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  2. WeekendMiniaturist

    Cane Chair

    Congratulations! The chair & the desk look great!
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  4. Guy Gadois

    Cane Chair

    Finally got around to making a 1:8 scale chair for the roll top desk. Took me three attempts to get it right, going through each hole six times with beige thread. Cheers, Guy
  5. WeekendMiniaturist

    New project, Chinese Cart

    I have a local distributor for this mfg, too! Thank you for the assistance in sourcing the center drills, it is very helpful.
  6. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    The smallest combination center drills I have are size 2/0, .028 drill tip = #70 drill. There may be smaller sizes but I have not needed or round them. The tips the 2/0 is very delicate so ease is needed to start drilling. Sometimes I just use them in a pin vise. I buy mine, by the dozen, at a local machine tool company.
  7. Mesouth

    View Hole Embellishment

    I recently ordered a replacement collar for our water dispenser that might work. It is white plastic and may be a little larger than you wanted as it is 7”. Check Amazon: AquaNation Ceramic Porcelain Water Dispenser Plastic Crock Protection Ring - White $5.39 Martha
  8. WeekendMiniaturist

    New project, Chinese Cart

    I realize you are turning your nails down on your lathe! This task of turning nails down to the correct sizer further illustrates and reinforces the concept that not finding the right hardware off the shelf, gives me the incentive to learn to make it myself.
  9. WeekendMiniaturist

    New project, Chinese Cart

    Bill, I am curious, the source of center drill bit you are using for the wheels, as I have also experienced the wandering drill bit for many wood projects. The center drill bit is common, but one that works in miniatures the size of a brass nail, that is generally used here in the US for connecting electrical tape runs for miniatures, is one really small piece of brass. Each time I go to a miniature store I buy there brass nail inventory for projects like this and for using them as nail head trim for leather, and of course the normal use for electricity or to nail hardware to a piece of furniture.
  10. ElgaKoster

    New project, Chinese Cart

    Great project Bill, thank you for sharing all the photos. I especially like the steel tire, it looks so realistic.
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  12. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    An ox is just a bovine (domestic cow or bull) trained to do heavy work. Possibly the closest to a true ox would be a Musk-Ox. Usually steers were used as oxen but cows too. The pioneers traveling west often used their cows and bulls to pull the covered wagons. In early logging days in Oregon, large teams of domesticated bovines were trained to haul out the logs from the woods. Water buffalo are sometimes confused with oxen and were also used as draft animals and would be acceptable as an animal for pulling the cart.
  13. WeekendMiniaturist

    Scaled to Perfection Gala Celebration

    This looks like a wonderful event! Is anyone attending from the Fine Miniatures Forum?
  14. On the subject of hand Carving, recently I found a Woodworking Magazine with a DIY carving mallets of two types to turn on your lathe and was wondering if anyone in the forum has had a need to use a mallet when carving in miniature. If so, what size would someone prefer? It is springtime and my thoughts return to the subject of tool making for use in making miniatures through late spring -fall.
  15. WeekendMiniaturist

    New project, Chinese Cart

    (I'm a city girl that had cousins with horses to ride when I was a child; I had all the fun without the chores.) I had to look up the difference between Cow and Ox. The animals that I have purchased, I think from a German producer Schleich are very realistic - but I think the puppies are too big, but nice examples. I am sure that you will carve the most incredible ox. It is fascinating concept of transferring the measurements of scale model via graph method in 3d. I understood drawing in 2d with a graph as a child, and it was much easier for me to reproduce a drawing (at approx age 11- 12) by using a graph to enlarge and redraw; I never entered any of those contests as a child, but I do remember spending a couple of summers drawing. Looking back, even as a child I found the application of math and scale easier then locating my natural talent to draw. Self dx, time to re-read the book, Art & Fear. So many people carve waterfowl with a dremel for foredom with a flex shaft attachment, so I'm looking forward to observe and learn!
  16. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    Yes it will be carved from wood. I my use some Plasticine clay to work out some of the details first before carving the wood. Since that method is a new to me I'm not sure of the results. I have been following a couple of Japanese Buddha statue carvers and they model in clay first and then transfer the measurements to the wood using a graph method. They work in much larger carvings. I have carved horses and oxen in 1/4th scale and ponies in 1/24th.
  17. WeekendMiniaturist

    New project, Chinese Cart

    Wow, you can draw oxen too?!! I'm most impressed! Will you carve them from wood?
  18. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    I have decided I like oxen for the cart. I have done some research and made preliminary pattern drawings. As I go along I plan on adjusting the pose some.
  19. GiseleH

    Sister of Marcia Backstrom

    I have met your sister at the Chicago Show and Sales. I believe, your mother was helping her that day. I always admired her beautiful older ladies, all properly dressed. I am sure she is missed as a wonderful person and as a talented artist.
  20. MeezerMama

    View Hole Embellishment

    It is likely to be called a cable grommet or a desk grommet.
  21. MaxInAMillion

    View Hole Embellishment

    This is kind of a niche question. I have built a sort of roombox where the front will be a solid panel with a circular view hole (about 4 - 5 inches in diameter). I will be making the hole with a hole saw through the 1/4 inch baltic birch plywood front. Now, my problem is that I don't just want it to be bare cut wood, I would like some sort of plastic embellishment piece to go over the hole. I actually found the perfect thing, which is actually from an Ikea desk I have, (it's a piece that goes in the hole where you pull computer wires etc through). In the picture I have placed it in some scrap foam to illustrate how it would go over the hole in the wood panel. The only problem is it's too small in diameter and would make my viewing hole just too narrow to view everything inside properly. Does anybody know of anything similar to the attached picture but larger diameter that I could buy online or source locally? Is there a terminology for a piece like this? I'm sure I've seen them used before in places like museums but it's such a niche thing I can't find anything via google. Thanks for your help in advance!
  22. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    Some photos from the past of Chinese and Mongolian carts in use. Note they were pulled by a variety of animals. Note also sometimes the cab was covered with a fabric to break the cold.
  23. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    Thanks for the compliments Bill, I think trying to figure out how to do it is more fun than actually doing it much of the time. It took me several attempts just to figure pout the template for drill int the segment holes. Once I got the fixture set up drilling the holes was just taking the time to drill all 500 + holes. The biggest problem was keeping the holes aligned as the tiny drill wanted to wander when it hit hard grain. I solved much of this by starting the hole with a center drill first. I can only work about an hour or so each day so it took me much of a week to drill all the holes. Same to for turning own the nail heads. My lathe is set up for that and locked in position. so ever once in a while when I need something to do I set down at the lathe and turn nails. I'm about 1/3 of the way in finishing the nails.
  24. Wm. R. Robertson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    Amazing and wonderfully fun. I bet you are having a blast. So what is more fun for you, figuring out how to set it up and do it or actually doing it? Meaning drilling all those holes, turning all those nails? Great to see the excitement of a new project. Thanks for sharing.
  25. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    I had problems locating nails that would work for the wheel sides. I had this antique 1/4 # box wire nails and decided to use them. I have to turn the diameter of the nails down and true them up; all 594 + of them. I set up a collet in my lathe and turned them.
  26. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    The actual wheels are four feet in diameter. They have nine segments, total eighteen spokes per wheel.
  27. WeekendMiniaturist

    New project, Chinese Cart

    This is a beautiful chinese cart. How large are the wheels? I really appreciate seeing the setup and jigs you create.
  28. MissyBoling

    New project, Chinese Cart

    Great work! Can’t wait to see more.
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