Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sumitsubo carvin'


So, it turns out part of the reason my big saw wasn't working too well was it was very slightly bent. slowly working out where to hit. 

I did give it a sharpening, it works much better than before.



So, here's some lovely spalted maple, to make a sumitsubo or a chalk line out of, depending on what I settle with. Leaning towards chalk. 

I was done carving the chalk well when I realized my mistake.


Spalting is created when fungi jump into wood and start the rotting process. The black lines and really cool discolorations are all from fungi. The black lines are actually barricaded tunnels, believe it or not. 

Now, in most areas, people try there best to get a wood to spalt. In Rochester, we are the perfect climate for spalting, it seems. To kill the fungus and prevent even more spalting, the fungi needs to be killed. This is usually done by drying the wood, or if your in a rush and just need a billet, sticking the piece in the oven at 120. 

Our oven doesn't go that low, and Dad isn't a fan of putting fungus-ridden wood into the oven. 

So I got a fire going, let it die, then I rounded up all the spalted pieces I would possibly want, and started cooking em. 







This one is really nice, I was surprised to see a pink color. I don't think its the cherry, as our cherry tree that died and was taken down was thinner than this log, and didn't have straight grain to boot. I wonder if the pink is all from the fungus. 






So, to start work, I made kerfs with my willow saw, then chiseled out the rest. 


I then drilled two holes and use my new keyhole saw to cut between them, and started carving with the spoon plane and my ever-present Mora knife. I can't decide on what carvings to put on it, I don't have any gouges so it'd be a bit tricky. 

It's going to be fun, using all this spalted wood, it really is fun to work with and it has such a distinctive look. Now to make the little wheel thing and the pin, and get some string. My brother Mike said to use jute cord.

 I am hoping to get a maebiki oga saw and start making my own lumber, either that or try to figure out how to use a big pit saw/frame saw one handed. Here's hoping, I tried winning one lot but I ended up getting beaten by ten cents. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

September Rains


The woodwind section.



So, first things first, starting with last week's work: I sharpened up the crosscut saw. 

Then got to work, it cuts well but it's hard to use a foot off the ground. The log in question weighs probably around six hundred pounds; none of us can lift it.




Meeko helps clean up every time branches fall down! 

You can kind of see the log to the right there. 



I tried splitting the giant log...I knew it wants to be split vertical, but I want it to be horizontally. The log won this round.







So, I worked on one of the saws, got it all nice and shiny except for the teeth. The signature on this one used to be very faint, now it's visible, I'll try taking a picture next time. 





I found this in the metal, it's strange, it isn't on the other side. 


I sharpened the rip side, but forgot to only sharpen the side facing away from me. As such, I had to stone that side until the saw started cutting straight again. 



The saw stand is full, but I still have saws to hang...



So, here are pictures of the tooth profile of the dozuki, the best ones I could get. 



It has an extremely thin kerf 


I listened to my teacher and made a new saw vise. A softwood wedge works much better, but there was a gap in one side so I used duct tape as a shim. I think it's caused by the wedge, my planing technique is a bit off so one side is thicker than the other; the looseness is where the wedge is thick.

I used eastern white pine, hopefully it will last; I put in seven screws from each side. I love eastern white pine, it dents very very easily but it works very well, and it smells great. It smells like home, like drinking apple cider next to a log fire. 


Finished up a cross today, I made it loose enough to be easily taken out to be hung on the wall, but still snug to give a satisfying fit. I found this nice piece of live edge, thought it'd pair well as a base, it seems like it did. 



                                                         Life is rapid in the school year!


Saturday, September 12, 2015

They're heeeere....


"Hey, kid! Pssst!"

"My mom said not to talk to strangers..."

"Ah, come on...try a Japanese saw...First ones are free."

"I don't know..."

"Here, I'll even throw in a pruning saw..."

"Well, ok, a couple saws can't hurt, can they?"

Gosh darn it, Murakami and Sebastian are a team. Typical strategy: First ones are free, then you need more...

So, all this was $36, but shipping and assorted fees brought it to $127.

We need cheap teleportation.

Of course, five days after Murakami shipped them, they arrived.

Can't complain about that, no complaining at all. Thousands and thousands of years of traveling taking weeks, months, and years. And within five-six centuries of rapid advances, we can now have saws from Japan shipped to New York. 

I am so unbelievably blessed, to be able to have these opportunities available to me.




Aw yiss




First dozuki has some teeth missing  Very straight teeth.




Some rust on the ryobas 



Cracked handles...


This one seems good





Some stamped signatures


This key saw seems nice, I wonder if it can be used for saw handle making?


The teeth viewed from the top seem a little unusual, like there's no set but instead the teeth are zig-zagging. 



These two guys came with their own wrap. I like it, I think I'll make wraps for my other ones. 


A very small signature 


Oooh, a curve, this guy will be a learning opportunity! 


Another signature, or is it the same one? I sometimes forget which picture applies to which saw. 



Aw yiss, files! 


So, something I noticed about the key saw, the back is ground to become a knife's edge. Not like a taper, but like an actual knife bevel. 




The pruning saw, second from the right, was another gift from Murakami. 

Seriously, Murakami is really nice! Even put up with me trying to figure out how to use PayPal.

First up, a saw vise, then sharpening them and finding a setting hammer. Can't find one anywhere, though.  

I was working on forging one, before. Now, it appears I won't be able to do blacksmithing, apparently the excessive lights will accelerate the eye disease. Doctor is predicting I won't go blind, but I will become even more light sensitive. 

My oldest brother said he might take up the forge, though. A big thing I was hoping to do one day, maybe in ten or twenty years, was to be able to sell American made kanna blades. I can still probably make the dais, though, and metate work doesn't need bright lights. My dad and oldest brother said I should try welding goggles first. 








Sunday, September 6, 2015

Update on the Sketchup Fuigo

So, here's the scene so far:


Doesn't look like much so far, but it's a start.

I was getting along at a nice rate until I got to the bottom and tops. I then got tired and angry at the imperial system.

I hate the Imperial system, even though I've used it all my life all the fractions never made a single bit of sense to me. Seems incredibly stupid and time-consuming, to the point where on my combination square I don't bother trying to find the 64ths in a half or whatever, I count the lines. 

I really want a metric square...

So, I changed the distance of the side valves. From what I can tell, Gabe's original plans say the valve openings are 1/8 from the side dados. I made them a quarter inch from the side dados, 1/8 seemed wrong. 

I feel like a dumbass, but why are the dados curved? And does it matter if I make the dados straight in sketchup? My intuition tells me that as the panels are flat sawn, they will curve, and the curved dado will fit the boards perfectly, but I don't know if that's correct. 

When the plans are down, there should be a way to convert them to metric, much easier. Gabe, thanks for the original plans! 

I may not make a solid wood fuigo with real joinery right now, though. I am nowhere near skilled enough to make this, my fuigo will just be cheap screwed together plywood for now. 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Gotta love the fair


First things first, Thursday had the bench helper finished. Used a center line. 











I think I'm going to trim the angled branch. 



So, this library must be possesed or something. Nothing has gone right on it. 

The screw broke. While being gently screwed in with a pilot hole. And I was using a hand screw driver to reduce the stress on it.

I took my metal drill bit, and my oil, and started working on drilling out the screw..

The drill bit broke.

I gave up and moved the hinge over and started over, this time using one screw, screw it in a quarter of a way, take it out and use a different screw, so on until the hinge is installed. 




Then I cut two ornaments, I'm hoping to make a ton of these. For income and also because they are fun to make. 


Now for the state fair! 






Sheep are cute. The bunnies were cuter, though, there was one that literally posed whenever he saw a camera. first he's just sleeping, or scratching, sees a camera: Sits up straight, in front of a fan, giving his best super-model pose. He was really big but almost entirely fur. Like a cross between a sheep and a bunny. 


A goat raffle was going on,  I was not allowed to enter...

My Dad said if we did enter and won, we would make goat gyros.

Gosh darn it, Dad. It's just a kid! 

Ha, ha...


A very skilled luthier at the agricultural center had his mountain dulcimers on display, next to a spring pole lathe, and behind that a foot-powered scrollsaw. In the room behind that, a treadle lathe.

It seems they were all competing to get the most attention! 

Spring Pole Turner: "Crap, the luthier is playing a song!" *increases pedaling*

Scroll Sawyer: "These ornaments will get some attention!"

Treadle Lathe Turner: "Nothing beats toys!" 


Tools used in coopery. That sun plane seems like it'd be hard to use. 


A picture of old-timey shoemakers



And a shoemakers bench, with all the tools of the trade.