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    • September 7, 2019 3:37 PM EDT
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      sand down to 500 grit and them coat after coat after coat of boiled linseed oil.

      If only I had a lin to get seeds from......

    • September 7, 2019 11:58 AM EDT
    • Are you sure this isn’t some new guy initiation process? Are you going to be really dissapointed when you get a rock tied to a tree branch and a flint knife in return for all that hard work? 

      Dang looks like Thor’s hammering wood ! 

    • September 7, 2019 9:19 AM EDT
    • sand down to 500 grit and them coat after coat after coat of boiled linseed oil.

    • September 7, 2019 9:06 AM EDT
    • Job well done, Devon.  That will be a nice addition to the shop for some lucky bloke.  What are you going to use for the finish?  Love the awl.  Nice lathe work.

    • September 7, 2019 1:58 AM EDT
    • Very cool!

    • September 6, 2019 9:36 PM EDT
    • Ready for finising


      I found out that the guys include something extra in the box. So I made a matching awl to go with it.


      I used a shell casing for the ferule for the awl. Kinda a unique idea that isn't mine.



    • September 5, 2019 10:50 PM EDT
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      Great start, Devon.  The walnut and cherry will compliment each other very well.

      I am very pleased with this cherry. I have worked with American black cherry before but that isnt a real fruit tree but a native hars wood. So wasnt to sure what this stuff was going to be like. But it's a nice wood to work with other than I am allergic to it. But that wont stop me. 

    • September 5, 2019 10:47 PM EDT
    • Need a big wooden thing to smash model trains that arent working out so well. 

    • September 5, 2019 9:55 PM EDT
    • Thanking Joe for making you clarify things, Dev.


      I was puzzled about what kind of weird boiler you were carving out of that cherry... Feared you were branching out into wooden Thomas stuff. 




      But all is ok, I get it. You just need a big wooden thing to smack stuff with, cool.


    • September 5, 2019 8:29 PM EDT
    • Great start, Devon.  The walnut and cherry will compliment each other very well.

    • September 5, 2019 10:50 AM EDT
    • its like the first one Joe


      also though making the second one out of wood would be fun also.

    • September 5, 2019 10:07 AM EDT
    • This "mallet" is this...

      ...or this...

    • September 5, 2019 9:05 AM EDT
    • So here is the start to the mallet for the mallet swap I am doing. That cherry wood is working out nice.



    • September 4, 2019 3:03 AM EDT
    • Wow, that really is a beautiful piece of wood! 

    • September 4, 2019 1:15 AM EDT
    • Another yard tree. This is a piece of the bing cherry from my father-in-laws tree he had to have removed. A lot different in many ways to Black Cherry which is one of my favorite woods. But this stuff is pretty. This is a piece cut off fro truing the block so I could cut pieces from it. I applied one coat of linseed oil just to see what it would look like. Not at all a bad looking piece of wood.


    • September 3, 2019 11:16 PM EDT
    • Believe it or not this is clean and organized. There is still way to much crap in there but at least now I can get to everything. The table in the left of the lower picture is a rolling/folding project table. When not in use it folds up and stores on the wall. so it is usually out of the way. I have it down because I had to use the router flattening sled to mill down the cherry.


      As for the mallet I will show progress and the finished project. I am surprised at how fast I am building it. I am using a pattern from Wood magazine and I already have all the pieces cut. It isn't gonna take me long at all to build it. I have some added details that will slow me down plus I guess people always put a little something extra in the box so I am going to make a hanger for the wall to display it while not in use.


    • September 3, 2019 8:42 PM EDT
    • I'm glad you claim to have made progress on cleaning the shop, but you know the rules ..... pictures or else you just sat around holding the chair down all weekend as far as we know .  We do want to see pictures of the mallet before you send it to its new owner.

    • September 3, 2019 7:00 PM EDT
    • So I cleaned the shop from top to bottom. Made people take home stuff they were "storing" in my garage, made my wife take her crap to her she shed (well some of it she still has a set of shelves in my shop) and rearranged stuff so I can move around. I hooked up my central dust collector to my bigger machines, still need to do the smaller ones. I created a center island of tools that I can walk around. Its a much friendlier layout.


      I also joined "lumberjocks" which is a forum very similar to this one for wood workers. A community, more than just information. I went there for some advice and ended up throwing my name in the hat for a "mallet swap", something similar to our build challenge. We have until Nov 7th to build a mallet or hammer, then we ship it to another participant and we get one in return. I am building the "backyard whammer" a dead blow mallet with leather faces made from a piece of Bing cherry from my father-in-law's backyard and a piece of the bosses backyard walnut.


      Need to do some train stuff but its nice feeling good enough to be in the shop.

    • September 6, 2019 4:22 AM EDT
    • If I didn't know better, I'd swear you worked for the Nevada Tourist Board. 

    • September 6, 2019 1:46 AM EDT

    • Here's another video from my recent trip. This one features some of the fantastic scenery and amazing wildlife that I saw in Nevada.



      This is the seventh in a series of videos from my 2019 trip, where I explored old mines, mining camps, ghost towns and other historic sites in Nevada and the Mojave desert. 



      “Native American Flute Solo” by Art-of-Sound

      Licensed by AudioJungle