The joys of wood work in a heatwave.
Doing a little building job for home on a Sunday. I thought "wouldn't it be nice to have some straight stock" so I decided to cut some on the resaw. Sigh.
It is very difficult to show how this jig retains the wedge shaped off-cut safely (which could present a danger if not accommodated for) so please wait until the end. Also note that the blade is completely contained within the jig when the off cut is retrieved. Please also accept that the angle of the camera suggests that the off cut is closer to the blade than the reality.
Every day I come to work and there in my showroom is the cabinet by @phoebeeverill full of planes by @hntgordon and marking out gear by Colen Clenton in ebony and brass. All I would have to do is reach out, take one down and start working! Lucky I have such personal restraint!
An update on Moses. We spent Thursday and Friday stripping back and reassembling his old Hitachi 75 and his drill press (images later). We built a new stand, put in some safety features and tuned up the guides. It is now silky smooth and the cut is sweet (although the place could do with re-teething). He was very happy with the modifications etc.
This is Moses. He is 94 years old. He bought this Hitachi 75 resaw back in 1978. He has just gifted it to the Dunstone Design Workshop, along with his extensive timber collection, because he thought we might put it all to good use. Moses was a life-long educator. He appreciates that we train apprentices and strive to make "good things". A local woodworker, sniffing a potential windfall, offered him $1000 for his collection and he just laughed. Moses is an extraordinary human being. His house and workshop are testimony to the philosophy of do it well and do it once. It was a privilege for Alex, William and myself to spend time with Moses and his wife Pam. We will do our best to use his timber and machinery with the respect it deserves.
I just received this 6m pack of 250mm x 50mm Darwin Stringy bark. Check out the second video, this timber looks like mid colour jarrah but without all the frustrating colour variation.
The last spoon, I promise!
The second Christmas spoon. The proportions are not quite right, but I am happy with the shape and texturing.
Making Christmas presents on a hot Saturday afternoon. My first spoon. Some very pretty walnut.
With hands like that, he should have played for Australia.
The old "6m pack of timber in through the 4m roller door opening" trick.
@tim_noone_furnituredesign has driven down from Sydney to resaw and sand some walnut veneers.
The fully renovated red gum table that I made 21 years ago. This table is ready to go back to its owner in Sydney.
MacFarlane bowsanders getting a workout from Mr. A MacFarlane himself.
Putting the little 45 degree slope on the back of the buttons.
Making a big pile of furniture buttons for attaching chair seats. Here we're putting the rebate on prior to docking to length.
Safely buzzing out a lot of thin stock on the surface planer.