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Little Staked Table #3: Softening the Edges, Finishing

10-04-2021 09:20 PM by Dave Polaschek | 17 comments »

It’s been a productive day, with a third shop-session. Aside from turning the legs and gluing up the top, nearly all the work (to this point) on this table happened in a single day. Whew! First up was trimming the ends of the battens to match the size of the tabletop. No big deal, I grabbed the dovetail saw that was on the bench to do the job. Then it was time to round the corners. I found a handy template in the shop, and drew some lines. Then cut the corners round using my ...

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Laundry hamper #7: Slats, length and thickness

09-02-2021 06:02 PM by Dave Polaschek | 8 comments »

After yesterday’s fiasco with the frames for the doors I decided to go back to working on the slats today. First, I marked them all for length and cut them appropriately. 12⅛ inches for the short walnut slats, and 18⅛ inches for the longer oak slats. Then after inspecting see which side would be the show side, I marked a line across the end 1/4” from the non-show side, then pared off the corner with a knife. Then I set the slat down and planed the corner off. And c...

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Spatula repair #3: More shaping

08-01-2021 01:38 AM by Dave Polaschek | 14 comments »

Spent a couple hours today shaping the handle further. I started with a spokeshave, just eyeballing a comfortable shape. Then on each end of the handle I marked guide-lines for a taper at the end, and cut to them with a knife. Then I used some 60-grit sandpaper to fair the sides and edges to the corners I’d cut. Going back to the knife, I trimmed the corners a little further. Then sanded again to get nice rounded edges leading into the end grain on both ends of the...

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Carved birch mouse #4: Refining the ears

06-19-2021 04:11 PM by Dave Polaschek | 7 comments »

The ears, as DoubleDD said in a comment, can make or break this mouse. I started by making some pencil lines sketching out what I thought would look good (I had already done the right ear at this point, so concentrate on the one on the mouse’s left). I trimmed off the outside of the ear a bit, gradually getting closer to a shape I liked. Then I hollowed the inside of the ear with a gouge. As I went, I also refined the mouse’s cheek, forehead, and the nape of his neck....

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Carved birch mouse #3: The tools

06-19-2021 03:24 PM by Dave Polaschek | 16 comments »

I realize I probably should have posted this earlier in the sequence, but I was adapting tools and figuring out what I needed as I went. Here’s a photo of the tools I’ve used so far. From left to right: A Morakniv Basic which I used for days 1 and 2 of this blog, mostly roughing out the mouse. One of the SPRAD knives I made. Used for detail work where the Basic knife was too long. A 6/6 gouge, used for hollowing the ears. A Morakniv Classic 2C that has been shortened to abo...

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Carved birch mouse #2: Body rounding and ears

06-17-2021 05:19 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

After yesterday’s work, I drew a other couple guide-lines along the edges of the mouse, about 1/8” in from the previous lines. Then I cut away between the new line and the line I’d carved yesterday. The goal is to give the mouse a rounded body. With that done, I worked on refining the area between his ears. As I didn’t have a short knife suitable for working in these tight spaces, I modified a longer one. I’ll add pictures of that later. Finally, I sanded his sides a...

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Handmade knifes #2: Knife sheath – Go ahead… for a skinner knife.

01-03-2021 11:32 PM by mafe | 10 comments »

Knife sheath – Go ahead…for a skinner knife. Here another knife sheath, this time a different type, that can be carried on the back or traditionally on the hip. The blade was bought from Texas Knife, back in 2009, where I also made the Micarta handle for it. Since then, it was laying in a drawer and each time I looked at it, I could not figure out what kind of sheath would suit it, so I just threw it back in. Then a friend of mine, gave me an old German Bowie type knife (1944) ...

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Building a brace till #7: Reinforcement part ii

05-15-2020 09:52 PM by Dave Polaschek | 8 comments »

Time to reinforce the other side of the rack that’ll carry the braces. As you might remember, the grain in the pine board that makes up the core of the rack runs left to right, which means that the grooves cut to hold the braces weaken the board, leaving tongues which can easily snap off. I reinforced the bottom of these tongues with strips of walnut. For a more finished look, I’m reinforcing the top with some 1/8” bubinga veneer, with the grain running front to back. Rather than attempt t...

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Small Projects #29: Insulating the Garage Door

05-04-2020 12:01 AM by Madmark2 | 1 comment »

Just insulated the garage door. Cost me $80 for four 4×8×2” foam panels. Very thinly foil skinned on the front side and an equally thin film logo printed back. 3/4 complete, gotz 2 move stuff around to finish. Cut the foil side first, snap, fold, and cut the back film. Use a fresh razor blade or very sharp knife. I cut a partial row off the short side of a sheet. Each 4’ wide piece is cut to length to fill two adjacent spaces in the door. The lengths are cut by placing the facto...

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Broken Knife

08-19-2019 06:39 PM by ClaudeF | 0 comments »

My Allan Goodman scimitar blade knife broke! This was the 0.030 steel blade. It took me a year to get used to this blade, but once I had used it a while, I really liked it. The curve of the blade makes a regular cutting movement into a slicing action and the knife glided through basswood like butter… Allan is difficult to contact, so I ordered a replacement from Helvie. Not an exact copy, but a similar one. Since they have a backlog, I decided to experiment a bit. I took the blade th...

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