Summer Time Bliss

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Nothing quite like lazy summer days with fluffy white clouds and blooming canola fields.

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Charlotte’s Revenge – A rotisserie for pigs

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Last year we hosted a party for a bunch of friends and family. It was wonderful to have so many close friends and relatives having a good time together. Anyways, that isn’t what this post is about. Early on in the planning stages of the party it was decided that we should spit roast a pig. Not just any little pig though, we wanted to do a large one in the 80 to 90 lb range. That is a lot of meat to spin.

There were a few commercially available rotisseries to had for quiet a few $$$, as well as some rental ones that had a cost that was a bit easier to swallow. But where is the fun in that? I had some motors laying around and a desire to make something, so off I went.

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Carved maple picture frame

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V recently got a wonderful Scott Campbell print called ROCKET HOUSE that needed an equally as wonderful frame to call home. I attempted to take pictures of the process, but unfortunately got distracted by the whole making process and only managed to snap a few… oops.

This humble picture frame started off as a piece of Eastern hard maple left over from the cutting board I had made a while back.Maple Picture Frame

A few quick cuts on the bandsaw and I was left with some more manageable pieces of wood.Maple Picture Frame

Then I started to forget about taking more pictures. After a few more bandsaw cuts, some time at the router table, some chops with the miter saw, I was left with an almost-picture-frame that looked like this.Maple Picture Frame

Then the hand-waving magic really happened. Out popped a completed picture frame complete with an acrylic sheet to protect the wonderful print!Maple Picture Frame

 

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Forest creature mobile

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V and I completed a little collaborative project for a baby shower gift. Her job was artistic vision, painting, and assembly; my job was manufacturing the wooden and metal pieces.

The metal pieces consist of turned brass and brass tubing, these are used as the support structure for the mobile.

Forest creature mobile - putting things together

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The wooden trees, chevrons, and circles used for the animals are all 5 mm baltic birch plywood. The majority of these were cut out on a cnc machine. Everything is held together using beading wire.
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How To Tim Tam Slam

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V made a how to guide for the process of a Tim Tam Slam. This was part of a snack package we sent to the states. If you have never done one of these I highly suggest you give it a try!

How to Tim Tam Slam!

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Taig lathe x-axis DRO

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I am almost done adding the x-axis digital readout (DRO) to my Taig lathe. All that I have left to do is affix the scale slide to the cross slide bracket that I made. This will likely be done with a set screw. After that I can start the work on the z-axis DRO.

Taig lathe DRO

Taig lathe DRO

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Oak picture frame

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I picked up a print by Raymond Biesinger at the Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair. It needed a nice home, and being a 24″ square print, frames that would fit were hard to come by. So off I went to the workshop to make one!

Oak picture frame

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Hardware store crossbow

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I created this little crossbow for a Christmas gift exchange between some friends and I.

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I am quite happy with the way it turned out. The limbs are made of 6 hacksaw blades stacked together and the trigger is spring loaded so it will return to position after being pulled. The bow will shoot approximately 30 m on a good shot, though not always very straight.

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Winter wonderland

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I took a walk the morning of our first large snowfall a snapped a few pictures along the way. I quite enjoyed making the first tracks in the 20 cm deep snow almost the entire time I was out!

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Winter 2013

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Completed cutting board

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Here is the finished product in all its glory!
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Cutting board is starting to come together

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The end grain cutting board I am making is starting to take shape. A few more pieces to cut up and it will be time to glue everything together.

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On a side note, a smart idea is to label all the pieces so you know where they go. An even smarter idea is to save an image of the numbered pieces before you tear everything apart… oops. Thankfully the pieces were in a somewhat logical order.

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Settlers of Catan card holder – final shot

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Just a quick update on the Settlers of Catan board game card holder I made. A nice final picture showing all the cards in place.

Catan Card Holder

Experimental cutting board design

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I’m working on a new end grain cutting board design, trying something a little different from what I have ever seen. Hopeful it will all work out. If not, perhaps I can re-purpose it as a novelty sized coaster…

More to come!

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Settlers of Catan card holder

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A game that is popular among my friends and I is Settlers of Catan. Who couldn’t love a game that gives so much opputunity for bad jokes oriented around sheep and wood? With everyone concentrating so hard on thinking up the next great joke the card piles begin to look like they were haphazardly thrown on the table. To remedy this I set about creating a card holder to help bring order to chaos.

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