Wood Magazine and I had a lot of wood that I needed to get rid of. The plan was not the easiest to follow but it was mostly template work. I ended making six of these pendulum cradles; one was a guide, three are complete, and two need to have have the bases built. I was also using several different woods. Two were mad out of counter top material. I did not know that oak butcher block material had two sides. One really good and one really bad. The counter top was 1.25" thick so I re-sawed the material in half and planed it down to the correct thickness. My band saw really was a huge help to me in this project. The back side was used as the pattern cradle. I was told not to burn it but make it into a planter. It is at may parents if any one wants to pick it up. Two are made from alder, at least that is what I think it is. It was given to me after the passing of my grandmother. It came from a front room shelving unit that my grandfather built. I made 4 sewing boxes out of it and then I had enough to make two cradles. This cradle is the one pictured. The other two are made out of birch plywood. I don't know what wood the base is going to be. This will be one toy that I will not be keeping because I have a crib that I made before I was married modeled after the one my grandfather built for my mother when she was a child.
Last weekend was the wood working show at the Pomona Fairplex. It has been a couple of years since my dad and I have been because it seems to keep getting smaller and the deals are not there. I went to look a band saw class. I realized that: my band saw is not set up correctly, I have the wrong blades, and it do not use the saw with its blades correctly. I will not go much further it to this. I did purchase a couple of things. I got a wider nozzle for my air brush. Hopefully I do not have to thin down my finish. I also purchased a plate glass sharpening kit. The thought process is glass is flat so lay wet/dry sand paper of varying grits to use a wet stones. I tried it out on one of my grandfathers hand plane irons. They were duller than I thought but I got one of them sharpened. Now I just have to figure out how to use a hand plane. That will be for another post. I did learn something. Wet sand paper will sick to glass with out adhesive and is much easier to peel off. If you are in the market for a sharpening stone I would recommend a 1/4" piece of tempered glass and various grits of wet/dry sand paper. I don't know if I recommend buying this system. Please note that this sand paper is meant to be wet when used. I have also heard the using a marble or granite tile also works for the flat surface.
This is the project I have been working on for the past couple of years. It is not complete yet but here is a sneak peek.