Making a Bow, part Two

December 31st, 2010 by Orkraider

I’ve now had a couple days where I’ve been able to spend some time working on bows, so here’s part 2 of Making a bow. Brad was kind enough to bring in a much better camera, so here’s a pic of the front profile of the bow as it stood at the end of part 1:

front profile
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Wednesday Night Roundup – Montage

December 22nd, 2010 by otto_pjm

No people, no comments just a snapshot of the evenings stuff.

A Japanese Style Lamp

December 22nd, 2010 by jrsphoto

Many of you have been curious about the Japanese lamp I have been making over the past few week so I figured I would post a few pictures of the finished project.  I went in to the hack factory today and finished the final piece, the brace that would hold the candle, which in my case is a very realistic looking – battery operated candle.

There are three basic parts to the lamp.  The inner frames, the outer legs, and the top.  The frames are made from 1/2 inch maple, with simple lap joints to interconnect all the frames. There are a total of 4 inner frames and each frame is connected to the other frame at 90 degrees with another lap joint.


Once I had the inner frames done and covered with paper on the inside, it was time to make the outer legs. I made 4, roughly 1″ square outer legs that support the inner frames again using lap joints.  There are small dados in each of the legs that the inner frame mates to.

Not exactly sure what wood I used on the outer legs or the top piece but its basically just a square frame of 1″ x 9″ hard wood with 45 degree miters on each end.  Once glued up, I did a simple round-over using our router.  I spent several days sanding and rubbing on 3 coats of tung oil.

If anyone is interested in making one, let me know and I’ll loan you the book.















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Making a Bow, part one

December 20th, 2010 by Orkraider

I’ve been threatening to blog what I’m doing at the space for a bit now, so here goes.

Today I decided to start making a pair of bows, as christmas presents for my brothers.

These are going to be made out of red oak, using some 1″x2″x6′ boards I got at menards.  They’re going to be self bows, which means each is made out of a single piece of wood, with no gluing.  I’m shooting for about 50 to 55 pounds draw weight at a 28″ in draw, which should be doable with this wood.

For starters, I picked through all the boards, looking for one that was straight, with no bowing or cupping:

the Mona Lisa

a nice straight board

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Saturday at the HF

December 18th, 2010 by Booka

I stopped down to play with some passive solar concept I had for removing Ice Dams on my roof, and I found Pete working on his CNC rig (he professed to be there to work on drawers, but he must have gotten inspired on the rig.)


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