A couple days before Christmas Deb stopped by woodcraft to pick something up for me.
She also brought back an ice cream scoop kit (very nice stainless kit.)
She suggested I make a handle for it from dunnage to give to our daughter in law (that gets the dunnage for me.)
So I grabbed a pre-cut...
I made a couple of scoops for Christmas presents and posted them to Pinterest
To my (pleasant) surprise it generated a request for more.
I have the process down to 30 minutes from grabbing a handle blank to ready to glue the scoop on.
Pinterest a pretty nice site, it lets you price items...
A gentleman approached me at a craft show and asked if I could do a custom coin display for a friend.
He brought me the coins and I inset them into a piece of walnut flooring I got from an elderly woodworker who was closing his shop.
I've never done a custom coin shape other than round so I did...
I made these one afternoon.
I make handles for several things, so I have lots of blanks cut and ready to turn. The one with the pointed handle is an off axis turning. I made the scoop end on axis, then shifted about 1/4 inch in one direction, then 1/4 inch in the other. But I didn't turn the off...
I got a contract for 26 shipping skids to carry Launching Engine Cylinder Covers for the USS Enterprise (CVN 65)) as part of her decommissioning.
Each Cylinder Cover assembly is 12 feet long, 15 inches wide, 5 inches tall and weighs about 900 pounds.
The skids are designed to carry 2 covers...
I do some subcontracting for the US Navy building shipping crates.
These were for the Improved Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (IFLOS) for an aircraft carrier. IFLOS is part of the equipment Navy pilots use to land their aircraft on aircraft carriers.
This contract was to crate up one...
As I posted in a blog article a small bowl I was experimenting with flew apart at 1300 RPM.
No injuries, minimal damage, lesson learned.
Not to be intimidated, I glued the pieces back together and finished the bowl.
This is one of the few pieces of dunnage I feel comfortable naming the species...
I carved the guy in the rocking chair back in April and thought i was finished. I had originally planned to have more characters, but thought it was more work than I wanted, especially since I wanted to do the glider. But I like a challenge, so I did the glider and then the lady, and then I...
A former boss asked me to fix/replace a baluster/bannister/spindle from his house.
I guess it was a year ago, maybe longer.
I finally got around to making him a couple.
The first one was a practice piece. It had a knot hole that was half the thickness of the spindle.
I turned it with the piece...
I had some scraps of wood left over and was trying to figure out what do make with them.
The wife said she was going to go buy some business card holders for her cards at the craft shows we go to.
I made a few and they worked great…one more thing in the repertoire.
We sold some so I...
I got this Harley Davidson gas cap cover about 18 months ago to make a paperweight to sell at a Harley festival.
I didn't get it done before the show, so It's been riding around in my craft show box.
I dug it out this afternoon and made this using a bowl blank I made up before Christmas.
This is another baluster I got for repair/replacement a LONG time ago.
I decided to repair vice replace because I'm terrible at freehand copying/production turning.
The spindle had about 6 coats of paint on it so I first scraped the paint off the top and bottom square portions to get a smooth...
I made some sample handles a few weeks ago for a gentleman who sells walking sticks.
He called and asked for more so I turned these.
Average time on the lathe from square blank to 320 grit sanded was 10 minutes.
Some pieces were Curly Movingui or Curly Morare.
I don't know the species of the...
TS3650 and RS1000
Snagged A Ridgid TS3650 table saw and a Ridgid RS1000 radial arm saw last night.
A BIG thanks to BOTIETRUCK for telling me about the listing on Craigs List.
It was an hour and a half drive down to Kill Devil Hill to look at it, but we hopped in the Excursion to look at the...
Rule #3, if your lathe has a safety shield and you can use it....DO!!!
My wife, who loves me more than I deserve, let me get a new lathe a few months ago. A Powermatic 3520b.
I love this lathe, especially better than the old Craftsman tube-types I had.
Anyway, I've flung a few pieces of wood...
Using Google Sketchup.
I have used Google SketchUp (free version) for the last few years and have found it to be excellent for designing projects like this. All my crates are designed and costed based on these types of drawings.
For this project I tried something new in the design…I added the...
Aircraft Carrier Steam Catapult Launching Engine Cylinder Cover Shipping Skids.
This covers the construction of 26 shipping skids described in project 80698.
86 - 4×6s 16 feet long
26 - 2×6s 8 feet long
234 - 1/2×10 inch galvanized hex head bolts
234 - 1/2 inch galvanized nuts