Small Lap Desk

As I update old drawings, I will post those that I hope you will find useful.  Some may be new versions of those that you have seen before.  Others will be making a first time appearance here on the blog.

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Binding the Past for the Future

Over the past several years I have accumulated quite a few design drawings. Some of the early ones are pretty rough and over the years I have been playing with the style that I use. Dabbling with color and trying to find a combination of CAD and handwork that I liked the look of. Continue reading

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Pie Crimper

Here is yet another small project for you lathe enthusiasts, a pie crimper.  A simple little tool used to join the top and bottom dough sections of pie prior to baking.  It also imparts a decorative edge to boot.

I stumbled upon the pie crimper while searching the internet for something totally unrelated, but it struck my fancy.  So I gave it a go.  Plus, who knows, it may inspire management to bake me a pie! Continue reading

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Clamp-On Pincushion-Scissors Holder

This is just a quick show-and-tell on a little clamp-on pincushion and scissors holder that I made as a Christmas gift.  The body is mahogany from the Magic Attic stash and the threaded shaft is maple.  The pincushion is from felt and hand-sewn by yours truly. Continue reading

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Homemade Music-Part 2

What started out as a simple idea to make a few cigar box guitars, ballooned into a full-blown research and development project. Starting out I had no idea how deep down the rabbit hole I would be taken, but it has been a challenging and rewarding trip.

If you perform even a cursory search of the internet for “cigar box guitar”, it will become quickly apparent that designs vary widely. So my first challenge was to find a design. Continue reading

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Homemade Music-Part 1

I don’t remember the first time I saw or heard a cigar box guitar. I’m sure it must have been on YouTube though. Like many of my projects, the seed was planted somewhere along the way and finally broke to the surface.

So, what is a cigar box guitar? Well, it is exactly what it says it is. A guitar fashioned using a cigar box for the body and a stick of wood for the neck. A crude instrument brought about by poverty and the basic human desire to make music. Continue reading

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Fly Swatter Shaker Style

A few weeks ago Paul Sellers had a blog post where he showed a fly swatter with a leather business end.  I liked the idea and immediately began searching the internet for similar designs.

Note:  Paul Sellers has since made his fly swat design a Masterclasses project.

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