Ghosts of Christmas Future

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Blog series by scottb updated 03-07-2011 03:26 AM 6 parts 19824 reads 25 comments total

Part 1: RRS

08-17-2010 05:08 AM by scottb | 4 comments »

So, Todd @ToddInMontana is over on Twitter asking us how we spent the day in the shop. Now I can’t show what I’ve been up to today, but I wanted to share that I’ve finally moved on from working ON the shop to working IN the shop. This is, of course, the before photo…. Can’t show how it spent the afternoon, now can I?. Get a good look Rob… this will be finding its way under your tree…. in one form or another. ;) Does starting on the 2010 g...

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Part 2: too

08-26-2010 05:41 AM by scottb | 2 comments »

YES! More pictures of stuff I can’t show you yet! I had a fairly productive afternoon in the shop. (Once I walked away from the lathe that just doesn’t want to stay on. Quick call to customer service, a new (Free) switch is en route, and I’ll be turning again soon…) In the meantime, I got to tackle lots of milling and project prep… and a few other things I can’t share yet. – Oh the future blog fodder and project posts! But for now, yes, I am ano...

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Part 3: Jam Chuckin' my way to the Christmas Tree.

09-07-2010 01:30 AM by scottb | 3 comments »

We woodworkers are a thrifty, if not funny bunch. Small bits of hardwood, no matter how small or seemingly useless, just don’t make it to the scrap bin or the burn pile. I had these two small pieces of mesquite – barely an inch and a half across by half an inch thick. Not really good for much, but the grain was so nice, I had to think of something… and think I did. Well, not think so much, as have an idea hit me when I wasn’t looking for one. (That’s how you ...

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Part 4: the ornaments

12-03-2010 06:40 AM by scottb | 4 comments »

ok, so 87 days ago I worked out (and blogged) the plan, and workflow to knock off a series of 100 similar turned ornaments. Similar in size and shape, but with a world of variety in the woods used. Rather than attempt another 30 projects in 30 days, 100 of the same seemed similarly challenging, but reasonable enough. I’d only really need to turn 3 a day for a month, plus a couple more on the weekends and I’d be all set. As I’ve previously mentioned, it’s the photogr...

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Part 5: What wood you do?

12-20-2010 05:30 AM by scottb | 11 comments »

This is the entire gift under the tree: Approximately 1 board foot of red oak. Label attached reads: What WOOD you make?What WOOD you do with this?Whatever WOOD this be? — My question or challenge to you, my fellow LJs, is not what would you do with it, but: Would you dare offer this as a gift yourself? - to a school-age (not adult) child? - NOT as a joke gift? - to your daughter? — For better of worse, anyone would certainly remember it for years...

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Part 6: Ornament evolution

03-07-2011 03:26 AM by scottb | 1 comment »

Started playing around with some… “new career options” for some of my unsold ornaments left over from this past Christmas. Between the finished ones, and nearly ready, there are several dozen after all. This container is mahogany. Grain match is very close to the lid/ornament. Turned and sanded, but still unfinished. I’d already intended to cut feet out of the hollow bottom, so I’m not worried about the hole that chipped out. But since sanding and getting ...

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