Sunday, July 19, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Recent Order

I decided to document the process for the most recent order I received. It was for two swords and two daggers.

The first picture shows the blank pieces of wood with the chosen templates attached.

The second picture shows the rough cut outs.

The third pictures shows the final pieces without paint. I'll post those when they're dry.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Case of the disappearing Swordmaker

OK. It's been a long time. I'm currently working Pinewood derby cars, and will try to get some pictures up.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Travian is a browser game with a world full of thousands of users who all begin as the leaders of small villages.» To the tutorial (in just 60s)

No download, the game is available immediately.
You play with thousands of real players in a persistent ancient world.
Build up villages, wage wars or trade untroubled with your neighbors.

Of course my user name is txswordmaker, and Theron's is Blue_Shadow. We have formed the Paladins alliance, and we'd love to have more players.

YES! It has been a long time.


I know it has been a long time since I last posted, and many of the three people who were reading this sporadically have probably stopped. However, I have just been busy with work and boys' homework and just plain neglecting posting.

Many things have occur ed since the last post, but K has talked about most of them. Even she has gotten behind a little. I'm currently giving my first test to the students. I doubt they like me much anymore. Right? Some of them occasionally look at this. One of the rockets below disappeared after its first launch. A thorough search by me, the boys, mom, and some of the students yielded no results.

It's not too late to get in an order for something for Halloween, but it is getting close.

To answer Susie's question, I've never made a marshmallow gun, but I looked it up and I could probably do that. The ones I saw you had to blow into to make them work. I was trying to come up with a way to make it pump action using some kind of air flow control valve.

Now to see how long it takes to get someone to visit and read this. Maybe I'll get motivated to do this more frequently.

Oh...and one last thing...if you need something else to keep you busy...try Travian. Get on server 2 in the northwest quadrant, and I'll get you hooked into my alliance right away.

Monday, August 13, 2007

It's a Blast

With the boys back from rocket camp, we've started on a new project - rocket building. I got out my old rockets to find that the old shock cords and parachutes have deteriorated. Looks like I need to get some replacement parts. Anyway, we started making some new ones. There are three smaller for each boy.

In paint (but not done yet...)


Theron bought his own larger rocket called "The Guardian." It's next to his "small" one. The small one is the replacement for the one that disappeared at camp. It's ready for paint, but "the Guardian" has a ways to go.

I got this multi-stager (my first) for the whole family.

I'm looking forward to getting out there and launching soon.

Now, if someone needs a wooden sword, I'm still available for that. Looking for an order. In fact, I'll tell you what, the next three orders over $20, I'll give $10 off.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

The Wolf's Den

As promised, I finally have pictures of the headboard that we made while the grandparents were here. Unfortunately, we were so busy making the headboard, that we forgot to document the process. I need to work on that when K isn't around to do it for us. Any way, here are some pictures of the finished product and the room it is in.

Since it is already installed and up against the wall, I tried to get a picture of the back side. I used 1/2 inch plywood and premium grade pine 1X3s. I cut the legs to extend past the bottom to the floor, so we could drill holes to attach it to the bed frame. The top piece goes all the way across both legs. The bottom cross bar fits between the legs. I know its hard to see.

We then covered the front with several layers of fiberfill batting and wrapped it over the top to provide a little cushion and lessen the chance for head bumping. Then we covered it with the heavy blue fabric Theron picked out, and stapled it around the back side. That pretty much did it.

Here are a couple of shots of the made bed and the room it is in - The Wolf's Den. The current occupant doesn't do pictures.