Wine rack

Wine rack

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Rasps Part 1


So I bought some rasps, which are hand tools a lot like files but instead of rough grooves they have an array of teeth that scrape wood away. I consulted the fine folks at The Dusty Life (who were crazy enough to put me on their podcast) about what to buy. Basically, I asked "If life's too short to buy crappy tools, is it worth getting great rasps?" I ended up getting great rasps.

A discussion on rasps, which is admittedly kind of a woodworking geek subject, follows after the jump. I broke up this post into two parts because it kind of got long. So, the first part is about rasps in general. The second will be more about the rasps that I bought and examples of them in action.

Dusty Life: Reprise

Holy crap The Dusty Life guys let me be on their podcast, again! This time we talk about the types of finish that are best for knife handles. And yes, I'm aware this is relatively esoteric and you folks may not care! Listen anyway, leave them a rating on the iTunes and such, which is kinda like leaving me a rating (I estimate that I have been on for approximately 1% of their total airtime, which is... not a lot).

Anyway, I've embedded the cast after the jump:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Elongated Octagonal Dice Tray Gallery

Walnut with cocoa brown felt lining
I've created this post simply to have a consolidated gallery of all of the octagonal dice trays that I've made. After the jump are all of the pictures.

My elongated dice trays are available for sale on Etsy.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Octagonal Dice Tray Picture Gallery

Black Poisonwood (Chechen) with red felt lining
I've created this post simply to have a consolidated gallery of all of the octagonal dice trays that I've made. After the jump are all of the pictures.

My dice trays can be found for sale on etsy. I have separate listings for the domestic and exotic materials.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Magnetic Knife Strip Gallery

12" Danngai (Kingiodendron)
Over the few years I've been doing this I've scattered posts on knife strips all over this blog. I wanted to consolidate pictures in a central location, so they're after the jump:

Also, I currently have a couple for sale on Etsy, walnut and purpleheart.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Dusty Life

Yo, people on the internets, there's a podcast called the The Dusty Life. You should listen to it. It's at the hard to remember address of: https://thedustylife.com/

Listen at SoundCloud or iTunes.

They even let me be on it! We talked about rasps. It was cool... assuming you are interested in hand tools used to smooth concave and convex surfaces. I've embedded it after the jump.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Elongated Octagonal Dice Tray 1.1 - Walnut with Various Linings

Wouldn't it be cool if this felt was actually from Champagne?
I received another order for an elongated octagonal dice tray on Etsy. This customer requested it be made of walnut with the champagne felt lining. The story of this version is much the same as the last: two parallel 6" sides go along with six 3" sides to make an elongated octagon that is vaguely oval-shaped. The sides are 3" deep, making a fairly deep dice-rolling-area. Instead of stained red oak, the tray material is walnut, which carries the naturally dark chocolate brown color you see.

Also, in addition to the champagne lining, I ended up cutting lining in cocoa brown felt that I took pictures of without gluing down just to give an example of another color.

Lastly, I experimented with using a cork lining.

More pics after the jump: