Every single time the mortiser gets fired up "somebody" brings me a gift.
I just want everyone to know two things: 1) just how quickly oak oxidizes with the ol' vinegar+steel wool concoction and 2) what the top of my head looks like.
Surface off a hand plane and surface off a sander. See the difference?
I've been at a family reunion all week, but it's back to work today where these legs have my undivided attention.
The lumberman cometh. (And is more impressive in person.)
I have a bunch of work that's just waiting on a few little logistical things before I can jump in, so I figured I'd make something weird. I've seen something like this in cermamic and thought it'd be fun to try on the lathe. Anyone need a replacement head for their voodoo doll?
If you'd care to debate the aesthetic vision of this piece, there is an art history professor at a nearby institution who, I'm confident, will enlighten you. I've certainly been convinced.
If I carve one of these again in 2022, then I'll have a nice streak of one ball-in-claw every 4 years. Yes, it is for a project. And yes, there is only one. 🤔
Doing a sample for a handful of spindles I'll be replacing in a sweet old staircase. The barley twist may not be the hippest look on the block, but they are a lot of fun to make. (And can you spot my loyal guard dog?)
One set up to make them all! Had to make a whole mess of these guys - some call them buttons - for some tables and thought I'd show this clever set up I picked up from the great LP: dado stack on the left, shim (so the teeth don't bite into the side of the larger blade), standard blade.
They may not all be masterpieces, but they can still be done right.
I realized I never posted a complete shot of this one from a couple weeks ago. It was fun to work with a client who really pushed me to explore a new design language. They wanted the form of a Japanese altar table, but not something that looked like an antique. I love challenges like that.
I'm not one for live edges in my work, but I'm down to hang a good one on the wall.
Pop quiz, hotshots: this commission is a reproduction of an entryway table from what 90s sitcom? (You don't get to guess if (a) this is your table or (2) I've told the answer already.)
I shall call this joint "The Blank Stare." Sometimes, as a custom maker, I'm tasked not with building my own designs, but figuring how to build another design best - which is a good exercise in itself. I wanted to maximize long-grain glue surfaces here and use as much width as I could on the top of the leg. It came out surprisingly rigid. It really is the variety of challenges that I like best in this work.
Easy as that.
Narrator: It wasn't as easy as that.
Milling today. And, gosh, I love this machine.
I'm teaching a little intro to handplanes/sharpening class tomorrow and figured I'd bring along my oilstones, which I don't use so much these days. This is the lid of my oilstone box from school. I did all this "chip carving" with my 1" chisel before I really knew what I was doing. Lance was happy to educate me, after a little chuckle. I still like this one though.
Lush: a word the client threw out during the design phase.