Completed mock up version – Wing Chun Dummy

Left handed model as the right arm is higher than the left arm (reverse order)
Wall mount included.

1/8″ space around limb tenons for correct movement.
All limbs come with wooden pegs to hold in place.
Dummy is allowed to slide side to side on hangers.

Body is 9″ diameter solid pine/spruce/fir
4 feet tall body.
Arms/legs/wall mount are solid ash hardwood for strength.

All specifications for arms/legs correct:
Arms 8.5″ apart from center point of arm.
Arm tenons 1 1/4″ square.
Arm widest diameter 2 1/2″
Arm narrow tip 1 1/2″

Leg is straight down model
Leg is 2 1/2″ x 3″ thick.
Leg tenon is 2 1/4″ x 1 1/4″

Body holes:
Arms: 1 1/2″ square
Leg 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
Large 4 1/8″x 4 1/8″ cavity on the bottom for optional mounting on a floor base/stand with 4″ post.

Pine/ash hardwood wall mount:
Pine Wall beams: 5 feet tall, 2″ thick, 4″ wide
Ash hangers (pegged mortise and tenon), ash cross beams top and bottom.

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Custom 3D Printed Parts

I’m getting better at designing things I need on the 3D printer in Fusion 360. I bought this popular model of a sawblade holder and they come with a large protruding knob that also sticks out the back so stacking them in a drawer isn’t easy. I made a new low profile knob and shortened the bolt so it’s flush in the back and nearly flush in the front, the height of a 5mm bolt head. This is good.

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Testing out how non-stick these silicone cups are on day old epoxy. #shorts #woodworking #epoxy

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Winterize your water hoses folks. Water-line blow out kit from Princess Auto $29.99 CDN

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New Guitar Pedal Board

I wanted to put my pedals that I’ve collected and have been just sitting on the floor until now. I wanted a board that would keep them in place but I didn’t want to stick velcro on the back and stick them on a velcro board like most out there. I pay a lot for some of these pedals and I don’t want to stick anything on them.

I wanted something I could clamp on and reposition them if I wanted to. I didn’t mind using a screwdriver to do that, I would rarely move them around. I came up with a dovetail slotted board and I would 3D print the dovetail slot keys that slide in the grooves. A bolt wedged them tight. Then I bought 90 degree metal shelf clips that I stuck rubber pads on that would hold the pedals on the side.

It works great, made with walnut, 3d printed dovetail keys and bottom ledges designed by me.

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Wing Chun Dummy Build Part 2

I’ve completed the dummy body and worked out the plan and made sketchup diagrams with all dimensions for someone to make their own dummy.

Here I’ve masked off the areas I didn’t want glue on to be removed later.

Here is a version of a stand I’ll be making that doesn’t’ require hanging anything on a wall.

I ran the square body through the table saw to knock the corners off so it will be less time spent on the lathe making it round.

The 3 arms are done, 2 offset and one centered on the tenon that slides into the dummy. Unfortunately I then found out my plan was revered as the left arm is supposed to be higher than the right. I’ll fix that for next time. 8.5″ apart at the top arm tips.

Now to work on the leg, I’ll do one angled leg and one straight down depending on preference.

The arms and leg is made out of ash, very strong like white oak.

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Veritas Pattern Maker’s vise – The Tucker vise

Here is the vise installed on my workbench showing some of it’s features.

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Book Press Restoration #2

This is my second one.

I’ve finished restoring this old book press. When I picked it up at an auction it was rusted and seized up like a brick. When I removed all of the rust a couple pieces were broken. Looked like a challenge!

I taught myself to TIG weld and fixed the broken hand wheel and remade the broken flange that bolts onto the upper flat press using a pipe flange welded to a large bolt. Then bought a metal lathe to turn it into the same shape as the original.

Bondo and paint to make it pretty. Most of the threaded things had to be re-threaded and tapped. I learned what ACME thread was and Witworth British thread is.

This book press took many hours and new tools for the learning experience.
For sale for one million dollars.

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Pattern Maker’s vise for 60 bucks !

I was looking through auctions recently and I saw some tools that were piled on a table top and advertised as “Clamps”. It was a crappy red vise and something else. I looked closer and it said “Veritas”. Could it be a Lee Valley Veritas Tucker pattern makers vise? It sort of looked like it might be a vise. I clicked on other pictures for angles…It was.
I bid on it, and was prepared to go high. My winning bid ended up being $60. If only one other person knew what this was I knew it would go above $1000.

This is a discontinued limited run Lee Valley did based on the Emmert Pattern Makers vise that are no longer made (1880-1970). A Pattern Makers vise can rotate around to move your work, turn 180 to use the other type jaws, flip up, the jaws can rack to hold odd shapes etc. Rough shape vises by Emmert go from $400-1000 if you can find one. I’ve seen these Veritas Tucker vises go for $2000-3000.

I picked it up today, expecting some parts missing, like the stanchion bar holder that mounts underside or the bench clamp mount.
Nope, the cardboard in the picture was the original box clamped in the jaws holding all unopened unused parts, foot spring, hex keys and all.

I’ve been looking for a patternmakers vise since I’ve started the hobby, not I have a brand new Tucker vise nontheless.
Now to make some bench mods to accept it.

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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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