Triton Project Plans

When Triton was still a company in its own right, and the Mark 3 workbench (the model before the current WC2000 (and its minor improvements)), there was an associated Project Book.  This was released for public distribution by Triton a couple of years back, but once GMC collapsed, taking Triton with it and the Triton website was taken down, the plans were also lost.  I’ve recently checked through the new distributors of Triton, and they have no problem with these being made available again.  So, for the sake of a bit of my web storage, enjoy.

Beginner Plans

Beginner- Bar Stool
Beginner- Box Frame Coffee Table
Beginner- Breadboard
Beginner- Child’s Bed
Beginner- Double Sided Easel Blackboard
Beginner- Folding Picnic Table
Beginner- Portable Toolbox
Beginner- Simple Picture Framing
Beginner- Versailles Type Planterbox
Beginner- Wooden Letterbox

Intermediate Plans

Intermediate- BBQ Trolley
Intermediate- Bird Feeder
Intermediate- Child’s Desk
Intermediate- Coffee Table
Intermediate- Computer Desk
Intermediate- Entertainment Centre
Intermediate-Garden Bench
Intermediate- Garden Bridge
Intermediate- Japanese Pen Box
Intermediate- Outdoor Furniture
Intermediate- Outdoor Timber Stairs
Intermediate- Rocking Horse
Intermediate- Simple Wall Unit
Intermediate- Sun Lounge
Intermediate- Toybox
Intermediate- Wooden Bath Mat
Intermediate- Wooden Filing Cabinets
Intermediate- Work Bench

Advanced Plans

Advanced- Buffet Unit
Advanced- Butchers Block
Advanced- Chest of Drawers
Advanced- Dining Room Setting
Advanced- Display Cabinet
Advanced- Front End Loader
Advanced- Kitchen Dresser
Advanced- Queen Size Bed
Advanced- Reclining Verandah Chair
Advanced- Swing Set
Advanced- Writing Desk

Finishing

After spending time planning the job, spending good money purchasing the wood, etc etc, why would you then not spend the time getting the finish right?

A bad piece can’t be made good by getting the finish right, but a good piece can be wrecked with a bad finish.

I tend to find that you need to spend as much time on finishing (sanding, polishing etc), as you do on the construction of the project. And unfortunately, some areas of the project have to be bought to a reasonable degree of finishing before assembly, as it becomes very difficult to reach some places after assembly.

If you want a woodworkers ‘Bible’ on finishing, get “A Polishers Handbook”, by Neil Ellis. Read it cover to cover, twice, then keep referring back to it- there’s heaps to learn, and it is chock full of information

Happy New Year!

Boy was last year a big one – so much going on, think I only took about 3 breaths all year!

So onto the new: I haven’t gotten my head around just what I want to achieve this year, but it will certainly involve in keeping things moving forward.

This site is now just over 6 months old, and has had over 30,000 visits in that time.  That has completely exceeded my expectations (didn’t really have any to start with, so guess that wasn’t too hard!), but 30k is great!  A lot are return visits which is something I really do like to see – it means that there is actually enough here that people are wanting to come back to see what is new.  It does mean I need to keep on top of it, keeping producing new content, so that is definitely a good thing!

So what do I see coming up this year?

As I have said, I haven’t gotten my head around it all, but it will include an upgrade to how the videos are being done – it will be a gradual transition, but I want to keep improving their look and feel, and the amount of depth of information as well.

The shed itself is obviously becoming quite a critical choke-point, so there are some tentative plans on how I can increase its size, and get it more organised (and perhaps upgrading my ‘blue-box’ collection that you see on one wall – there have been some comments about it on one of the woodworking bulletin boards.  Not quite sure why the comments, but they were always a temporary/stop-gap solution, and I’d like to produce something a little more stylish, and in wood (funnily enough!))

With the shed upgrade, it will be an ideal time to finally implement a decent, fixed dust collection system.  I did have one working at one stage, but it has fallen into serious disrepair.  It isn’t very likely, but with more space, there is an opportunity to fit in a proper cabinet saw…..now that’d be a real coup!

I really want to improve my woodturning skills this year, and of course [some of] that will come through in the posts and videos.  I’ve been turning pens for a while, but want to really try my hand at some larger items, such as bowls.

I also want to really improve my skills with the Incra, master some of the amazing joinery that is possible, and try my hand at some of the projects in the Incra Project Book.

Some videos planned for this site include the above (obviously), and also a look at some of the different sharpening techniques, including the Scary-Sharp using an Alisam Engineering Jig that Professional Woodworker Supplies has generously offered, along with one of their coarse diamond stones, and possibly a Hock blade.  Also, using diamond stones, Japanese waterstones (using a Veritas Mk2 and some blades supplied by HNT Gordon), and water-cooled grinding wheels (we have the Triton slow-speed wet grinder, and the Australian supplier of Tormek have very generously offered a T7, so I am really looking forward to getting to review that in late January).

I still have a review of the Triton 15″ thicknesser, and 12″ bandsaw on the way as well, so it already is looking like a busy start to the year (yay!!)

I’ve also been asked if I can make another of my toy sink/stove sets, and there are a whole heap of other projects I need to do this year.

So hopefully there are things of interest to you in there, and if you have any other areas you really want to see covered, do drop me a line!

To everyone, hope you have a great New Year, and that you get plenty of time to make as much sawdust as possible (and safely!!)

Thanks for all the emails and encouragement over the past 6 months, it really is appreciated.  I’ve had emails from all sorts of places – it’s amazing to see the range of locations of visitors – quite mind-blowing!

Hope to have you visit again real soon!

Stuart.

Nautical Weather Station

I think the projects that always challenge me the most, are ones that I am making for others. I find myself really thinking a project through, trying new techniques and developing new skills.

This Nautical Weather Station is one such example. I made this a number of years ago as a Christmas present for my wife, and learned a great deal in making it (and have learned a great deal since!) What I find really satisfying, is even though something like this was made so long ago, I still occasionally look at it, and wonder “how the hell did I manage that?!!”

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It also started my passion for Jarrah (as mentioned in the video earlier today).

A few details then: The whole unit is made from Jarrah, and although it isn’t so obvious from the photo, the central panel is quite a lot darker than the edges. This was deliberate, as I spent a week oiling and buffing that panel (literally, morning and night for a week, applying another coat and burnishing it in until I got the colouring and finish I wanted).

The turnings on either side were produced on a $90 lathe (GMC), and were my first attempt at duplicating on a lathe.

The top is a moulding, produced on the router table, then mitred to fit the 3 exposed sides.

The finish is a combination of burnishing oil, then buffed with a topcoat of Ubeaut Shellawax Cream.

All in all, it was a great project, and I learned a great deal in the process.

Episode 13 A Footy Trophy

Episode 13 A Footy Trophy.

In this episode, I needed to extend the life of a Footy Tipping Trophy by adding some room for more winner plaques.

We go from sketching the initial shape, to roughing it out on the bandsaw, sanding to final dimensions on the disk sander and spindle sander, and finally round over the edges on the router table.

Project Conceptualization

Everyone has their own skills, and weaknesses where it comes to conceptualizing a project. Some people can look at a CAD drawing, and are able to visualize the resulting project without any further clues. Others like to look at existing, similar objects, and picture them in the available space. Others again are excellent at creating the object, but cannot previsualise it before they begin, and thus, really struggle to start a new project, unless there are plans, and hopefully a drawing or photograph of the intended result.

The problem that I have is not visualizing the result, but convincing others that the idea is valid. With my background, I am quite comfortable with sketches (dimensioned or otherwise), creating &/or reading CAD drawings, or visualizing adaptions to existing objects. To pass on what I ‘see’, I have been using computer graphics to simulate the result as a photo-realistic representation. I’m not trying for perfection with the photoshopping – only enough to get the concept across, without spending hours and hours getting every last artifact, proportion and perspective locked down.

One project (the Entertainment Unit – to be featured in a future article/podcast) included using Photoshop to simulate the Unit in place in the room, allowing decisions about the final size, and appropriate colour of the finish to use, before a single cent was spent on materials.

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I have used the same technique to work out designs for concreting around the home, both location, colour and texture (and also choosing between concrete and various crushed rock paths).

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One other project was simulating the effect of adding a carport to an existing home, which went a long way towards helping the owners decide whether to proceed with the project, before paying a cent to a builder or architect.

The project detailed here is for a picket fence that I built for my home. As you will see, the before and after shots are quite dramatic, particularly when you consider that this shows the completed project again before any materials are purchased!

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Photo 1 is as the front yard actually was at the time of planning a front fence. The plastic bags are not typical décor! I was attempting to grow grass at the time (just before the implementation of water restrictions….the results were as expected!)

The next 4 photos show the digital development of the scene, leading to the final design.

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Photo 2 & 3 Removal of all unwanted details and addition of grassed areas
Photo 4 Addition of paving and hedge edging
Photo 5 The finished simulation of the front fence
The completed, as constructed results.

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Photo 6 The finished (real) fence
Photo 7 The final garden, paths and fence

There were a number of benefits to using this method. It helped determining colour, and height of the fence, and the final design. It made construction (and material purchasing) much easier as well, as I had an excellent idea of what I was working towards.

New Mantlepiece

Wish I could say that I actually made this mantlepiece from scratch, but sadly I can’t. It is pretty much exactly the design I was planning on duplicating, but when I was offered the real thing for $30, I couldn’t refuse. (Update – I found the RRP for it when I saw one in a hardware warehouse recently – $230! Scored an absolute bargain!)

It has been waiting a long time for me to get around to finishing it, but finally, it is in place. I added an extension on the back to fit the opening in between the brick uprights (biscuit joined), and stained it with a Wattyl Professional Jarrah stain. Finished with matt Wattyl Estapol (sprayed).

Mounting – I dynabolted a block of wood to the bricks (about 900mm long, 220mm wide), then used “No-More-Nails” to glue the mantlepiece to the underlying block. I used this glue for its strength, and gap-filling properties, as I had no way of ensuring there was little to no clearance between the two. The mantlepiece was ‘clamped’ until the glue cured, with 2 Irwin clamps set as spreaders, pushing on the ceiling, and onto the top of the mantlepiece.

Hopefully, this mantlepiece will stay in place a little longer than the crap job the original builder did (with a few 50 cent sized dollops of glue and the original mantlepiece affixed (if you could call it that) directly to the bricks.)

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