Spalted wood is beautiful stuff, most woodworkers will agree to that. However it has its drawbacks due to the spalting process is caused by fungi attacking the wood cells. Spalted wood is essentially partially decomposed wood and therefore has soft spots and ink lines and spongy areas that make it unsuitable for some uses. I have some spalted apple that I want to use for tool handles, in order for this beautiful wood to hold up to the abuses I put my tools through I will have to stabilize ...
I finally got around to finishing the Sketchup drawing for my first fine woodworking project that I hope to start before the holidays. I had difficulty designing the sides and back and I’m still not sure if I like the grooved panels. I may go back to just a basic panel or raised. The shelf above the bottom drawer was also a pain, but that could just be because I was a newbie to Sketchup. Please let me know if there is a better, or easier way to build a shelf that sits like that. ...
Getting to the point that I am starting to think about how I might finish the live edge walnut table I am currently working on. The table top consists of two book matched 10/4 slabs and I want to make sure that they look great. Take a look and let me know if you have any suggestions…Thanks http://thistlewoodworks.wordpress.com/
Hello All, Over the last few years, I have been collecting all kinds of tools. I am moving my machine and boxes and boxes of hand tools and accesories. I am looking for a storage solution that would be wall mounted to hold all the hand tools and power tools. I was thinking of a wall hung cabinets to house my hand held power tools, and at least another to house my hand tools. I need to do this on the cheap side as I spent alot of money on the shop, but on the other hand I don’t want i...
I thought it would be fun to do a little blog on the progression of putting my new shop together. Having moved from Ohio with plenty of space to a much smaller area in the Garage in Delaware. I first thought, about 4-5 months ago that it would be no problem putting my shop together. Well, here I am still at work. I’d like to just walk into the shop and build something fun. But I really can’t do that till every thing has a place… So the journey has begun. When we...
So this week I learned that a 2X4 isn’t actually 2 inches by 4 inches which actually sucks and is not accurate when buying wood (thanks Lowe’s for being douches). Anyways I’ve been planning out how I’m going to start this week and hopefully I am on the fastlane this time next week. Keep it one hunna, gang gang, bless up
I’m really close now. This is with the first coat of satin polyurethane. Jewitt recommends only 2 coats of the poly, but GF says 3. I think I will go with 2 and evaluate, but I am hoping that 2 will be adequate. This is the most involved finishing schedule I have ever done and I am ready to be done! haha Thanks for hanging with me during this process.
Due to a lack of retailer options, I began making my own blades to handle the thick and rough lumber associated with framing barns, shops, decks, etc. Upon researching sawmill operations, I discovered their blades are heavy with oversized teeth to last through many sharpenings. Most of the blades you buy today for 10 and 12” saws don’t have longevity in mind. After the first sharpening you end up getting into the shoulder when you top grind the teeth.
I brushed glue inside both of the dadoes and then clamped it together to dry. Here is a view unclamped and with a bit of face sanding to clean it up. I forgot to take a picture after the final sanding, but basically rounded over the edges a bit and thinned the thickness a bit on the 4 ends. I put three or four coats of spray lacquer and hand rubbed to a nice satin finish. Here is a test hanging on the wall before shipping. Happy to report that the customer said it exceede...
This fall I had several run ins with my chisels. The first one resulted in a 1” gash in the heel of my right palm. I was working on redoing some DC and had old carving chisels on a box on a shelf below where I was working. I didn’t see it before hand but one of the chisels was sticking sharp end up and as I withdrew my hand….YOWZERS. Went to the doc for a tetanus shot but no stitches required. My second incident was pure sheer stupidity. I was working on the inla...
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