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Crealbilly Wood Working thread

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by crealbilly, Aug 4, 2017.

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    crealbilly

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    Some wood working stuff i've made over the years. My family always teases me anytime we do something together "wood is involved" Truth is I thank most any problem can be fixed with a little wood. Ok that didn't come out right... But you know what I meant - get your mind out of the gutter now -:)

    Offering box for a Church I visited that didn't have one. It's made out of quartsawn red oak. The cross and offering slot is bound in guitar ABS binding. The cross background and inside is lined with red felt.

    That little voice inside me said I should build the Church this offering box. So that's what I did... it was definitely a "inspired" project :)

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    I tried to position the quartsawn ray fleck to give the impression that lightening was coming from the cross. It seemed to work pretty well.
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    Anyways it made with glued mortise and tendon joinery. It's very strong and should last a lifetime.
     

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    I built this little walnut rocker for my grandson for my grandson about 8 years ago. He really enjoyed it until he grew out of it. It's still in our living room and all of my grandkids have used it until they grow out of it.
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    It's also built with mortise and tendon joinery but is epoxied. Just about every cut is a angle and honestly doing the math for all those angles about drove me batty...
     
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    I'll bet - but look at that face! It makes every cut worth it a hundred times over!
     
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    Every Christmas I "try" and make one member of my family a present from the wood shed. About 6 years ago I built this gun display case for my father in law.

    One of my friends gave me enough packing material to wrap it up tight. Needless to say his present was the biggest "under" the tree.

    I completed it about a week before Christmas and my wife put a big red bow on it. My sons and I then delivered it to my in laws house when they were away and placed it by the tree. The tag on is only said to: Bill From: do not open until Christmas. My mother in law said he was like a little kid all week long trying to figure out "what the heck is it" and "who did it come from"...

    My father in law has been diagnosed with dementia a few years ago. He has his good days and bad days. Some days he doesn't even remember me let alone my name. But he remembers me when you ask him who built that gun cabinet?

    Needless to say I love my father in law to death and it's so sad for me to watch his dementia progress and not be able to do a thing about it but just keep loving on him. Truth is I'm fighting back tears even as I write this post.

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    I installed LED lights in the cabinet because we all know heat and live rounds don't mix well. The cabinet it's self is full 1" thick lightening struck red oak. The drawers are 3/4 thick eastern red cedar. The glass is shatter proof also just to keep everyone honest.

    I wished I could find the picture of how he has it loaded and decorated. He has it loaded with all of his old antique rifles, shot guns and pistols. He's a big John Wayne fan so he has a lot of John Wayne pictures and stuff in there too.
     

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    That is absolutely stunning! Love the wood!
     
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    My wife kept complaining about her cheap plastic rolling pin and measuring cups. She makes the best biscuits I've ever tasted. Light and fluffy and just right for a little bit of local honey and butter. So I built her a biscuit machine.

    She has a "thing" for pine wood so the shelf and rolling pin holder is made out of quartersawn southern yellow pine "her favorite". The pin, handles and and measuring cups are made from solid hard maple and are quite heavy.

    The hardest part of this whole project was carving out the inside of the measuring cup to hold exact measures.

    As you can see I don't paint very well but I did my best with the red and white country theme which is also her favorite.

    This picture was before we remodeled the kitchen. I'll see if I can find some pictures of the matching kitchen I made for her :)
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    Yeah me too :) this was one enjoyable project it took about 40 hours to complete... The only hard part was making the dental work crown molding trim around the top. It's actually 4 separate pieces of trim glued together - I made all the trim pieces with my router and tablesaw. This was the first time I ever made dental work trim and It turned out really good, even if I do say so myself :)
     
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    I was going to ask you if you did the dental molding yourself - so that answers that question! Awesome truly awesome.

    Can't even believe you created measuring cups! That must have been meticulous work - but they re so cool!
     
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    Nah not really all that meticulous. I have a mull chain glove that I wear to carve wood - so I don't cut my left hand all up.

    However both these were meticulous... Both are made with some beech scraps i found laying around my sawmill. I got really bored last winter, it was too cold to work in the unheated wood shed. So a got out my mull chain glove and pocket knife and spend hours upon hours sitting on the semi heated front porch and made a pile of wood chips. When I was done I felt a little like a mushroom :) I guess I was really longing for spring hu?

    I actually won $100.00 first place prize at one of the local folk art festivals with this one.
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    This was the first one I carved I think I worked to hard on it. I shouldn't have went overboard with the grooves on the mushroom tops. It didn't even place at at the folk arts festival. maybe it was the base too? It don't look natural either.
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    Ok last one for the night... Another Christmas Present for the second oldest son. If you don't know what a mash paddle is ... well I'm not gonna explain it -:lol But instead of just one - I made a set of three. BTW these are also great for making a big ole witches pot of Brunswick Stew too.

    All three were made out of one board of sycamore which is a "food safe" wood.
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    My second oldest son goofing around with a small batch of beer. All my kids are clowns - I wonder where they get that from? Must be from my wife. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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