Thursday, November 13, 2014

Potato Wood ...?!

Potato Wood Review by Steve Tomashek 


I like wood, some of my favorite trees are made of it; so when I was approached to try a new carving material made from potato starch my first thought was: what’s wrong with wood?  Now I’m pretty sure there are some fundamentalist “whoodlers” out there who will never try the stuff but I’m attracted to shiny new things as much as the next bird.

Rooster and Chickens
Rooster and Chicks

The smartest feature of this stuff is that water acts like glue for it.  When wet, the surface becomes first slippery, then sticky, and in a matter of 15 minutes there forms a glossy bond that is slightly harder than the material itself.  Carving it is a breeze; the light and uniform layers form a grain that is surprisingly strong in all directions.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Carving Puppet's...

how to carve
  • Carve only that parts which will be visible.
  • First drill all holes with table drill so they will have right angles.
  • Make sure all movable parts can move before starting to carve them.
  • Be focused on carving. Do not eat, or dring on the same place as you carve.
  • It's good to start with the hands and the head of your puppet.
  • You should work on each...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How to Carve a Pumpkin Into a Flaming Jack-O'-Lantern


Food Network Magazine and Halloween Wars champion Shawn Feeney show you how to carve a cool pumpkin, step-by-step.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Big Thank You to Ivan S. for finding this...
Photograph by GREG SUTTER 

Master craftsman Henry O. Studley (1838-1925) was an organ and piano maker, carpenter, and mason. He is best known for building this incredible tool chest during his tenure at the Poole Piano Company in Massachusetts, working on it over the course of 30 years. Using ebony, mother-of-pearl, ivory, rosewood, and mahogany – all materials used in the manufacture of pianos – he refined the chest to the point that, even now in the 21st century, it is still in a class by itself.
The Studley Tool Chest holds 300 tools, yet measures only 9 in. deep, 39 in. high, and 18 in. wide, when closed (22.86 x 99.06 x 45.72 cm). Every tool has a custom-made holder to keep it in place, many with beautiful inlay, and tiny clasps that rotate for easy access. As the chest folds closed, tools from the left side nestle precisely between tools on the right side. Below you can see a video review of this beautiful design.
To see a video with Norm Abrams explainng here
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Environmentally friendly TABLE SAW

 Peddle Table Saw

 If you are interested in this saw call Hale Storm 516-867-5851
 Peddle Table Saw for sale $1200.00

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What Is It?

Lee Valley & Veritas
Woodworking Newsletter
  Volume 9, Issue 1 - September 2014    
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When this device appeared in the collection, there was much dialogue as to its use. It is clear that it's a cutting device of some kind, but the 4'1" diameter was out of proportion to the size of the cutting blades (3"). Was it an agricultural tool? Was it a woodworking tool? Just where and how it was used remains a mystery. When putting forth an item for discussion, I usually have at least one or two options to present to the reader. In this instance, I join the ranks of those giving an opinion. Frankly, I just do not know what this was used for, no matter the application. It is entirely possible that I have missed its purpose and tried to fit it into the woodworking world solely because of the cutting blades and limited cut in the shearing mode.

This unit resembles a safety planer on steroids, a device that was sold for many years to fit on either a drill press or a radial arm saw. It is now out of production, although there seem to be at least two newer versions available. That tool used inserts set into a solid disc to provide a planing action for smoothing or sizing wood. It had some popularity with luthiers, who work with smaller sections. It was touted as being extremely safe.

Well, not so with this animal, which exhibits correct design for a flywheel with spokes. These spokes radiate out but not in a straight line from the hub. This minimizes the stress on the outer rim and allows for a more concentric wheel casting. The hub style dictates that this tool was used with the shaft horizontal (plane of wheel was vertical), with the 1-5/8" shaft locked with the cat head arrangement. It was then possibly mounted in pillow blocks and driven with a pulley. Alignment might have been a bit tricky, not only with each of the eight blades but also the entire wheel assembly. Using a 52" circular saw blade turning at 500 rpm (a common speed), one gets a rim speed of around 6,800 fpm, a reasonable cutting speed for wood. Turning this device at 200 rpm (I would go no higher, given the construction of this wheel), would net a rim speed of about 2,600 fpm. This postulation is only a guess, at best.
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Safety in the workplace is of the greatest concern. The hobbyist in a personal workshop should be just as diligent, yet it is clear that rules can be and are often overlooked by individuals when performing tasks in their own workspaces. One can only imagine the sound, let alone the air displaced, when this tool was turning at speed, whatever the workpiece. There must have been a conveyer system of sorts, as hand feeding would have been out of the question. The risk to the operator would have been severe. I doubt if this tool could be used in today's safety conscious environment.

And now I welcome your suggestions as to its use. But please don't tell me it was used for cutting cornstalks or straw!