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Blog series by ChrisCrafts updated 04-22-2012 05:25 AM 8 parts 22024 reads 43 comments total

Part 1: Building up Inventory

05-03-2011 09:57 AM by ChrisCrafts | 3 comments »

It’s 12:30 AM and I am up with my 9 year old who has his very first experience with the stomach flu. Poor kid has only missed 3 days of school in his life. When he called today and asked to come home I was out the door in 30 seconds. I figured if he was asking to come home it must be something serious. Alright so here we go! After finally getting my Shop up and running it is time to see if I can pay for my hobby by selling the stuff I make. I have registered the website and hav...

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Part 2: What do you do with your Wood Shavings??

05-04-2011 04:19 AM by ChrisCrafts | 10 comments »

Between the Lathe & Jointer I seem to fill up my Jet DC-1200 every 2-3 weeks. So far I have used it as mulch in my backyard and for some friends. But now I have run out of room to mulch & just filled another bag. I would love to make fire bricks for the local Boy Scout Troop but have no clue how to do that. Maybe a mixture of gasoline, orange juice, and wood shavings would make something interesting ;) So what do you do with your wood shavings/dust collectionings??

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Part 3: and I am milling, and I am milling, milling, and milling

08-06-2011 09:19 AM by ChrisCrafts | 9 comments »

In my never ending quest to make 250 end grain cutting boards, I find myself milling quite a bit of stock. Attempting to keep some sort of order in the manufacturing process. I have cut most the boards down to 1”- 3” strips anywhere from 2’-4’ long. I then glue like strips together. So far I have 6 of laminated boards. Later on, once I laminated all of my stock, I will begin the crosscutting and re-laminating process. Then all the boards will take a dip in Walnut oi...

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Part 4: Climatized

08-25-2011 03:24 AM by ChrisCrafts | 8 comments »

79 degrees in Seattle today and I can’t move. LOL I know I know it’s 128 with 98% humidity where you live. But hey we have only had 3 days over 80 so far this summer so my big fat belly and me are not used to the heat. My shop has full southern exposure so it heats up like crazy. Well this can only last for a few more days. I am having some of my bowls professionally photographed on Saturday! I am hoping it is cool enough to turn 2 or 3 more by then….

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Part 5: The Sweet Smell of Sappy Cherry

09-21-2011 06:08 PM by ChrisCrafts | 2 comments »

Last weekend I picked up a good size Cherry tree for cheap. 2/3 of it is going to the lathe and the remaining 8 foot section is going to be slabbed up for tables & such. This gave me the opportunity to make my first bowl blanks. I have had about 2 cords in the back 40 (sq feet) for the past 6-9 months. I hadn’t cut any of it up yet, and it was started to wear thin on the wife’s patience. Now my whole shop reeks of Cheap Black Cherry Soda. The Cherry was cut down in early...

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Part 6: Sappy MOLDY Cherry

10-01-2011 09:47 PM by ChrisCrafts | 4 comments »

Last time, At The Workshop, I was making bowl blanks out of some Sappy Cherry I had acquired. I had covered some with old candle wax and some with Anchor Seal. I painted on the Anchor Seal and Tossed it all in a pile. I also snapped my 3/4” Re-saw Blade at the weld. A couple days later I got really sick. As the week went on my head blew up like a balloon to the point that I couldn’t breath and was popping Benadryl and Sudafed 12 hour like candy. Yesterday I realized it wasnR...

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Part 7: How I Finish Bowls

04-17-2012 09:23 PM by ChrisCrafts | 4 comments »

I have had several requests from LJ’s to know how I finish my Bowls. The walnut Bowl at the bottom is proof that what I do works. It has taken a great amount of experimenting to get to this pint, but I finally have a complete finishing process! I have researched this topic endlessly and it seems that no one wants to part with the secret. So here is what I have come up with. It is bits & pieces taken from blogs, videos, magazines, & books all authored by some of the most famou...

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Part 8: Well, I have done it Now!

04-22-2012 05:25 AM by ChrisCrafts | 3 comments »

As I have ventured into this life after 20 years in the Corporate World I have found myself drawn in a certain direction. The more I work with wood the more my creative juices flow. I initially started with the idea of making small handcrafted items that would be popular at a Christmas Bazaar or a Charity Auction. Much of this hasn’t kept my interest. Turning has been fun and that is something I will continue to do. But, still, I have all these ideas in my head for furniture I would lov...

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