Saturday, February 13, 2016

Prep Time

I love cherry. 

                                                        Even the shavings are nice.

Close up of the butterfly joint- it's going to need some mascara. A bit of maple wedge in that tiny corner there. 

Cherry is lovely but there are two spots near the bark where the grain is trippy, man. Swirls around like a tornado. 

Layout for more butterfly joints.

Cause butterflies are pretty. 

Sawn out. 


Glued in...

Clean up time. Let the cherry sit for a while, learn to deal with it's new staples. 

Finally starting to figure out how to use my shooting board effectively...

The smaller the cut, the easier. But I also need two hands on some cuts, so I use my foot to hold the wood to the fence. 

Figuring out the length for the long sides was easy...but for the short sides?

Problem: Live Edge isn't straight. but I want that nice live edge top. 

Solution: 90 degrees from end grain to the shortest width (I massacred English in that sentence. No more Midnight Blogging.) 

Time to cut up those.

Tried out the Big Softie from the earlier post, it is working well so far. I think I need to raise my planing board off from the ground to get accurate cuts...Keep telling myself that but I can never find time to make a new workbench. 

Stepping on the stones to Craftsmanship. 

...and occasionally falling into the creek. 

Spiced Design

So, second post of the night- A cherry box. 

Sketched out.

Inspiration- I must've started this a while ago and forgot about it. 


Interlude: Ways to use a Japanese toolbox outside of storing tools!

1: Ramp for physical therapy 

2: Workbench for Science Olympiad projects 

And back to your regularly scheduled woodworking.


Cherry boards acquired. Sides, bottom, top. 

And spices: Shout out to Stuart's Spices:

Shop smells amazing.

And the volcano cookies...Sweet but aptly named. The hotness isn't noticeable until like 5 seconds after tasting, and then it's a slight spice...and it just keeps building up! 

A Big Softie (Tooth Profile)


Never leave an instrument on the floor! Must be a freshman. 

So, been sharpening a big old saw, with some of the largest softwood teeth I've seen. A lot of rust. 

This came out absurdly blurry..

But anyways, here's what confuses me. Look how thin the teeth are. So a gap that size should be two teeth snapped off...yet there's no valley in the middle. I'm presuming that is where the bottom of the teeth was originally, but frequent sharpening brought it farther down. 

Trying to figure out the best way to get pictures of the teeth... 

Can you see my inconsistent file holding? 

Shameful. Almost as shameful as leaving an instrument on the floor. 

I need more files, I also need to make a taller vise that brings the saw closer to my eyes and so my back isn't hunched over constantly. Oh and to work on my 'skill'. Give me a year or two...Hopefully I have that much, cone dystrophy is progressing again. It's annoying trying to get accommodations for tests, all I'm asking is for a dark room, with how the board is acting it's like I asked them for the answers. 

I'm trying to use the rust as a reference to whether my angle is correct or not...that works ok until I find teeth with deep rust. 

A lot of work needed to be done after this. Got more done, but my camera was too stuffed to take more pictures. 

And so starts the unleash of the posts.