Using the Amana Tool bowl bits from Toolstoday.com, I create a freeform double (interlocking) bowl
Spent much of the day in the workshop, finishing off the kitchen I gave Jessica 18 months ago. Nothing like promptly getting jobs done!
Edges were rounded over using the Festool laminate trimmer (OFK500) I bought for the task 17 months ago. Sides were sanded, and the big (outstanding) job tackled- remaking the wooden hinges for the cupboard door that had broken while carrying the unit into the house for that Christmas all those months ago.
The door, finally attached, and it was onto giving both units (sink & oven) an oil (Danish). Took a lot – lots of surfaces! I really need to prefinish more!
However, despite the long list, I didn’t do it all myself. For almost 5 hours, Jess was a constant companion, and helper. She oiled one entire unit, and sanded much of it as well with the ETS150/5. And had a ball doing it. It was her suggestion that the shed needed the name alteration!
I’ve created a monster! (Awesome!!)
Woodworking inspiring the next generation.
It is a quick jump from the pic the other day to the finished project – it was made as an article for the next edition of “The Shed” magazine, so you’ll have to pick up a copy of that (when it comes out) for the full 2200 odd-word article (and associated images!)
It made plenty of use of the SawStop, the Kapex, and the Domino. On that last point, over 100 separate mortises went into this project. Thank goodness for the Festool Domino!
A newly revamped HNT Gordon website, making it even easier to see and purchase the hand-made planes, Colen Clenton marking out tools etc etc
Given my collection of planes already (and still intend to grow it further), I am very tempted to build a Krenov-inspired cabinet to store them in, such as this one made by timberbits.com.au which is a beautiful example. Another may be good for router bits…….
Recently I have been exploring the capabilities of a new app for the iPad, from Fasterre called Woodcraft.
It is in simple terms, a CAD program for the iPad, and probably not too dissimilar from Sketchup (although I have not played with that a lot).
The app is particularly refined – things work as you’d expect, and a lot of attention has gone into its design.
To start, you can either create a new project from scratch, or download one which other users have made and uploaded for sharing.
Here I am downloading a birdhouse, that I can either build from the design provided, or used as a starting point for further development.
Elements can be added and deleted, dragged and dropped, rotated and precisely aligned with other elements.
There is a main view on the right, and other elevations on the left. You can easily switch through each elevation by dragging the one you want to view or work with to the main window. There, you can add and modify elements, add dimensions, and perform basic woodwork functions (tablesaw , saw, hammer (to join elements together etc)). You can take a photo in the real word, then overlay your project to see just how it will look with the Photograph function.
Where it comes to ordering timber for the project, click on “Bill of Material”, and it will provide a list of the components needed.
As you are designing the project, you may want to work with timbers you already have, or standard sizes that you know are available. That can be accommodated as well. Working either with the lumber pile, or the scrap pile.
And being CAD, and that you are working with solids in 3D, you can therefore view your resulting object in 3D as well – very helpful to visualise where you are at in the project design process, and work out what needs to be designed next.
It is quite a complex app given its capabilities, but there are plenty of videos available on their website that will help you get started, then develop your skills with the app.
Apps for the iPad are certainly maturing!
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