Sunday, September 14, 2014

New Summer Quilt and a Day in the Backyard.

Sue made a nice new Queen size quilt for our bed during the up and coming summer months. It light weight, different each side.

We had a day of relaxing out in the backyard in the sun 24C I needed it to soak up some much required Vitamin D..........and to lightly toast and turn the skin from super white to light tan.

I grabbed Sue's camera (Panasonic point n shoot) and decided it as time I did some photography again. I miss using the old Canon EOS 100 film. Time I lashed out and upgraded still not sure what yet.

 Skink around the fish pond ABOVE.

Lunch RIGHT.

BELOW. Sue spinning



 Last of last years Cherry Tomato these were eaten at lunch. Lemon Grass to the right used in our lemon grass tea and cooking.

Fern font

 Found in almost every suburban backyard..........unless you buy one of the newer homes there is NO backyard.

 I checked out my much neglected Bonsia, got to spend a weekend weeding and trimming soon before its to late in the season. Couldn't do it earlier due to all the rain and cold weather. Sadly I have lost a few more.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Stanley No4 Plus some Very Interesting Books

I got asked by Sonia who works in an Op Shop to check out a Stanley No4 Smoother plane and let her know what I thought and quote its worth. When I saw the photo's I offered to buy it myself as it is boxed and very clean hardly used. Her mum passed it onto Sue yesterday at the spinner meeting. It had some light surface rust, a little sawdust and is a little stiff/tight on some adjustment. I also had to tighten the handle down, this I think is due to timber shrinkage..


 All it needs is a good light clean up a turn on the stone to sharpen it.

One of the other ladies Peggy Dicker who's hubby Phil (passed away some years ago) had been into woodworking and turning passed on some excellent books. I have had a quick browse/flick through only at this stage but I think my favourite will be the Recycling Use and Repair of Tools 

 Interesting also is the Woodcraft Goes to The Opera this is a book of woodcrafters who were in attendance at an Exhibition in 1987 9th to 20th September the list of people who exhibited and their outline is whats in the book. I just noticed the Business sponsors on the reveres side many still around today.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Quick Castor Wheel Repair

Mark gave me some castor wheels being thrown out from his work, mainly to use the wheels for another lathe steady. I pondered over them for sometime before deciding to remove the bolts and cut off the daggy overhanging plate which had been welded on. I then drilled the four mounting holes again through the plate and in the two none rotating frames a 3/8 centre hole so I can make them rotate if need be.

I removed the wheels to do the end cuts 1/2 to high for the bandsaw frame to come down.
I then ground off the remaining wled where the bolt had been round the corners and chamfered the corners.

Will give the bare steel a coat of paint and soon find a use for them.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Hat Block

Sue likes to do felting and has done some hats in the past using various size balls as forms.

While on our trip to Toowoomba at the show she saw a number of wood blocks made for the purpose. She even bought a felt hat for herself, the shape was not quite to her liking and she tested out the new hat block I made to rectify the problem.

I used Oregon I had stashed away and was about to throw out as it just didn't seem to suit anything. I was wrong there.
Three cut boards laminated and turned to shape, sealed with sanding sealer and finished with brush on Minwax Polly at least 3 good coats to protect it.

Imperfections such as knots nail holes were filled with CA.

The first two photos are with the wet sanding sealer on prior sanding. 

 All done.

The cold days we have been having have slowed things down for me in the workshop.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wenge Pristina Fountain Pen II

This is the second Wenge Pristina fountain pen I have done and what a difference in the timber itself.
While the first had distinctive grain veins and colour variation this one is the opposite rich dark chocolate. The Gold and chrome embellishments along with the Iridium nib with its fine engraving only add to the quality of the kit and the timber.
I am not usually a fan of a high gloss finish but this Minwax Gloss brush on makes it stand out.

In trying to attain the finish I wanted meant 4 to 6 coats of Minwax this didn't come without some serious frustration as the workshop temperature often was below 8C. This caused bubbles to form in the application of the finish. There was much sanding back to bare timber and re-application only when the temperature was above 14C would I get a good result.


Grey Corriedale From Mudgee

Sue purchased some Grey Corriedale last year at Mudgee after carding it she produced out of 1kg of greasy and wet wool which once spun, washed and dried weighed 490grams. It spun up to be a 3 ply yarn.

Alpaca and Silk Jacket

Have to thank Geoff for his part in sending up this beautiful black Alpaca he had sourced from a neighbour down in Tasmania.

Back in March is when Sue carded and spun the fleece, the Black Alpaca has had silk bits added while spinning . These were incorporated yet strategically placed within due to the unusual design, across the shoulders and at the tail. The original design comes from Swing Swagger Drape with slight modification.

Knitting had to be done during daylight hours due to the black and with the poor light of winter we have been having, those days have been few and far between. Still I got some time sitting out in the sun for a few hours.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Scrap Metal Recycling an old Thicknesser

Getting a collection of metal for machining and general use is always on the cards more so if its free. I had spotted some time ago (read years) an old Thicknesser in Alan's trailer then even I asked if it was to go to the tip could I scavenge it. I finally went out and picked it up spiders, rust and all. I had to get stuck in and dismantle it as quick as possible I need the space no room for a thicknesser here.

Out of it I was able to get four 3/4" solid steel bars the upright guides, two height adjustment screws, working motor 8000 rpm... well it turned on twice but I think after that the switch died.
The guide roller, the main blade shaft plus two high speed steel blades 12" a few nuts bots n screws. Only things stuck tight are the four steel guide bars.

Oh yeh the gears and chain for equal operation of the height adjustment. In all almost all bolts and nuts came undone easy after 4 years of being in the weather. I found one side of the main case was cracked this could have been the problem of motor belt slippage and reason why Alan bought a new one.

I wish I had the facilities to melt down the alloy material and make some casting oh well can't have it all.