18 July 2019
I still have 10 complete digits


I feel very good about the encounter that I had with my bandsaw.  I did not lose my finger.  This was one of those lucky incidents.  I don’t call it an accident because it wasn’t.  I could have avoided this if I had been thinking more alertly.  So, it was an incident that was my fault.  I wasn’t cutting…I was cleaning the blade.  The “bugger bar” got caught by the blade and pulled my finger into the blade.  And then it jammed and stopped the blade…which caused my finger to remain intact.  I am very fortunate…and I am rethinking how I approach my tools (both power and hand).

Big Wheel Lift #1 is complete.  Now I move to showing it and marketing it.

I am currently finishing the biped for Scissor Lift #2…am about 1/3 done.  I like the way that the copper leaf and patina turned out on Big Wheel Lift #1 so am repeating that process for Scissor Lift #2.

Then A Sunday Drive is going to take priority on my bench.  A Sunday Drive is a one off…and should be fun.  No rolling marbles…just a lazy Sunday drive in a cute little red Volkswagen convertible.

Fortunately I still have 10 complete digits. 15 July 2019.

 

11 July 2019
Completed


Big Wheel Lift #1 is finally completed!  It runs beautifully.  All in all I am very pleased with this build and am pleased to announce completion.  I would be happy to accept a commission for Big Wheel Lift #2.  Big Wheel Lift #2 will be similar to #1 but will be more organic…smoother…and better.  My commission page is here..

The next project is the completion of Scissor Lift #2…the biped remains to be completed.  I like the copper leaf and patina (on Big Wheel Lift #1) and am going to treat the Scissor Lift #2 biped the same way.

Then A Sunday Drive will take the focus on my workbench…at least for a while.

Big Wheel Lift #1 completed 8 July 2019

 

6 July 2019
Big Wheel Lift #1 is Almost Completed


It has been a busy three weeks.  I’ve been disassembling and painting and reassembling Big Wheel Lift #1.  The Big Wheel Lift automata has gone back together very easily and I’ve powered 1,500 marbles through the machine with no incidents.  I like the paint job…however will not ever paint again like I did this one.  I’ve taken the time to learn about the Liquitex family of acrylics and will be using them in the future.  As a result of using the Liquitex Soft Body Acrylics, and gesso and varnish, I should end up with a better paint job and perhaps with less or equal effort.  We’ll see.  I’m done with Craft Acrylics.  They simply don’t cover reliably enough.  I want these machines to be the best that I can make them be.  The shift from Craft Acrylics to Liquitex will help me paint much better.

As soon as Big Wheel Lift #1 is completed (the next few days) I’ll complete the biped for Scissor Lift #2 (which will complete Scissor Lift #2).  Then it will be A Sunday Drive that occupies the primary spot on my bench for a while.

 

July 6, 2019: Big Wheel Lift #1 is almost complete.