Woodwork #3

OK – built another box. This one is very like the last one in Woodwork #2 – same dimensions and design, but made from Jarrah and a highly figured veneer for the lid – I don’t know what type – Myrtle perhaps?

This time the dovetailing was much more precise – very little filler was needed to hide the gaps. Jarrah cuts very nicely too unlike my red gum experiences – very little fussiness at all.

The veneers caused some problems – I used Tightbond II yellow glue for the upper part of the lid, and I simply used my iron-on blackwood veneer for the lower side. Result: The Tightbond glue, being very strong, warped the board. It took some effort for it to go in. The fix is to use the SAME glue top and bottom – that way the forces are evenly matched and no warping should result. Oh, and I managed to glue the top to the MDF press as well – now that was fun trying to seperate the board from the press. Some damage to the pretty veneer but not so visible because the figure is so detailed.

The hinges went better this time – I took my time – no birthdays to make. Still, it’s not perfect – the front of the lid is off by about 2mm – just enough to annoy me, but not enough for me to fix it. I think that one hinge must be out by about 0.5 mm to cause this sort of error – a lesson here about the kind of precision required. Leanne thinks that one of the hinges may just need to be rotated a few degrees anticlockwise and it will come good – something worth trying.

Well, I’ve been asked to put some pieces in the Mt Barker show, so I think I might put this one in – I can put also try to sell it at the show as well, though I wouldn’t have a clue what sort of market value to put on it… do you?

Harvest 2007

Well, the 2007 wine grape harvest is on in earnest – at least a month earlier than last year. As I write, the guys are out there pulling the fruit off the vines.

Most of the harvesting is done at night away from the hotter parts of the day. Apparently it results in better fruit. There are two harvesters running, well there’s suppose to be two – one just blew a hydraulic hose and pumped a vat full of oil… they guys are n ow wonering what to do…

The harvester is an amazing machine – narrow enough to fit between the vines and strangely quite agile. The vines go between wheels – right up the middle. There are two walls of plastic pipes on either side which vibrate very powerfully. This shakes the fruit off the vines which lands on a conveyor belt and then is pumped out over the top in hose into a vat pulled by a tractor. It’s rather a ballet when you see it – the harvesters are really experienced with the whole operation and it really does flow rather elegantly. In fact I know one of the tractor drivers – he reads a book while he’s doing the whole thing – that’s how fluid the operation is. Amazing.

Each vat has about 2.5 tonnes of fruit and by-catch in it – and there’s a lot of vats! The juice is extremely sweet – too sweet to drink straight – and I think I mentioned that the variety is Pinot Gris

It's my small world…