What I’ve been doing, sort of

Here’s one of the reasons I haven’t done anything much lately.

Wooden Animals
Well, also I’ve been putting baseboards in a closet, but this is more interesting.
Dark wood is bocote, the light is cherry. Spray lacquer finish. The dinosaur is about six inches long, to give you an idea of size. The others are a bit smaller, but perspective and junk.

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Carousel repair

Not much on the bass recently, but I finally got this thing rebuilt.

(Original post about it is here.)

Carousel, repaired

Those are 10″ candles.

It’s really rather bulky. Here’s a closeup of one of the snowmen – their hats needed touchup, and this guy got new buttons.

snowman

Will it go round in circles?

I replaced the hub at the top with a thinner piece, built a new spinning deck, and added a bearing to the top of the shaft. It still doesn’t work as well as I’d like, but at least it’s functional.

Hobby Tool Organizer, 2012

Cherry, paste wax finish. Knob is birch.

Hobby Tool Organizer, Cherry, 2012

Originally I’d planned on doing the joints with dovetails, but it didn’t turn out well. The main box and the drawer sides are all rabbetted, and the box on top is simply butt-joined. Some of the edges don’t line up as well as I’d like, but I oriented things so that the ugliest bits are around the back. Mostly.

The divider strips on top don’t define closed areas so that I can slide things out if I can’t pick them up. Sometimes it’s hard to grab little paintbrushes or tools if they’re right up against an edge. The strips are rounded or beveled (depending on what I felt like at the time) as well.

Initial design was done in Trimble (formerly Google) Sketchup. I didn’t do a very good job of it, but it was enough to go by. It’s not hard to use, but I didn’t feel like investing time to learn it thoroughly since I don’t plan on using it a lot.

Invisible Progress

Yes, I’ve really been working on the tool organizer. I just don’t have any photos. (It comes down to the old ‘Do or Tell’ decision.) It doesn’t look so hot, so you aren’t missing anything. The top is cupped, and the joints don’t meet very well so there are gaps. But I had fun with the router, so it’s not a total loss. It will be functional but not much more.

Hobby Tool Organizer

Some 1/4″ cherry, edge-jointed and smoothed out a bit, mostly with a scraper. I’ve started cutting dovetails on one end. This will be the bottom, because it’ll probably turn out badly.

Cherry for the bottom of the box.

And yes, I know this is a cross-grain joint, which will possibly lead to splits later.

Sandpaper Storage Box, 2010

Sandpaper Storage Box, cheap pine, 2010

Clunky box made from cheapo pine. I built this to store sandpaper, because the cardboard magazine box that I was using didn’t work too well for oversized sheets. I have a lot of different grits of sandpaper for finishing work, and sharpening chisels and plane irons. (That’s what the broken tile on top is used for.) I also wanted to try hand-cutting dovetails, and building a drawer. It’s bulkier than I would have liked, but works pretty well. The shelves are MDF and fit into slots in the carcase that I cut with a router table using a jig. But they didn’t turn out that well, so no photos of that. Unless I can find them.