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I turned for the very first time today. I had really no knowledge of the lathe whatsoever and I actualy shocked myself at how well I picked it up. The first in my class to finish the mallet and I started messing around with William and marry style trumpet legs twords the end of the day. Here are some photos. My first two turnings ever.
An one last word….Alex krutsky is the most underrated woodworker and teacher ever.
Who but a woodworker would attend school on spring break to practice there craft. I wanted to get a handle on my tool box drawing and I certainly did! I need to get a stock list done for it but that’s all. I spent the afternoon playing with some of my new toys. I went to woodcraft yesterday and bought some pfeil carving tools, spoke shave, marking knife and ordered my router plane from lie nelson.
I answer to saras request for drafted examples here they are.
When making our mallet rather then constructing it out of a solid piece of wood we laminate the head around a solid core. This prevents the head from splitting out when hit repeatedly. The component of the lamination that actualy makes it stronger is the fact that we make quarter sawn wood essentially. We start with a solid piece of 5/4 hard Mape around 2 inches long. We mill it flat to maximum thickness and then cut it into 3rds. We then stack those thirds and laminate them all together. That sandwhich is then cut into thirds with the direction of the grain. When those pieces are flipped and applied around the hand the grain is perfectly quartered. Although this is a very brief break down of the process as always if anyone has questions please ask. I will answer as quickly as I can.
This process is also the same process that would be used to make solid cores for veneered tops and panels. The advantage of this is that quarter sawn material expands and contracts in its thickness and not in its width helping the veneering from splitting or fracturing.
Today was a major day. Started designing my tool box. It’s incredibly hard to be honest. It’s the schools staple and we only make it there under these conditions once so I want to make sure I walk away TOTALY happy with it. I am going to go with an all mahogany case and drawer faces with a maple raised panel for the lid and turned ebony pulls. Tomorrow I am going to make card board mock ups of the drawers to make sure they fit my tools ok. Also I have tons of woodworking to so finally. We started making our mallets today and they are all laminated to make the head quarter sawn so there are lots of glue ups to do!
Well as of tomorrow I will finish the drawings required. It was a long hard road with many headaches but I have reached the end. Its kind of sad in a way that this portion of school is over. Also exciting because now I get to design and draw my tool box! The arm chair is the final drawing and I feel it was the most enjoyable for me. Also with spring break coming up I decided I needed a project for the week. I have picked a shelf clock based on an early 18th century one out CT. I drew a portion of it last night and my god…I have learned far more at school then I thought!
After wood expo I felt extremely motivated to work extra hard. Seeing all the brilliant student work I want so badly for that to be me next year. This is part of the reason I haven’t posted this week because I have been so exhausted! I have done it though o finished the deal on frame drawing and I only have my chair left to do. After that I can start drawingy tool box and shaker night stand. I have learned alot this week. The 5 7 rule for hand shaping, how to shape elipses and odd profiles by hand and even how to lay out cabriole legs. also got briefed on the jointer and planer today and slowly but surely doing more invtge machine room.