Firefighter, dad, husband, but we all have that thing that we'd rather be doing, that constantly tugs at our thoughts. Woodworking is mine.
Thanks so much! It's 4" thick and really solid. If you're going to go with a split top, the only thing I'd change is the insert. I never use the tool rest function and it is a black hole for shavings, pencils screws, etc. I need to make a solid version. However, I use it as a plane stop a lot and it's awesome for that.
This is beautiful, im designing a bench like this right now and was curious how thick did you make the top?
I've heard of people inserting actual cores into their wands like you said, for that extra "realism". I could see doing it with something that adds a little weight because they're very light and don't feel substantial enough.
On the CNC, I do what's called a 2-sided cut. The work piece starts off as a block of wood and the machine cuts away 99% of the material from the wand, but only around the wand. A substantial portion of the block is still left and there are a couple little "tabs" that keep the wand attached to the rest of the block. That way, when the wand is cut free, it doesn't go flying and/or get damaged by the cutter. It first cuts out the top half of the shape, cutting down to exactly half the thickness of the block. Then I flip the block over and it cuts the bottom side, going to exactly half the thickness of the block again and "meeting up" with the first cut. The shape is now completely carved out with just those tabs suspending it within the bigger block. I just cut those tabs with a fret saw and sand away the little bit that's left.
Unfortunately, it's hard to see in those pictures because it's so dark, but I took a spongy closed-cell foam block and cut a groove in it that the wand could nestle in. I used spray adhesive to "upholster" the foam with black velvet. They hold the wands really securely so they don't bump around in transit and has the added benefit of looking pretty snazzy too.
So sorry I didn't see this earlier and get back to you. The weight isn't too bad, similar to my cheap plastic and metal paddles, maybe a bit more. Obviously it's a lot heavier than the all carbon fiber paddles. I didn't notice much difference in fatigue level after a long paddle.
Very cool. I have a fishing kayak that is about 42" wide and finding a paddle long enough is a challenge. Maybe I'll build one. How is the weight?
That's ok, I want a standup paddle board so I can build a paddle for that too...that and they're a lot of fun.
Awesome build! I want a kayak now so I can build some paddles
Thanks for the great complement! It was one of my first games too.
Wow. Take my money. I want one! Cathedral is the first non-mass market games I ever got. It is a old favorite. Stunning work!
Thanks so much! It was fun adding all those details but I had to keep reminding myself that the original pieces had a very minimalist feel to them and I didn't want to go overboard!
Wow, this is so awesome! I love all the fine details. I feel like this is the type of project that every time you look at it, you will notice a little feature you didn't see before.Thanks for sharing.
Wow, this is so awesome! I love all the fine details. I feel like this is the type of project that every time you look at it, you will notice a little feature you didn't see before.
Thanks for sharing.
Do it! They're a lot of fun. I made several without the cnc and the only really difference is time and creative work holding to clean up the inside faces and any decorative cuts after you've resawn it open. Here's a great link to Roy Underhill's take on it that might give you a better idea of how it's done.
I scrolled back and forth about 6 times until I finally figured out how the heck this works....this is incredible! Thanks for the tutorial, I'd love to try this sometime (sans CNC).
Thanks, I appreciate it!
Awesome bench it's in my immediate future.
Thanks so much! I'm definitely sold on SYP for work surfaces and structural components.
Superb. That is a lifetime bench. I love SYP as a work surface.
Superb. That is a lifetime bench.
I love SYP as a work surface.