Making, Crafting, Creating... aka Whatcha workin' on?


#1491

She seems like a keeper, that one!


#1492

She is very much a keeper, although I had misplaced her for 25 years between high school and our first date. I won’t be making that mistake again.


#1493

Oh, that sounds like a sweet story! My mother’s second husband was sort of like that. I still regret not getting them to story corp before he passed away.

Congrats on having found a keeper who was there all along!


#1494

Sydney Bluegum.


#1495

I should probably figure out how to dispose of these at some point, or I’m going to be buried in bowls…


#1496

Have you tried approaching any gift shops or boutiques?

I mean seriously, I’m not a sculpture expert, but many of them look like something you’d see on an end table or shelf in a store where they try to sell me a simple cube construction couch for 15k.


#1497

Made a skirt for the new season of Doctor Who. Which doesn’t have the newest Doctor because I bought this fabric like a year and a half ago. :doh:


#1498

I just can’t resist adding to it… But I think it’s finally done.


#1499

Cypress pot with a redgum knob.


#1500

Does anyone here have any experience selling craft via Etsy or similar?


#1501

My kid wants to make swords, so we started by making a gas forge and a 2x72 belt sander, which seem to be the basic required tools. I already have a coal forge, but it is not ideal for our purposes. I did the gas plumbing on the forge today-


I was able to use stainless tubing and fittings. I still need to make the doors, and plan to line the forge with 2" of ceramic fabric. The whole thing is overbuilt, with the steel body being 3/4" thick. But I am using what is laying around.
The sander is just starting to come together. I turned the wheels on the lathe, and everything is made from scrap aluminum and stainless I have in the shop.

Right now, I am working on the tool rest and a hollow grinding fixture. But the sander is evolving, rather than being built from a well thought-out design
But I am making good progress, and the weather is nice.


#1502

…made me think of this:


#1503

Nice big lump of spalted yellow bloodwood, two days of work…and then I shaved it too thin, resulting in an irreparable blowout.

Fuck.


#1504

Can’t you fill the gap with something interesting, then re-turn it?


#1505

The surrounding material is paper thin; it’s too weak to support a patch unless I drown the whole thing in resin and rebuild it from scratch.


#1506

Unfortunate, that. Do you do anything to stabilize the knots before turning?


#1507

The knots had some cavities that were filled with glue.

The problem was:

  1. I cut the walls a bit thinner than I should have, and

  2. The spalted nature of the wood created some rough spots which required more sanding than usual, and this extended sanding turned the already-thin walls into the paper-thin problem. It blew out during the sanding rather than the cutting.


#1508

Work in progress: