There is my latest box in it natural habitat. Its purpose is to reduce clutter in my friend's home and look nice. Mission accomplished, I think.
This morning's project. The stars are to soon be painted and festively decorated. Surprisingly there was some puzzling involved in getting the various boards aligned. It was one of those times that clamps made life easier.
This is a sander/grinder that my grandfather made for my father from bits and pieces and a washing machine motor. I don't know when this machine was created, its been around as long as I remember. A few years ago I replaced the plywood disk with a metal one and have used it for a long messy time. The belt is exposed and something of a hazard. The other day I was sanding a couple of spoons into shape and nearly caught my fore arm in the belt as I manoeuvred the spoon around.
Finally I was modivated to put that whirling belt behind a guard, having my arm hair removed swiftly and suddenly can be inspiring . It was a job long overdue. Next thing to fix is dust collection. I bought a new RZ dust mask a while ago and love it. It is the first dust mask that I don't hate to wear that actually fits well enough to do some good. My lungs are in better shape but the other dust is still an issue.
The last bit of summing up is my rustic bowl.
Once I got the inside more or less dug out I flipped it over and used my grinder to shape the ends. I moved toward power tools from chisels because I found some punky wood and it is easier to sand/grind the wood away that to cut it off. I was also afraid that using an axe or heavy chisel might break away a larger piece of wood that I wanted.
|16 by 8 and 2 inches deep.|
There is the finished bowl getting into the holiday spirit. If I come across another log I will do this again, larger would be nicer.
This is probably a wrap for the season. December is always filled with family, travel and social gatherings and so I don't undertake much that is noteworthy in the shop before Christmas anymore. Gone are the frantic last minuted projects of yesteryear.
If time permits I'll share something, it not...Happy Christmas, I hope you, your family and friends have an excellent holiday season and a glorious 2020.