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  1. You Name It - This Week's Woodstuffs

    These are a few of the items made and shipped this week. I use a 1974 Craftsman bandsaw with an eighth inch blade. Sand to 320 grit. They measure 5/8×5/8×2-4 inches, and are finished with three coats of lacquer. The woods pictured are Figured Cuban Mahogany, Cherry, Narra (amboyna), Paduak...
  2. MiniTag Mania

    These are Cocobolo, Paduak and Purpleheart, respectively. They measure approximately 7/16" high, 1/4" thick and 2 - 2 3/4" long.
  3. My roots are my anchor

    To me an anchor enchants me with many thoughts. Sometimes, very similar to they way a tree does. It reminds me of strength, life, journey, blessings, and dependance. I have always wanted to make one and decided that black walnut was a nice choice of wood. It's darkness reminds me of the depth of...
  4. Chain Saw

    Found a use for the chain I made.
  5. New Chainsaw for Grandpa

    This is my modern take on a very old hand tool. I know that chainsaws have been around since well before gas powered engines were invented. But I was having trouble finding a used one to restore, even ebay was no help. And I really wanted to get one for my Grandpa for Christmas. He's a...
  6. International Keychains

    This project originated from two sources. A garage sale find and internet orders. The first and second pics are the result. Finished keychains, destined for a new friend of mine in Mumbai, India and Sarasota, FL. The next two are of a piece of 50-60s vintage, solid maple bedstand. It was...
  7. Motor driven sculpture

    ASU woods 2 class project. flip the switch and the chains move in opposite directions and speeds.
  8. MiniTags

    These are a smaller version of my standard keychain. They measure approximately 7/16×1/4" and are as long as each name works out, usually 1.5 - 2.5". The ones pictured here, in order are Cumaru, Zebrawood, Red Oak, Madrone, Walnut and Mesquite. They are used for key tags, zipper pulls, dog...
  9. Keychains for Lovers

    Two names are carved in one of the 19+ fine woods I stock, Minitag style, and then pressure bonded atop each other. The woods pictured are (in order) Cocobolo, Cumaru, Maple and Red Oak. Other woods to follow. The ♥ is carved adjacent to the name that I feel will balance the piece, and is...
  10. Born Free

    I originally had the idea of the "impossible chain" - a chain hanging from a beam which it itself supports - about a year ago, but, until I'd managed to come up with a way of making decent thin strips of wood, I couldn't really go anywhere with it. Having got the drill press (thanks to whoever...
  11. Whittled balls in a box and chain

    Whittling project that took two summers. Our family spends 2 weeks each August off the grid in northern Maine. Spare time is spent playing cards and reading. I get bored reading for too long so I whittle. This is carved from boxwood using a Flexcut Carving Jack.
  12. A couple of whittled bits.

    A very rough chain link to see if I could figure out how to whittle a chain and a small French-style spindle. Made out of basswood blocks from the craft shop, and unfinished. The little chain practice I am happy with - I just wanted to see if I could figure out how to do it, and I could. The...
  13. My First Piece of Jewelry: Pink Ribbon, Pink Lyptus Pendant

    This is a pendant I made for my wife. She will be participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in San Diego in a little over a week. She just reached her personal fundraising goal to help find a cure for breast cancer. I was going to give this to her right before she left next week...
  14. Highlights of the Past Couple Weeks

    I have been adding woods to my arsenal. Pic #1 - Madrone Burl ~ Just received today. Smells like cotton candy (to me) when cutting it. Beautiful, cloudlike grain. Pic #2 - Pau Amarello (Yellowheart) with an inlaid Paduak heart. Experimenting… Pic #3 - Purpleheart and Mesquite. The purpleheart...
  15. Porch Swing - Bird Feeder

    My wife had given me a print-out of a porch swing bird feeder she had found on the internet somewhere a few month back and said she wanted two of them. Well I finally got around to building them for her. It did not take to long but sure did use more wood than I expected and when I bought the...
  16. New Items from My Shop

    First 3 Pics; In answer to our ever rising shortage of horizontal space on our desks. Diminutive in size but readable at 10+ feet. The red oak letters are .625" square with a 45 degree chamfer on the back edge to tilt them up for readability. They sit on a .75×1.0" base with a .25×3.5" mortise...
  17. Fun With Cedar Logs #1: A Rustic Impression of a Sitting Stool

    I had a good time last week crafting a small stool to be used in our church's Vacation Bible School program. We used a Western Theme, which fit well with the ranch community here in the Kansas Flinthill's area, largely a ranching community with lots of pasture, open prairie and grazing cattle...
  18. This Week's Fobs and Desk Holders

    1st - Cherry 2nd - Wenge, Pau Amarello, Bloodwood 3rd - Narra 4th - Cumaru w/ Paduak hearts 5th - Cocobolo 6th - Cherry card holders
  19. Yet another workbench (with chain and linear bearing)

    I decided I needed a good workbench for my "new to me" space and decided to customize some traditional designs. It has some features I have not seen before, so I thought I would share my "thinking and doing" in a forthcoming blog. My workspace is small. I could not fit a long bench. A short...
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