Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Lathe Duplicator with Angle Grinder

My version of a Lathe Duplicator was inspired by The Homestead Craftsman, and his video entitled Homemade Wood Lathe Duplicator using an Angle Grinder.  Basically, the only things I changed from the original design is the grinder blade, and the table surface of the duplicator.  My modifications were made to create turnings with a little finer detail and less clean-up, which the carbide cutter provides, and more versatility and adjustability for mounting the pattern to the table top.

Laminated 16ga steel table top and pattern secured with Magswitch Model 150 magnets.
The angle grinder has a Viel Tools Model D-15-80-5 Carbide Cutter.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Converting a Wood Cutting Band Saw into a Lapidary/Diamond Band Saw

Converting a SKIL Model #3386-01 9" Band Saw into a wet cutting lapidary band saw for cutting rocks and glass.

The saw in operation

Monday, December 21, 2015

My Failed Attempt to Steam Bend Kiln Dried Wood

My current project is Curtis Buchanan's Continuous Arm Windsor Chair.  One of the main parts and most difficult to construct for me was bending the arm.  Since I don't have a ready supply of green wood, nor the space for splitting and riving wood, I thought I would attempt to steam bend kiln dried wood...How hard could that be?  Well, it was a waste of time.

A stubborn woodworker shaping a piece of kiln dried wood for bending.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Continuous Arm Windsor Chair Seat with CNC Router

This is an explanation of how I created a 3D model, and cut a Continuous Arm Windsor Chair seat with my CNC Router.  The plans I used for this seat are from Curtis Buchanan's Continuous Arm Windsor Chair.

SketchUp View on 3D Model created from plans.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"The Shop" with my New CNC Router

Cutting my first project on my CNC - The Spoon

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mission Desk - Veneering Panels and Desk Top

I had done small veneering projects previously, but nothing on this scale.  But, I enjoy challenges, and this was definitely going to be a big one.  I chose to use book matched pieces of mesquite veneer for the side panels, and create three reverse diamond veneer patterns for the desk top.  After taking a few photos of the veneer, I used my imaging software to create a pattern that was appealing to me as seen below.

Reverse Diamond Pattern with Mesquite

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Kitchen Table Project

This is a Kitchen Table I completed in January 2013 that was inspired by a table I saw in the film 'Julie and Julia'.  This is the table seen in Julia Childs Paris kitchen.  I assume that the style of this table would be a traditional country kitchen table.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Jig for Cutting Veneer

This 1/4" x 4' x 2' plywood veneer cutting board is backed with 22 gauge steel. Using this configuration with a straight edge and Magswitches aids in holding the veneer down and stabilizing the straight edge.