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Here are just a few things I have made over the past 4 years in my woods class at school. A lot of the projects were made in under 2 hours. Unfortunately, our school uses very old machines that don't work so well so I spend most of my time on the lathe. Since its the end of school for me (graduation June 7th, 08) I have just been making whistles =]

There are about 8 or 9 other small projects that I gave out as gifts but I don't have pictures of those, sorry.

Also, most of the projects shown are made from wood I retrieved from the scrap box.
logans3 years ago
thats really impressive
nanosec123 years ago
Wow, years later and you get featured...Grats and Nice looking work. Have you been able to use your skills since graduation?

Nano
turtleshane5 years ago
did u use a lathe for all of these?  im making a lantern in my art class but its a little different and i saw ur deisgn its more simplistic.  Howd u do it?
Well done! Have you thought about doing an instructable for a basic project? You'd be a great teacher
carpespasm6 years ago
The dvd case and sandals are neat. Did the sandals wind up getting much use?
MadMechanicMike (author)  carpespasm6 years ago
actually yes. for about a month. i wore them as a novelty at first. then i wore them around when i didnt want to put shoes on
DIYerr6 years ago
On the oak goblet with the natural finish, I think the wobble makes the whole piece more interesting, because it gives it a better than perfect, handmade look.
Stanislaw6 years ago
Wow, nicely done! I loved shop class when I was in school, I even went out and bought myself an old Powermatic Lathe, unfortunately I just don't find the time to turn anything any more. Keep up the good work!
peguiono6 years ago
I wish we still had shop it was recently removed because some kids stole a lot of tools from the shop and the school didn't want to buy all of the tools again nice projects by the way I love wood working
Mikey D6 years ago
Great job! I teach HS Industrial Technology (Shop!) and it is great to see someone with a love for it. Excellent work!
Patrik6 years ago
Those are some lovely pieces, Mike! The goblets look really nice - did you find it hard to hollow out the inside nice and evenly? That's the part I had most trouble with on my bowls, although perhaps using a drier wood with a much more consistent grain might help wit that. How did you do that base on the pagoda lantern box? By the way - you may want to consider carving a bit of a profile in the top of those sandals, for arch support etc. I used to have a Swedish-made pair of sandals like that, and they were very comfortable.
MadMechanicMike (author)  Patrik6 years ago
The goblets were relatively easy to hollow out. The only problem is getting a nice curve at the bottom with out chipping from the tool being so far out from the tool rest.

The base on the padoga lantern box was first turned into a bowl shape then I used a dove tail saw to cut the arches (which was very difficult and stressing after turning the whole thing). Then I used a drum sander to even the edges out and give them the proper curve.

I was considering making the sandals fit to the form of my foot but it was just a small project that I made as a novelty, although I did walk around with them for a while just for fun. Maybe if I get into wood working after I get out of the Navy I will try it again because I do like the idea of making my own foot wear =]
awoodcarver6 years ago
have you done a whistle instructable ?very nice work I like the contrast of the oak with the walnut stain
MadMechanicMike (author)  awoodcarver6 years ago
thank you. I got the idea for the whistles from another instructable so I figured theres already one just like it.
The sandals are cool, and the whistles. ;-)
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Look good, great job!
Mr. Rig It6 years ago
Very cool projects!