Lots of small details getting finished up this week. The blade guards are complete with the exception of the guarding that goes out from the idle wheel to the guide. The biggest addition this week is the tensioning mechanism.
Table by Gary
The table was far outside my box. I was in a terrible time-crunch so not having to build the table frame was a great help to me. I had some old white ash from the log cabin that we took apart when we bought this property ; the cabin was 100+ years old 25 years ago. Plus, I like the look of the steel; it imparts a modern look that is different from anything I’ve done before. The finishing job is obviously different. I’m a pretty conventional kind of woodworker and finisher (Shaker style is basically my thing) so this table is a radical departure. My family and I spend a lot of time in the FL Keys and we all love the color of turquoise water. The table top is an attempt to replicate and remind us of the flowing water. I used about 5 different tints of blue to make the river of water running down the center of the table and I used many coats to epoxy (with slight amounts of blue dye added) to create the drips of water on the metal frame. I built up the drips like stalactites,dripping small amounts day after day until the “drips” elongated nicely. For the finish, I used 6 coats of tung oil and worked progressively through the grits from 200 at the start, to 1500 grit after the last coat. I topped it off with Turtle Wax. Yes, Turtle Wax. I promise, the top feels like glass and the Turtle Wax gives a great, long lasting layer of protection.
Engagement Ring Box by Luke
Crib by Shawn
Finally got the baby crib finished and in her room! Its my first large project. It’s made out of eastern red cedar and finished with shellac and buffed with brixwax clear. On and off it took 1year and 4 months to make. All joinery holding it together. The pegs for the drawbore are oak. To turn the tenons on the spreader rails I had to make a spring pole lathe/ but in my case a bungee lathe cause my garage wasn’t tall enough for the pole! Lol The spreader rails started out as square stock and I draw knifed them down to size and shape. 44 spindles in all. 16 oak pegs I got from 1in stock and shaped with the draw knife and sized them using three large washers. The mattress rails were cut with a bow in them so when I put the cross board in it holds pressure on them. There held by 8, 3/8in ash dowels. I really enjoyed making this but like you said when you built your crib it took longer than expected! lol