Thursday, March 16, 2017

Rotary tool bits

This is a small set of bits for rotary tools. I bought the bits from eBay. The wood is a small branch that was lying around. It was cut and shaped by Sven -Erik.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Kids workshop at the Club

It was great to have Charlotte and Sven-Erik with us the last month. One of the things that we did was a children's workshop. I have not used hand tools a lot.
Getting the club ready for the workshop involved cleaning it up and getting it into some kind of order. Sven did a lot of the cleaning... We got rid of four mice, one rat, two bats, and I had displaced three squirrels from the club. We managed to get them out without any harm on both sides.
We made numerous trips to shop for hand tools. We visited HMS tools and Kwality Plywood in Vellore many times, and had great shopping trips. We stocked up on hand tools such as mini hacksaws, hammers, files and hand drills.
Below are some of the photos of the first workshop with Sven, where we made name boards. We used finger jointed rubber for the base and some plywood beading (supposedly sourced from China) for the letters.
There was a lot of prep work that was needed to be done to get the boards and the strips ready for the letters. It was fun and a learning experience.

Planning out the layout of the name board

cutting out the beading strips using a small jig that Sven made. The work tables came in handy. 

The mini hacksaws were really useful

Fixing the letters with fevicol

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A woodworking club in Javadhi hills

Sven and I were privileged to be involved with setting up a woodworking club in Koviloor, Javadhi hills. This was possible due to the efforts of Dr. Anu Rose and the CHAD team as well as the Don Bosco group who have been working with the children in Koviloor. We started  out on a Saturday morning. There were about twenty enthusiastic children there from the ages nine to fourteen. We made two sets of the alphabet as well as the club sign. We returned in the afternoon after lunch. All of us (Sven, Charlotte, Basalel and I) had a wonderful time. We hope this initiative will carry on. We hope to train volunteers from Jawadhi in the club so that they can carry on teaching the kids there.

The children made a large sign for the club. Made with plywood beading and finger jointed rubber. Finished with liquid paraffin

Translating for Sven at the beginning of the workshop

A sample of the letters we made

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The rat race!

We had stored a lot of wood in a room in the club. As it was not touched for some months, there were rats, lot of them. More specifically mice.
Sven and I got rid of most of them. We laid out a maze to guide them to the door. It worked... well kind of....

In memory of the rodents we so unceremoniously displaced, Sven made this...

Friday, January 27, 2017

Wooden plaque

This is a wooden plaque made from teak wood. The lettering is finger jointed rubber. Finished with Asian paints PU matte for the base and aquadur PU matte for the lettering. I used stainless steel nails to nail the letters in to make sure the plaque lasts.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Hardware and Mill Stores, Vellore

I would like to document a very interesting experience that had a long time ago.

This was somewhere in the year 1999 or 2000. I was a second year medical student. For many of the activities that required acting or music, I usually found myself in the group that made props. We had precious few tools in those days. Power tools were  a luxury. Power tools in the hands of students had not even crossed our minds. We used to use hacksaw blades (without the handle), when they broke, we used the broken blades to save us the trip back to the hardware store seven kilometers away.

It is in this scenario that we decided to borrow a drill from the faculty, and none less than the Principal of our college. I think it was a Black and Decker drill. I remember being drawn to the name... "Black and Decker". Sounded so good when it was vocalized... He readily gave it to us, intact in its original packaging.

I tried to look after it and treat it like a treasured possession. However despite my best efforts it picked up a few scratches, and a blotch of black paint on it. And when I did decide to return it, I found out to my horror that I had lost both the drill key, and the original packaging. I hunted around in the mess we had made in LCR, turned over every bit of cardboard, rummaged among all the waste, but the key and the box were gone.

I had no idea what to do next. I however decided to make a trip down Gandhi road to Long Bazaar, and finally landed as a skinny nineteen year old, at the entrance of Hardware and Mills Stores (HMS) Vellore.  I cannot remember what I said to the gentleman over there, but I remember him sending up one of his workers into his upstairs stores. I remember him tossing down an empty black and decker carboard box. I remember the feeling of sheer incredulity that I felt, realizing what he was doing for me. I remember him promising to order a drill key (which I picked up from him two weeks later). The principal got back his drill complete with Black and Decker packaging and key.

Even now, when I think of the extent to which he went to help a clueless lad, I am amazed. Seventeen years and more than seventeen kilos later, I still visit HMS stores. I have bought several power tools from him. He is now a dealer for many other companies such as BOSCH and Ferm. What keeps me going is not only the present, but it is also the memory of what happened seventeen years ago, when he went out of his way to give me an empty cardboard box.

Keeping a cupboard closed

Keeping a cupboard closed
I noticed this ingenious way of keeping a cupboard closed. This was at the office of the Bangalore Medical College. 

Wooden signboard

This was a wooden sign board made for the new tennis court, in honor of one of our previous faculty.

Wooden sign board, pictured in the rain

The base is a slab of teak wood, cut out at a bevel with a jigsaw.

The base is finished with terminator anti insect liquid, followed by Asian Paints PU exterior sealant, two coats, and two coats of Asian Paints PU exterior Matte varnish.

The letters are made from 12 mm finger jointed rubber, as that was the only lighter colored wood I had access to.

The letters are stuck on with marine grade fevicol, and also secured with stainless steel nails.

For the supports, I used 1.5x2 inch thick babool reapers, and fixed them with stainless steel screws. They are finished in the same way.

There is a cross bar at the bottom too, that is covered in cement.

The whole assembly was fixed into the ground with concrete with the help of  a mason.

I hope it will last through the weather.

wooden Plaque

This is a wooden plaque made by one of the members of the CMC Woodworking club.

The base is a piece of karuvelam (babool) wood. The letters are made from reclaimed rose wood from some discarded furniture.

The finish: For the base: A coat of terminator anti insect liquid, followed by Asian Paints PU sealant and then finished with Asian paints PU exterior Matte finish.

For the letters, Asian Paints PU water based finish was used, for ease of application.

The letters were stuck using fevicol.

The whole plaque is very heavy. A chain is attached at the back which holds it up to a solitary nail  on the wall. The chain helps it to self center.

Wooden plaque made from karuvelam wood.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Dolls House

This is a doll's house I made from Finger jointed rubber wood. It was for the department of Geriatric Medicine to demonstrate an unsafe vs safe house for the elderly.

Material : Finger jointed rubber wood.
Size : 3 feet x 2 feet
Finish : Asian Paints polyurethane glossy
Furniture : Some of it is stained with Asian paints walnut stain, and some is reclaimed rosewood.
Total Build time : about 30 hours

Wooden dolls house

Wooden dolls house

We did some interesting photos which can be seen on Anand's facebook page or at the woodworking club page 

A sketchup model of the same is below
sketchup model of the doll's house
Overall it was a very enjoyable though long project.