I didn’t really listen and I should be spanked!!! I am now going to stain the sewing center. I knew I had to actually condition the wood because it is poplar. But instead of doing the 50/50 mix of shellac and denatured alcohol or as I read on a can of Zinsser Bulls Eye SealCoat (which is shellac) a 3 parts denatured alcohol to 2 parts SealCoat mix, I thought I save myself some time and just condition the poplar with MinWax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner (the yellow can – they also ...
This will start with a question for the cabinet guys. I got 3/4” birch ply and 1/2” maple ply to make the cabinet boxes out of, why you ask? good question. I wasn’t paying attention when i place my special order for 1/2” pre-finished ply.well the plan was to make the sides of the base cabinets from 3/4” ply and the backs and bottoms from 1/2” ply. Anyone see a problem with this? I guess i can’t live with the bottom and the sides having different looks...
While working on building my workbench, I ended up breaking the Y part that is responsible for blade advancement (in/out) in my Buck-Bros #5 Jack plane. This one was probably one of my very first woodworking tools that I still have today, and with it I learned much about hand planing from proper tuning, to usage. As it happened, a day after It broke, I found a Stanley #6 fore plane on craigslist, and as luck had it – the guy was a few streets away from me. NICE. I figured I’m g...
hey everyone, about a week ago I posted a bowl here and one of the comments was about the reflection on the work and how it spoils the piece. So I remembered a tutorial about making your own light tent which diffuses the light evenly throughout the piece. Since somebody allready blogged the process (SEE HERE), I didn’t bother with the construction of it, but thought I’d just share it with you and show some before and after pics. The light tent camphor bowl befo...
Since my last entry I have spent one and a bit days working on the bench.This has involved sizing the verticals, cutting the tenons on the ends of the verticals and cutting the mortice for the stub tenon in the stretchers. SizingSizing the verticals was done on the jointer, table saw and thicknesser. The jointer was used to get two side straight and at right ankles to each other. The dimension for the width of the vertical (that is from the side, not the end) required that it be about si...
Hi All, First, a picture:From 230809 milling almond At first I was not sure that milling this was worth my while. However, the good LJ’s here pointed me in the right direction and so I found myself loading the mill on the trailer on Sunday morning heading toward my friend and the tree. BTW, the mill was kept loaded on the trailer for a month and no opportunity showed itself. two days after I unloaded it, I get a call from this friend. go figure. Anyway, as Steve (daltxguy) is now...
First off let say that this is going to be a tough project for me as I am not use to doing this type of things in the shop. I have a client who wants a dining table made for them and they want the knots, scratches, pits, and all of the other things that we don’t want in our finished projects. So as I said this is going to be a tough one for me as it kinda goes against what I have been doing for the last few years.So I am looking for advice on how to accomplish the depressing of the wo...
So we are in the process of upholstering the kitty condo project. Wrap after wrap of that obnoxious rough sisal rope goes on,... Somehow about halfway down the main post my lovely bride has the audacity to ask me the one question that nobody should ask at that point when the person doing the work has had his hands rubbed raw by rope… “What if she doesn’t like it?” She asks…. Calmly I look at my wonderful wife, smile and ask her… “You know ...
It’s been four months since I’ve been able to do any woodworking, Since my back problems and back surgery. And finally I’m back to what I love most in life, “making things out of wood.” Here are a few pictures of some of the marquetry that is going to be on my next box. This style of marquetry is one that I have developed over the years. It is similar to the “Andre-Charles Boulle” style. Their are 10 steps to this style which are very simple. In th...
In the beginning! this is the MAple stump left i found at work one day. The guy i was cutting this timber for had his a bandsaw mil lso i asked him if he would saw it for me. It was much more reasonably than i expected. Here are the results. I think there are 6 slabs 2” thick.If anyone local to me wants one or two let me know. the Pic’s are taken with some water on the boards to help show the variation.
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