Mike,MAKING A SANDING TOOL FOR WOODTURNING
My son Mark lives in Sweden which is about a two day drive from where we live in Norway. A few years ago my wife and I were visiting about once every year. One year I loaded up our station wagon with quite a few tools that I had replaced in my workshop, including a bandsaw, a small drillpress, a scrollsaw a workbench and I also brought along a mini lathe with some turning tools, a miter saw and a bench grinder. We used these tools to start up a work shop in my son's basement (photos below). I also wanted to use this little shop to keep myself entertained while visiting aand help out with some projects around the house.
Mark wasn't too keen on woodworking when we set up his shop, but I figured that he might eventually come develop and interest, which he has. I haven't been able to make the trip to Sweden for the past couple of years due to health reasons, but he is paying us a two week visit so I can get him started with woodturning, general woodworking and maybe a little carving.
I haven't been on LJ much the last year or two for the same health reasons, but I really want to document this time we spend together as there won't be many more opportunities for us to share the fun of making stuff, and we can keep this blog as memory of our time together.
Today we finished our first project which was the sanding tool. I had previously bought the hardware from Prokraft in the UK. The kit includes the hardware, sanding pads and velcro. The rest is an easy turning project with a little drilling and band sawing. I thought Mark could take this home with him as a useful item for his woodturning. The Kit parts could probably be sourced fairly easily but I figured that it was worth the price to not have to run around rounding up all the bits and pieces and I thought Prokraft deserved the sale since they had come up with a nicely designed tool that would probably last a long long time and it was a fraction of the price of buying one. You can see the video on how to make it here. We tried it out and it worked great.
I plan to show more shop work photos during this series so I hope you will find it a little more interesting. Thanks for reading!
It is so good that you are documenting this. Not only will you enjoy reliving the good time together, but all your descendants can cherish the memories many years from now.