davewyo

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25 minutes ago, h3nry said:

whatever it's going to be, it's looking good already.

Thanks h3nry! I think I see you're setting up to do some carving on the legs of your latest project. I'm looking forward to what you come up with.

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Would like to see more pictures in between steps. You are like a tv show, they get a ton of work done in a commercial break. Looks very nice!

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I'm assuming it's this work computer but, none of the pictures are there for me..  Bummer as I was looking forward to this one when you mentioned it in the prototype leg thread.. 

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5 hours ago, Rex Edgar said:

Would like to see more pictures in between steps. You are like a tv show, they get a ton of work done in a commercial break. Looks very nice!

Thanks Rex. I'll try to post more detail during the carving.

1 hour ago, wtnhighlander said:

Doing claws on the feet, Dave? You are certainly off to a good start!

Yes, I'm going to attempt to make four "identical" ball and claw feet. We'll see how that turns out.

The sweep of the gouge dictates the curvature/size of the ball so I'm waiting for a set of gouges (which should be in today).

42 minutes ago, shaneymack said:

Very cool Dave ! Hard to tell on my phone, is that walnut you have there?

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Yeah it's walnut with some pretty good oxidation/fading on one side. I was going to make the sides of some Birch but the legs get a knee block glued on later to make the transition from the knee to the apron. I felt like it would look funny with two species of wood. I think I'll be doing some sort of inlay on the front/back/sides to dress it up. I haven't quite figured out what the lid will look like yet. There will probably be some kind of ornamentation there too.

7 minutes ago, TIODS said:

I'm assuming it's this work computer but, none of the pictures are there for me..  Bummer as I was looking forward to this one when you mentioned it in the prototype leg thread.. 

I think it must be your work computer Kev. You'll have to wait til you get home...;)

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Looks great, Dave. Looking forward to seeing the carving. Do you have a tenon jig for the table saw? Looks like you might have been able to cut the square top of the leg on a TS before you took it to the band saw and saved yourself some hand work.

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Coming along great Dave! Take a bunch of pics and give us a good play by play when you carve the feet !!

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On 7/7/2016 at 4:53 PM, Janello said:

Looks great, Dave. Looking forward to seeing the carving. Do you have a tenon jig for the table saw? Looks like you might have been able to cut the square top of the leg on a TS before you took it to the band saw and saved yourself some hand work.

Good point John. I don't have a tenon jig but I get what you mean. The back side of the leg is the milled square surface (marked in blue chalk in the original layout photo). When I cut the pattern on the band saw I stayed about 1/16" away from my line on the surfaces you're talking about. From what I understand I want the extra meat so that I can fair the leg to the apron rather than the other way around.

 

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8 minutes ago, wdwerker said:

I am having fun watching this journals progress !

It reminded me of a chair I discovered in one of the Smithsonian art furniture galleries.

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Holy Crap! That's fabulous!

Am I seeing it right? The back legs sway over so the front leg can reach for the ball?

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Yep ! Talk about skill. I was by myself and leaned in as close as I could. Craftsmanship was incredible. Guard looked at me funny but when I explained I built furniture and wouldn't touch he left me alone. Can't find my pictures so I grabbed one off the web.

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19 hours ago, wtnhighlander said:

I'm afraid I would pare them down to pea size, trying to get them alike!

Yeah, there's always the chance that paring things down will get out of hand. I'm really trying to keep it foremost in my mind that nothing is complete. It's all just rough until I make the final cuts, so better have some meat to carve when I get to that point.  I try to identify the high points, take off a small bit at a time, and move on to the next leg while it's still in an unfinished state.

 

My next step is to round and define the fingers and scoop out an area to make the web between them. I mark them out roughly.

http://IMG_1674_zpsfl181ja3.jpg

I also mark out the knuckles using a compass. It's important that all the knuckles are consistent across all four legs.

http://IMG_1677_zpscunyd8rk.jpg

Cut down into the ankle area to scoop out and form the web.

http://IMG_1675_zpscsbbf1dc.jpg

I keep working back and forth slowly, defining the web and rounding the fingers. Here's a comparison:

http://IMG_1678_zpsjbsan9ox.jpg

When the fingers are rounded and somewhat defined. I pare down the claw into a cone. The goal is to get the basic shape but leave some meat for later when I add in the cuticle. I taper the cone to the diagonal layout line in the bottom of the foot.

http://IMG_1680_zpsfj3kr9nv.jpg

http://IMG_1683_zpsrpcwkswj.jpg

So it's coming along on the first B/C. The web is quite low on the ball and the fingers have quite a bit more tweaking to be done. The plan is to take all 16 fingers to this state before refining them much more. I'll be at this for a while. It's slow going.

http://IMG_1682_zpslcxtcoqq.jpg

 

 

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1 hour ago, TIODS said:

Tedious task for sure!  Looking awesome tho!

It's great fun! But I'm super slow and I wish I had more tools!

The back is slightly different than the front. It doesn't get a web between the fingers and thumb.

I work my way down as before.

http://IMG_1685_zpsomfyohqx.jpg

http://IMG_1686_zpsg8k2v3pk.jpg

http://IMG_1687_zps28tht3ad.jpg

On to the fourth side of the first B/C.

http://IMG_1688_zps1y08m6pz.jpg

 

 

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And now I have one roughed out. The thumb needs a lot of work. I need to watch Phil Lowe's video again and see how it's supposed to go.

Back.

http://IMG_1689_zpsrm9ccavv.jpg

Front.

http://IMG_1690_zpswkokbr6l.jpg

Only three minor cuts on my fingers so far! :)

Next I take the first as an example and try to carve three more that "match".

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