I knew when I started buying these chisels that eventually I would have make a till for them. They are vintage Stanley 700 series with my new London Pattern handles made from beetle kill ash from my property. This is a second set of chisels sharpened at 25° while the other set, Stanley 60s remains sharpened at 30°.
So the home is started. Then I got inspired...
It will be a few days before I finish the lid so I can add to this post. It will be a loose lid with a large Celtic knot in the center and basket weave along the sides. Below you see two pieces, front and back. The lid is 1/4" thick so the edge of the lid will be the top border while the border you see here will be the bottom border. Stay tuned.
Got this rotary indexing fixture at a very good price and there is nothing wrong with it. It came with several indexing plates too, so there is almost no limit to the number of divisions that can be made. This picture show a vertical setup and the thing that attracted me to it in the first place is that the head will tilt to horizontal and lock at any point in between. This opens up a LOT of decorative options on plates, bowls, spindles, cups, bracelets, and whatnot. It will function nicely as a tail stock for my wood lathe too! I will use it to upgrade my mufti-sided taper and blank cutter indexing jig which I did crudely and it shows. It weighs just over 100 lbs so I won't be moving it around a whole lot. When the chuck isn't used here, there's a 5C collet setup in the hollow spindle. Nice. Real nice!
The two tilt out tills will hold saws and brace drills and a few hand tools. Pictures of them as they get completed and put in.
This is one of many test fits required to get this sawbench joinery to fit properly. It's funny how rusty one gets from not doing it for awhile. But progress is being made. This is osage orange and it is really challenging to work with. All type of grain seem to be present and even when it looks straight, it isn't in another direction, so hand planing requires special equipment. What I have that works is a plain old paint scraper very well sharpened for this purpose.
Woke up one morning with this stuck in my head, so I edited my drawings a bit and printed out a new part. I'm sharing the Sketchup 15 file here for you to down load it for yourself. There are several layers and some are not visible, so check the controls. I've set up views or scenes to quickly get to a printable part view and if dimension layer is on, it will be dimensioned for you. Any questions, contact me.
Note that the handle will be locked in central position when stacked, no matter its orientation.
Yesterday I started finding suitable boards and began the rough milling for the four feet and eight legs. The first picture shows my "jointer" process which I find much faster and more accurate in this application than a long bed jointer. The second picture shows the astonishing beauty and quality of osage orange (hedge) in old growth trunks. Picture three is the setup I used to punch the 4 1/2" deep through mortises. The machine is my home built router mill. I flipped the piece over and came in from the bottom edge and was pleasantly surprised how little lip (almost undetectable to 1/64") in the intersection, thanks to the accuracy off the mill. I was glad to have the big mortise chisels to work the cleanup. And finally, that moment when matching mortises receive their tenons like hydraulic pistons and the surfaces are microscopically close to flush with each other!
Here’s what I’ve decided upon until the next great idea comes along. I’m pretty firm that way. Tills are still dust tight when closed, removable by lifting out, Interchangeable, tip out without hinges and will stay put in either position unless there’s a “nu-kleer” splosion somewhere close. Done in 1” hedge with 2” tops. Tail orientation changed for vertical stress…these are gonna be heavy. Notice the heights and how they stack.
This is a Monadnock pattern cuckoo clock from Klockit. I like the design because it is reminiscent of the traditional chalet so often seen in vintage cuckoo clocks The delicate scroll work around it enhances the design and made it very rewarding to do the scroll saw work. It is made from walnut grown near my home town which contributes to the special-ness of the gift. It is very three dimensional. While the clock is a quartz regulated electronic movement, the cuckoo sound is reproduced from a recording of the real cuckoo bird in the wild. I'm sure that this will be treasured for many generations, even if the clock fails! And it's clear that granddaughter got the "good looking" genes from someone else!
This is a time of year to appreciate and evaluate as well as celebrate. May you have wisdom, discernment and a productive year ahead!
(A picture is worth a thousand words, but which one?)
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.
Dan is an experienced woodworker who is anxious to make an heirloom of the future for you.