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Ramblings from a South Central Texas Wood Butcher #16: Texas Heat Sucks, . . . the Energy Out of Me

Howdy from South Central Texas, a suburb of Hell. Not that it’s a bad place to live, other than the heat and humidity. With that, my time in the shop has dwindled. Got in trouble with my cardiac therapist a couple of weeks ago. She raked me...

Ramblings from a South Central Texas Wood Butcher #24: I'm a "Ghost." Ghost writer, that is.

Between the heat and gastric surgery, I haven’t been doing much in my hot shop. About the only outdoor stuff I’ve been doing is moving cut brush from the “front-40” to the burn pile. The cool of the morning, when the grass is damp is the best...

Ramblings from a South Central Texas Wood Butcher #29: Hot in South Central Texas, but Making Some Sawdust and Shavings

Howdy, Everybody! Been a while, as I’ve been focusing on other activities, but still have gotten some woodworking done, despite the heat. We’re in the middle of a grassland restoration project, so I’ve been spending the cooler part of the day...

Shop Tips and Gadgets #1: Fresh Air Supply on the Cheap

Back in my boat building days I periodically had the need to spray some very toxic paints. A fresh air supply is highly recommended for these occasions but they are very expensive for infrequent use. I found this today as I was doing a deep...

Marqutery School #2: School's Out, a Learning Experience (good)

Well, it’s over. my first course in French marquetry, level one, ended yesterday and the consensus is that we all learned a lot. The students learned about French marquetry and I learned about teaching French marquetry. Thank you Len, Kendra,...

MAKING A WOODEN GEARED CLOCK #9: Gluing up and Trial Assembly - Day 9

Day 9 work The different parts were glued up, namely; the 3 piece main frame the 5 piece winding wheel (5 wheels glued together to form a pulley like part) various wheel spacers onto the wheel arbors 3 pinion gears onto the wheels...

Hide Glue-First Encounter

Paul posted this blog about hide glue and answered a lot of my questions. Thanks Paul! I needed to do a complex glue up where I could not use clamps beside finger pinching the pieces. I decided it was just the right project to learn and...

MAKING A WOODEN GEARED CLOCK #8: The Main Weight and Finishing Up Details - Day 8

Day 8 Work The parts for the main weight were cut and some some small parts were finished. A couple of grub screws had to be custom made because I couldn’t find them at any store here. A sad comment on the retail availability of stuff here in...

Steam bending

Here are a couple of example projects I did using this process and jig . A little update on steam bending . I started using fabric softener added to the water and it made quite a difference in how pliable the wood gets . Here is the jig I...

Ramblings from a South Central Texas Wood Butcher #25: Whoot, Whoot! Back to making chips, shavings, and Dust!

So, it’s finally cooled down here, and I’ve got a gig to motivate me. I’m making a Wheel of Chance for a client, so I whipped up a circle cutting router jig and set some flange bearings in a piece of plywood. Cut loose with the router and cut...