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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #275 on: July 25, 2016, 10:04:48 AM »
It's really funny until you go to http://americancornhole.com/  (Safe For Work).... Then it's hilarious.  I play once a week in a "league" (read: friends getting together and swilling beer). 
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #276 on: October 23, 2016, 02:00:57 AM »
I needed another project right now, right? Lol

My gf told me last week that they cut down a weeping cherry tree at her grandfather's house and offered me some logs from it.

Never worked from raw, wet logs before...... So, i did the crazy thing, accepted the wood and went and bought  a chainsaw and started making some blanks to dry  :lol:

She told me it was her grandmother's favorite tree when she was alive  so i figured i better make something for her first and foremost.
Wracked my brains for a few days, thought about all the stories I've heard about her and her grandma doing stuff in the kitchen..... Then remembered the last time i was up there for dinner, we served salad with a spoon


So, after some careful microwave drying of one of the pieces, then creating a "bookmatched" set at the bandsaw, i planed the surfaces flat and got to work on a bunch of sketching before deciding on a design......Looks like I'm gonna be trying my hand at carving now

I present to you; salad tongs, in the rough


I know, far from done, and plenty of room for failure still.... But I love the design, and the way it sits with grain....got excited to share
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #277 on: October 23, 2016, 08:50:44 PM »
The grain does look nice like that. I don't want you to rush, but I'd love to see how they turn out.
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #278 on: October 24, 2016, 07:32:45 AM »
Looks pretty cool, can't wait to see how these finish up.  :mrgreen:

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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #279 on: October 24, 2016, 10:07:29 AM »
Got one maybe half finished yesterday
I don't have proper carving tools, so scooped out the "bowl" of the "fork" with a spindle gouge from my lathe tools, then shaped the backside and started on the handle with regular old flat chisels
The whole process was pretty awkward with those tools lol

But i stopped for now because i need to decide if i want to intentionally leave them rough, with tool marks visible , or finish them smooth
And I should probably find a decent set of the right tools to finish the job..... But it's off to a decent start :


Don't ask me why i didn't start with the easier spoon side for my first attempt  :uglystupid2:
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #280 on: October 27, 2016, 09:49:21 AM »
Don't ask me why i didn't start with the easier spoon side for my first attempt  :uglystupid2:

Because we like to fork ourselves with harder projects?   :angel:

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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #281 on: October 27, 2016, 03:04:26 PM »
Lol your just full of the corny today  :-D
Carving tools just arrived in the mail today, will get back on this as soon as the Halloween stuff is complete
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #282 on: November 06, 2016, 02:51:52 PM »
All done  :-)
Soaked in mineral oil, then coated with a blend of mineral oil and beeswax......pictures don't show the color all that well, but I love the way they look in person

Ended up a little skinnier than planned in the handles.  I started out sanding down the first one nice and smooth, then decided I liked it better rough and showing the tool marks, so I had to carve a little more off.  But, whatever, they're just salad tongues, not like anyone is stirring a thick chili with it or anything, so should be fine being a little thinner.
Also exaggerated the gouge marks on the ends a bit for added texture.  Final product is straight from the chisels, no sanding



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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #283 on: November 07, 2016, 10:48:12 AM »
Awesome job, Daryl - I'm pretty far behind on my gifts (as in, a year behind...) but I'm finally getting settled down a little and will soon have a workspace again. I'd like to start carving/whittling as well since that requires less space and less noise.
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #284 on: November 07, 2016, 12:08:53 PM »
Thanks  :mrgreen:
Yeah, i started this project on the porch, but eventually said fuck it, took it to the living room and just resigned myself to knowing i would have lots of vacuuming to do when i was done. The joys of living alone lol
It takes too long to spend the whole time standing uncomfortably in a shop

If you're interested, i went with these for tools:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0037MI3K2/ref=yo_ii_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1
They had mixed reviews, but i wanted to keep it cheap (cheap-ish,  without getting a total crap, $10,made in China from junk steel set)  until i knew if i'd enjoy it.  Mine came razor sharp, i used mostly just 2 or 3 for the whole project, and they held their edges through to the end, i was pretty surprised. Will probably touch them up on some leather loaded with CrOx, but even that isn't really necessary quite yet
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #285 on: November 09, 2016, 10:34:39 AM »
Those came out really neat.  Looks almost like you grew them.  :mrgreen:

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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #286 on: November 09, 2016, 11:08:07 AM »
Thanks Dave  :-)
Just threw another coat of wax on them this morning before work (had to add more wax to my oil/wax blend, it wasn't hardening enough), but a quick buff tonight and they should be ready to rock!
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #287 on: November 09, 2016, 03:32:12 PM »
Thanks Dave  :-)
Just threw another coat of wax on them this morning before work (had to add more wax to my oil/wax blend, it wasn't hardening enough), but a quick buff tonight and they should be ready to rock!

That wax coating is exactly what I use as a final coating on my knives. Works awesome!
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #288 on: March 13, 2017, 11:59:56 PM »
Gifts for ourselves count on this thread, right?   :-)

Finally got to do this while on vacation.  A gift for myself from www.AR15Mold.com .  First try had a few minor issues, with a couple of small voids caused by bubbles.  Nothing that would be catastrophic, but I know what to try a little different for Try #2.  Also going to try for a darker blue.



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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #289 on: July 03, 2017, 01:48:59 PM »



Claro Walnut handle
Black leather/burgandy suede
Hand stitched
Hand hammered copper eyelets

Not so much a gift, this one's gonna be for sale at an upcoming event I'm helping a friend with.....but I was very pleased with how it came out and thought I'd share
First attempt at peening a 1/4" copper tube (a refrigerator repair kit) to make eyelets. Contemplated polishing them smooth after, but decided to keep the hammered effect

Gonna be working on a few similar pieces with different patterns and handles this week, and will have various other items there such as cuffs (in the same vein as this piece, as well as daily wear bracelet type cuffs), collars/necklace, pieces we've created with the vinyl Cutter and the electro-etching (attaching an image of a piece my friend made that will be going on a leather cuff), stuff of that nature.
If anyone is interested it's the Troll Market, hosted at the Fuze Box's Goth Night on Central in Albany this Friday night  :mrgreen:
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #290 on: July 06, 2017, 10:42:12 AM »
I have no idea what that is, or what it's used for, but I'm assuming it's some sort of perversion device at first glance. Either way, looks fuggin' awesome man.

I'd come out to support, but I did the Goth Night at Fuze Box once. Good music, but I got creeped on quite a bit. Probably would not return.
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #291 on: July 06, 2017, 04:43:11 PM »
Trust your instincts  :2funny:
But thanks for the compliment!  :-)

Yeah, the experience there can be hit or miss, it's more my friend's scene than mine, but i join him sometimes. I've had some creepster experiences there myself, but more good times than bad (and a couple people are no longer welcome there, which has helped a lot).
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #292 on: September 15, 2017, 01:49:11 AM »
Moving this out of the food thread to not clutter that up anymore
But...I think i figured out the right combo of rough and mirrors polish for this particular blade  :smitten:
Need to just touch up a few stray scratches on the darker section, then repeat on the other side

Also think i may have settled on a piece of that Zebrawood for the handle, but not 100% on that yet... The stripes might go to waste on a small handle. Need to plot it out and decide
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #293 on: September 19, 2017, 03:02:52 PM »
Moving this out of the food thread to not clutter that up anymore
But...I think i figured out the right combo of rough and mirrors polish for this particular blade  :smitten:

That looks really crazy.  Like a piece of Anime in real life.

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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #294 on: September 19, 2017, 04:53:52 PM »
Lol that's funny. Thanks
Still haven't finished it up, work has been hell  :-(
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Re: DIY Gifts
« Reply #295 on: October 11, 2017, 10:57:32 AM »
Well, I started this project on my last vacation.  And posted my first lower a few posts back.  But on this most recent vacation I finally got it finished.  Now I need some range time.
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