Monday, April 26, 2010

Woodworking 101

One of my greatest joys in life is teaching my 6 year old grandson woodworking skills. Recently he used the scroll saw (with grandpa's guidence) to build a simple wooden train from plans. Benjamin says it is for his baby sister, but I think he will enjoy playing with it until Emily gets a bit older!

Upside Down Piano

A recent project has been adding a few years of life to a piano set to be discarded. One of the jobs was treating the pinblock with CA glue.I got the "bright" idea to treat it form the bottom. So I flipped the piano (not recommended in the customer's home) and applied the CA glue from the bottom. Advantage- no mess on the plate, coils, pins, etc. Disadvantage- I don't think the glue soaks in as well because the pins are not pulled back by the tension, leaving a small void to be filled with the CA glue. Comments anyone?

Long Time...No Blog

I can't believe that it has been nearly 2 months since I have been on my blog. Several reasons...One is that I have had no rebuilding work to report on. Secondly, I have been spending a lot of time in ministry preparation, which cuts into my time for extras, like blogging. I have three puppet programs upcoming in May, using largely new material. And UpStreet continues to keep us busy as we look to wind up the 2009-2010 year in a few months, and need to recruit for the new school year. I am anxious to get back on my harp building as it has been on hold these past 2 months as well. So hopefully, I will be adding things a little more regularly in the future.