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Front Hall Shelf finished

18 Jul

We’ve been working on a few projects for the house lately. A shelf for the front hall (below) and a few shelves for the bathroom which I will post soon. I’ve been experimenting a bit with Livos oils for finishing and playing with my new Fein MultiMaster tool. Getting great results!
Have I mentioned I love having a CNC? Derek built our CNC a few years ago and now that our shop is built it’s been running a lot! I love sketching an idea, drawing it on the computer and watching the CNC cut out the shapes, I love having a brilliant hubby who builds awesome machines and I LOVE not having to shop for shelves at Ikea ­čÖé

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Lintels

10 Apr

Finally getting some shop time in this weekend after spending every spare moment of the past couple of weeks prepping the garden for the growing season.
Projects seem to be piling up faster than we can finish them.
It’s been a busy winter with work and reno’s but spring brings longer, warmer days and more time spent on fun workshop projects.

Progress on the Workshop window and door lintels is happening slowly.

The workshop has 3 doors, a large 9ft wide window and a patio door. Each of them has 4inch fir trim and will be topped with a custom designed lintel.

These start out with my rough pencil sketches:
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get fleshed out in Illustrator:
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Derek takes the files and sets them up in 3D software to plan the cuts then the magic starts as we watch the CNC make an idea into a real object.
Our new Fein sanding and cutting tool makes the finishing go a lot quicker:

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Here’s a pic of one of the door lintels. Still lots of finishing to do and the final varnish but you get the idea.
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I’ll post more photos when they’re all up!

Maker Faire tomorrow!

22 Jun

Finished setting up for Maker Faire tomorrow. So tie tie!

We cut the tigerwood for the clock last night, here’s a photo of the three pieces together:

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2nd Clock project

7 Jun

Here’s a brand new clock we’re in the middle of making. The top shows the design, below that are a few snapshots of the first two layers cut. The base layer is a 2 inch thick slab of walnut, next is the maple, the top layer will be tigerwood. That’s the orange top part in the drawing. We will be cutting the tigerwood this afternoon. We’ll bring is along to Maker Faire in whatever stage of completion it happens to be. This one is much bigger than our first clock, ┬ámeasuring about 2ft wide….working our way up to a grandfather clock.Image

Mirror, mirror…

7 Jun

Here’s another project we’ve┬ájust┬ácompleted. The mirror frame is maple, cut on the CNC. Decorated with the blue dyed 2 part resin. Planning the next mirror now which will be a full length one. Hopefully I’ll post the design soon.

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First clock finished

6 Jun

Here is a photo of our first clock finished with the engraved brass inset parts.

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Oleg

19 Nov

I’ve been hanging around in the Fur section of Dressew a lot lately. Dressew is the best fabric store in Vancouver. It’s huge! They also have the largest selection of fur fabric anywhere in the lower mainland, which attracts a certain…clientelle.
Before you ask, I wasn’t buying any to wear! I’ve started on a few new projects which require vast quanities. The first is Oleg the Yeti:
Oleg the Yeti in progress
He’ll stand about 30″ tall.
I’m making a Sasquatch next!

We cut out the fox and raven parts of the pub sign today on the CNC, so I’ll be carving that soon hopefully.
Also, we’ve almost finished the clock – just need to cut out the 3 engraved brass circles and secure the clock part in place.