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  2. I'm cutting out Queen Anne Legs. My router bit is: https://freudtools.com/products/04-096 The problem is it is on 1/4" length of the 1/16" and I need just a little more clearance...can I put this in my taig lathe and give myself 1/8" more clearance on the length? Has any altered a commercial router bit? I have limited experience in sharpening and have made my own profile for 1/8" square tool bits for my taig lathe. Obviously the risk is that I could break the bit, and I've already broke a whiteside 5/16" length bit this weekend... I was a little too aggressive in my plunge rate and chips were too big- resulting in heat + no clearance - broken bit. Thanks -
  3. WeekendMiniaturist

    Chinese Cart

    AMAZING wheel! I definitely relate to the wandering drill bit... Is there a way to alter the point of the drill bit so it doesn't wander so much?
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  5. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    Like I said there are over 500 nails in these of each wheel . I made a drilling jig to fit on the rotary table to his the drilling of the holes. I had a little problem of drill wander in the wood grain. The results are acceptable to me.
  6. mgrlvr

    Chinese Cart

    Bill, Hi! I'm delighted to see you building. Thank you for the post and these great photos of your work. I look forward to following the project. Patrick Wentzel
  7. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

  8. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    A sacrifice particle board blank is sawed on my band saw and drilled in the center. This is mounted over the post on the plate and held to the pate with double stick tape. The wheel blanks are then mounted to the top the blank in the same manner. The the wheels are milled out.
  9. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    The wheels are four inches in diameter so much too large to turn in my sherline lathe. I developed a plate that mounts on my rotary table and mounted in my sherline mill.
  10. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    Starting on the wheels. I glued up nine wedges (fellies) to make a wheel blank.These were made from white oak. There are eighteen spokes per wheel, two to each felly. s
  11. WeekendMiniaturist

    Chinese Cart

    The forum comes back to life! I was thinking all the miniaturists have taken a leave of absence from making miniatures. Bill, this is an incredible project; I still am amazed at the construction of the wheels with all the nails in the wood to strengthen the wheel. Is the real cart actually in the UK? I am looking forward to the windows. They look like they will be very challenging, and I'm looking forward to the application of metal over the top of the cart. Thanks for posting an update here on the FMF....
  12. ElgaKoster

    Chinese Cart

    I am glad you are posting it here Bill, I have enjoyed seeing it on Facebook but I think I have missed some of your posts on this project there. It really is a great project, thanks for sharing, I am looking forward to seeing the rest of your progress.
  13. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    N Next comes the wheels
  14. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    I tried to post these photos in order but the site chose its on way. Starting on the frame. Used white oak for the main wood. The frame pols are mostly square so they were sawn to size then tapered on the end to accept the metal tips . The frames were measured out for the mortices then mounted on my Sherline mill with a sacrifice piece of wood on the bottom. Then each mortice was drilled through. The the mortices were cut using miniature gouges. The cross pieces were tenoned to fit the mortices.
  15. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    Several months ago I started construction on a Chinese Cart using photos, measurements furnished by Brian Simpson of England. Since I only have a Sherline lathe and mill (too small to make the wheels) I had to make some adaptions which will show up later in this topic. Hope you enjoy and of sure I would appreciate comments along the way. They keep my creative juices flowing. A few years ago I started loosing the feeling in my feet and my knees are bone on bone with no possible replacement of the joints. I had to give up driving and am mostly home bound. To topic off I also am developing hand tremors. (PLEASE I do not want sympathy remarks, I don't want or need them) Although the tremors have interfered with my accuracy and quality (as I see it) I am not letting it stop me from building. So enough of that. Lets get on with the build.
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  17. WeekendMiniaturist

    1:12 Scale Red Fox

    This is amazing...and I especially like the polymer clay eyes... they must be sooooo tiny. Have you ever thought of using a torch and trying to make eyes with lampworking techniques? I may try later this summer if I can figure out how to set everything up.
  18. shannonc60

    Belated hello from Australia

    Thanks WeekendMiniaturist. There is certainly a lack of stuff available in the scale.
  19. WeekendMiniaturist

    Belated hello from Australia

    Welcome to the Fine Miniature Forum... it is good to know there are makers in 1/24th scale!
  20. WeekendMiniaturist

    GUILD SCHOOL 2020!

    GUILD SCHOOL 2020 is cancelled... please see post at the link below. https://www.igma.org/guild_school/index.html
  21. shannonc60

    Belated hello from Australia

    Hi all. I’m Shannon. I joined the forum quite some time ago but haven’t really joined in. Kind of intimidating in such esteemed company! I design and laser cut my own range of 1:24 scale miniatures, and working on smaller scale design too. Here is a link to my website if you are interested in what I do: https://www.redcottageminiatures.com I want to improve my skills in a range of areas over the next year or two, but need to find the patience! Anyway, have a great day all.
  22. WeekendMiniaturist

    Best wishes.

    My word for April 2020 is CONTENTMENT; it is only April 1st though - and I only want to get through the next 29. I am not going to think about May until 4/30/2020. We are a lucky bunch of creative people as I'm sure most miniaturists have two projects in process and about 200 ideas floating around in their heads! I worked on brass candlesticks GS Class (do-over) last month; still practicing turning to specific diameters and lengths. Now before I turn Candlestick #3 pre work, I am checking my measurements again for turning 1 & 2 from my drawing. After I get 5 matching diameters and lengths pieces of brass will use the gravers to finish. I fired porcelain dolls for the 2nd time yesterday... so my gently used and in great condition, manual kiln that DH purchased for me when I was last at GS does indeed fire to Cone 6 and I do have porcelain! So....this kiln will not be used for annealing metals... I was quite conflicted with manual vs. digital kilns - I will be learning for a long time. I finally decided that learning to use a manual kiln would be a good learning experience and since I already had one, I needed to just get a receptacle for it and try it and see what happens. Next I have to learn to china paint faces... I'm sure this will be a very humbling experience. I got a Kerri P Unicorn last year at the Chicago International and this idea of a Lady to accompany my unicorn has been in my imagination since last year, and firing my own porcelain just sounds like an "I'm all in" project. Last weekend I worked on the tabletop for the Boston Card Table with needlepoint...now I just need to plane some cherry down or find my wider cherry... as I used Brazilian Cherry and think the grain is a little heavier then I want. My goal for April 2020 is to make some QA type legs for chairs and my Boston Card Table... I have only been to the grocery store; nothing is open, so except for the proposed activity of stalking the craft aisles at Walmart, there is no shopping happening around here. They closed the library when they closed schools; thankfully I have a library at home. I am committed to "Contentment" for 29 more days. I am wishing everyone a productive stay-cation and hope to see some photos in the FMF!!
  23. Bill Hudson

    Best wishes.

    Hope you all are taking good care of yourselves and those around you. Please stay home and work on miniatures. Bill Hudson
  24. ElgaKoster

    1845 Victorian Extending Dining Table

    Thank you Idske, good to know it takes the same time to open. On the real tables the screw thread is much coarser, I am not sure if there are any specialist tools that could do that in scale. It seemed easiest to use standard avalaible sizes.
  25. Ben

    Painting of a little girl

    No I hadn’t thought of those, but thanks maybe I’ll look into them. Thanks for th compliment 😊
  26. WeekendMiniaturist

    Painting of a little girl

    Great Painting Ben! I love the dress. Have you ever considered painting on gessoed silk fabric? How about thin MDF? I found some a while ago at the crafts store with the chalk/milkpaints line and bought it because it was so thin. Very pretty hands, too.
  27. Idske H

    1845 Victorian Extending Dining Table

    Beautiful! It works just like my RL mahogany table. It also takes just as long to open as yours does and mine only has 1 inset leaf. Isn’t it great to figure out these systems that seem to work well even after more than 150 years. That is an absolute treasure! Idske
  28. Ben

    Painting of a little girl

    I thought that I’d post a painting I’ve been working on for a few months. I read that you could paint on copper, and that sounded awesome. I like to paint on a rigid surface rather than canvas. I’ve tried thin pieces of wood and pieces of rigid polyethylene. The wood will warp when you apply gesso to it if you try to paint on thin pieces of it. I really experimented with wood to try to figure out how I could get around that, but with not much success- although I was able to do it somewhat. Next came the polyethylene sheet that I found at an art store. I roughed up the surface with sand paper and then gessoed it. That was fine, but it’s plastic you know. Plastic just doesn’t seem like a long term material- but, it’s all I could think of. But I read that artists in the past would paint on copper, and it has so many positives. For instance you just rough up the surface for the paint and there is no need to gesso. Anyway, I haven’t painted a lot lately but I thought I’d post this just for fun.
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