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Pens aren’t the only thing I turn

I also make pepper mills, like the two shown below:    The top one is made from walnut and oak and is roughly eight inches tall while the bottom one is made from maple and mahogany and is ten inches

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Another pen & pencil set

Not quite ready to stop with one segmented pen, I decided to make a couple more blanks and make a matched (more or less) pen and pencil set. I started by gluing some thin strips of walnut and maple together,

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Something I had to try

I was prowling the web one night and came across a video where someone made a rolling pin that looked kind of like a checkerboard. Looked interesting, and I wondered if it could be done on a smaller scale, and

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A little project from reclaimed wood

And I do mean little. A friend wanted a pen & pencil set so I made her one out of some pallet wood I had. Not wanting to stop there, I decided to take some more of the same wood

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A Little Fun….

You’ve probably heard the saying “You can’t put a square peg in a round hole”. You wouldn’t care to make a small wager on that, would you? Found something from an old project lurking in the scrap pile, and once

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Getting Dust on the Turning Tools

While the glue was drying on the picture frames I made, I decided to turn a pen, so I grabbed a hunk of bloodwood and came up with this: Yesterday I took a piece of babinga and turned this one:

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Reusing Distorted Wood

A few days ago a friend of ours decided she wanted our old dining room chairs, and when we took them to her place, she asked if I could make her some picture frames. After giving the matter some thought,

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Dining Table Revisited

You might remember my post a while back about making the oak dining table top. For some unknown reason, the damn thing decided, after more than two years mind you, to warp. Wood moves with seasonal changes in temperature and

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Heirlooms Revisited…

I had an earlier post about a couple of steamer trunks built for my neighbor’s daughters. They recently welcomed a son to the family, and we are currently in the process of making two more trunks….one will of course be

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The way it used to be done…

In my younger days, I found myself needing some full-size drawings for a project I was making. However, instead of paying several hundred dollars for a board I might only use once, I went shopping, and $50 later had everything

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