Monday, November 30, 2009

The Box

I finally got the box together. There were a lot of mistakes made during this, and in turn a lot of learning of things not to do and learning ways to fix things that went wrong. Still I have to say it turned out better then I anticipated. Not perfect but still a very nice box.

Right now I am in the process of finishing it. I have discovered my garage is very tightly sealed and in need of some kind of ventilation when doing finishing. For the moment that involves opening the outside door for 10 minutes. Not something I will want to do come mid January.

It was fun experimenting with all the different woods in this box. Now I am experimenting with how different woods work with different finishes. This is obviously an art that takes a long time to master. Hopefully I'll at least get somewhat good at it.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tooling Around

I have been busy the last few weeks with this tool box concept. It keeps getting more and more elaborate as I go. I am sure the fellows on the woodworking forums think I am a total nut. Ah well my creative gene was missing a few links.

Building this box has given me the opportunity to use almost every tool in my shop. Today for example I am going to have my first go at the biscuit joiner. Saying I am a little nervous is an understatement. I am in the process of making the lid out of blood wood and black locust. Neither of these are cheap woods. And if I mess up I do not have enough of either wood to start over. So wish me luck.

The box itself has undergone many design changes since it's inception. What it will finally turn out like is anybodies guess. But I do enjoy box making it seems. Especially when I am not constrained to the "normal".

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Toy Inspiration!

The spouse attended a beginner scroll saw class at Lee Valley last weekend and things have moved rapidly since then. Apparently the spouse is a "natural" on the scroll saw. Of course that giant industrial scroll saw I have was just not cutting it. By some strange stroke of luck, we happened to be in Home Hardware and they had the DeWalt DW788 scroll saw on sale for $529.00. It was NOT in the budget but we scooped it anyway. I have to admit that is one beautiful scroll saw. It is quiet as a mouse and literally NO vibration. Makes that old saw of mine look like a train wreck.

Now we are stocking up on scroll saw accessories. Since this is the spouse's "new toy" I am keeping my distance for the moment. But I thought it might be nice to build the spouse a tool box to store blades an accessories in. It's actually coming along quite nicely. I gave cutting grooves and dado's on the table saw a shot and it works really well. Unfortunately I had to remove the guard again, but I WILL be putting it back on.

The tool box is going to be a true work of art. (Collage IS an art isn't it?) It's going to be made of veneers of spalted maple, walnut, and zebra wood. I am sure it will be considered quite crude in most woodworking circles but I am not trying to win a prize with it. Just proving to myself once again I CAN do this stuff. I seem to live in a cloud of self doubt most of the time.

The non-smoking is non-working. I need some kind of torture I guess. Oh wait, isn't that what smoking already is?