Tag Archives: Woodwork

More Burnt Offerings

As i have alluded to before, whipping out the blowtorch is a great way of dealing with cracked stock (or stock that unexpectedly cracks after i turn it). As a bit of a side note, many of the pieces i make crack because they are cut from a single branch (because i like working with timber from scratch and cant handle big tree trunks).

 

Well lets just say that i went to town with the blowtorch on this one, leaving the inside looking a bit like what i imagine a teeny meteor would do to a tree trunk… :

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This one also throws a pretty swanky light up the wall

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check out more here

 

the rocky road of another shade

Deep as that that title sounds, this is merely a post about me making another light shade. If you have been following along with my work (although I’m not certain how you would, unless you are one of my close friends), you would know that i have been making some lamp shades that feature some burnt… burntness… burning…

without further babbling, here is the time lapse of the thing whole saga:

Some of the journey that you might not have gleaned from the timelapse:

Things were coming along swimmingly, it was roughed out:

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and had undergone some charring:

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i was just shaping it down when… well…

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Needless to say, i was forlorn… but it turns out that some glue and many clamps are sufficient to recover from such an incident… heres the finished piece (i ended up putting it on a different base):IMG_9412.JPGIMG_9431.JPG

and one last thing… you can buy it on etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/JamIntheRound

The Lathe Rough Out, a concise guide

So i work mainly from whole branches… with bark on… this is partly a decision of aesthetics and partly one of being tight… I love the knotty,  barkey effect that you get from working with the whole cross section of a log, lots of character… Buuuuuut i have also never paid actual money for stock timber…

so this is how i go from a lump of wood (poorly dried) to the start of a piece, in this case a light shade. Here’s the time lapse:

 

so basically, i mount it up, chip off some excess bark, roughly round it, cut in a chuck mount and bobs your father…

i also inset the chuck mount, this is a little trick that allows me to fit something into the recess for holding the shade onto a light fitting… just a little trick…

The big saw makeover

So with much thanks to the YouTube community, i decided to undertake the ‘restoration’ of this saw… without any of the proper tools or experience…

check out this guy (old sneelock) if your thinking of tackling this: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXtU7dK-nFSR7JeSihPfoWQ

and this guy: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3M3pAy6uLrHZT18dVYDHBA

 

Onward to cleaning… basically, strip and sand it:

 

next, sharpen that puppy… with a file…

 

then set it. So this means offsetting the teeth so that the cut will clear the blade. There is a special tool for this that dont have, but im pretty sure i should buy one!

 

And… Victory

the above shot also shows the stock that i will be turning into several pieces…. its cracking up fairly evenly, so i’m hoping to make some nice distressed lamps…

Big logs need big saws

So I have recently picked up some big logs… not huge, about the maximum that my lothe can handle, which is far bigger than my drop saw can handle

So I decided to go all lumberjack and get myself a good old crosscut saw…

It clearly needs some love, and I clearly need another hobby… so before I get to work cleaning it up, here’s the test run


It think perhaps we shall call her Mary…