Thursday, September 21, 2006

Presenting "8"

Well like last week this week has just flown by. I started this week to mill up all my timber for my hall table. The dimensions are 40 mm wide by 30mm thick. For those of you in America that converts to about 1 1/2 inches by 1 1/4 inches. I think, all I know is that I will be working in the metric system for the rest of my life. It is so much easier. Anyway, I finished planeing and thicknessing all of my timber and then I have to let it sit for at least a week. In order for it to do all the moving it is going to do. When you mill rough timber, it will move almost right away because you are relieving a lot of internal stresses in the timber. So I did all that on Monday. That left me the rest of the week to do something.

So I decided to make this:

I call it "8". The side table stands 550 mm tall and is 320 mm wide and 270 mm deep. It is made from Jarrah, which I had left over from my box that I made. Jarrah has to be one of my favorite timbers ever. It has such a beautiful dark red color to it. I also added a inlay of huon pine, which is a very blonde timber. It is very old and is only found here in Tasmania. Some of the huon pine trees date back as much as 3000 years old. On the top inlay the 4 piece meet in the middle and there is a 4 way miter joint there. Hard to take a picture of.

I call it "8" for 2 reasons. First because it has 8 legs that are pinned together with little pieces of huon pine. And secondly because it took me a little less than 8 hours to make.

Well hopefully next week I can start full steam ahead on my hall table. Thanks for looking.


Saturday, September 16, 2006

The week after

Well this has been the week after holiday. It was nice to get back to the workshop. But at the same time it was a little bit hard to get back into the swing of things. There isn't really much to report on this week. I spent most of the week finalizing the planning stages of my table. I've drawn up all the plans and gotton all the joinery worked out. Figured out all the procedures in order. That is one really good lesson that I've learned here in the past years. Planning is so important in fine furniture making. I think like before school, a lot of woodworker like me just figured it out as they went along. And I would make a lot of mistakes and it never quite came out right. So planning makes the process a lot easier. Believe me. Anyways, I'll get back to you next week with more.


Friday, September 8, 2006

The week off

Well the week off of school is coming to a close and man was it needed. You know I live in such a fantasy world right now. All I do is go to school and learn about something that I already love and can't wait to do full-time. Even though when I am at school I'm there 9 hours a day. But we get a break inbetween semesters and once in each semester. So you wouldn't think that a week off was really needed. But it was nice.

We had a great time camping. We took our tent and sleeping bags and some great hopes, and headed for the great unknown that is Tasmania. We headed up to the northeast coast, and man can I tell you that it is absolutely beautiful up there. The air is fresh the water was beautiful to look at and very cold to touch. As we are just getting out of winter and starting spring. But we had a lovely time, we ate PB and J's and lot of home made muffins and sandwiches. We played on the beach and went hiking to see a gorgeous waterfall. It was a very nice trip and a great break.

Only to head back on Monday and start on this next major project. But like I said it's a fantasy world right now. I go and play outside for a few days, and then I get to go and play inside with some wood. To bad this life can't last forever.

By the way the last picture is of my greatest creation to date.