January 31, 2013

woodworking mallet

Filed under: film,projects — howarth frank @ 8:46 am

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I needed a woodworking mallet for the shop.  I decided on the basic wedged mortise and tenon design.  In the head of the mallet,  I bore two holes and filled them with lead shot. These holes were covered with two pieces of wood on ether side of the holes. This whole assembly was turned on the lathe to form a cylindrical mallet head.  The handle was turned from the same wood.  The handle has a tenon that fits into a mortise built into the head.  The head and handle were glued together and then the wedges were inserted.

January 30, 2013

Calvin’s desk

Filed under: projects — howarth frank @ 5:46 pm

the first of 2 legs is turned.


January 28, 2013

Calvin’s desk

Filed under: projects — howarth frank @ 9:44 am

the segmented section of the first leg is glued up.


January 26, 2013

calvin’s desk

Filed under: projects — howarth frank @ 11:10 am

i have built the box for the drawers, and am now working on the legs.  the legs will be made from segmented pieces and turned on the lathe.


January 24, 2013

calvin’s desk

Filed under: projects — howarth frank @ 10:05 pm

I have been working on the design for a desk for Calvin.  it has a train station motif. 


January 19, 2013

J. A. Fay & Egan Co. 950 lighting

Filed under: old tools,wood shop — howarth frank @ 6:46 pm

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In the Fall of 2011, I found this J. A. Fay & Egan Co. 950 Lightening band saw at the Millwork Company in Zillah, Washington. The previous owner got it in 2002 or 2003 from the McNally Lumber Company in Columbus, Ohio, who was the original owner.  They purchased the saw in 1947. It was on the second floor at the McNally Lumber Company and the wheels had to come off to move it.  The tires were rutted when the second owner got it in Zillah. He always ran 1/4 inch blades on it.  The wheels have anti-seize material on the shafts so they should come off easily.  I got help getting the saw into my trailer and rigged correctly. Then it was a white knuckle drive back to Portland from Zillah.  Everything made the trip safely. I rented a fork lift to get it out of the trailer and into the shop.  I moved it into position with a shop made cart and my shop made gantry crane.

The band saw has 36 inch wheels and can re-saw up to 22.5 inches in height and 35.5 inches in width. According to its papers, its shipping weight is 3000 lbs.  It is powered by a 5 hp, 3 phase, 870 rpm motor.  The blade is tensioned with a lever and a weight.  The weight can be adjusted along the lever to accommodate different blade widths. The guides are meant for thinner blades which is what the previous two owners ran on it. The tires are rutted and need replacing as only thin blades have been run on it.  The upper guides are helped with their vertical movement by a counter weight. The band saw has a foot break as the wheels have a lot of momentum in them. The table tilting mechanism is very smooth. It tilts 45 degrees to the right and 10 degrees to the left.  There is an adjustable swiveling arm that stops the table at level. It has a 4 inch dust collection port near the floor.

In the video, I demonstrate some of the jigs I have made for it.  The first is a tall fence for re-sawing. The second is a circle cutting jig for making bowl blanks for the lathe. The  third is a jig for holding big stout objects as they are being cut in a straight line.  In the end, I make a birch band saw bird feeder to demonstrate the saw.

January 17, 2013

birch band saw bird feeder

Filed under: projects — howarth frank @ 9:07 pm

working on a bird feeder.


January 15, 2013


Filed under: film,wood shop — howarth frank @ 8:04 pm

i got new photo lights for the shop, this should help with the cinematography.  my ceiling lights are 3500k, I wanted something warmer for subject lighting. these are 2700k. I have ordered reflective umbrellas to put the light on what the camera is pointing at.


January 12, 2013

bowl 7

Filed under: film,projects — howarth frank @ 12:47 pm

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This is the second half to this video: In part one, I had a walnut bowl that I had started to hollow out, but never finished.  It developed several severe cracks in it.  I first cut the bowl into five pieces: three that I would keep and two with the cracks that I would not.  I needed to remake those two pieces.  I did this by making a completely second segmented bowl with the same overall form as the original walnut bowl.  In part two, I took the leftover pieces from the segmented bowl and remade new solid walnut pieces. Then I put them all together to make a semi segmented walnut and padauk bowl.

January 10, 2013

new camera rig

Filed under: film,wood shop — howarth frank @ 8:50 pm

i made a new rig for the camera, it allows me to shoot from above.  it hangs off a french cleat, which lets me move it around the shop. i can use my old cannon 20d for time-lapse work


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