Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A recent commission

Someone is making an Insane Asylum circa 1920. They commissioned me to make these items. The skull is hand carved wood (jelutong) with brass mountings and a turned cherry base. 

The apothecary case is made of cherry. I turned all knobs and made the handle. 

I had a lot of fun making all the jars. They are turned from acrylic with removable lids and stoppers. I also made a couple tiny corks and turned wood stoppers. The mortar and pestle are turned cherry.

This is the sign I made. Following are the pictures of her idea and what she gave me to work from. This is my interpretation of it all:

This is what she gave me to work from.  

Friday, September 19, 2014

My Mom at the zoo

My mom got to the Columbus (Ohio) zoo yesterday! She is 91 years old. She loves giraffes. Here she is feeding one. How fun! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

wonderful work helpers

I know nobody wants to hear about tools, but since making tools and jigs is a passion of mine, I'm going to go ahead with this post. Humor me! I recently acquired an entire set of Popular Mechanics do-it-yourself encyclopedias (plus 3 yearbooks) all for $5.00! I was giddy, and reading them is a lot of fun. Mixed in with all the alphabetized topics of DIY stuff are pages of tips, tricks and jigs. The two I am addressing here were under B -bandsaw and D -drill press, they had their own sections as do most all tools. There I found these awesome accessories. 

This helpful jig I just had to try is a drill press hold-down. It is just what I needed, as getting clamps on drill press tables is many times an exercise in futility.....Here are the plans.

I knew it was too big for my little drill press. But do a whole bunch of math to reduce it? Heck no! In the '70's when these books were written, you could not just go upstairs to your computer, scan/copy/paste the section you need and tell your printer to print it at 5 inches! HA instant reduced patterns.

The hold down works well and when not in use, it just swings out of the way. 

The second handy helper is a cam action band saw fence . Here you can see the spring, the handle is shaped to apply the pressure. It does not adjust for blade drift, but it holds good!

Tomorrow I will do a miniatures post :)