Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Bits and Boxes

One problem I seem to face is that I am building up ideas of how to improve my workshop quicker than I can make them! I use Microsoft One Note to track the ideas and I must have 20 or so things I would like to make. Tonight whilst I was walking my dog I decided to go into my workshop and spend some time making one of the things on my list.

I have just ordered some rolls of sand paper. In total I will have five different grits. My plan is to make a dispensing box for them to they can be pulled out and easily cut.

To star this I have glued a box together (not joints, just PVA). Inside there are dividers that will separate the sections.

When the glue has gone dried tomorrow I will cut a slot on my table saw on one side. This will be the slot that the paper comes out of. When this is wide enough I will chop the whole top of it with the bandsaw. On the back I will put a piano hinge and then a couple of clips to keep it closed. I  have an old bandsaw blade that I will fasten along the front to cut the pieces of paper.

Below is how the paper will be spaced out:

Ok, So I missed taking a few photos. Basically what I did was cut a slot through one side of my box (8mm wide) on my table saw. I then used the bandsaw to cut the lid off.  On the back I added a piano hinge to allow access to the inside.

On the top I added an old bandsaw blade. This allows the sand paper to be ripped off - this has to be done in a quick movement. But it works! I also added a couple of latches to keep the lid closed. 

At the end of the day I wanted a quick way of storing my different rolls of paper, have I achieved this.... yes! Ok I could have spent time putting some wood joints on it... I could have smoothed all of the edges and put a finish on it. But the box does everything I need it to do. Now whats next on my list of little jobs that need doing?!?!?

Monday, 14 May 2012

Good Woodworking Magazine

I got this months copy of Good Woodworking in the post today, I have been excited about getting it because I have got letter of the Month in it. I know its sad ...... but it made me smile!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Birch Plywood Windsor Chair

So my plan is to build a Windsor Chair out of Birch Plywood. I have developed my idea after reading a book by John Brown on building Welsh Stick Chairs. I have no idea if this concept will work but only time will see!

To start with I made a quick model to see the rough shape of my chair. Must admit I need to change the legs to some thicker legs. I will change these at some point.

Next I glued 3 layers of Birch Plywood together to create a thick chunky piece to make my seat base out of.  This was made up of two layers of 18mm ply with a layer of 9mm in the  middle.

Next I started to work on making some test pieces for the legs. I made this by cutting out some circles using a tank cutter and then gluing them around a piece of M8 threaded bar. My idea of using the breaded bar is to add some strength and keep the parts aligned. Before I cut loads of these I need to work out a quicker way of cutting out the circles. Not sure yet if I will go the bandsaw, router or lathe route. I might have to do some more testing.

Sample projects from Woodworking 1&2

Ok, so this is my first real test of Blogger. I want to see what I can do on here and use it a diary to show what I do! So much of the time I find myself forgetting the projects that I work on. This project is taken from the Working Wood 1&2 book by Paul Sellers. I have spent the last 12 years as a teacher of Design Technology and thought this book would give me the chance to 'hone' my skills. A lot the time I have to make things quickly and don't really get the chance to do things properly! I have never really used some tools, and one I always found frustrating is a spoke shave.

This project involves making a spatula and wooden spoon. I have chosen to make these out of white oak, as I had a couple of small bits kicking around.

I started out by making a temple out of a piece of acrylic. This allowed me to quickly draw around it.

The book gets you to cut out the shape using a chisel. To be honest I will never try that cause it sounds like too much hard work! So I quickly cut the shape out on my bandsaw.

I have tried using a Stanley metal spoke shave and never really got anywhere with it! I was at a boot fair the other week and picked up this wooden spoke shave! After a quick sharpen it works REALLY well!! I am so please with it! The best £3 I have spent on a tool ever!!

I worked around all of the edges smoothing it out, really enjoying using it.

The best bit was shaping the handle, this was so satisfying!!! It worked so well and was really easy to control.

To smooth the spatula I used a cabinet scraper to smooth the edges. Again this is a set of tools that I have had for ages. I just haven't had time to experiment with them.

This is my nearly completed spatula, just got a few bits to sort out and then it will be completed.

This picture shows the bit at the bottom that I need to finish smoothing.

The next project was making a wooden spoon. To be honest I am not happy with this so I will be starting again. But it was a good chance to use some gouges, again these are tools that I have not really had much of a chance to use and experiment with.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Traditional twist...

Today I started to to make my next project. This is a Modern Windsor chair. Basically my plan is to use birch faced plywood rather tn using more traditional woods such as elm.

Tomorrow I am going to Penshurst Place near Tunbridge. There is a large craft fair there. I am basically going to go and borrow some ideas.... I will some photos up tomorrow.


Ok so these are some of the photos that I took at the show last time I was there as I didn't take any photos this time... Basically I went to the show to get some ideas, this time there was nothing new that inspired me to take photos.

Plywood Lights

A selection of mirrors

Wooden covered books

Wooden boxes