Aug

3

Cross and Two Rings

By Jim

While I’ve been hard at work on the walnut bowl set, I’ve taken a few minutes out (mostly when frustrated) to make a few quick projects.  I found some interesting wood jewelry on http://www.esty.com and thought I’d give it a try.

Here’s a cross made from chakte viga that I wear.  And, two rings made from bloodwood and gaboon ebony.  Chakte Viga is quickly becoming my favorite wood.

I opened a store on esty under the name lignified, but I haven’t listed anything yet.  If you want me to make you something, just put in a private alchemy request :). 

Also, this was a good post for me to test out my new portable lightbox.

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Apr

28

Maple and Bloodwood Handplane

By Jim

I’ve recently been able to get back in to the shop.  While working on a toybox for my neice that I started almost two years ago, I stole some time to make a wooden handplane.  I’ve been wanting to do this for a while since I found these plans.

After shopping for a while, I found blades for wooden planes from Lee Valley. They gave enough information for me to realize it was basically just a rectangular piece of metal with a bevel ground on one end. Being cheapfrugal, I searched and found a similarly sized piece of the same O1 tool steel from onlinemetals.com. This cost about the same price for a length that would yeild at least three plane blades.

I made the body and wedge out of hard maple, and the sole and pin out of bloodwood. Both hard and dense woods that should last for a long time. As you can see, my metal-working skills aren’t quite up to par, but the blade should do.

There are a couple of other different sets of plans for wooden hand planes that I want to make too:


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Nov

30

Yellowheart & Bloodwood Vases

By Jim

I made these vases to be part of a set.  They both feature a simple design with a raise ring around the rim.  I intended to make a third piece of purpleheart slightly taller and narrower than the bloodwood piece and slightly shorter and wider than the yellowheart piece.  I think it will tie the set together.

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Nov

30

Wood Balls

By Jim

This is perhaps my most impractical yet most interesting project.  People who visit my house and see them can’t help but pick them up and ask what kind of wood each one is.  To answer that question, look at the picture with the balls in a row.  From left to right the woods are maple, red oak, cherry, chakte viga, mahogany, ipe, wenge, black palm, bubinga, chakte kok, bloodwood and purpleheart.  It’s tough to make out some of the darker colors, but it’s a good sampling.  I intended these to be my samples for folks to pick out woods for projects instead of the traditional 1/2″x3″x6″ block.  I’ll have to make more someday to reflect all the species with which I work.

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Nov

30

Walnut and Bloodwood Box

By Jim

The sides of this box are made from two pieces of walnut.  You can see from the detail picture how the grain is continuous around the mitered corner.

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Nov

30

Bloodwood Yoyo

By Jim

I had a couple of scraps of bloodwood and a yoyo kit, so I figured “what the heck?”

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