Exercises in Artisanship #31: The Woodrights Galoot library Part 2

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 10-25-2012 09:40 PM 1434 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What, no spoons you might be thinking…lol. Well of course not for it is time to get grooving with our Woodrights Galoot Library!

No matter what you do sometimes the wood has made up it’s mind on how well it will work for the job. In this episode the old box store pine was what I call a bit “Bitchey”,.....not sawing so well, and especially not up for me having an easy go of dadoing the inner sides. The tools were all plenty sharp but the wood was just a little tough and sappy this time around.

I have to now admit it was my fault for the most part. Although I scored my knife along for what I thought to be 3 good cuts…the wood displayed some hard nosed tear out…lol. Sometimes especially with knots, ripping score marks and expecting them to play nice does not always follow such high hopes.

At least once I got the work to ease forward I was pleasantly surprised with a few nice aromatic rewards from those lovely pine knots. Wonderful pine scents to fill the air as you work along attempting to dapper any rough cut beginnings.

This journey I found some moments of frustration. I find it’s the projects or job that the mind thinks as being almost passe that becomes that giant pain in the butt….lol. I only had to slow back a little and think to the lessons and inspirations of seeing the Dominey shop on Roy’s show.

Be creative with your mind as well as your workful output. I would say far too many people forget to pretend and I am happy to say…most of us are in our shop for basically….play. Your hard work has been done, stresses, bills to pay etc. and you have arrived in your domain where taxes, health, worries, and horrible TV can set themselves aside. Here we visit with the great stuff of trees…...Maple, Oak, Pine, Cherry…the list goes on for the various participant setting foot into their world of wood.

Here we can make something for our loved ones and good friends, we may cherish well spent hours whittleing wonders from bark to shavings, and don’t look now but you can also gain some good cardio exercise in the meantime!

I speak and write for myself that I constanly need reminding to stop….take a few steps back and enjoy the learning. To enjoy the boards cut and shaped to my minds eye and bodies muscle, to be grateful and even impressed with taking chances at new skills.

Such an easy invitation it is to make more and more and more and lose the path. My spoon work is a rather mad affair of addiction you may have (My sponsor is ANDY…AKA BRITT….LOL) Hi Andy I hope your reading and having a great smile.

Much like any good potatoe chip, making one spoon will never reach just satisfaction…and I have yet to conquer the will to have at making another one.

Well I also concede if it’s fun and good learning why not! But perhaps just remember to create your mindset as well as your project, have fun and escape the chance of simply going through the motions. Look back now and then and feel great about your efforts.

Let’s take a look at what is happening in this installments picture show!

Pic 1: The road starts here with some dado work where my actual shelf slab will set in.

Pic 2-3: A little muttin for my router to have a slip and slide slice ride…..look ma no cords….lol

Pic 4: Chopping my way through to pare out the waste. If you are excited by venturing into handtool work the Stanley chisels and Vaughn hammer viewed here are directly from Lowe’s home improvement. They work just fine for the job and cost less than many of the handtools that cost a lot…lol. The more expensive of course the better made, but these work just fine. My own belief is if the steel is good and it cuts your arm hair I really cannot get caught up with endless jigs and math equations for angles and all of that. The ole faithful 25 to 30 degrees is your best bet. Sharpen on a diamond stone and get to work and forget the fussing about. The few times I read some reviews on chisels, by the time I was finished I almost felt afraid to ever have to learn how to sharpen one. Stick with Paul Sellers and you cannot go wrong with his routine, it’s fast, easy and your back to the bench in a half hour with a blade so sharp that just looking at it cuts.

Pic 5: Ok so now we have a set of dado areas. The stages here are rough and ugly now saving the hopeful pretty work for later in the game.

Pic 6: I use the #3 to round over the ends of the shelf slab to help stick into the dado sides.

Pic 7: Now no worries friends because we all know this looks about as tough as a deck of cards with a nice breeze coming in…lol. I have two other pieces brought in for the design that will fasten with screws later on. My initial blog sketch is basically always loose and I just sculpt and sometimes problem solve as I proceed.

Pic 8: The joined mock up with clamps only and without ornaments or cutout ideas!

Ok gang I would say that’s about all for this evening!

Thanks for stopping by, having a look and saying hello.

Keep the ideas flowing, and all the best work ahead!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 10-25-2012 09:45 PM

Super Job

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 10-25-2012 11:41 PM

Joe that was a slick job of cutting that dado. Nice hand work and nice little bench that you made of it!.............................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-26-2012 02:47 AM

You really do a great job. Not only the actual project, but showing your passion for your work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 10-26-2012 08:16 AM

looks like fun

-- Ben L

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#5 posted 10-27-2012 01:08 PM

Joe you have my attention. Lets see what you come up with.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 10-29-2012 06:40 PM

Such a pleasure to see you master the tools more and more.
Elegant little bookstand.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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