New headers

SAMSUNG CSC

I’ve been working on a new display stand to use at shows.  Above is the header which will have turned hangers fixed in the holes and it will be fixed above a new trestle table.  As you can see I’ve been having some fun decorating it with 17th century-style carving.  OK there are quite a few mistakes in the execution, but it is a learning piece.  These are only the second to fourth S-scroll designs I’ve cut.  I’ve been using Peter Folansbee’s excellent DVD on S-Scroll carving.  I’m going to have to do something about either my stance or the height of the bench, or the ever-changing depth of the floor shavings because I’ve been getting an aching back whilst carving.  I suppose this is partly because of it’s being a new thing and getting tense trying not to make mistakes, like especially when removing the background from around the last letter!.  The most tiring part was matting the background with a punch, even though I did it in four sessions.

I’ve made it from a piece of sweet chestnut left over from an epic milling session making feather-edged boards for a counter front in a cafe.  The big Stihl 66 I am running the Alaskan mill with gradually got slower and slower at cutting , even though I sharpened it, made sure there was oil in, and made sure the cut was level.  Eventually I gave in a bought a new guide bar (24″) and chain (3/8ths, chisel).  This improved matters amazingly, and no wonder. The new Oregon bar has a sprocket at the nose, like my little 18″ thinning 260 machine, it also has to be greased manually daily.  Whereas – the crappy worn out bar that came with the second-hand 66 doesn’t even have a sprocket – no wonder life was getting tough!

Here’s a picture of my newly discovered way of holding the thing in the vice whilst sharpening the blade, much better than trying to balance it on top of the timber I’m milling.
SAMSUNG CSC

So less of this mess for a while …

SAMSUNG CSC

I milled some oak for this job (while the old bar was working pretty well) a picnic table with benches (note the drainers at the rear of the seats).

SAMSUNG CSC
And this weeks quiz. What is the significance of this number sequence?
SAMSUNG CSC

It runs: 1,2,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,14,14,15,15,16,16,17,17. Hint: you may need to look back to an earlier post on this channel.

8 thoughts on “New headers

  1. Hi Richard,
    I enjoy your posts very much.
    I did a beginners carving course with a master carver and was told that the height of the carving bench should be around about elbow height, so you don’t have to bend over to carve. I haven’t had an aching back yet.
    Thanks for a great blog,
    Molly.

    • That’s a good point Molly. I think I may experiment with a bench on a bench set up fastened to the bench top with a cramp or hold fast. Then so I could work at elbow height when carving, and take it away for more mundane stuff like drilling mortices for the ever-popular woodland animals etc.

  2. Hotel/Guest house key fobs with double fobs for twin/double rooms?
    That header looks fabulous too

Comments are closed.