Hey there everyone! Well…as I mentioned in the comment section of part one of this series, I took some files to a friends house and we annealed the handle portions, I cut a gigantic farriers rasp in half and annealed the handle portion on o...
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Location: Highland Falls, NY
I am a furniture refinisher with my own small business in a very small town in NY. I started out over twenty years ago out of necessity (I was poor, and I had a lot of donated furniture from some fantastic friends). I was able to turn my necessary hobby into a business, and I've been fortunate enough to have been able to work for a very high end custom furniture designer for a few years prior to starting my business. Most of what I do, I've picked up along the way from some very knowledgeable people and a lot of trial and error.
While I specialize in refinishing, I also like to dabble in making small items like boxes and miniature halloween caskets (strange, yes....fun...yes and they can also be used for a beloved pet that may have passed away). I'm able to do some gold leaf work, faux finish work, and I have recently (within the past year) begun using only Danish Oil finishes with a waxed lacquer topcoat. I make up my own alcohol based stains when I don't use the danish oil.
I do a lot of home improvement, usually by the seat of my pants, but so far, so good!
After a recent accident to my store, since I've had to rebuild nearly from the ground up (thank goodness I didn't lose any tools in the process...) I've decided to revamp the structure of my business...no more refinishing, but I'm going to devote more time to my small projects like boxes, knife scale replacement, guitar picks and maybe even try my hand at some cutting boards.
-- Sue (Susan) Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle
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So here is the final look on the small coffin…it has the cremains of my previous dog and two cats. My friend brought me the small handles and the lovely marquetry pice that I used on the lid…
Hello all! Let me begin by saying that this is not an original idea, many have done this before…this is just my attempt of it that I have been tossing around in my head for quite a long time now… I’ve researched online, and I...
Today I cleaned up the smaller plane from yesterday…still not completely satisfied, but it will do. I then tackled a vintage Stanley7”. Inside it is marked “C 255” and has an “x” and a “2” below tha...
Hand planes...found for a bargain, learning how to refurbish them... #1: Small unmarked hand plane refurb
I’m just beginning to appreciate the uses I have for hand planes now that I’m doing more projects that are not refinishing in nature…over the past nine months I’ve been collecting an assortment of different ones at yard/est...