Thursday, August 16, 2012

Stanley Sweetheart 50 1/2 Mitre Box Rehab Finished

This is Part Three of this rehab, here are Part One and Part Two

Apologies for hurting your eyes, but this is the ugly before pic: 

And here is the after: 

The saw is a complete replacement, a nice Disston that I acquired from Walt at Brass City Records some time back. It fits this little box perfectly, with 3 1/2" under the back and 25" length. The base board, as I suspected, was walnut. I flattened it and cut it back so it fit the frame properly, without obscuring the scale. Darn thing actually had hints of curl in it. Nicest board I've ever had on a mitre box, for sure. 

The brass model number plate was in good shape, shined 'er up a little. 

The paint for the frame was a gray Tremclad, as close as I could get to what I think was the original color. On second thought, maybe I could have gone a shade lighter. But I'm happy with it. 

Only apology is it didn't have hangers. I may have to fabricate something, or if anyone knows the whereabouts of some, I'm all ears......  

Monday, August 6, 2012

Green Poplar

Since I've started turning wood, my ear has become tuned to the sound of.....chainsaws.  Whenever I hear a chainsaw running, I hop in the truck and go for a drive.  Sometimes, you end up with some nice free wood for the asking.  And then sometimes it's free, but not so nice.

Such was the case a few weeks ago, when the sound of chainsaws directed me to the local golf course.  Yup, multiple large trees were being taken down after a windstorm.  I know the course manager, and dropped him an email inquiring as to the availability of the wood.  As luck would have it, he was on vacation.  So it was five days later when I was able to get my mitts on this:

It was free, but not so nice; poplar - uhg!  But, I need practice turning green wood, so here it is.  I cut it up on the bandsaw and rough-turned a few blanks.  Actually there is some nice contrast between the heartwood and sapwood.  It was pretty wet, fuzzy and lumpy to turn.  Should be ok after it dries tho.

Turning Bowls Is Like A Relationship..... can go sideways on you really fast, needs a lot of attention, blah, blah.  I made a nice little Padauk bowl for a friend's birthday, and my wife asked for one. 

Well, sure, but I can do better than that old Padauk bowl, I said. I decided to step it up a notch and use a nice piece of Cocobola I'd been saving for a special project. 

Kapow!  Curses!  Rats!  Must've had a little hairline crack, because there weren't any catches. Matter of fact, it turned like butter. I'll finish it up, cut a notch, put it on the shelf and chalk it up to experience. Both bowls were buffed and waxed, these exotics shine up nice without a finish.

By the way, I have never had problems with allergies to exotics. Even so, I'm pretty careful about running the dust collector and wearing breathing protection. What I didn't anticipate was an issue with putting in my contacts the next day - some pretty serious burning! I threw away that pair, they were almost done anyway. Only other time I had that problem was with jalapenos; my contacts burned then but it went away pretty quick. Looks like it's gloves for the jalapenos and Cocobola from now on. 

It was back to the drawing board; I pulled out this little block of Rambutan and turned a nice little fruit bowl.  Mandarin orange, anyone?