Friday, April 25, 2008

less than a week.

O.K I am super busy trying to get as much as I can done before I have knee surgery.  I have been planing boards as much as possible and making a tool box.  I am still in a search to find a good set of chisels as well.  I have made a sharpening table out of a 4x4 and a 1/2" piece of redwood set in a slot ( just so the material has something to hold it).  I also am using a similar set up with a 3" redwood slab that is 12" wide.  It allows me a good surface to set on a couple of 6x6's and I can just sit in the living room.
I also still have to get the barn ready for demolition - not sure if I made that update, but it is classic  bureaucracy.

Until next time. 

Thursday, April 17, 2008

getting back

I've been away for a bit.  Making a fence and fixing tractors and just not being around to get enough done.  I 'll be home for the next few weeks then it is Operation time.....Hopefully the knee will be better after and I can get back to riding my bike again.  Lately I put new blades in my Planer, milled a bunch of redwood and have just about gotten my plans for a new porch railing as well as gate and fence, done. 
The porch will have a slight Japanese theme ( although it will work with the Craftsman style O.K) with a sage kama joint holding the porch rails together.
The picture at right is a David Fay work, but this is the similar joint.  Check out David's work it is great stuff.
I have ti finish a bench that has been on the back burner while I have not been home.  It too will use a similar joint to hold a cross beam out of redwood to the legs which are from the same piece as the top.