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  2. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    Converted my indexing fixture to a wheel assembly fixture. The spokes have been glued in and once the glue dries well I will start shaping the spokes.
  3. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    In real life the segments would not be glued together. Holes would be drilled in the inside edge of the fellies. The hub would have rectangular slots in it and the spoke head would have a corresponding tenon. Each spoke would be driven into the hub until the spoke shoulder is tight against the hub. The spokes are then marked for inside wheel diameter and then are tenoned with a tenon tool. Then the spokes are forced into the holes in the fellies. This takes some effort and is helped along using a heavy hard wood maul. The metal tires are welded together to form a large hoop. These are heated in a fire which expands the metal and it is then driven over the wheel. Once the tire is set properly it is doused with water to shrink the tire onto the wheel.
  4. WeekendMiniaturist

    New project, Chinese Cart

    I admit it; I have never made a wheel, although wheel making activities is on my really long list of things to learn to make. How do you get the spoke into nave and the felly? If the felly is already assembled, I don't know how it is assembled. If it is supposed to remain a mystery, I am good, but if it doesn't have to remain a mystery, I am definitely curious.
  5. WeekendMiniaturist

    2020 IGMA Williamsburg, VA Guild Study Program

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    4 Fabulous Instructors offering 18 hour classes! https://www.igma.org/education/study_program_williamsburg.html
  6. WeekendMiniaturist

    Guild Study Program Williamsburg, VA 2020

    The International Guild of Miniature Artisans is pleased to accept your registration for classes in Historic Williamsburg, VA, January 17–20, 2020. The following Instructors are offering 18 hour classes: Phyllis Hawkes, IGMA Fellow, Folk Painting: Girl in a Rocking Chair c. 1845 Bob Hurd, IGMA Artisan Writing Table c. 1770-1790 Iulia Chin Lee, IGMA Artisan, English Stool in Walnut c. 1740 Deb Mackie, IGMA Artisan, French Morocco Leather Portfolio c. 1760-1790 Additional details and forms to register can be found at this link. https://www.igma.org/education/study_program_williamsburg.html In the event of over-registration, a lottery may be used for student assignments. I am lucky to have attended one Williamburg IGMA Guild Study Program, and loved the hotel accommodations! If I had time and could drive to this event, I would definitely be at this every year!
  7. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    Just a teaser. Wheel parts just roughly in place and stacked up to give an idea of what the wheels will eventually look like. I still have to shape the spokes and drive in all the nails.
  8. WeekendMiniaturist

    New project, Chinese Cart

    This is a fine example that the correct tool makes the work much easier! cutting the tenons to specific measurement on my lathe would require lots of intentional planning on my part, to stop my cross slide to a specific measurement and not turn the tenon to a dimension that was too small and then needing to use a filler like chair loc. Thank you for letting us be a part of your miniature project as it is fun to hang out in your workshop on a virtual basis!
  9. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    This afternoon I made a tenon cutting tool from brass tube. This cuts the tenon on the end of the spokes to fit in the holes in the hubs. I cut slots about a 1/16" down the tube then sawed off one corner to each slot to make a rudimentary saw teeth. You have to be aware of the direction the material turns and cut the teeth for that direction. I use the cutter in my tailstock chuck and the spoke mater inline my four jaw SS chuck. It makes pretty fast work. The spokes are not shaped at this time.
  10. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    Another step forward. Finally drilled the spoke holes in the hubs.
  11. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    Today I cut down larger white oak boards to spoke blanks, 36 + a couple of spares. I will shape the spokes from these later.
  12. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    Actually that is not the hub it is the fellies. Each section of the wheel is a felly. The hub is the center of the wheel and is AKA as nave.
  13. WeekendMiniaturist

    New project, Chinese Cart

    The metal tires look great and the 297 holes in each hub required the patience of a saint!
  14. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    For those of you patiently watching my progress on the cart. (thank you) A tiny bit of progress. I have finished building the metal tires for both wheels. Spring yard work (among other things have gotten in the way). For those of you patiently watching my progress on the cart. A tiny bit of progress. I have finished building the metal tires for both wheels. Spring yard work (among other things have gotten in the way).
  15. WeekendMiniaturist

    Guild School June 2019 Class Selections!

    Students and instructors are arriving at Guild School; If I remember classes begin promptly at 7:45 am Sunday and I'm sure the students are ALL in for the MOST WONDERFUL WEEK of 2019. If you are not attending (like me) stay tuned to the Guild's Instagram and Facebook pages and perhaps we will see a glimpse of the 2019 experience! I can't wait to hear about the 2020 class proposals... if there is a class that calls you to work on your skills for miniature making, pre-registering is the best way to participate in the class lottery! Classes fill so quickly! Remember the Guild also offers Scholarships... https://www.igma.org/guild_school/scholarship.html; applications are due on August 1, 2019. I've heard from friends that the kitchen remodel and dining hall are complete!
  16. Mesouth

    Log Cabin

    In Louisiana the chinking would have been “bousillage,” a combination of local clay/earth and Spanish moss, which grows in our live Oak trees. It was not only used in log cabins, but in between milled boards and sometimes plastered over. Bill, I love that your Dad let the kids stomp the mix! My kind of guy! Martha
  17. Bill Hudson

    Log Cabin

    Chinking of old cabins was done using materials available in the area. Basic is mud, sand and clay. Usually some kind of fiber, such as grass or straw, was mixed in to hold it all together. In 1946 (housing shortage) my dad purchased land with an abandoned log cabin on it. The cabin was well over 100 at that time. The bark had been left on the logs when it was first but. Some where in its life some one had nailed pieces of boards and bark slabs over the joints. Most had fallen off or rotted so we chinked it ourselves. My dad dug a shallow pit and mixed dirt, red clay from up the hill and straw together with water. Us kids stomped around the pit to mix it all up. We kept the mixture at a molding condition and packed it into the joints.
  18. WeekendMiniaturist

    Log Cabin

    I am looking forward to Guy's response on the subject of 'chinking'. I had to look up the term. In miniature, could you use the substance they use to chink in a life size structure? Before this detail emerged on the Fine Miniatures Forum, I would have tried to color grout (used for tiles) from the hardware store.
  19. WeekendMiniaturist

    Table Saw Options

    I emailed Byrnes company today and the extended table is 10" x 18" and the cost is $175 add-on, and of course a special order. I wonder if I can make a new table for my preac or a better fence for the micro-mark tilting arbor saw.
  20. WeekendMiniaturist

    Table Saw Options

    Rick, welcome to the forum; I hope you got your table saw issues resolved. I have a preac and the Micro-Mark tilting arbor table saw, but really like the extended table option that your purchased and saw it on another forum (https://modelshipworld.com) Other than the issues you indicated in your post on 5/19, are you happy with the Byrnes saw? The preac is soooo smooth and accurate, but the accessories and the larger table would be great options for the scale modeler.
  21. Bill Hudson

    New project, Chinese Cart

    I have not stopped on this cart only set it aside while I take advantage of the warmer weather to clean the garage so I can do the work that can't be done safely in the house. Also getting some yard work done. (and working on some back orders). Stay tuned.
  22. ONEVW

    Table Saw Options

    I just got a Byrnes table saw with the extended table this month. I would like to ask about two issues I have with this saw. 1. When raising the blade the belt will rub on the belt cover and make a banging noise. It's rubbing starts about 1/2 way up. If you raise the motor very slightly from the rear the noise will stop. 2. The blade safety cover will hit the blade and it is now chipped/ shredded at the bottom on the plastic cover sides. I hade to add a arox. 1/16 shim where the cover support arm attaches to the saw table top too center the safety cover over the blade. Jim has been in contact with me and tomorrow we should talk via voice. Rick Berman
  23. Gail Geiger

    Faucets

    Hi, There is a faucet similar to your photo made by Island Crafts. On web site : superior-dollhouse-miniatures.com , it is called faucet with handle, model # ISL 2708. Look under hardware,faucets. Also, ebay is a good source. I would also try Handley House as a source. Hope this helps a little. gail
  24. MeezerMama

    Faucets

    Can anyone recommend a source for miniature faucets? I am looking for something similar to this: I have also contacted Ron Stetkewicz and am awaiting his reply. Thanks!
  25. kstranahan

    Log Cabin

    I love this cabin!d I would love to chink the little log cabin I've been working on, but I am at a loss for what the best material is to use for the chinking. What material did you use, please? Kathy
  26. WeekendMiniaturist

    Scaled to Perfection Gala Celebration

    I'm sure we had some IGMA Artisans and Fellows demonstrating at the Gala. For those of us who were not able to travel to this event, I think the Forum would love to see any pictures that you can post! I saw some wonderful auction items on display at Kaye's book signing in Chicago. Did you all know that Book II has been printed? https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Collectively-Speaking1
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