52 Weeks #30: Blanks and time with my daughter

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 08-01-2011 04:24 AM 1151 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 29: In the shop and working on it.. Part 30 of 52 Weeks series Part 31: One Project done, 2 still working... »

Greetings all, Well I did not yet complete the project I was talking about last week because I got myself a little sidetracked. I was able to spend time in the shop most of Friday and the weekend. On Friday I began preparing to make some more pens. Ordered a good number of pen kits online and can’t wait for them to arrive. I am planning to provide most of my own blanks from wood I have collected. So with a little help from my Jointer and bandsaw I got a small batch of pieces to start with…


Some of this will be different to turn, I have also added a few items since I took the print since I had some left over of some scraps, I currently have:
Red Tip Photinia
Red Cedar

If any one has turned any of these and has some tips I would love to hear them. I am in the process of making a small bandsaw sled in order to cut them to the length needed and will more then likely batch process them at the bandsaw and drill press.

The other fun project I got to do was for my daughter’s bedroom bookshelf. She helped me pick some wood from my stock and from the local store to create new bookends. As you can see she did a lot of the gluing by herself. Once the long boards were glued, they were cut into smaller blocks and glued again ( I love those lead weight clamps). A little work with the bandsaw and sander, a few coats of Shellac and she was very happy. Not sure how much they are going to help the bookcase, but it will be a start :)


The woods are Paduak, Purple Heart, and Cherry. Something I will certainly plan to do more of in the future. I also started one other project in the form of a small book rack. I will more then likely complete that this week and then resume my wall organizer.

Have a great week in the shop.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 08-01-2011 04:47 AM

Great shop time.

Very nice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 08-01-2011 04:49 AM

They look wonderful and I bet she was more than happy to assist

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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