You might remember that I have embarked on a major tool building journey. Customers come first, so this tool build moves forward slowly. But I have reached a milestone...the base is finished. This build has at least six major components, the largest of which is the base. You can see this is not a small machine. The next build will be Tier 1 which is the foundation for the other tiers and headstock. I'm not very good at blogging, and if it turns out to be desirable, I'll try to collect all the bits and pieces of this build into one place.
Here is a fun little scroll saw project a recent customer asked for. These knots will be applied to the center of plain panels in each of four doors. It will be a while, but I've been promised pictures of the complete project. I was not involved in making the cabinets or doors.
White oak is a wonderful wood for a pair of unfinished outdoor benches. It will age gracefully, resisting decay and turning a beautiful gray color. Do you see the benches in the first picture? The benches will be assembled in such a way that all the joinery is mechanical. The sketch at the end will make that clearer. I chose to use hand tools for the joinery and surfacing just to keep in practice. You may not be able to see it, but the second picture is of the top of one of the benches that is joined with a shallow tongue and groove cut with the tools shown. The joint is so strong that without glue it stays together for surfacing! Both tops will be assembled from two pieces slid onto the three hidden dovetails and glued together. The curves in the legs were faired with power tools, though, because this is a commission that is to be done before Thanksgiving.
Dan is an experienced woodworker who is anxious to make an heirloom of the future for you.