Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Привет всем моим друзьям в России и Украине

Это было холодно, но не слишком холодно, чтобы сделать несколько чаш из дерева. Я собираюсь сделать две чаши на этот раз из гикори, лес, который находится в Америке.

Вот несколько фотографий:

Первый шар будет для салатов. Вот фото из дерева, прежде чем сократить его до нужного размера:

Далее, я резки древесины на пилы:

Теперь я собираюсь сложить куски дерева, чтобы сделать твердый блок:

Я буду клеить этого блока вместе сегодня вечером.

Вот второй миске. Эта чаша будет использоваться для орехов и других мелких продуктов. Онбудет состоять из двух отделений, центр отсек для целых орехов и внешний отсек дляорехов.

На этих фотографиях я буду рубить дрова на более мелкие куски, а затем сложить их вместе, чтобы сделать большой, плоский блок:

Темного дерева коричневый палисандр, очень трудно, но очень дерева. Я разрезал его на две части и поместить его в центр блока:

Буду клеить эти куски дерева вместе сегодня, чтобы сделать твердый блок.

И я также цельного куска дерева обезьяна головоломки (я не уверен, что это переводится на русский язык очень хорошо!), И я буду резать его на куски, чтобы чаши:

Я надеюсь, что это будет очень красиво, когда я с ними делать.

Я собираюсь пойти работать на этих блоков из дерева. Я пришлю еще фото, как я работаюна них.

Иметь хороший день.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Become a SWW blog follower!

Hi Everyone,

You can follow all of my postings on the Selkie Wood Works blog post by filling in the follower section (right hand side and towards the middle of the page). That way you won't miss any of my spine tingling tales and adventure about all the stuff I make in the wood shop.

Don't miss it!!


Snow today--good day to get down to the wood shop and make something!!

Hi Everyone,

Well, it's getting cold again and the weather folks tell us that the Twin Cities is about to get clobbered by a snow storm:

Well bring it on--time to get down to the wood shop and go to work!! Yea baby!!

More laminated bowls-Discussion and Plans

For those of you who follow the blog regularly, you'll know that I got a giant pile of hickory as a Christmas present last year and I've been working on using it up. That means using that wood as efficiently as possible so I've been doing a lot of laminating of late. My latest two efforts revolve around
using up some of the larger flat boards and some of the small pieces that I have so we're going to make a medium-sized salad bowl and a nut bowl. Here's how:

Salad bowl

When I laminate wood I generally orient the flat face of the individual wood pieces vertically because I  really love the way that this type of laminated block looks. It emphasizes the grain and because laminated blocks are made of separate pieces of wood, I can play around with grain patterns and color. This time however, I'm going to orient the faces horizontally like a stack of pancakes.

So I've dug into the wood pile and extracted several hickory boards on the basis of the width of the board and it's color:

And I'm going to add a section of walnut that will become the rim of the bowl.

Next, we're going to cut these boards into 11 1/2" wide sections on the table saw:

After several minutes of measuring and cutting I had my bowl blank ready to go. It's going to consist of three layers of hickory and a top layer of walnut for the rim:

I'm going to take this inside and glue it later on today. I think this will result in a very cool looking bowl.

While I was at it I came across that piece of monkey puzzle wood I got for Christmas and I cut it into medium-sized blanks that will eventually become a pair of bowls for some lucky person:

Monkey puzzle wood (and no, I don't know why it's called that) is a tree that grows in tropical regions and this particular piece came from Florida. It's supposed to be very irritating wood to work with but so far so good. We'll see what happens.

Next, since I wasn't completely frozen through, I decided to take some of the small pieces of hickory that I have and make a blank to make a nut bowl out of.

Hickory is a wonderful wood. The color ranges from butter yellow to deep browns, greens, and even wine reds and pinks and it's ideal for any type of wood turning. It's also great for laminations because the color varies so much. So it's a very good wood and it also has a wonderful scent. My shop smells great.

I cut up the smaller pieces and assembled them and didn't quite have enough pieces to make the blank as wide as I needed it so I cut more hickory and then I remembered a very thin piece of rosewood that I bought last year:

...and I cut it down and added it to the bowl blank:

Even though this is a very thin piece of wood, it was hard to cut it on the table saw.

Here is the bowl stack at present:

Once this is glued up, it will make a very nice nut bowl.

Since it's beginning to get really cold, I'm going to stop and take the laminating blanks inside so they can warm up. Hickory is a very dense wood and if it's too cold, the glue won't dry so everything has to warm up to at least 65 degrees before I can laminate it. That's ok as I think it's time to stop and get something hot to drink.

I'm going to glue up at least one of the bowl blanks tonight, probably the nut bowl. As soon as I'm ready to put it on the lathe, I'll let you know with another posting.

And another bit of news: I found out I'm on the dean's list at school--not bad for a wood shop critter!! I think I'll reward myself by going out and buying some red-colored wood!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Come back again soon as we always have more adventures in the wood shop.  I'll see you soon.


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bowl Update

Hi Everyone,

Well, it's almost March and it's still quite cold here. We have snow all over and we're supposed to get more tomorrow. I did however have deer tracks on my front lawn this morning.

The hickory bowl

You'll remember a number of weeks ago I turned a 10" diameter bowl out of hickory only to have it crack badly. I was going to discard the bowl but I set it aside and forgot about it in the woodshop, which isn't heated. I'm not sure what happened, and it must have been the cold, but the cracks in the bowl have almost disappeared:

The bowl still has a very small crack at the rim but I think this bowl can be salvaged so it's back in the wood shop, drying out. Amazing.

Laminated hickory bowl

The bowl I made out of the laminated block came out great. Here it is:

I'm still applying the finish to the bowl but it looks great and since it was made out of kiln-dried lumber to begin with, this bowl doesn't have to dry out so no worries about cracking, distortion, etc.

Lastly, I decided to make a small box in my continuing search for a good method for making these and it came out quite well. The top fits well and it's large enough inside to hold something:

So the journey continues. I'll keep you updated on the progress of all these bowls.

Our next project will involve another laminated hickory bowl but I'm going to change the design and the orientation of the laminations so we'll have a very different bowl when I'm done.

Thanks for stopping by the wood shop and have a great weekend.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Laminated Block becomes a Laminated Bowl

Hi Everyone,
Remember the laminated block from several days ago? Well, it is becoming a laminated bowl. Here are several photos of the back and sides of the bowl:

It's approximately 11 1/2 inches in diameter and since I haven't hollowed it out yet, I'm not sure how deep it will be. But the joints are nice and tight and the colors look great together.

I'll post more photos in a day or two.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Wood shop odds and ends...

Hi Everyone,
I've been working like a maniac the past several days coming up with new things for the SWW product line. I especially wanted to develop items that use smaller pieces of wood and I think I've hit it with the following items:

The carrot shaped thing in the following photo is a garden dibble. These are used to plant flower bulbs and the business end of it is scored in 1 inch increments. This is made out of white pine and it smells like a pine forest:

I've also made a number of darning eggs. I was going to drop them from the SWW product line because they didn't sell well but my husband talked me into making them again. So I've made a number of them, but this time without a handle:

I'm also making kitchen mallets again out of the same lumber I use to make rolling pins. Here are two mallets out of red birch and ash wood:

And I took the laminated block out of the clamps this morning. I think this will work out well:

It's getting cold outside so I'm going to stop for the day. But I have a lot of wood in the shop right now and a lot of turning blanks ready to go so stay tuned and be sure and visit me in the wood shop--we have more adventures ahead!

Have a good weekend and see you soon,

Friday, February 17, 2012

Laminating Wood - Discussion and Plans

Hi Everyone,

Well, everything in the wood shop is up and running again except the bandsaw but that will be fixed tomorrow. In the meantime I've been working on preparing a number of blocks of various sizes to turn on the lathe and make darning eggs, rolling pins, etc.

One of the things I've been wanting to do is make large enough blocks to make bowls and tea boxes and other larger things with. So I went down to the work shop and cut up several hickory and one walnut board and got these pieces ready to be laminated together:

Lamination, or making a laminate, involves gluing two or more layers of material together to create one solid object. Lamination is widely used in manufacturing in areas such as woodworking, glass making, and even in areas like dentistry. If you've ever seen the edge of a piece of plywood, you'll see how the layers are glued together to make one large sheet.

We're going to do the same thing today with our pieces of hickory and walnut. These pieces are 3 1/4 inches wide x 12 inches long. I've cleaned all the surfaces off and dry assembled them into a pattern that I like and now for the gooey part--time to apply the glue. I used Titebond for this because it's approved for food bearing surfaces and it's also for wood working. So here we go:

I'm going to apply glue to the wide surface and assemble the block like a big sandwich:

Next comes the hard part. We have to glue this whole thing together with clamps so it will dry up into one solid block with very thin glue lines. For this we need a special type of clamp called a pipe clamp:

These are heavy and they won't bend when I apply them to the block and clamp them down.

Lastly, I'm going to apply 4 clamps, one to each end and one each on the top and bottom of the block like this:

I can just hear the poor block yelling, "Ouch!! Let me out of here!!"

Now the whole thing is going to dry and since it's still too cold out side for glue to dry, it's drying on my dining room table. I'll leave this over night and come back and check it out tomorrow. When this is dry I'm going cut out a large round turning blank out of this block and mount that on the lathe and see what happens.

If this works, I'm going to be cutting and laminating up a storm and I'll make a large number of blocks for bowl, platters, and tea boxes.

Now I'm going to go down to the wood shop and clean up and sharpen some of my turning chisels. See  you tomorrow.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Revised SWW work schedule

Hi Everyone,

With the problems that are happening with the cold weather here, I'm going to revise my work schedule-I'm going to set aside the hickory bowl turnings for the time being and concentrate on preparing turning blanks for platters, rolling pins and kitchen mallets, darning eggs, and salt and pepper shakers. So no photos for now but I will be back with more projects soon.

And to my buddy Ron: I hope you get better real soon.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Table saw up and running--Selkie Wood Works is back!

Hi Everyone,

Well, we took the table saw apart and there was some frozen saw dust clogging up the mechanism that controls the height of the saw blade.  We've cleaned it out and it's back working again.

On ward and forward! Let's make some rolling pins!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Rough couple of days in the workshop

Hi Everyone,
Well, it has been really cold here in Minnesota and I'm afraid my tools have rebelled--my table saw and the band saw have both frozen up and can't be used right now. And it's been so cold that I'm almost freezing up myself so I'm going to clean up the shop and shut down for a week or two until the weather improves a bit.

Bad news on the bowl front: the hickory bowl I made several weeks ago has cracked and is beyond repair. I'm not sure if it was the cold or if the stress in the wood fibers was more than the bowl could handle but it's cracked on both sides of the bowl and it can't be salvaged. Oh dear...

So I'm going to take advantage of this shutdown and sharpen everything again and get ready for our next projects. Stay warm!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Raffan Box

Hi Everyone,

For a long time now I've wanted to make a Raffan box, a type of box that was originally designed by Richard Raffan, a wood turner who helped transform wood turning from an industrial activity into an artistic one.  Everyone who turns wood for art or craft owes Richard Raffan a huge thanks for all his work over the years.

Anyway I decided to try to make a Raffan-type box this evening out of a single block of white pine.  Here are my first several photos of the block being mounted on the lathe and then turned into a cylinder:

I love to turn pine. My shop smells wonderful and I've always loved the bold grain patterns in pine wood. It also reminds me of when I was little--there always seemed to be a lot of pine lumber around the house and I remember the wonderful scent.

Next, I turned a tenon on the bottom of the cylinder and re-mounted the cylinder in the wood chuck:

As the cylinder will both be shaped by me and act as an attachment point for the box sections as I'm turning it, the cylinder has to be mounted very securely and it has to run true, which it does.

The first part of the box to be shaped is the lid and we begin by hollowing it out. After that is finished the outside of the box is shaped and finished. So we have the lid and the knob on the top shaped and done by the 4th photo below and when it's done, I'll part this off from the bottom:

Now comes the hard part. We have to turn a small lip for the top to fit onto.  The lid has to fit very tightly so we can finish turning the knob on the top so we have to proceed very carefully and turn this bit and bit. Actually it took about 30 minutes to turn and when I was done it fit very tightly:

It's getting cold down here.  I'm beginning to feel like a popsicle.

Next I placed the lid back on the box and finished the knob and put a an oil and beeswax finish on it:

Now it's time to work on the bottom. Since the top is on I decided to leave it there while I shaped the bottom so the two pieces would match up:

Then I removed the top and hollowed out the bottom and finished sanding and I put the finish :

The photograph makes the box look longer than it is. 


While this isn't as elegant as a real Raffan box, it's not bad for a first time effort and the box has a friction fit-it pops when I take off the lid and that's rather cool. And the inside of it smells like a pine forest. The next time I think I'll drill out the bottom with a Forstner bit so I can make it wider and deeper.  But I'm rather happy with the finished product. 

Next project:

I have several bowls to make out of some hickory and red elm that I've been saving and then I'm going to turn a wooden bowl inside out. Since you've seen me turn a zillion bowls by now, I won't post any process photos for the bowls but I will post pictures of the finished product. I think our next project together will be interesting and I'm looking forward to doing this.

Thanks for dropping by and I'll see you in a week or so for our next adventure in the wood shop.

Have a great weekend and stay warm,