Wood for Turning

Spent the afternoon annoying the neighbours with the sound of my chainsaw.  Five wheelbarrows of wood that I will be using for woodturning.  Two species  were salvaged. Lots  of apple wood that came from a friend’s renovation project. The apple tree made way for a timber deck. Lucky me!
The olive wood was quite dirty as it included the root stump. I had to pressure clean that part in the vain hope that it would keep my chainsaw in good shape for a while longer. 
The other wood came from an olive farm. The farmer is downsizing his farm from 700 trees to 500. He generously offered the trees with stumps attached to our turning club. He even had a tractor on standby to help load my trailer.

I intend to carve some spoons with the apple wood. I actually harvested the wood in November 2017 and this post got lost in my draft folder.

I have already carved several spoons form the apple wood. I hope some bowls will emerge from the olive stumps. 
 

Olive StumpsApple and Olive Apple Wood

Exhibition | The Genius of Grinling Gibbons

Exhibition | The Genius of Grinling Gibbons

This is worth a look fantastic carving.

More Images with Gutenberg

Just trying the gallery tool seems to work without too much hassle. The Gutenberg thing is a bit of a paradigm shift. I think I am getting my head around it. This is an attempt to use the gallery block. Easy enough but I can’t see any obvious way to fiddle with the gallery lay out . 

Testing the New Gutenberg Editor

This is my first attempt at using the new Gutenberg editor. Looks very different and in the true style of a man I didn’t bother with the instructions. I have discovered the blocks and this one is a paragraph block. The next thing  may be a picture block. I found the colour changer on the side bar seems to have popped up when I wasn’t looking

Ill be interested to see how  easy inserting pictures will be. This has always been my least favourite part of WordPress. The picture below was taken on my Samsung S5  and is part of a chair that I am currently repairing. The picture was downloaded from Google Pics and inserted with drag and drop. 

chair repair

Nancy Hiller’s ‘English Arts & Crafts Furniture’ Book — Lost Art Press

Speaking as someone who has read too many woodworking books, there are a few archetypes: the project book (“Birdhouse Bonanza”), the tool book (“Router Rodeo!”) and the black-turtleneck-and-beret books on why me make things (“My Mortise is Deeper than My Soul”). Nancy Hiller’s new book “English Arts & Crafts Furniture” is none of these books. […]
via Nancy Hiller’s ‘English Arts & Crafts Furniture’ Book — Lost Art Press

A Family Restoration – Kitchen Table

This is a family restoration the piece in question belonged to my wife’s grandmother. I twas most likely a dressing table or a washstand. There is evidence on the top that something was screwed to it in the past. Grandma used it as a kitchen table (which is what I will refer to it as) and bench which means the top took a beating.  Other than that the piece was in reasonably good condition. There were no manufacturer’s marks which makes dating the piece difficult. Im no expert but it looks Edwardian to me  so it must be over 100 years old.

The kitchen table was finished with shellac so I washed it with methylated spirits and steel wool. The top was the most damaged and I used a cabinet scraper to remove most os the finish. This exposed the old screw holes so I ended up sandins the whole top. Sanding removed some water damage but left the timber looking brand new. I didn’t touch the edges other than a light sand. I needed to fill some old screw holes and decided to use wooden plugs. The timber was difficult to identify. In the end I used some red pine as the  grain and colour were close to the original. After more sanding I stained the top with a mahogany stain to bring it closer to the rest of the kitchen table. I applied several coats of shellac to the top and then followed up with three coats to the entire piece. I sanded lightly between coats leaving the final coat. After a week or so I applied beeswax which brought a nice finish.

The only other challenge were two of the brass castors. The swivels […]

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A Chair for Our Grand Daughter

An old school chair probably form an infant school. I think infant schools are now called junior primary schools. Our Grand Daughter can’t even walk yet so I got in early and renovated the chair.

Not much to it really a bit of sanding some spray paint and some off cuts of plywood. I shaped the seat with a slight taper front to back and a similar idea on the back rest. Because we are so safety conscious and that hardware is cheaper i used dome nuts on the back. This way little fingers won’t be able to fiddle the nuts off the bolts. I added some Loctite threadlocker just to make extra sure

I replaced the the stoppers at the end of the legs as well. The new chair stoppers are rubberised so the chaori cannot be pushed about easily.

Welding a Gate

On several nights every week our beloved dog Bunny who sleeps outside comes down the side of house and barks at God knows what. This happens around 3am she is most likely saving us from cats. I have been blocking her access to the side of the house with an assortment of chairs and gas bottles. This is how a small welding project came into being.

I decided to make a gate from bits of scrap steel and mesh lying about from old projects. All I have had to buy is a pair of hinges  a D bolt to close it and some paint. Only took a couple of hours to put it together.

I used my favourite ALDI inverter welder. It’s great for welding light and portable. So hopefully the dog will be out of ear reach at 3am.

Too Many Planes

Following on from my last post I’m adding some more photos directly from Google photos. I am still adding more planes to my  wall. I have far too many handplanes but sadly I like them. Recently, well actually today I have been reorganising my tool wall to make room for more planes. Still have a couple to go …..