Monthly Archives: August 2011

Historic event! One project, one day, two boards

I’m a founding member of the “a clean desk is the sign of weak mind” club; if a pile gets too big, I just pour fuel on it, light it and start building again (see W. C. Fields, the “efficiency expert” … Continue reading

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Leverage

I decided a ¼” pivot pin would work just fine (since I have ¼” drill rod) so I could start working on the lever cap. I wasn’t getting anywhere sketching out a cap design on paper so I did it on the … Continue reading

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Making a rope knurl

A rope knurl is just a knurl made with a concave knurl so that a series of raised ridges wrap around a half round (or less) hump. This photo shows how it should be done (taken from a SawMill Creek … Continue reading

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Well, that turned out nicely

I wanted to get started on the lever cap so I cut a chunk of ½” x 2″ x 3″ steel, a 5/16″ rod for the cross pin and started layout. Then I measured the rod; way, way under size. … Continue reading

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Moving metal

All that spoon carving paid dividends on this project, got a whole new set of skills to apply and a new perspective on shape. But all good things must come to an end and now it is time to remove metal. Here … Continue reading

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Plane Jane

Working a new plane, a new style for me. It looks like a toted wooden smoother, which it is, but the guts will be metal and the wood will just be a shell. That silver blob next to the blue clamp is … Continue reading

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Spoon and ladles

A spoon and ladles wait to dry so I can oil them (for color). The spoon is from some more ditch wood – scrub oak limbs soaking in a wet ditch. Well eaten by bugs and parts spalted to the … Continue reading

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