Wing Chun Dummy Build Part 1

I’ve started to build a wing chun dummy.

The Wing Chun wooden dummy (aka  Wing Chun dummy or Ip Man wooden dummy) is a solo training device used in Wing Chun Kung Fu and other Chinese martial arts. The Wing Chun dummy is designed for to teach a Wing Chun student things such as range (distance), proper positioning (hands, body and footwork), fluidity from move to move and to refine the precision of Wing Chun movements.

It’s a 9″ diameter 5 foot tall round wooden base with 2 angled offset arms, a lower middle arm and a lower leg at specific lengths, spacing and angles. One would normally get an appropriate log and make angled square holes to accept the limbs. As a woodworker I’m not about to chisel out 1.5″ square holes in a 9″ thick ash wood blank, I wanted to find a better way.

I’ve decided to make a test version out of pine for now, the real ones will be with ash. I’m making it in two halves, cut square dado’s with the tablesaw and then glue the two halves together. The only issue was the arm holes, they needed to be not only angled but angled in a way so that the arm ends meet exactly at 8.5″ apart. After drawing it out and playing with templates I made this tablesaw ramp/sled that would cut the dado’s at 14 degree slopes. It’s more complicated than that but I’ll leave that there for now. Possibly a video to come later. With these jigs I hope to make more in a production like process.

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Japanese chisel

A while ago I bought a chisel for delicate paring of wood that I saw other woodworkers use. I have a hood set of Veritas PMV-11 type so this was just to see how an authentic Japanese chisel would compare.

Nothing too special, I find the edge isn’t indestructible and doesn’t cut any better than my other ones. But it definitely looks cool.

This is a Fujihiro bench chisel, multiple hollow, with a red oak handle. 12mm (1/2”). I got it from It’s hand forged by Chutaro Imai, a blacksmith who has been making chisels almost 50 years and is located in Sanjo City, Niigata prefecture, Japan. These bench chisels are forged with white steel laminated to soft iron.

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Small turned box (salt cellar)

If you’ve ever wanted a pinch or teaspoon of salt and dislike pouring from a box this is useful to have near your prep area. This small box was made from maple, texturized with a dremel and painted with black india ink. The finish was friction rubbed Shellawax Cream.

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3D End Grain Cutting Board

I finished another 3D end grain cutting board. Maple and walnut. 12.5” x 12.5” x 1.5” thick.

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Another pen. Pen no.5

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Pen #3

Almost done with these pens, I’m not sure what kind of wood this is. Any ideas? Babinga?

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Pen #2

This pen is a little too dark, the blank looked promising. The second time around went much quicker. I can see how small projects on the lathe is pretty much instant gratification, instant product in your hands.

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Turning a pen (pencil)

Here’s the result of my first pen – a pencil in this case. I was tired of moving the ziploc bag of pen supplies I was given years ago around my shop so I thought I’d just go ahead and make one. It’s actually pretty rewarding holding it. The wood is Bocote.

I tried a CA finish but it didn’t turn out well, maybe I sanded it off too much. So I put on Shellawax Cream.

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Dovetailed Tea box Build

I presented this box to my girlfriend in 2021.

Full build of the dovetailed tea box originally done By Mike Pekovich from Fine Woodworking issue No.269. I encourage you to check out the plans for this project or at least the issue that featured this project for detailed measurements.

I used the same materials and dimensions from the article, wenge exterior, with curly/bird’s eye maple for the inner liner.

The wire brush was used on the wenge box parts to give enhanced texture by basically brushing away the soft grain lines.

The only clip I missed recording was gluing in the wedge dowel in the elongated slot in the base where the two cords passed through to secure them tightly (14:30).

Router bit used to clear out dovetail waste: Whiteside #3000 Template Bit with Ball Bearing (1/4″ Shank, 1/2″ Cutting Diameter, 1/4″ Cutting Length).

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Rust Removal By Electrolysis

I made an electrolysis bath to remove the rust on the book press. 4 steel rebar, cabled together in series as the anode to be connected to the positive lead on the battery charger. Dangled steel wire connected to the press to be connected to the negative end on the charger.

When I plug it in for several hours the rust should leave the object and be attracted to the steel rods.

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