Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What to do before a two week break

 We are going to be involved in family things and travel things and general busy things for the next two weeks. I will not be in my shop at all and may not even be able to post any blogs. So what did I do with the remaining few hours I had before my break? 

  Well, first off I cleaned up the shop a bit. Nothing major, just put tools away and swept the place up a bit.

  Then to kill some time on a rainy afternoon I did a couple of small potter around things. These are the jobs that most people don't bother doing, but since I have a shop and tools I improvise and repair.

   A none event, but now the clothes hanger doesn't grab my pyjamas. I had to drill two holes and use some super duper glue. Most people won't bother.

  I also took time to sharpen some knives and change the  blades in a couple of utility knives.   Maintenance stuff like that takes more time than you realize.  I like to use times like this to sharpen blades so that when I reach for them during a building project I don't have to stop and sharpen.

  While I had my super crazy glue out I glued a rare earth magnet to my pencil sharpener so that it would stick to my over bench work light.  As with having sharp tools it is nice to work with a sharp pencil.


   The last thing I did was make a pattern for and cut out a silly little craft. These roosters will go into the box for the church bazaar. 

  Projects like these give me practise in making patterns from a photograph and uses up small scraps of wood that I have been to cheap to throw away. 

holding post-it notes on my desk.
   This rooster is made out of 1/8 inch plywood and a bit of pine. I like the shape and size and will make a few from stained wood like the one from the internet. (when I have some time to kill)

 Have a good couple of weeks and I'll for sure be back in mid May, and maybe will post an update or two before if I get a chance.

cheers, ianw

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Repairs and a Project

I have been doing repairs for 10,000 Villages for a couple of years and usually the repair/ is a box. However this week I got to repair a didgeridoo. The repair was not difficult but how many of you have repaired a didgeridoo?

bamboo didgeridoo about 3.5 feet long.

The didgeridoo was cracked, which I filled and stained to match
the original finish. The repair is not invisible, but pretty close.

 The next repair  was necessary because my original design wasn't very good.

  I turned this small bowl last winter and have been using it with my shaving soap. Since the bowl is half cedar, half pine it has done will with the wet/dry cycle of its life. The design flaw is I put a foam bottom on it. 

  The bowl sits on the bathroom counter and its bottom stays spongy and wet for too long.

  Having a wood working shop means that I have the tool for every eventuality. A Dremel tool and a dura-grit rotary burr were used to clean out the base of the bowl making it convex. I finished with a some small diamond grit points  to smooth things out.

  Finally I drilled nine 1/8 inch holes and drove pieces of dowel into the holes. The bottom of this shaving bowl now stands on nine 1/8 feet so that it will dry out when sitting on the counter.

  Repairs are always a funny thing. Many people would just throw this out, after all there are no shortage of small bowls in a house with a wood lathe in the basement.  I also have it on my 'to do' list to make a lid for this bowl. I like to keep things working rather than just toss them out. 

  Last week I made a pattern, today I made a trivet. In the fall our church has a bazaar to raise money for projects and there is a table of wood working stuff. I can but this trivet on the table and the church can charge what ever it wants. It is a good idea to have an outlet for your projects. It is nice to make things and see them put to use.

  A teapot will fit nicely on this leaf engraved into a spruce board. Once again I used my Dremel with various fine point tools. A variable speed Dremel is nearly indispensable for wood craft projects. 
 Cheers, ianw