My younger daughter and I have decided to take on a series of projects in the shop. This is our first, a tea tray made from cherry using simple joinery. She did most of the sawing and I helped out a bit with planing and chisel work. She did the handle wrapping entirely by herself, and did a much better job of it than I would have.
We got the iron rack from a friend. I turned the platters from some nasty piece of oak I had sitting around – not sure where I got it, but it had some lovely figure inside, including some spalting. The black lines at the edges are tinted epoxy I used to fill cracks. I’ve been using that approach a lot and it has been working very well.
This is just a quick little bowl I turned for the fun of it. I had dried the blank in the dehydrator, and it developed quite a lot of cracks, which I filled with black epoxy. I rather like the result. Even the missing chip (that catch gave me quite a start) lends something to the look, I think.
In a classic example of buying tools to make tools for your other tools, this is a little knurled knob I turned on my metal lathe to replace a damaged locking handle on my mill.
Lathe Electronic Leadscrew
I’m building an electronic leadscrew for my metal lathe. The above is an in-progress picture of the enclosure for the electronics. Read about what an electronic lead screw is and my progress in building one here.
The second project in a series my thirteen-year-old and I are doing that we call, “Home Eng”. This was her first lathe project, and we both had fun. It was especially gratifying for her, I think, since we went from picking a piece of mahogany out to having a finished piece in about an hour and a half.
This was a Christmas present to my wife, who requested it after seeing one somewhere. I used some of the Kwanzaan Cherry tree I’d cut down in our front yard. The swirl I just cut out with a coping saw. The remaining pieces are quite delicate, and I had to glue it back together at one point. I expect I will have to do so again some day, at which point I might reinforce it with a bit of brass.
My daughter wanted a small table to go into with her room. Painting and redecorating it was a a quarantine project. She worked with me to build this, and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. Made from the poplar of a tree that grew in our yard, too.
Bowl Steady Attachment Block
This is one of the first full projects I made on my mill. I had bought a bowl steady for my wood lathe, which needs a separately-purchsed attachment block specific to the type of lathe you have. I could have bought one, but I thought it would be a good exercise to fabricate one myself.
Live Edge Cherry Bowl
My first attempt at a live edge bowl. Turned from the same Kwanzaan Cherry as the others on this page. We gave this one away as a wedding present to some friends, but the wife has requested one of our own, so I’m sure I’ll be doing another one at some point.