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Rick Space - This is called ”Captivating the Past”
David Janowitz - My first two baseball bats.
These have pretty much everything possible wrong for actual use as bats.
First, the grain was not carefully chosen for straightness.
Second, one of them is spalted, which is pretty, but further weakens the
wood. One is actually from a branch, and likely to warp.
Both are of Water Oak, which turns poorly, and caused terrible chatter
on a long spindle turning like this. (I desperately need to make
myself a steady rest.) Oak is also much too dense, and the bats
are too heavy, and it is also much more brittle than the usual ash or
maple. Thankfully, these are for display purposes only, and the
couple that ordered them wanted them made from their own tree that was
cut down. Unfortunately, it had already been cut into small
pieces, and I had little wood to choose from, but managed to make it
work for these.
Anyway, here is a bar top I made for a
neighbor. He had an old walnut stair banister, and some big ash
boards. Jointing the ash, at 11" x 2" x12' was challenging, and
fellow member Michael Siegel saved me by helping. It really took
both of us, one feeding the wood forward, the other holding it down, to
flatten it. Thankfully, flattening the top surface was much easier
in the big planer, which of course is self- feeding, so I was able to do
that solo, using infeed and outfeed supports. Cutting the second
edge on the table saw was also easier, but on a 12' long board, required
an extra clamp to keep the fence from wandering. The glue up was
easy but I needed lots of clamps. I did not match the stain color
for the ash very well, even mixing two colors. The color is close,
but the shade is much too light. Finally finished off with 5 coats
of Minwax Water Based Spar Urethane, gloss, applying very fast with a
painting pad. The finished bar is two ash boards plus the walnut
banister, and is 20" x 1 1/2" x 11'.
|Mike Hardy - Cherry and ash small wall cabinet. 23" x 11.5" x 4.5" with hand cut through dovetails and tenons. The back is ship lapped ash painted with black milk paint, and everything else including the drawers is cherry. The basic design is from Mike Pekovich's book, "The How and Why of Woodworking". It is finished with four coats of Waterlox
Hugh Parker - First box:
Walnut and maple box. Lid opens toward the
sides and hinged on brass pins. The top ends are not rounded on the
bottom sides. This keeps the lid from opening all the way.
It is all cherry with a drawer and an
- First, a Matchbox car garage. It is
36" W x 34" H x 14" D. Is it made from 1/4" Baltic birch plywood. I had
someone who met me at the HCCC event in February contact me about making
it, She saw it on Etsy and was afraid it may not fit in her SUV.
Dollhouse from Wink-Wood. This dollhouse is from Toymaking Plans. It
will be used for a special ed class for a teacher friend.
Third, A church wellhead cover. A friend in Sealy, the previous owner off Andy' Anderson's Sealy house, wanted a cover for the wellhead on their property, it is just outside their barn porch. Weldon's wife animate that is look like a church. They will be applying decals for the windows. It is framed from treated 2x4 and covered in Hardi-Plank and will not blow away in a hurricane.
Fourth, Here is a fun project. This hot rod truck is based on the funny car Dodge Lil' Red Wagon. Mine is made from poplar with various woods for highlights. The plans are from Toymaking Plans. He has the plan as a regular van/truck, cargo van and passenger van, take you choice....
The crown is a combination of purchased egg and
dart architectural plastic crown, a base of plywood and a panel molding.
There are a lot of miter cuts, especially for the returns.
We originally had three large beveled glass
mirrors, and decided to reuse just two, but put them in frames for a
more finished look. I purchased egg and dart picture frame molding to
make the frames. There is an insert of ¼” plywood to get the back flush
with the edge of frame, and then another piece to bind the wood frame
together, given the weight of the beveled glass is a lot more than a
painting. Steel “L” brackets hold it to the wall.
Other features of the bath, not shown, are a
glass enclosed shower with porcelain and marble tile, a pedestal tub
with a chandelier above and a toilet room with the same crown molding.
The floors are porcelain and are heated. We had to raise the floor to
match the new wood floors in the master and closet, so took advantage to
add heating elements before tiling.
Next month I will show the master closet. The
cabinetry is mahogany.
|All photos and descriptions submitted by individual members.
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