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David Roy's Blog: Wood That Works

  • Terry Riley: Dorian Reeds - with Kinetic Sculpture
    We recently received an email inquiry about David's kinetic sculptures from a person that was researching Dorian Reeds on YouTube. He discovered the following video that combines an incredible sound track with carefully timed video clips.How many dif…
    - 5 days ago, 17 May 18, 9:28am -
  • A Kickstarter Project for those who love Kinetic Sculpture!

    A Kickstarter Project for those who love Kinetic Sculpture!

    For many of us, the very first kinetic sculpture we encountered was probably a George Rhodes rolling ball machine in an airport or science museum. I know mine was and I remember how I spent a long time fascinated as I followed the various pathways fo…
    - 17 Oct 17, 8:37am -
  • A Wooden Clock with 407 parts!
    I often hear from people interested in clock making. This youtube link was sent to me by a friend that is fluent in Japanese. He was able to provide me with a few details about this very ambitious clock mechanism.This weight driven clock has two mech…
    - 3 May 17, 11:39am -
  • Infinity Inspiration

    Infinity Inspiration

    I recently received a short email from Chet Corcos. He liked my Infinity sculpture and spent some time creating an interactive version on the web. Very cool. Check out this link and have fun! Thanks for sharing Chet. (Update - link has been removed.)…
    - 22 Mar 17, 9:43am -
  • Martin Molin describes How It Works
    Several years ago I shared here a video about the marvelous musical kinetic sculpture created by Martin Molin. One of the my collectors recently sent me a link to a new video by Marton about how this machine works.  Worth watching!There is also a "P…
    - 4 Mar 17, 9:05am -
  • Come visit - A Rare Open House at Wood That Works

    Come visit - A Rare Open House at Wood That Works

     It was back in 2010 that David last had an open house at the studio. It is true that these don’t occur very often so folks, take note…..  We are having another open house at the Wood That Works studio on December 3rd and 4th, 2016 from 10 AM u…
    - 19 Nov 16, 7:35am -
  • Mechanical Insects!

    Mechanical Insects!

    Colossal has uncovered another kinetic artist and shared his work on their website. The work of Dedy Shofianto of Indonesia is fascinating and unique.  Check out these incredible mechanical insects all constructed from jati teak wood.…
    - 15 Aug 16, 10:18am -
  • Magnets and Motion....
    This video just kept surprising me.  Watch the incredible manourvers regulated by magnets. Get more information about Kaplamino on his/her youtube channel here.
    - 12 Jul 16, 8:31am -
  • Variation II Sun Edition nearing end
    We regularly get the request to let people know when an edition is nearing the end. This post is such a notice. We soon will have orders for all the remaining Variation Sun II sculptures. This piece is in an edition of 24 and the last 2 are still ava…
    - 16 Jun 16, 12:20pm -
  • Please don't touch.........
    The link to this video was sent to us by Jim Schnieder of Blue Oak Hill Sculpture Park in Nevada.It isn't my kinetic sculpture but one created by James Borden. I experience the same challenges with display.  I have never been able to understand the…
    - 6 Jun 16, 10:16am -

Fabricating and Metalworking

  • newLinear Floor Track for Super-Heavy Payload Robots
    The second-generation TMF-6 TrackMotion Floor from Güdel is a floor-mounted linear motion module that has the capacity to carry robots with total dynamic load of up to 13,300 kg and is also capable of carrying static payloads up to 20,000 kg per car…
    - 22 hours ago, 21 May 18, 9:07pm -
  • How to Select a Multi-Axis Positioning System
    The rotary stage multi-axis positioning system from LazerArc consists of a structural frame or simple dial plate that provides an additional rotary axis to a robot.
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 18, 6:18pm -
  • Take 5-Axis Machining of Aerospace Parts to the Next Level
    Machining aerospace components involves very long cycle times and often high raw material costs that present competitive challenges for OEMs and production job shops alike. But here are two examples of how the latest CAD-CAM-CNC workflow can improve…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 18, 4:56pm -
  • Vibration and Chatter Issues? Don’t Overlook This “Light Bulb” Moment
    Suppliers of CNC machining centers, toolholders and cutting tools are increasingly urging OEMs, contract manufacturers and job shops that machine complex aerospace parts to add an overlooked, yet critical component that can prevent vibration and chat…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 18, 12:54pm -
  • Linear Friction Welding: Not Just for Aerospace Parts Production
    High cost and large size have always been the main reasons why linear friction welders have seen limited use outside of aerospace applications. But that is changing with a new line of affordable LFW systems that have a much smaller footprint and util…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 18, 12:26pm -
  • It IS Rocket Science: A Workcell for Forming Aircraft Components
    This press manufacturer was challenged to build a sophisticated system that could form aircraft parts with complex geometries in a low volume, high mix production environment, using a fully automated die handling system and the largest staging table…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 18, 11:56am -
  • Xiris Opens European Office
    Their office in Ratingen, Germany, offers annual recertification services of weld inspection systems used in the tube industry.
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 18, 4:39pm -
  • How the Right Flux Unlocks the Full Potential of Submerged Arc Welding
    A wide range of fluxes are available for the SAW process, including some that are specially formulated to bring specific properties and characteristics to the finished weld. With so many types of flux available, how do you know which option is the be…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 18, 3:36pm -
  • You May Have a BIG-PLUS Spindle and Not Even Know It
    Many shops are unaware that a lot of their spindles are BIG-PLUS, so they don’t realize the capabilities they possess that this system provides. If you identify these spindles on your floor and want to start taking advantage of them, there are some…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 18, 3:17pm -
  • Why Invest in a Tapping Tool?
    Though there are less expensive methods for adding threads to sheet metal parts, in-punch tapping is far and away the fastest, most accurate way to produce threads. Ultimately, the decision comes down to the thread type, specification and how many ta…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 18, 2:45pm -

Mystical Mythical Metalwork

  • Tucson Gem & Mineral Shows 2018

    Tucson Gem & Mineral Shows 2018

    My experience at the 2018 Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows, along with enjoying what Tucson has to offer.
    - 82 days ago, 1 Mar 18, 8:00pm -
  • It’s the Tour Weekend!

    It’s the Tour Weekend!

    It’s that time of year. Fall approaches. Cool, crisp mornings. Birds flock together. The leaves start to turn. And the Front Range Open Studios tour weekend is here.  September 9 – 10, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. Once a year, the art…
    - 8 Sep 17, 12:00pm -
  • Talkin’ Tools ~ CNC Machines

    Talkin’ Tools ~ CNC Machines

    Nomad 883 Pro by Carbide 3D I thought this to be an appropriate time to resume my Talkin’ Tools segment and share my experience with the addition of a new tool I have been using, a CNC (Computer Numeric Control) Machine. Almost a year ago, I purcha…
    - 1 Sep 17, 11:00am -
  • A Fashion Show, Where?

    A Fashion Show, Where?

    In the barn! Barb Ziek, of Wild Hair Alpacas, and I are joining creative forces again (it’s our third year to do this) for The Fashion Show in The Barn. We collaborate by carefully selecting garments Barb has made from her alpacas fiber and finding…
    - 25 Aug 17, 11:00am -
  • Immersion


    Opening Reception:  Friday, July 21, 2017 from 5:oo PM to 8:00 PM Location: Commonwheel Artists Co-op 102 Cañon Avenue Manitou Springs, CO 80829 Exhibit Dates: July 21 – August 14, 2017 Ever since Dan & I married, even before that, we have been a…
    - 14 Jul 17, 3:30pm -
  • View Failures as Growth

    View Failures as Growth

    Over the past few months, I have at a lot of failures, I mean A LOT as demonstrated by the top left photo of ‘the melts’. I told my husband that if I had failed this much when I first started metalsmithing, I probably would have quit. However, du…
    - 23 Jun 17, 2:30pm -
  • Perseverance


    I’ve been reading John Ortberg’s book “The Life You’ve Always Wanted”. Many things in this book have resonated with me. Most recently the chapter, A Life of Endurance, as he discusses perseverance. “Any truly meaningful human accomplishme…
    - 20 Apr 17, 11:00am -
  • Following the Light

    Following the Light

    Every day is a new beginning, a fresh start, a chance for growth and unexpected opportunities. I want to encourage you to embrace each day with all the possibilities it holds for you. Please don’t limit yourself to the mindset that at the start of…
    - 2 Jan 17, 12:19pm -
  • An Open Apology To Dolly Parton 

    An Open Apology To Dolly Parton 

    Originally posted on Rawe-struck: Dear Dolly, I’ll be honest. I used to think you were a bimbo. I used to think you flaunted your big boobs, teased hair, tiny waist, and your syrupy-sweet southern accent just to sell yourself and your brand as a co…
    - 9 Dec 16, 8:23pm -
  • Where I find Inspiration…..

    Where I find Inspiration…..

    I have been spending time reflecting. I took a break from working at my bench for some much needed rest, relaxation and recharging of my artistic batteries. The break lasted longer than I expected, yet I believe that is exactly what I needed to becom…
    - 1 Dec 16, 10:00am -

Popular Woodworking Magazine

  • newGarden Gate Build – Part 1

    Garden Gate Build – Part 1

    Thanks to a wonderful chain of events, my dear former home has a new lease on life: One of my best friends recently bought it. I’m going to build her a garden gate as a housewarming gift. The garden still has a gate – the one I built about 20 yea…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 May 18, 5:00am -
  • My New Role as Senior Editor and My Take on a Shaker Settee

    My New Role as Senior Editor and My Take on a Shaker Settee

    I have a bit of news to share with you this morning. I am taking on new responsibility as the new Senior Editor of Popular Woodworking! For the last year, I’ve served as the Online Content Director where I’ve thoroughly enjoyed bringing you amaz…
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 18, 5:00am -
  • Why We Should Talk About Pinterest

    Why We Should Talk About Pinterest

    Hello Pop Wood readers! My name is Rachel Fountain, I do a lot of the behind-the-scenes, analytical stuff here at Pop Wood (stuff involving an ungodly amount of spreadsheets – I’ll spare you the details). One of the biggest parts of my job is hel…
    - 3 days ago, 20 May 18, 5:00am -
  • Medieval Method Can Improve a Modern Design

    Medieval Method Can Improve a Modern Design

    I recently finished building an Enzo Mari table from the 1970s as part of an article for Popular Woodworking Magazine, and I have only one worry about the project. It looks great. It feels stout. But I’m worried that the joinery might not last fore…
    - 3 days ago, 19 May 18, 10:17pm -
  • Garden Projects: Vine Trellis

    Garden Projects: Vine Trellis

    by Tim Johnson Make any climbing plant happy with this 6′ tall, free-standing trellis. We used dadoes, glue and screws to fasten the slats because trellises take a beating each year when you tear off the old vines. We built our trellis from cypress…
    - 4 days ago, 19 May 18, 5:00am -
  • I Can Do That: Routers Beyond Roundovers

    I Can Do That: Routers Beyond Roundovers

    Episode 3 of I Can Do That – Season 4 features one of my favorite tools in the shop – the router. While routers are great for adding round-overs and decorative edges to pieces of wood, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It took me a couple yea…
    - 4 days ago, 18 May 18, 10:35am -
  • DIY Folding Mobile Workbench Modifications

    DIY Folding Mobile Workbench Modifications

    Editor’s note: I saw Elisha’s version of the American Woodworker DIY Folding Workbench on Instagram and asked her to share her modifications on the PopWood blog. She also made an outstanding video of the build, check it out! https://youtu.be/jU…
    - 5 days ago, 17 May 18, 4:49pm -
  • Don’t Sand – Burn off your Machine Marks Instead

    Don’t Sand – Burn off your Machine Marks Instead

    Shou sugi ban – the Japanese finishing process that chars the outside of wood – is an ideal surface finish for some furniture pieces. One of the unsung advantages of burning the wood is that you can reduce (or even eliminate) sanding or planing y…
    - 5 days ago, 17 May 18, 2:20pm -
  • 34 Days for Dad 2018! Enter Every Single Day!

    34 Days for Dad 2018! Enter Every Single Day!

    Every year we celebrate father’s day with a daily giveaway. This year we have 34 chances for you to win something awesome for dad (or mom, or whomever appreciates woodworking supplies in your household!) You can enter every day over at https://www…
    - 6 days ago, 16 May 18, 4:22pm -
  • A Simple, Modern Outdoor Lounge Chair

    A Simple, Modern Outdoor Lounge Chair

    Sponsored by Wagner My wife probably looks at me funny, but when the latest furniture collection catalogs come in the mail, I don’t just read them; I study them. It’s not that I don’t have plenty of furniture designs wafting around in my head,…
    - 6 days ago, 16 May 18, 10:17am -

Robin Wood

  • my last blog post here

    my last blog post here

    This is post 661 over 5 years going back to Jan 2008, My first post back in Jan 2008 was about making porringers  still one of my favourite things to make and to use.  I have enjoyed it lots, shared my woodworking exploits, ranted about the value…
    - 13 Aug 13, 6:36pm -
  • new blog new website coming soon

    new blog new website coming soon

    How time flies, it has been over 5 years since I started this blog and over 3 since my last minor website update. Big changes are coming next week, I hope regular blog readers will find your links just redirect through seamlessly to the all new int…
    - 22 Jul 13, 5:56pm -
  • spoonfest preparations

    spoonfest preparations

    This week is all about preparations for SPOONFEST. I have been out collecting timber, it is probably the worst time of the year to run a festival that needs lots of green timber, most folk stop cutting through the summer but I have one little woodlan…
    - 22 Jul 13, 6:41am -
  • breakfast


    I love eating from wooden bowls, I love hearing from folk who eat from my wooden bowls and I love most of all seeing photos of those bowls in use. I tell folk that they get nicer as they are used more but pictures of well used bowls tell the story so…
    - 20 Jul 13, 8:14am -
  • Craving the analog

    Craving the analog

    Craving the analogWe live in an increasingly digitised age, we are all connected and seemingly the more connected we are the more successful we appear. This change has happened incredibly quickly, far faster than the change from rural to urban living…
    - 19 Jul 13, 4:34am -
  • juggling with axes and other fun stuff

    juggling with axes and other fun stuff

    Most blog readers will know I enjoy using a well balanced axe, probably not many know I am also a keen juggler and have lots of friends who were profesional performers. I once rode my unicycle around the top of the world trade centre. So you can imag…
    - 18 Jul 13, 3:48am -
  • new bowls for sale in my gallery

    new bowls for sale in my gallery

    Regular visitors will know that the bowls in my gallery pages are often showing as sold, I don't get round to updating as often as I should and often bowls find homes quite quickly once I do photograph them. Today I put all these new bowls up on my g…
    - 6 Jul 13, 7:28am -
  • How to price craft work, business advice for craftspeople.

    How to price craft work, business advice for craftspeople.

    This is probably the single hardest issue for anyone in the craft business whether just starting out and selling the first few pieces or having been running a business for many years it is something we all struggle with.How should you put a price on…
    - 18 Jun 13, 5:37am -
  • 1000 year old trees and amazing woodlands in Majorca

    1000 year old trees and amazing woodlands in Majorca

    These are pictures from my recent walking holiday in north of Majorca. As an ex forester I was blown away by the shear number of ancient trees.These first few were tiny compared to the really ancient ones I saw later on. They look dead but they are n…
    - 15 Jun 13, 10:18am -
  • Majorca a woodsman's walking tour

    Majorca a woodsman's walking tour

    Majorca is famous for cheap package tours to the sun, stag and hen parties at Magaluf and the likes.  There is another side to the island, the North coast is mountainous, wild and has a long distance footpath running along it's length, perfect for a…
    - 15 Jun 13, 10:12am -

Wood You Like to Craft?

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow with Craft Goodies

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow with Craft Goodies

    Happy spring to you all from Wendy at Craft Goodies! Hopefully spring has found you and you're sitting back enjoying sunshine, soft breezes,  and the color coming back to our world.  Spring is by far my favorite season,  it just makes me happy so…
    - 17 Apr 15, 6:34pm -
  • Picket Fence Wreath Hanger Crafty Sisters

    Picket Fence Wreath Hanger Crafty Sisters

    Hello from Crafty Sisters!  I am always so grateful for Wood You Like To Craft to get me motivated to finish some of my "to do" list items.  We thought this picket fence wreath hanger would be a perfect Spring project!  Of course I didn't hang a w…
    - 14 Apr 15, 8:29pm -
  • Watering Can Flower Pot- Sassy Sanctuary

    Watering Can Flower Pot- Sassy Sanctuary

    Hello Everyone!  Krystal From Sassy Sanctuary here today!  You may have noticed that the WYLTC gals have been pretty hit and miss with posting in recent months.  Life tends to get in the way and crafting has taken a back burner for us.  But we st…
    - 13 Apr 15, 11:01am -
  • "Adore"--ing Christmas with Craft Goodies

    "Adore"--ing Christmas with Craft Goodies

    So did you read in Melinda's post yesterday about this being a really busy time of year and forgetting the important things? (Fortunately, I did remember it's my turn to post today before the day was over!)It's Wendy here today to wrap up this fun we…
    - 12 Dec 14, 2:51am -
  • Each of us is an Innkeeper {Under My Umbrella}

    Each of us is an Innkeeper {Under My Umbrella}

    Merry Christmas everyone!  Melinda here from over at Under My Umbrella.  I wanted to keep my ornament simple and let it speak for itself.   Christmas is such an important and busy time of the year.  I think we often find we don't have time to rem…
    - 10 Dec 14, 1:27pm -
  • Star of Bethlehem- Sassy Sanctuary

    Star of Bethlehem- Sassy Sanctuary

    Hello everyone!  Krystal from Sassy Sanctuary here today and so excited to be back for another round of WYLTC!  Now I have a confession to make.  I have never made a Christmas ornament before.  I know...crazy!  What kind of crafter am I?!Now I h…
    - 9 Dec 14, 1:57pm -
  • Baby Jesus Ornaments from Crafty Sisters

    Baby Jesus Ornaments from Crafty Sisters

    Seasons Greetings from Crafty Sisters!We are so glad to be back with Wood You Like To Craft andDecember's theme of Baby Jesus Ornaments! Krystal, Wendy, Melinda, Candace and I thought it would be so fun to do an Ornament Exchange with a common theme.…
    - 8 Dec 14, 1:49pm -
  • crafty sisters summer garden stakes

    crafty sisters summer garden stakes

    It's still Thursday somewhere right?In my mad rush to head out of town to a Lacrosse tournament,  I was barely able to get my pictures uploaded to post for this month's summer project!  I even forgot to upload my original wood cuts for a full tutor…
    - 13 Jun 14, 2:42am -
  • Summer Fun Stand from Craft Goodies

    Summer Fun Stand from Craft Goodies

    Summer can't seem to get here fast enough! I've been ready for it to get here for at least the last month. Hey there all, it's Wendy from Craft Goodies here to share my take on our ongoing "Summer" theme.  I have to admit, this one had me stumped fo…
    - 11 Jun 14, 6:02pm -
  • Hello Sunshine!- Sassy Sanctuary

    Hello Sunshine!- Sassy Sanctuary

    Hello all!  Krystal from Sassy Sanctuary here today. Its been a long time, no blogging.  Here is my excuse.Meet Liam!The last couple of months have been spent snuggling this little guy and chasing his 3 older siblings.  So not much crafting was go…
    - 10 Jun 14, 12:16pm -
Recipe Test Nest
Recipe Test Nest
Recipe Test Nest
Recipe Test Nest


  • Make a Wooden Computer Mouse
    Transform a cheap computer mouse into something much more unique to show-off in your home.      Click here to skip to video.   This DIY project involved hand carving and shaping the body of the mouse, which means that you can make your mouse per…
    - 37 days ago, 15 Apr 18, 5:01pm -
  • Desk Drawer Dividers (Free Plans)
      Generally I am one for being organised and my desk draws are no exception. I decided I needed some draw dividers for all my pens, pencils and paperclips at university, and being a woodworker, I wasn’t about to go out and buy some! When I decided…
    - 22 Feb 15, 12:00pm -
  • Making Wooden Sunglasses- Summer Woodworking Project
      In response to a request from a viewer, I decided to make some homemade wooden sunglasses, for summer. A project, which on the surface appears very simple, will take a fair bit of time and care to get just right, but despite the work involved, the…
    - 22 Jul 14, 1:18pm -
  • Tablesaw Crosscut Sled
      A cross-cut sled allows highly repeatable and accurate cross cuts (as the name suggests) to be performed with a tablesaw. Cross-cut sleds cost next to nothing to make and will far out perform the wobbly mitre fence which came with your saw. Be su…
    - 16 Jun 14, 3:43pm -
  • Video Blog | Back to University -24/04/14
      I’m back at university for the final few weeks before the summer. I answer a few questions as well as providing a preview of an upcoming video, Veneer-backed phone cases.      
    - 9 May 14, 2:15pm -

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