Monkey Talk #10

Meetups, Hybrid Turnings, New Tools & MORE

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Vegas Woodworkers Meetup

Me visiting Braxton Wirthlin's Shop
Maker Vegas Meetup

In early November, a bunch of woodworkers got together in Vegas to hang out. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it to all 3ish days but I did get to hang out at Braxton Wirthlin’s place for the weekend and had a blast!

Desert Woodworker Meetup

Charlie Kocourek was visiting about this time last year from Minnesota and we had the opportunity to grab lunch and hang out for a while. He recently notified me that he’ll be back down here for the first week of January and asked about having a meetup.

So… we’re planning on having what may potentially become the first of a yearly woodworking meetup at my home on January 7th. Right now we are using a private Facebook event to provide additional information and attempt a head count. If you’re going to find yourself in my area and would like to attend, send me your Facebook info or email address and I’ll get you added to the list.


Completed Projects

Hybrid mallet blank chucked up on the lathe
Hybrid Burl Mallet

The only thing I’ve really completed after the last Monkey Talk and before starting on the current walnut table was a hybrid box elder burl mallet turned from one of my first stabilized and cast mallet head blanks. I’m pretty happy with the results and learned a lot during the process.

Current Projects

Walnut table top with bench tops
PaloVerde hybrid mallet blank

A couple of months ago I started working on a large walnut table with benches. Every time I take on large commission projects I tell myself I’m not going to do it again but I do keep getting good experience out of it plus the tool money is always a bonus. I also have my next hybrid mallet ready to chuck up on the lathe but I think I’m going to try to finish this table first.

New Tools

Over the last couple months I’ve added a couple new tools to the shop. I got The Anarchist Design Book by Chris Schwarz, a Lie-Nielsen Dowel Plate, Bosch JS365 Jig Saw and finally a Super Max 19-38 Drum Sander. That last one took a bit of saving but will open up new opportunities in my shop. (Assuming I can find the time for those opportunities..)


No Fence, Just Milling

I was just finishing up a built-in cabinet with cathedral style doors during my last Monkey Talk and haven’t touched my fence since starting that. Since I only have the gates to build, I was hoping to get it done by the end of the year but now I’m just hoping for the end of the winter. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been outside much and have been enjoying the weather while milling some mesquite for the local sawmill and collecting logs to mill at my house.

On a side note, if you remember the carob wood end grain slab (cookies) I milled for the Wine Glass Bar Sawmill at the beginning of this year, they have them kiln dried, surfaces and ready to sell. They sent a few pieces to a friend to finish and the results were amazing. Kind of makes me excited about my two slabs that I still haven’t peaked at.


Quick and Simple Bandsaw Circle Cutting Jig

The latest quick tip video in the Monkey Moment, a simple jig to cut out circles on the bandsaw. I’ve used this type of jig for many projects and consider it a must have jig in the shop.


Videos to Edit

The only video I have ready to star the editing process is going to be the Jointer Knife Blade Setting Jig. That will probably be my next video and should be out in about two weeks. Other than that, I’ve got lots of video but have some projects to finish.

The List

  • French Cleat Tool Storage
  • Carpenter Bee Trap
  • Walnut Farmhouse Table (70% done)
  • Gates for the fence



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