Saturday, May 17, 2008

The sink stand. The backsplash will reportedly get tiles, and I've got some chrome bars that will go across the front and sides. It looks and feels a little wobbly, but the weight of the cast iron sink sits over the legs, and keeps the whole thing stable.

The decorations look a little less awkward when mounted on the side of the bed. If you look closely, you can see the dents, dings, and holes in them. After they were made and carefully sanded, they were "distressed".

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Sink and Rolling Pin

The funny rolling pin/decorative turning thing was removed from the chopping block. It turns out that was exactly what the customer was thinking. I did have to make a slight modification, turning the ends down to 1 1/2", and turning 2 extra because we were no longer cutting them directly in half.

In other news, I've spent the last 2 days fighting with a cast iron utility sink. I'm building a bare bones sink stand for it, and have had to make a lot of fittings and adjustments to get the sink to fit. Cutting weird parts out of the mitered top, even cutting out around half of the rear skirt in order to accommodate the plumbing.

Today it was up, with the sink fit in it, and almost ready to go. I'll touch it up, and send it off to be white washed, and get to work on the pair of bathroom vanities that will accompany it, which I finally got the final dimensions for.

Pictures later, if I can remember to tote along my camera to work.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Various Updates

Before the weather turned nasty, I got to turn a bit and try out the new chuck.

This was also my chance to start work on the coffee cup that one of my co-workers wanted me to make. How to build and mount the handle will be my challenge for the upcoming weeks.

Since the weather isn't cooperating today, I spent a little time finishing up my display panels for my jewelry. Simple stands with a slightly angled groove, so that the 1/4" panel slopes back ever so slightly. A pair of larger cherry panels, a pair of curly maple panels, and a small curly maple panel.

For earrings, drilling pairs of holes throughout should work well. I have yet to decide the best way to hang necklaces and bracelets, dowels or hooks.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Busy Day

I finished these first thing in the morning, then made a bandsaw jig to hold them steady to cut them in half lengthwise. But now I'm not sure if they are going to be used. There seems to be a discrepancy in the interpretations of this decoration on the drawing.

I can always use them as cup stock if they don't.

Then I got passed a new project, a pair of bathroom vanities and a sink stand. I'll know more when I get done with the rocking chairs Monday or Tuesday.

Now that I've gotten home, I found a package from Grizzly on my doorstep. After setting up the lathe on Monday, I started poking around for faceplates. Through Amazon, Grizzly had a few aluminum faceplates for $6, where everyone else seems to be in the $20-30 range. At the same time, I ordered a live cupped center, and found that they had a 4 jaw chuck for under $50, so I got that as well.

They were back ordered on the live center, but apparently shipped the chuck and faceplate right out.

I also found my new glasses in the mail today. Last week I got a new prescription, and ordered a pair of safety rated glasses online. They have shatter-proof lenses (which I've had for the last 15 years or so anyway because of my prescription strength) an ANSI rated frame, and come with removable side shields for extra protection.

So now I'm all tricked out, and ready to turn, and be protected, and such.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Turning For Work

Now that I have the lathe, I decided I should get out and turn every day after work. Hone my skills. Create things.

Day one, lathe setup day, I did turn something. Day two, I failed. Yesterday was one of the worst pollen/allergy days I've had. I couldn't venture out to the store without having a sneezing fit. And while I wanted to turn, and even made a couple of improvements to the bench, I couldn't stand being outside for any length of time.

Today was shaping up to be close to yesterday. Not as bad, but if I stay outside too long I'm bound to be miserable for the rest of the evening.

But I did get my turning in for the day, at work and for work. We have this interesting and ornate panel bed/wall unit type thing. And on the drawing it calls for these decorative pieces mounted on the left and right. They are rolling pin looking things. A 3" round barrel 5" long, with 2" round ends 1 1/2" long. They will be cut in half lengthwise when finished, and be mounted flush to the upper and lower sides of the wall units.

Not terribly difficult, but this will be my second turning for work. The first were little feet for some cabinet. They came out fairly consistent with each other, but not perfectly matched. I'm not great with duplication, or really measuring when it comes to the lathe, as I have more of a turn by sight and feel type of method.

I got one completely finished, and the second one ready to sand and part off, before the shop closed for the day. I'll make a third one in the morning, so they can do with them what they will.

Maybe I'll have a photo for the visually inclined tomorrow.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Some Assembly Required

From all the looking at lathes I knew that there would be some amount of assembly when it arrived this afternoon. At the very least, bolting on the headstock/motor assembly and attaching tailstock, and figuring out how to bolt it down to the bench.

But I was unprepared for the heavy square box accompanied by a long narrow light box. The heavy box contained all the cast iron pieces, headstock, tailstock, motor, toolrest, and brackets. The narrow box just had the 2 tubes that make the bed of the Record Power lathe.

The mounting brackets bolt straight into the bench (one bolt each). The tubes lay in the brackets with a brace bolted across the top to hold them in place. Since the bed assembles so easily, and is just simple tubes, I could conceivably get a pair of longer tubes to extend the bed length if I was so inclined.

Everything else bolted on easily, and I had it all up and running in less than 30 minutes. So I took it for a spin.

Since it didn't come with a faceplate (something that I overlooked, and now regret not getting the slightly more expensive Rikon lathe), I turned a little something between centers. It looks a bit like a cherry Light Saber handle.

There are a few things to get used to with this lathe as opposed to the Conover we have at work. The first is the motor size (slight small than work) with I expected for a mid-sized lathe, but I have to be careful how much I can take off without stalling the motor.

Second, the pulleys. Works has a variable speed control on it, so you can change speed while the stock is turning, where I'll have to stop to change speeds.

Third, the tailstock and toolrest are not on quick release/adjust levers, so I have to get a wrench out to adjust them. I'll have to look into how I can do that.

Lastly, the stock attachment points (faceplace and centers). The spur drive is sort of tiny, and the tail center isn't a live center. The live center will be on the top of the list to get. And not having a faceplate is a little disappointing, as that is most of the work I'll be doing on the lathe, cups and bowls.

A few adjustments to the porch are also going to be necessary. The flat spot on the porch which is still under cover is on the west end, with the setting sun half blinding me. I'm going to get some screening/netting and hang it at the top 3 or 4 feet on that side of the porch. That should let enough light in to keep me working, but give me some sun protection as well.

I've already got a cover for it, and now it looks like we have a grill on the porch.

All in all I'm happy with it, but I'll be even happier when I get everything just right.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

My Fist Power Tool

It has happened. I've purchased my first power tool. A lathe.

I got approval from the roommates, and the landlord. I've got a place to put it, albeit just on the back porch. What I need is a stand, as it is only a mid-sized lathe. As much as I would like a nice cast iron lathe stand, I'm not quite willing to spend the same for the stand as I did for the lathe.

I was toying with two ideas. Build a 8/4 birch base for it, or just slap some 2x4's together and call it good. As fortune has it, work has been re-building a section of the shop, and there are a bit of leftovers, enough for me to put a lathe stand together.

It's big, and stable. And all it needs now is the lathe. It should be here on Monday, and then I can start turning in the evenings and weekends without having to go into the shop. It should be nice.

Baptismal Follow-up

I've been lax. The Baptismal stand has been finished for a week. I've taken a few photos, as well as getting a copy of the photo Lois shot for work. Here they are.