So I am finally done with the console table. Here were the last days of work After water gilding, like usual burnishing, sorry about the quality of the picture Instacoll on the capitals as I could not water gilt them without flooding the original finish. It is a bit like oil gilding, but has the shine of water gilding. Green clays on the feet, light layers then darker and darker to create an effect with some wear. A little extra wear then some repair to get the right f...
first of all I hate to join this blog and then ask a question. but I can’t find any info anywhere else. I got this Makita 2040 planer for a couble of years now and I got new rollers right after I bought it use. Its has been cutting fine in till a few days ago it started slipping as I feed the cedar lumber through it, I’ve sharping the blades, wax the feed table and even tighten down the rollers a bit. But when it slips it makes a knocking sound that worries me.. Can’t figure...
To all here at LJ’s, I really appreciate the warm welcome here. I consider that I have made friends here and look forward to making more in the future.The old health hasn’t been that good for the last couple of years. Just the great reception and really nice folks here have gotten me in the mood to go back to the shop. It’s hard when one doesn’t feel well to get off the couch. For that I am thankful to everyone here at LJ’s (in the process of cleaning up the shop at this time) Sur...
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I should have made a few more updates to the project. I have been working on it constantly (which means over the weekend when I can fit it in) over the last 2 months. Since this is my first major project, let me give you a brief recap of the project and the lessons learned so far… there are many. I purchased all the lumber and then let it dry for a couple weeks in the garage. Lesson learned: I really have to put some wieght on PT wood as it dried. I got some crazy bowing and twist...
Well, I finally finished the centerpieces. It takes a while when you do this a couple of days a week, but I’ll tell you what. It sure feels good when you finish a project. I haven’t figured out how to post a pic directly to the blog but you can see them in My Projects.
Wow, what a weekend! I spent last Saturday and Sunday learing from Frank Klausz. It was just a 2 day class, but I think we managed to pack a lot into it. Frank is one funny, funny guy! So, here’s my impressions of the class – plus and minus, and a recap of what I learned (at least I think I learned). Overall, the class was excellent. We had 15 students, with varying skill levels. The first part of day one was some background on Frank, and some good tech info on wood, wo...
Well in the first installment of this series I talked a lot about my ideas for this project. Ideas were pretty much all there was to it though. Then for various reaasons I haven’t been able to get into my shop to do anything after that. Well, I finally got to actually start on this. First things first, I had to actually lay out some of my ideas on paper. So I pulled out the patterns for the general shape of the unicorn, which is to be based loosely on the carousel horse plans. Then I ha...
Good morning Lumberjocks. Owning your own business can be stressful sometimes. Specially when you learn new ways or things you should be do in owning your own business. Which in the last two or three months I have learned somethings the hard way. Which I won’t mention those things because I felt dumb enough and I already did different things so those problems won’t happen again. But at least I found out how to do some of these things within the first year of owning my busines...
So my current bench is gawd awful. Poorly designed and poorly built. And yes, yours truly will take full credit for its design and construction. Its actually something a threw together, on impulse, in a single afternoon. One positive point is the top. Its 2 1/2” thick and is rock solid. The probelm is that its too heavy for the whimpy base that I salvaged from a throw-away kitchen table. Its racks and sways all over. Most notably, the bench’s footprint is 30”x60”, whic...
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