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Live Edge Cherry Coffee Table from the Beginning #12: It's all done--Final Entry

2 hours ago by CharlesA | 0 comments »

After about 6 coats of Arm-R-Seal (I use gloss for the first few coats because it is easier to deal with, then satin at the end), it’s looking pretty good. I knocked off the rough spots between coats, and thinned it a bit for the last couple of coats. I’m very pleased with the color and the finish. Arm-R-Seal is a funny finish, because you have to be patient through the first couple of coats before it starts to look good. Here are a few pics.

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Misc. Shop Stuff #47: Stanley Clapboard Gauge

5 hours ago by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 5 comments »

Yep, had siding to replace on the house, prior to painting, and used this tool: I’m going to go way out on a limb and suggest I’m the first in my town to use one of these in the last 70+ years… Tools that work. Maybe I should do a review here on LJs.

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finishing cherry wood

6 hours ago by harum | 0 comments »

Interestingly, after application of two coats of shellac sealer, then sanding them down, and then a coat of Original Waterlox, the grain of the cherry box top looks really smooth, flowing and with a nice glow. Like here: With Waterlox alone, the grain is almost lost, because the cherry, even though not blotchy, appears covered with dark and light speckles obscuring the natural look. Like this: The birch bottom of the box is blotchy under just Waterlox. Shellac under oil varni...

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FANTASY MARQUETRY #9: The Good the Bad and the Ugly

8 hours ago by stefang | 5 comments »

Having the same problems today with the pattern and I messed up a lot. On the positive side I will learn a lot about how to do repairs as there will be a lot of them on this project. I was tempted to trash it, but I’ve got too much time invested in it to do that, besides, I will get some valuable experience doing the repairs. Repair workAll of the repair work will involve replacing badly cut and/or badly fitting pieces. This would be easy if I had been able to cut exactly to the patt...

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King Size Shutter Headboard #1: Making a Frame and Attaching the Shutters

9 hours ago by iamcliff | 0 comments »

We were given a king size bed frame and mattresses. We previously had a queen, but with two kids hanging out in our bed before bedtime and sometimes even sleeping in the bed it was getting too crowded. My wife’s birthday was approaching, so I asked her what she wanted she said she wanted a king size headboard. Watch part one here:

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A Domino Ooopppsss....

10 hours ago by Huckleberry | 1 comment »

Here is where those seasoned veterans of the Festool Domino can point and laugh at some rookie mistakes. I am making a new cabinet to house my air compressor because the dawgone thing is soooo loud. So I thought it would be a great project to put my new Domino through some paces. As I was trying to understand some things on this machine I plunged into the face of some scrap 3/4” plywood I would be using to make the carcass. Well I created a through Domino, so back to the instruction...

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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1392: Don't You Love When That Happens?

13 hours ago by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 1 comment »

Sometimes good planning really does pay off. I am not saying that everything went 'without a hitch', but in the end, the build on my new Christmas sleigh worked out pretty well. I am really pleased with it. When 'building' three dimensional pieces such as these, to me it seems like there is so much more involved than just cutting fretwork. While the fretwork design is a really important part of the piece, on something like this, it is just that – a part – and ...

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Ozito skill saw un boxed.

14 hours ago by andyboy | 1 comment » My 0ver 30 yr old skilly died. So I bought a new cheap one.

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Mini hand tool cabinet #1: Scope and planning

18 hours ago by JSOvens | 2 comments »

Hello folks, I’m starting a new project which should hopefully not take too much time. I’m on the finishing stages of my Ph. D. thesis and have been relying a bit more heavily on shop time to relieve my frustration, so the goal of this project is also partly to give me something relatively simple to do that I can spend 1/2 – 1 hour on at a time when I just need to get away from this accursed writing chair. I don’t know if there’s sort of a rule of thumb as ...

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Bowl Making! - Showing off some of our new toys in action!! #14: Artisans Joins the Olana Museum

23 hours ago by Eric M. Saperstein | 1 comment »

Artisans of the Valley is proud that our turnings are now available at the Olana Museum Store. Olana State Historic Site, the home and studio of eminent Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church, is a historic site administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Taconic Region. It is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. The Olana Partnership, a private not-for-profit education corporatio...

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