Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Weekend Goblet

Weekend project, I turned this small goblet from a piece of Pacific Madrone, (Arbutus menziesii).
Goblet is 10" tall and the stem is 1/4" in diameter with two captive rings.
Diameter of the cup is 2 1/4" in diameter. The black top on the lid is a permanent marker.

It is a lot of fun everybody tries to remove the captive rings.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Planner Snipe, Fix

Most small planners have a single feed roller. If the infeed or outfeed tables are not level with the knives you will get a snipe at the beginning or at the end of the board. If you are like me you can never keep the feed tables in alignment, so here is my trick.                                                                 

The picture at left is an 1/2" equipment foot turned upside down.  Next I threaded a piece of flat plate, drilled a hole in the table top, attached the plate, securely.  Added a wing nut for a lock nut.

Place a straight edge in the planner, (disconnect power) lower the planer head until the roller is firm against the straight edge; adjust the equipment foot until the feed table is firm against the straight edge. Works Great. You can still get a snipe on long pieces unless they are supported.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Natural Edge Maple Bowl

 I have just completed my latest project, these are some photographs of a Natural Edge Bowl made out of Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum). It is 12" in diameter and 3" to 5" tall.

A tree was given to me; two other friends and myself fell and cut the tree into logs. We used a portable saw mill to mill the logs into various size cants for each of our individual projects.
 The grain pattern is often called "fiddle back".  Terms differ with regions.
Don't forget to sign your project.
A nice center piece.  I was going to sell this but my wife said "NO", she wants it.