A knowledgeable friend suggested and offered to help, so I have decided to accept BitCoin (BTC) currency in exchange for the services I provide. This will be in addition to the US dollar currency currently accepted, of course. This makes trading more convenient for both parties because transactions can be done at very little if any cost and the transactions are more secure than any other method. It is not a credit card or PayPal transaction. So, if you have BTC to invest, then I can build an heirloom for you. Just contact me to discuss what you want.
Move over Grinling Gibbons. Have tools will carve. Have carved. But I don’t like the mishmash of handles that happens in an aggregated set. So I gathered up some dead ash trees and split out some blanks and turned a set of new handles. These are all my Addis tools that deserve good handles. I fooled around until I made one I liked and was comfortable in my hand. Then I had to change the size to fit in the drawer! Not much, so they are still comfortable. Notice that there are flats prominent to prevent rolling around. The ends are nicely rounded and push very comfortably. The blade end of the handle has a nice form that keeps the tension hand in position comfortably too. This handle makes it easy to sense tiny rotational movements because of its larger diameter. All in all, I put a lot of thought into them. Ah madem and Ah likes em.
I have a chunk of basswood that I am laying out a Gibbons type of vertical vegetation display set in a carved urn. It will take the better part of a year to complete because I cannot work full time at it. But I will post updates from time to time.
The tool chest design continues to mature. My goal is to have "modular" chests that are built in the Gerstner style, perhaps beefed up a bit for more handling strength. The smoked plastic doors provide lockable dust protection. Have worked out where most things will go in .
Mark Sternberg has just announced the release of his router mill plans and kit. This is an ingenious, well designed machine that any skilled woodworker can build. Buying the kit from Mark makes it a whole bunch easier. He estimates that in most areas this can be built for under $600 including his kit and plans. If you order the kit from him all you have to provide is the two wheels, a few fasteners, and three sheets of plywood. (Router not included.)
The machine makes it extremely convenient to perform many woodworking operations, probably more than any other single machine or jig. The list of operations that can be performed repeatably accurate is lengthy.
More information can be found at:
If you are interested, contact Mark on LumberJocks through his profile "mark55", or contact me.
Wow! What a machine!
I’ve decided to update (slowly) the tool chests that I use to keep things handy, as in within arms reach of bench. No tools are allowed on bench (usually) so with each use things get put back where they are stored. This sketch is a design thought. It does not fully meet the modularity requirement. I also want to put doors on the chests, but just how is still unanswered. I’m considering tambour, pushing up to open. There is quite a bit of wasted space behind the planes. Haven't thought what to put there and how to get to it.
Suggestions and comments are welcome
Dan is an experienced woodworker who is anxious to make an heirloom of the future for you.