Thursday, January 19, 2017

Project #5 *

My grand kids were visiting for a couple of days while their parents went off for a skiing trip. Both the kids love to make things in the wood shop but this time my bench was taken up with a large live edge table and so I had to think of other things to make.

 The first thing I hit upon was:

  These were a big hit with the seven year old boy, K.  I suspect by next summer he will have learned all of the different stars.  I need to look for better quality sticks with which he can work.

  The second  deflection from shop things was also building.

  K worked on the tracked excavator for over an hour solid, took a break and came back to it.  He picked a project that was listed as difficult but he felt that he knew what a tracked excavator looked like and that would be a help.

  He did pretty well.  He used pliers, tweezers, glue and finally tape.  If you look closely he got the boom on upside down but otherwise it came together not too badly.  If you are looking for a rainy day project with a kid that likes to make things I recommend this.  

 cheers, ianw

Monday, January 16, 2017

Project #4 and again the table 'sigh'

 My latest little project was easy because I had the materials on hand.  Several years ago I was at a craft store and bought a few dozen wooden pegs. I didn't have a plan for them at the time but....they were on clearance for pennies each.  Since that time I have used most of them on home projects.  A dozen ended up in our laundry/mud room and some more are in our master bathroom on a drying rack and now....a scarf rack for my wife.

  I used a piece of oak and the pegs. All that the project needed was some time spend smoothing the board and sanding the pegs a bit. I enjoy planing good wood, it is a pleasure to shape and it can be made so smooth to the touch.  I expect IKEA or some such place has a rack like this for sale.  I also know that the rack is not solid oak.

  Here is the rack in the closet sharing space with a cubby hole storage unit I made a few winters ago.  I like making things that have a use.

 Work continues on the table. The legs are done and the first few coats of varnish are on.  I expect to spay on 6 to 10 coats of varnish then hand rub a wax finish on to this table.  There has been a whole bunch of hole filling and stain/colour retouching to get this looking good.  

  I have a couple more large jobs outstanding, and so I really need to think hard about my table saw situation.  

cheers, ianw