Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Shot Glass Box

I case you were wondering what I was doing while I was not posting, here it is.
I was busy working on this shot glass case.
I will post some more photos of it soon.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Viking Style Chair

Sorry for the delay in posting. Been busy in the wood shop and been neglecting my computer. My current project is viking style chairs for use while my crew and I are out camping. My roommate and I worked on this most of the day.

The Viking style chair uses two pieces of 2x12 to make the seat and the back. The seat slots into the back, creating a nice reclined chair for relaxing around the campfire and watching the stars.
After using the scroll saw to cut the rounded seat we found out that slower is better, otherwise you end up bending the blade during the turn and have to sand like crazy to get the edge back into shape.

We then cut in behind the seat to make the long tongue that will slot into the back. Using a chalk line we tapered the tongue and then cut it with a circular saw.

The back has legs cut into it and then a slot for the seat to go into. The legs add extra stability that helps the seat on uneven ground.

Here it is assembled. After we get to doing the more intricate design stuff, like maybe adding a celtic knot to it on the seat or back and then staining, I will post more on this project.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

New Banner

Decided to get on the ball and add a graphical banner. I will improve on it later. But for now it will help improve the look and feel of the site.

Tablero da Gucci part 2

Continuing from my last post, After I finished with the Dremel work on the board I laid out the glasses to see if everything looked good.

Then I sanded it all down and in between the squares. Next I stained the board

I picked a classic oak stain for the job. Using cheap foam brushes I layered on a nice even coat.
It took a few tries to get all the cracks filled in. At this point you can hardly even tall it has a seam between the two boards. While this one was drying I started in on the second one, I will spare you the details since its all the same.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bus Pirates

Pretty cool little series of videos. Pirates of the modern age.

Tablero da Gucci

As of late I have been rather obsessed with a game called Tablero, In case you have never heard of it, its a drinking game that was developed in the S.C,A, that is played with seven shot glasses and a 7x7 checkered board. The board is one square shorter on each side than a standard checkered board. Since my obsession has gotten the best of me I have decided to start making boards to play with during this years pirate event season, which is coming up rather quickly. I wanted a to make a few boards and I wanted them to stand up to the torturous use they will have to endure during an average event. So of course wood is the most logical material.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Swashbuckler's Ball

I am always on the look out for new pirate events and the Swashbuckler's Ball sounds like a great event that will give back to the pirate community of Oregon. The event will have some of the great performers from Portland Pirate Festival, a raffle for some prizes, merchants of pirate nature, Caribbean themed food, and of course a full bar.  The event is being held at the Melody Ballroom in Portland, OR on Saturday, November 20 2010 from 7:00 pm to Midnight. So come out and support your local pirates and have a good time while doing it. 

 Excerpt from the Swashbuckler's Ball website.
"In the wake of Poseidon’s wrath providing us with less than spectacular weather during the 2010 Portland Pirate Festival, there were a few of us who wanted to give back to an event that has meant so much to our town’s piratical community. After five years, the Portland Pirate Festival has become a cultural mainstay of our fair city and a unifying gathering for brethren from all shores. It is our collective hope that the Pirate Fest returns in 2011, but there are ultimately some financial issues that must be addressed before that can become a reality.
To that end, we would like to officially announce this glorious event which aims to help a cause that be near an’ dear to our black hearts."