no. 1545 with it’s smaller cousin the no. 1530
I took the drive wheel off and cleaned everything I could reach. It presently purrs like a cat on crystal meths.
Thank you Uncle Bob I will cherish this gem as long as I have the privilege to do so and hope to pass it on to someone who will continue to do so long after both of us joined the choir invisible.
“In Flanders Fields”, by John McCrae, 1915. For Memorial Day.
Making this a tradition.
|oh dark thirty quiet work|
|#2 lever cap|
|the pebbled look and feel|
|I scraped it|
|looks smoother now|
|I'll take the smooth feeling|
|flushed this end with the 4 1/2|
|round over changed|
|almost an 1/8" to flush on this end|
|marked the round overs|
|second round overs done|
|thought I had gotten lucky|
|I squared this up with a chisel|
|rasped it one last time|
|I'm not liking this new home|
|this is where I want it to live|
|the burnishers are in the way|
This was the last picture that I will ever take with the canon G12. It was working ok and I had hopes it would last until I got a new one but it wasn't to be. I had a mind fart sweeping off the bench and put the canon airborne. It said hello to Mr Concrete Floor so the last time. The LCD screen broke off and I chipped the lens and cracked the shutter. It was burnt toast for sure now.
|got some therapy in|
|knob drilling guide|
|right and left side|
|the handle guide|
|marked the center|
|forgot I had this|
|dead nuts 90°|
|I think I am finally mastering miters|
These last 3 pics were taken with my Sanyo and this last one was the fourth one I took. The first 3 had a flash and there was a big white circle in the middle of the pic obscuring the miter clamps and the joint line. So until I get my new camera, this is what I have to work with.
I checked around and no one has the TG-4 or the TG-5 for sale. I decided to go with the TG-5 not for the 4K capabilities but because the CMOS circuitry has been updated and improved. You can preorder but none of the sites say when it will be available. I find a forum on the TG cameras and it said it would be in june. The Olympus site doesn't say anything about when it will ship or be available. I'll preorder mine this payday and wait.
How much did the Apollo moon suits weigh?
answer - on earth 180 pounds, on the moon 30 lbs
Well I promised to do an extreme test of this lower grade Lee Valley Fish glue I’ve had for a number of years. I’ve place the glued up test pieces in the laundry when my wife had the dryer on and place them next to the dryer where the moisture levels are at their extreme. I left it there overnight and much to my surprise they were still bonded with no movement of trying to pull them apart.
So with everything I have read, all the negative hysteria of joints falling apart placing all the blame on the glue for it’s failure, I am not convinced it was the glues fault at all, and will not speculate as to why it failed for others other than the strong possibility it’s the users fault. There are many factors at play to cause glue failure and some of which I noted in my previous post, if people choose not verse themselves well in the products they use then they simply cannot put blame on the product but themselves.
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.”
Ever since I posted the idea of starting up a magazine that involved woodworking by hand, I’ve had nothing but headaches. I really need to clarify some points as many are not reading the comments, I want to be open and transparent with my intentions and actions for this magazine.
Two days ago I’ve discovered that tools for working wood posted 200 issues of WORK, which is fine but so what. WORK is owned by no one, there is no copyright claim to it, the magazine that existed in 1889 is 128 years old which obliterates copyright claim or anyone claiming to have copyright on it. Tools for working wood scanned the pages and posted it, another words its a reprint. This is no different than other publishes who do the same thing on ancient books. When a publisher reprints a book from ancient book they put their own copyright on it to corner the market, they say no part of this book may be reprinted, published etc etc without the express permission of the author. But that only pertains from their book it doesn’t apply if you reprint from the original source, why because there’s no copyright on it. No one can claim copyright on ancient books, same applies to classical music.
I wanted to begin a magazine using one or two articles written in WORK and the rest to be my own contents, just because TFFW already reprinted that magazine and made it available for download means nothing. They even said everyone can use these copies and publish them on their website for non commercial use, they can say non commercial but they have no legal standing in stopping anyone from commercially reprinting and selling the entire collection of WORK. Their versions are poorly scanned copies, my few articles are rewritten and high quality re-prints that I painstakingly sat for hours doing so. But like I said it’s only one or two articles that pertain to woodworking that would be included in every new issue released or published. I want this magazine to be within the spirit of that then magazine.
I’ve written to Christopher Schwarz and Meghan and presented in short my idea to them and did ask for their blessing and support. To this day, I haven’t received a reply, I’ve sent Paul Sellers an email if he would be interested in becoming a contributing author, I have not received a reply and I have noticed for the last two days none of my posts are being made through the unplugged shop. What is going on here, why am I being stonewalled.
More and more people are switching to hand tools, like it or not hand tools are going to be the way of the future, and I’m not going to get into the reasons for it, but the facts are that more people are switching to hand tools than ever before. People are fed up with their corporate lifestyle, people are fed up with everyday stresses, hand tool woodworking is their moment of release from the current hectic world, its where they find their zen in life, their ground zero. Current woodworking magazines don’t want to acknowledge this, but throw in a bone now and then to keep the masses happy. So, why then don’t they want anyone to start up a magazines purely based on handwork, because it goes directly against their financial interests. Switching to hand tools would be detriment to many businesses, but it would not lead to a collapse, because there will always be a market for the machine users. But the facts are clear that more and more people are switching to hand tools than ever before. Paul Sellers has proven this over and over again, look at the reaction from his own followers.
This idea of mine to introduce to the market a hand tool, handcraft magazine is based upon an idea and principles that the originator of WORK 128 years ago had, he and I are one and the same separated by 128 years. I wanted to cover real woodworking, teach real knowledge, work with everyday artisans around the world without the bombardment and influences of tool makers and other advertisers of machinery and paint products. I wanted this to be a community based effort, of everyday people contributing their work and their ideas and their discoveries for all to be published in this magazine for everyones benefit worldwide. This not about cornering the US market or the Australian market or any other countries market, it’s about you and I as craftsmen artisans wanting to contribute, wanting to do their fair share of the work who would be more than happy to do so. Imagine people like Don Williams contributing and Bob Rozaieski, Mack and Jeff Headley, imagine you and I and everyone who have many things to offer. Imagine the possibilities, the knowledge and insight that can be gained from such a magazine.
I don’t intend and never intend to step on anyone’s toes, I don’t intend God forbid to take bread away from anyones mouths. But don’t we deserve a magazine that suits our interests? That pertains to what we do and how we work? I must admit to one sad fact that I can’t do this alone, I don’t have the financial means nor the time to invest because of the lack of finance to make this magazine the most sought out woodworking magazine in the world and believe me with proper financial backing, investment, this magazine would reach serious heights.
I will say this though, that I am completely disgusted in how much politics is involved with all the woodworkers I believed were promoters of the craft. Shame on you.
You can skip the next three paragraphs deliberating on freeform and conformity and get beyond my opening ramblings if you like. Boundaries and open territory undefined It’s funny how we live in cultures where on the one hand we want boundaries, you know, to know what the parameters and limits are, where we stand and …
|I Miss John Every Day|
Every year around this time I make an effort to do something special for Kristen, who has a birthday in April. Spring is the best time of the year to get out and enjoy the outdoors, so we usually end up at a nice hotel with gardens, ocean, lakes or mountains. This year I thought I would put them all together.
I made a promise to spend her birthday at the Du Pont Hotel in Wilmington, where they have one of the most famous Sunday brunches on the East Coast. I started planning the trip last November, and carefully plotted the activities, using maps and the web so that the trip would run like clockwork.
Just before we left I completed and delivered Clock #6 (photos to follow in another post) and an Art Deco cabinet for a special client in Bel Air. That provided the funds and a good excuse to take a trip. My partner, Patrice, ran the business in our absence and spent his time building a large Renaissance Library Table for another client.
Kristen is a dedicated gardner and I am somewhat of a woodworker. Here is our home in San Diego with the Craftsman house we built using a 1926 design, and her front garden. The back garden is much larger and more spectacular.
|Home is Where the Heart Is.|
|Leaving San Diego|
|Back Country Transportation in Mexico|
|Beautiful Mexican Coast|
|Wonderful Town in Mexico|
|Jungle in Costa Rica|
|First Time on Panama Canal|
|Impressive Doors in Columbia|
|Time to Rest|
|Ancient Trees in Savannah|
|Bert's First Woodworking Project|
|Tree Grows Through Tractor|
|I Love This Man!|
Roy and I went to his School for a visit and I had to spend some time (and money) in Ed Lebetkin's store above the school. Ed is a great tool dealer and collector and I always find something "necessary" when I visit.
|Must Have Tools!!!|
In Asheville, Kristen and I spent the day visiting Biltmore, the largest residence ever built in this country.
|"Just a Modest Summer Home"|
|Sharing The View With Jefferson|
|They Use Old Brown Glue To Repair Furniture Here|
My host was Josh English, who has taken some classes at the American School of French Marquetry, and was kind enough to take me on a tour of the cabinet, finishing, upholstery and drapery workshops, as well as other interesting stops on the House side. It is interesting to note that there is an invisible line down the center of the Capitol where the House and Senate population never cross.
|Josh English, House Cabinetmaker|
|Italian Pietre Dure Table Leaf|
|One of a Thousand Flower Photos I Took On the Trip|
For me it was a chance to reflect on the summer of 1978, when I lived for 3 months in a camper on the North edge of the parking lot. I was attending the Summer Institute, and fondly remember Frank Sommer, who gave me full access to the library and its collection of rare books.
I had a chance to meet and talk with Charlie Hummel during this conference. He still works there and seems to defy aging. Remember, he first came as a student to Winterthur in 1952! His book, "With Hammer in Hand" and the purchase and installation of the Dominy workshop at Winterthur was one of the first inspirations I had to encourage my career in woodworking.
|Charles Hummel in the Rotunda|
|Dominy Workshop at Winterthur|
We spent two beautiful days at Winterthur and the gardens were in full bloom.
|Not Photo Shopped!|
|Springtime at Winterthur|
|Bring Money Take Books|
|Looking Better Every Year|
|My Favorite Tree|
|More Tulips Than You Can Count|
|One Small Area of Longwood Gardens|
|I Love This Man Too!|
|Very Clean and Sharp|
|Perhaps the Best Museum in America|
|The American Wing|
|Standing in the 15th Century|
|Hancock Shaker Village|
|It's A Gift To Be Simple|
|Tourists Stop Here|
|Interesting Floor under 18th Century Room Group|
This article, by John Wilson (of The Home Shop, which offers Shaker boxes and supplies for making them) first appeared in the August 2005 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. While we’re still calling it the “$5 Router Plane,” it’s possible it will now cost a bit more to make – but likely still less than $10 (plus a bit of shop time). Here is a real-life shop problem: The project calls […]
Even though it is 128 years old and free from any copyright according to the law I still felt uncomfortable using the title WORK, so, I’ve changed it today to HANDWORK. I think its better suited and will help me sleep better at nights. The theme is still basically the same, I will still use some of the content as I think its brilliant, but obviously there will be plenty of new and modern day hand work from myself and other contributing authors.
I’m not really sure why but I haven’t received much feedback at all on this, I thought everyone would be excited about it, am I wrong or is this the norm for the net.
So I have made a reversal on pic taking. I still want to learn photography about as much as I want to grow a third eye in the middle of forehead, but........I decided to learn or at least try and do better with the pics I snap. I usually do them on the fly and I'll admit that I don't put the same effort into them that I do on my woodworking. That will be change #1.
Change #2 is I will try to learn something about snapping pics. I have decided I am getting the TG Olympus camera, hopefully the TG-4. I have already looked into accessories filters for it. Bob told me what macro was and there is a macro filter for the TG camera. There is also 3 filter set for taking pics outside and another one for taking pics under fluorescent lights. This one I would probably use in my shop.
In the interim I am stuck with my ten year Sanyo (which is a 10MP not a 1MP) and my soon to be a paperweight Canon G12. I got it working after threatening to give it flying lessons but I don't know how long it is going to work. The LCD screen hinge is half broke and the CMOS circuit is acting up. The CMOS not dying is what will drive how long the G12 limps along.
|the back view and a bench reflection|
|my ten year old Sanyo|
|reversed myself here too|
|home for the new brush and shellac cabinet|
|to the left of the spokeshaves was spot #1 for the cabinet|
|the family jewels knocker|
|the brush and shellac cabinet wood|
|finding these sucked|
|one in back of the other looks better to me|
|the new screwdriver holder|
|another bad G12 CMOS acting up pic|
|scribed a line and planed down to it|
|made a shallow rabbet|
|planed the rabbet and the shoulder with the 10 1/2|
|another bad CMOS pic|
|notch in the corbel is the last step|
|something else to flush up once the glue up has set up|
|my first woodworking aid|
|finding a drill bit for the burnisher|
|did it this way for the screwdrivers too|
|this part is done|
|kind of worked|
|rounded over the corners|
|gluing up in stages|
I took a nap today. I gave up fighting to keep the peepers open and did the light leak test for 2 hours. Woke up refreshed so I may have to do this again.
Who was Goyahkla?
answer - the indian chief and medicine man, Geronimo
I attended the show last Friday as I do every year, its an exciting part of the year for me as I guess it would be for any amatuer and professional woodworker. We get to meet old friends and catch up, you see loads of tools for sale that are mouth watering but the best part for me is the timber.
This year I was pretty selective and had to choose carefully, unfortunately not all the stuff is dry and guess who forgot to take his moisture meter. Yep and boy did I pay the price for my forgetfulness. But that’s what happens when you’re in a rush, I headed up the highway in my beat up van travelling 80 km per hour in a 110k zone. I wasn’t anyone’s favourite on the road but hey, my fuel injectors are clogged and if I do the speed limit it will stall and not start up for 15mins. As I was travelling up there like an old man with a white hat in the rear window, you guys know the type, I watched how everyone just zoomed passed me. Some looking annoyed at me as they pass me by, others sticking their finger out the window, but I just plotted along like the old Beverley Hillbillies. It dawned on me then, just how much people are in a rush and I’m sure it’s work related, but everyone is annoyed with everyone on the road. Speeding up, pushing the car in front to go faster, others taking over as if there’s some massive pot of gold waiting to be taken on the other side, and then, all of a sudden out comes the revenue collectors. Blue and red flashing lights pulling them over one by one, handing tickets and not to some police ball. There goes their weekly earnings, while I continued to pass them by, glancing in my rear vision as they diminish into a spec and then nothing. I thought about my hand tools and how much slower they are compared to machinery, and how everyones in such a rush to get production done and out of the shop both amateurs and professional like. It put a smile on my weathered face and made appreciate even more the way I work wood.
So I arrived on time, with no speeding tickets and walked straight over to the Tasmanian timber section.
I knew what I wanted, and what I wanted was pretty darn expensive as they always bloody well are. Sassafrass.
I paid through my you know what for it but I got it and will end up making a box for myself to store my wax and seal and make some other useful things for charity. Then I headed over to another section where they had even more exotic timbers. Huon Pine is great for carving, but get a load of the prices.
Well a little way out of my price range. So, I turned my direction to the great outdoors where the most timbers are. This is where I needed my moisture meter and now I had to rely on my hands and their word for it. I can usually tell just by feel in a ballpark figure how wet or dry it is. I headed over to a trustworthy source I know air dries his stuff, he doesn’t say it like someone I know, but actually does it. So I picked up some African Tulip which is light as a feather and has a nice texture to it, will look great as draw fronts, and along side it is my favourite Hoop Pine.
Here’s a closer look.
I went back inside and stumbled upon a slab of birch and bought that as well, unfortunately for me when I slapped the moisture meter on it when I got home it was at 28%. Holy crap 28%, so I texted the guy and thanked him for it. It all turned out to be an innocent mistake, he said he built furniture from it 6 months ago and dried it himself in his own kiln, some guys are just spoilt rotten, and he couldn’t understand why it was so green. Nonetheless he refunded me the money and said keep it, I felt bad about it and insisted on him to pick it up, but as it turned out it wasn’t worth travelling the distance for it so he insisted that I keep it. It will be ready for use in a couple of years, sorry I didn’t take any pics of it. Here’s another pic of a beautiful timber, another favourite of mine Camphor Laurel.
This is considered a weed in Australia and is most poisonous to other surrounding trees, but is gorgeous and takes an oil finish really well. The last time I bought timber from this guy I’m still drying it, yet the same old story it’s all air dried. There was another massive slab to the right of it, it was so big and wide it couldn’t fit in anyone’s pick up nor van, and that too is apparently air dried yet it was cut down only 6 months ago. None the less you learn these things over time and you make a judgement call.
Then I went over to Steve Hay and said g’day, he’s demonstrating one of Terry Gordon’s plane.
I finished off the day by saying g’day to some of my other old timer mates and talked nothing but wood. Since our wives are not interested in listening to us, at least the show gives us the opportunity to get together once a year and let out a year’s worth of unspoken wood talk to each other.
And so my day ended with a smile, as I chugged back home in my old beat up van down the highway watching fingers out their windows at me as they pass me by, and then waving back at them as I pass them by as they pull over to be greeted by their friendly over zealous neighbourhood revenue collectors.
I found a shop in the market with a stock of really good wood. The owner was a taciturn fellow who would not bargain. He quoted a price for what I wanted and that was it: take it or leave it.
Like most shops in that place he has several floors stacked with different kinds of timber. In the basement hall, there was a wide variety of imported timber including Wenge, Maple, Ash, steamed Beech, Sapele, White Oak, Spruce, Walnut and so on.
I could not make up my mind about what to take - I felt like a little boy in a shop full of the most splendid varieties of sweets.
Finally, settled on two boards: one was a ten-foot long two inches thick by fifteen inches wide piece of Sapele and the other an eight by two by five piece of Soft Maple. I also picked up three 3-foot by two inches by 3 inches pieces of African Padauk. Total cost was about Rs 5,500. The Sapele was 2300 per cubic feet; Maple 1800 and the Padauk 2300.
There are a number of dedicated shops in the area with enormous bandsaws and thicknessers. I have always found it worthwhile to have the timber re-sawn in one of these shops before taking it home where it will dry a little more and often bend and warp.
|Same Padauk after a bit of Hand Planing|
I had the pieces band sawn to a more manageable size to fit my car and the cabinets I plan to make. The two-inch thick slabs were sawn down the middle and then cut to 31 inches lengths.
I have never tried Maple or Sapele and am most curious to find out more about them.
After a couple of days of drying in my workshop, I found the wide Sapele boards had cupped somewhat while the Padauk was completely unchanged. The Maple looked straight but some of the pieces had twisted, whether from drying or from the re-sawing I couldn't tell.
At any rate, I took out one piece from each and hand planed them to see what they really look like - the bandsaw marks usually completely obscure the wood pattern.
I found Maple somewhat harder to plane than Ash or Teak. The wood is very pale, lightly figured and planes to a very smooth, even polished surface.
|Soft Maple: The piece on top has been planed while the bottom one is rough, bandsawn|
Not having any experience with Maple. I wrote to my friend Mike Zeller from Colorado who wrote back: "There are two kinds of Maple, soft and hard - both of which are pretty damn hard if you ask me. I love both Maples, as you see it is a fine textured beautiful hardwood. That being said, sharpen up my friend, it is a real workout by hand. Anything less than sharp will leave you exhausted and angry. Working on some maple recently made me wish I still had a few machines around, but it can be done with sharp tools. The soft is not much softer, just by a bit and depending on where it is purchased can be slightly cheaper. Hard Maple comes from the sugar Maple tree, grows back east and up north where the winters are cold and very long - very slow growing and why it is so hard. Soft Maple grows more on the western and north-western coast here, much milder in climate and somewhat faster growing. The eastern maple has a sap that is boiled down to make maple syrup, good for pancakes, maple flavour candy and maple sugar. As for hardness, Maple is usually used here for bowling pins and gymnasium floors. Where ever a hard surface that wears well is needed, that should be a clue to that tight grain and durability. It will look gorgeous with some nice shellac on it."
An article by Eric Meier in the Wood Database points out that "the term 'Soft Maple' does not refer to any specific species of maple, but rather, it's a broad term which includes several different species of maple. The term "Soft Maple" is merely used to differentiate these species from Hard Maple. Hard Maple, on the other hand, typically refers to one specific type of maple species: Acer saccharum. For many purposes, Soft Maple will be hard enough to be used in place of Hard Maple. Even though it is referred to as Soft Maple, it is only soft in relation to Hard Maple."
I have used Padauk in the past and admire its orange red colour. It is fairly easy to work; strong, pretty dense and extremely stable. It polishes well and looks absolutely smashing after a few coats of Shellac.
|Sapele rough, bandsawn|
|Sapele after hand planing|
I had first seen Sapele, which is considered a substitute for the increasingly rare Mahogany, at my friend Zain's house in Chandigarh. He had made a fabulous table with a Sapele top and even without finish it looked stupendous. I have been on the lookout for some decent Sapele ever since.
|Sapele grain direction|
I hand planed one Sapele board and found it easy to work even though the grain rose and fell. (see photograph of its side). The beauty of the wood popped as soon as I was done. The lustre was incredible. The word for it is "chatoyance", I believe.
There is no doubt that Sapele is a magnificent wood. It may not be very easy to work though as it is dense, heavy and full of contrary grain. Nevertheless, it is an absolute beauty and made me wonder what genuine Honduran Mahogany must look like.
28 May 2017
Make no mistake, Handworks is one of the most important evidences that hand craft is alive and well. Participating as an exhibitor or as an attending aficionado cannot but help to influence you.
As I walked into the barn at about 9AM both days I witnessed this scene of eager attendees already in line on a cold and rainy day.
By Friday morning everything was set in the venues, or at least in the Festhalle where I was (and I heard similar stories to mine throughout the village).
In the Festhalle there was time for some last minute fellowship among the exhibitors,
some last minute shopping at other exhibitors’ booths,
and finally, the entry of a crew of highly enthusiastic woodworkers.
And more woodworkers.
Until it became a mosh pit around us throughout the entire day. I know I was entirely surrounded on all sides until just before closing, standing and greeting and explaining and demonstrating polissoir-and-wax finishing at least 100 times.
Saturday was abuzz with anticipation of The Roy Himself as our featured presenter. The festivities began with Mike Siemsen’s stirring rendition of the National Anthem.
Then came Roy, and of course the crowd loved him.
Throngs to the front of me,
throngs to the back of me (I chatted with one family whose daughter had undergone an appendectomy less that a week before, but she insisted on coming to see Roy Underhill), and even afterwards the affable Mr. Underhill was unfailingly generous with his time and energy visiting with the collected posse throughout the remainder of the day.
At 5PM we broke down the exhibit, disassembled and packed the Roubo benches, and were on the road home by 5.30
I want a camera that can survive a 3 foot fall off of my workbench. Well technically, 3 feet 1 1/8" depending upon where I measure it. Taking pics with the camera that just went south on me wasn't the problem. Having it fail the bounce test 3 times was. After this last lost to Mr. Concrete Floor I have been evaluating what I need and want in a new camera.
I asked Bob (the Valley Woodworker) because I know he collects cameras and he gave me a couple of good suggestions. Brian Eve said his Olympus TG-3 was a good shop camera. (I checked those specs and I was impressed with them) The TaDaMan left a link for KEH.com which looked pretty good but every camera I checked/wanted was out of stock. I need a replacement camera sooner than later.
So want do I think I need? A camera without a retractable lens system. The loser camera has a retractable lens system. No more needs to be said on that. Secondly, a camera that does not use AA or AAA batteries. Here I don't mind buying extra 'special' battery packs. I bought a AA charger and rechargeable batteries and I didn't like it. I gave that to my wife. Thirdly, I need a camera that can survive a fall without turning into a paperweight. And lastly, a camera that won't necessitate me remortgaging my house to buy.
So far the Olympus TG models meet 3 of the criteria I am looking for. The newest model is the TG-5 which will shoot 4K video which I don't care about or need. So I can scratch the 5 off the list. I can't find any 'aha' differences between the TG-3 or the TG-4 models. But both the TG-3 and the TG-4 are out of stock at every site I'm checking.. But strangely, some sites have the cost of the TG-3 more then the TG-4.
The Olympus TG-4 has a few capabilities which I know I'll never use (taking pics underwater) but it has one that makes it the leading contender. That one is the shock resistance from a 7 foot fall. Since my workbench is only about 3 feet tall, I would only be using 50% of it. What I don't like about it is the cost which so far is running over $400 on a lot of sites. I have the money saved up but those dollars are earmarked for the new workbench but I may have to divert those funds for this.
|checking for twist|
|the bit I used to waste the interior|
|looks like a standard forstner bit|
|I could have used my largest Stanley bit|
|this one leaves a large radius corner|
|it would not have worked Frank|
|just noticed this|
|this is next|
|the bottom had a hump|
|quick check to make sure I had no twist|
|gluing and screwing the hook on|
|no burn in logo just my initials and the date|
|hook is flush now|
|It's new home|
What is the layer between the the stratosphere and ionosphere?
answer - the mesosphere