Charlotte’s Revenge – A rotisserie for pigs

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.

IMG_20140922_084446.jpg A preview of things to come


Carved maple picture frame

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


Forest creature mobile

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

Woodland Creature Mobile-4.jpg 

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.
Woodland Creature Mobile-2.jpg

Cutting board is starting to come together

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.

End grain cutting board

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.

End grain cutting board