Woodworking and design, combining old school techniques and 21st century tools
Every year I try to make it to a few classes and workshops to either improve or learn a new skill. The class projects will wind up here. The classes I take vary in topic from learning a technique to creating a full piece of furniture.
Arts and Crafts Pendulum Clock
This was first big woodworking project. My senior year of high school I took Woodshop as an effort to try and make my senior year be full of making things. I had made small thing in the garage growing up out of scrap 1 bys, 2 bys, and plywood but this was my first time making things out of hardwood and using a jointer and planer. The differences between mine and the original plan were wood choice (walnut instead of oak), the top profile, and the clock face.
Class Project: Arts and Crafts Pendulum Clock
Class Taken At: PBL high school Woodshop class
Materials: Walnut hardwood, Watco Danish Oil, battery clock movement with a pendulum
Overall Size: 13" long by 6 3/4" wide by 18.5" tall
Mission Style Hall Table
This was first big woodworking project since I took shop class my senior year of high school. It is a solid cherry table with walnut dowel accents. The joinery is Festool Domino aligned top and dado mortise and tenon reinforced with screws. The only modifications to the original plan is a solid cherry top and shelves instead of using pieces of cherry plywood and a middle support detail on the top stretcher.
Class Project: Mission Style Hall Table
Class Taken At: CU Woodshop School
Materials: Cherry hardwood, walnut dowel rods, Tried and True Original
Overall Size: 48 3/8" long by 14 1/2" wide by 32" tall
Top Stretcher Detail
Bottom Shelf Detail
Green Wood Bowl Turning
My first time turning a wooden bowl. I started the day with instruction on preparing a wood blank for turning a bowl and the different ways of work holding. After that I attached my blank to the faceplate and went to the lathe.
The first bowl I made was the regular build to help build our confidence. After a bit of a learning curve of learning how to use high speed steel tools, I slowly shaped the outside of the bowl. For the inside the mounted the blank in a chuck and started the shaping the inside. I then sanded and parted off the bowl.
The second one we made was the skinny bowl it had thinner walls. Making the bowl was the same except for the base which had a full slope down and shaping the walls. Instead of doing the walls of the bowl at the same time, I took it by section. The walls of the bowl came out to be 1/8" thick.
After allowing the bowls to dry (and warp to the elliptical shape), I applied four coats of H. Behlen's Salad Bowl Finish.
Class Project: Green wood bowls: one regular, one skinny