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Friday, May 27, 2011

New fair chair, and new wood

Sorry I haven't posted anything this week. It's getting down to the end of the school year for Wyatt and we are scrambling to finish up a couple of units I wanted to complete this year. Then it's off to high school next fall.

We had a meeting earlier in the week for all the parents of the drama students. It's really going to be a busy curriculum.  For performing arts schools, this one looks really awesome.

Naturally, we were hit up for lots of parent volunteering. I signed up to work in the build crew to help make sets, props, and what-not. That should be really fun. I suspect they will have a lot of work for me, since I have a shop. Crazy how schools no longer have wood shops. Or any other trade classes for that matter.

New wood!

It was a great week for mail, and I have to give a few shout-outs to people who sent me stuff.

Larry Clinton send me a large box of all kinds of extra wood: mahogany, ipe, etc.

Scott Egbert sent me an enormous box of Walnut, Mahogany and something red.

And lastly, thanks goes to our friend Tim Sluder, who sent me four small mirrors and a bunch of shaker pegs! My imagination is already running wild. Gotta come up with something cool.

So thanks guys! I really appreciate your support. Looks for this stuff in upcoming projects.

The Fair Chair 2011.

The Marin County Fair is at the beginning of July, so I already got a head start this year. You may recall back in January when I showed you this picture of a chair that I thought I may try to duplicate.

It takes me a while to get around to things, but here's my version:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Build a cookbook stand

All cookbooks should be spiral bound for ease of use. Same goes for woodworking books that won't lie open when you are trying to follow a plan. I suppose the main drawback for publishers is that a spiral-bound book can't display its title while on a bookshelf.

Usually I end up setting a heavy object on the open book to keep it open while I'm using it. Of course, this eventually ruins the binding.

So a few weeks ago Ryan Mackey posted a picture on Facebook of a cookbook stand he made. This immediately got me thinking about building one of my own to finally put an end to my frustration.

Here's my version. It solves the problem of spring-loaded books and it keeps them upright at an easier angle to read.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Transfer color pictures to wood

Here's a really neat technique I want to try. This guy transfers color laser prints to wood using an iron. Pretty cool.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Zen sand trap

I was going to make a simple Zen Garden. You know, those little boxes that let you rake out patterns in sand, usually surrounding a couple of stones.

Somehow it struck me that sand traps too, always contain a rake. Hey, why not combine the two?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Woodworking helped solve my crossword puzzle

Gee, woodworking knowledge can come in handy in the least expected places. I solve the NY Times crossword puzzle every morning. It's a good way to get my brain working. Well that, and a pot of coffee.

You remember my Fibonacci Gauge a couple of months ago? Let me show you today's crossword. It Fibonacci themed!

14 Across was Leonardo of __ (mathematician who wrote about 33 Across) (PISA)

Right through the middle of the grid: FIBONACCI SERIES.
And four places where it can be found: 

But the coolest part is the series of circled letters that spells out GOLDEN RATIO. Draw a line through them, and you get a golden spiral! 

See, I told you that Fibonacci gauge would come in handy.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The iWood!

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The device for the next generation. 

ONLY $19.99!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wood clogs

This is really cool. It's a Swedish video from 1923. (No sound, obviously) It's just mesmerizing watching this guy make wooden clogs with very basic hand tools. A true craftsman.

Here's a translation of the video description:

In the forest areas west of Borås was woodcrafts a regular chore. See how a pair of wooden shoes come to the King Säters parish and a wooden spoon and a chair in Bollebygds parish. The film was shot in connection with the Jubilee Exhibition in Gothenburg 1923

Thanks for passing on this find, Tim!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The bandsaw bandsaw box!

This from John Moore. I love the literal interpretation of a bandsaw box!