Archive for February, 2010

A shelf

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

2 more sets supersoma

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010






These two sets were glue-sized, sanded to 220, wiped, coated with shellac (1.5 pound cut), sanded to 320, wiped, coated again, sanded again, wiped again, waxed and polished.  The glue size raised the grain, so the sandpaper (3M alox) really cut off the nibs and smoothed the endgrain.  I was impressed with how much 220 paper could do.  I made a special effort when cutting the pieces to use a sharp blade and lots of teeth, cutting slowly, but not so slow for burns.  It largely worked, and just a few faces out of 32 pieces had any real saw marks.   The 320 paper did a good job of smoothing the shellac coating; I cut through on just one piece, the mahogany.  Very little drips; the secret seems to be an almost dry brush.  The shellac dries in seconds, so you have to work really fast and make no mistakes.  Let the pieces dry overnight, and the 320 paper turns the shellac to powder. I’m very happy with these pieces.  It’s funny, though, the unfinished pine soma cube pieces in 1966 held together better than the polished pieces in 2010.  Unfinished was more playable.  These look better, and make stacking even more of a challenge.


I made two boxes to hold the sets this weekend.  Spanish cedar, purchased in Florida about ten years ago, and brought back to NY when there was still free luggage on the airlines.

Frames to hold lunar landscape 3d prints.

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010


3/4 x 7/8 cherry grooved and mitered frames.  Sized, shellacked, waxed.  3/8 plywood insert to hold the 3d print of lunar landscape.  The landscape is a 50km x 70km region surrounding the Apollo 15 landing site, using a digital elevation model produced by the United States Geological Survey. ( For some more details,

Yoga Blocks

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010


Basswood blocks 4″ x 6″ x 9″