I finally finished the cabinet doors for my client, and at this moment my next job will not begin for another week or two. Thus, it’s time for me to turn my attention to the neglected shop. I mentioned that I had purchased probably the last Clear Vue dust collector from the previous owner, Ed Morgano, back in May. My first order of business – complete the dust collector room. I had already dedicated a place for the collector when I moved in, and roughed in the area. I knew I wa...
I made a bathtub. This was a chunk of mystery wood. I cut it down to size and milled out the interior. I painted the interior white. I played around with veneer. I’ve never used this before… not sure how I feel about it – would perhaps be nicer to work with on larger materials and/or blocks without tub holes in them.. lol I used some purpleheart for trim. I’m going to do some fancy trim to this.. not quite sure what. But it’s far from done. I thi...
150,000 BF/day SAWMILL TOUR with pics! NOTES: A lot of interesting stuff on this trip so I’m breaking it up into separate days. If you want to see the high res picture, click on the embedded picture and it will open a new browser window with the full high res version. I managed to get over to Cardin Forest Products today. I drove by Wednesday but the office shuts down at four and I wasn’t sure I wanted to just go strolling up into as busy and big a sawmill operation as these guys...
Hello LJ’s, Sometimes I like to just experiment. Today I mostly toyed around with an idea and to be honest, it never really got me fired up. Oh well, that happens sometimes. http://su.pr/2WFLNo Brian
After testing out my sample piece, I decided to go for it with the table. This is a learning experience after all, isn’t it? :) Sanded out the second coat of conditioner this morning before work, and when I got home I started applying the stain. Here’s the result: Overall, the process was easy – wipe on, wipe off – just kept trying to work in small sections so the gel stain didn’t dry too much. One minute max, and I went back and started wiping ex...
The Traveling Lumberjock #4: Trenton, GA (Not far from Chattanooga, TN) - July 28, 2010 (w/ pics this time!)
NOTES: A lot of interesting stuff on this trip so I’m breaking it up into separate days. If you want to see the high res picture, click on the embedded picture and it will open a new browser window with the full high res version. This trip has been REALLY cool. There were a few issues, like my luggage not making it here. I guess I was due since this is the first time in five years of hard traveling it’s not made it to my destination. I’ve had it get delayed coming hom...
The finished Mexican pot is the first of several projects that will be turned from the large piece of sugar maple featured in big stuff turning #1. There are five coats of finish on this piece. The only thing left to do is to buff it out with the Beall system – this will be done when the finish completely cures. Questions and comments are always welcome. Just for the fun of it I also turned a small three footed bowl that I enhanced with my homemade woodburner. Thi...
For those pf you doing spindle turning on the lathe, or any other turning that uses a “story stick”, here’s a little trick I came up with back in high school wood shop that I’ve found usefull. (we won’t discuss how old this idea is, other than to say it’s older than some uf your fathers!) LOL When you extend your diameters out to the edge of the story stick, use coloured pencils to do so, using a different colour for each different diameter. For exam...
Well, less that 1,000 pages left to go! I’m up to page 1,325 in my self chosen task of going through the entire projects section here, and I hope there’s a lot of room in the “favourites” file, because I’ve tagged more than 50 items that I want to either build or use as inspiration or just plain got blown away by…I think John Nixon’s ”super sled” is going to be the first thing I build from that list, as I don’t currently have a tabl...
Were moving along here, this time I’ll be mitering, and this will be done with a jig on the shooting board. Like this: Two edges mitered… Outside of mitered joint, not perfectly aligned in this dry fit test. inside of joint: Now to the BIG Question… Which wood do you think I should use for the top and bottom… the choices are: Maple: Cocobolo: Purpleheart: Wenge: I also have some bubinga, but it’s a little bit to thin for the look ...
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