I have decided that I am going to put this project aside for a bit and concentrate on a different chair. After ruining my second set of back legs I need a bit of a break. The problem with Paduak is that it splinters like crazy. Love the grain lines but if you get one going in the wrong direction and hit that with a router – boom good bye piece. I am also going to put it aside until my new shop (could be a while) is completed because the red dust in my small shop is unbearable. My...
I started this blog separated from the spiral design because all the designs that will be posted here will be in a rectangular form. If you extend that circular arc by projecting it linearly, then a Sine wave will be produced. The distance of the y axis varies with the time… On the following design I used a cosine curve because I like to concentrate on putting the smaller pieces in the middle. So this is how it looks….. One at a time.. I will do in flesh after I fi...
I have experimented on how an endgrain can retain its original color and grain pattern. Here are some observations: 1. Oil based stain, tung, linseed, and others … will absorb more and will be very dark than as expected base color even how thin it will be applied (actually it is difficult to control on how thin, number of coats will not make any difference because one coat will be completely penetrate in the wood. 2. Lacquer based.. sanding sealers, gloss or flat lacquers R...
That stripper works wonders, but I got lot more work to do.
Ever since I bought my first house a few years ago I had always wanted a nice sized workshop in my 2 stall garage. This year I was able to really get going on it. My dad who is also a woodworker was kind enough to give me his Radial Arm Saw which he no longer used. It so happens this RAS is also the first big power tool I had ever used. I grew up watching my dad use this thing on a regular basis and when I got old enough he showed me how to use it and let me make some cuts. So in a way the sa...
As we continue on in our build we get to where we need to build the boxes for our drawers. I run through it and explain about setting up for the drawer slides.
As most of you know my Grandmother passed away in July. Well. this past weekend was her memorial service. The Grandkids were allowed to go through her stuff and grab some momentos. Well, I really loved all her carvings. Noone else touched her carving books,wood, and partially finished carvings. So I got it all. So now I am going to take up carving and try to complete what she started. I will be taking pictures soon of the goodies. So if there are any carvers in my area that would like to take...
So with what little time I could eke out for myself again last night, I managed to get out to the shop and do a little tiny bit more cleaning, I finished moving a stack of lumber from next to the workbench only to find that it was hiding a GIANT mound of plane shavings, and a Woodcraft padded stool. I kind of forgot I had 2 of those… Well, lazy me decided to plug in the DC and just suck the plane shavings up, and away into the Thien Separator they went… I also found the blank o...
Yesterday afternoon I responded to an ad incraigslist. No pictures, it said: “I have a large collection of antique wood working tools, planes, levels, augers, etc. that I need to sell. A few modern as well. All original and in great shape for their age. No fakes. Fair prices. , Cash only “ I spend all the $160 I had in my pocket. I could have spend a $1000. I felt like a kid in the candy store. Here is the whole collection on my garage floor. This is the Stanle...
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