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Plantation Shutters #16: Testing of stain, gel, oil, charred, ammonia, and shellac on basswood. For science!

06-28-2017 03:00 AM by Holbs | 2 comments »

So here goes my 24 hour test run of different ways to play with basswood. I could only play with what was on hand. Top board has no sealing done. This is raw basswood sanded to 240.Bottom board has 2 coats of Shellac sanded to 240 to start off with. 1.) Charred. Top board was charred, brass brushed, wiped with water, then shellac sealed. I was curious to see what happens when you charr shellac. Bottom board was shellac sealed, charred, brass brushed, wiped with water. Who chars s...

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kitchen cabinets #13: First Lower Cabinets Installed

06-28-2017 12:13 AM by MC | 1 comment »

Finished the lower cabinet cases on the sink side of the kitchen, half of the cases are now built and installed! I made the bases for the cabinets out of pine. If I had to do it again I would use poplar. When I first installed they were not the correct height. I was not sure how thick the floor would be so I waited until now to rip these to the correct height. For appearances I resawed 1/4” pieces of cherry and laminated to the bases after finishing. Once the cabinets were inst...

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The Craigslist Tree #3: Day 3 - Reunited

06-27-2017 08:19 PM by 85GoCards | 0 comments »

I show up to the tree location about 20 minutes early, as I wanted to get set up a bit before the poster showed. (I’ve only been using a chainsaw for a few months and am not really all that confident, so I like to take my time to get in the swing of things each time.) My intent was to use my portable sawmill to cut whatever the remainder was into slabs. When I arrived however, I found the remaining piece standing upright. At about 5’ tall and 9’ around, wet oak is toug...

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The Craigslist Tree #2: Day 2 - Heartbreak

06-27-2017 07:57 PM by 85GoCards | 0 comments »

I reached out to the Craigslist poster on day two to make sure I could still come back Saturday afternoon. Response: “Nah man, that tree is gone. The neighbors don’t get along and they just wanted it gone.” :( After a few hours, I sent a text asking if the poster happened to stage tree materials anywhere before taking them to the dump. No response. :( Just before the boys headed to bed, my phone rang. A number I didn’t recognize, so I let it go. No v...

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Workshop recovery (South LA Flood 2016) #4: Finally, thank you for the rain

06-26-2017 02:31 PM by FreddieMac | 0 comments »

So, this weekend was very productive thanks to, ironically, some rain. Friday night my wife and I finished putting up all the sheathing on the roof. It did not take very long because the math worked out where I was able to use 6 uncut sheets with a little some rafters to cut on the backend. Got a nice slope to from front to back which should allow all the water to drain off. I was in Lowes and saw these PVC boards and decided to use that on my fascia boards. I was surprised how nice it...

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small workshop ideas #3: Small workshop layout planning

06-26-2017 11:58 AM by oldguy2 | 1 comment »

Hi. This is a boring title so I am a Man who is in workshop number 5 due to many reasons. This planning method has helped me see the walk space and extra room and should I or should I not change this in all the shops I have had. Accidently I started using this after reading an article on make models of your tool pieces in 3D …oh yeah. but I could make them in scale and the floor to a scale map. So that has been easy Look at the room. Not all rooms are square, mark for doors and outl...

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Plantation Shutters #15: 2nd attempt at sanding pieces: success!

06-26-2017 05:18 AM by Holbs | 3 comments »

Very happy at the end results with this batch. In previous blog entry, I mentioned I was giving a shot at the “trace coat” sworn by Charles Neil. It really helped to determine when to keep sanding, when to stop sanding. Though, I think I messed up the first board in the beginning by wiping 100% pure red food coloring instead of later boards of diluted water: 80% water / 20% food coloring (or so) to give that “haze” of color instead of rich color. If you are intere...

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Daves Workshop #16: Candle stand top biscuit jointed glue up

06-26-2017 02:00 AM by dbhost | 0 comments » First off sorry about not embedding but embed does not work well for mobile. I was finally able to take some time and do the sizing of the word pieces cut the biscuits and do the glow up for the candle stand top. I hope you enjoy my little video.

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This week in the shop: an old tool tote

06-25-2017 05:21 PM by Woodbutchery | 3 comments »

Last year a very dear friend died after a full life. She was a very practical lady, and after she took care of items that she wanted the family to have, she made arrangements for the rest of her possessions to be organized and set up so that her extended family could come to her house and take their pick of what was in her house, from books, to shelving, to plates to everything. Absolutely nothing was sacred and everything was supposed to go if anyone had a use for it. One of the things th...

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Plantation Shutters #14: Re-Square window jambs, Charles Neil's trace coating

06-25-2017 04:36 AM by Holbs | 0 comments »

Ah…more time to hit up the plantation shutter project after some work & personal time kept me away.I made a flaw in my window jamb & stool squaring. The sliding story stick was not designed accurately leading me to have over 3/8” gap across 5 feet. Being that there will be 8 plantation shutter frames going in that are only allowed 1/8” gap, this 3/8” gap would not look good. So pulled everything down, de-nailed, and re-squared with 2 long boards & a Quic...

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