Wood prep before finishing The secret to perfect finish is proper sanding of your project. All surfaces should be clean and free from all dirt and oils. Prep sanding is done with progressively finer grits. On unfinished wood, prepare the surface by using medium grit paper first, and then progress to finer grades. With most raw woods, if you are hand sanding, start sanding in the direction of the grain using a #100-150 grit paper before staining and work up to #220 grit paper. You can make ...
I have asthma and have for many years. Been treating it for the last year. This past week we have been having our kitchen remodeled plus I was scrolling some soft maple (of course without a mask). One or both of these sent me into a severe asthma attack that put me in ICU and an over night stay in the hospital. I was released the next day and currently on steroids for five days and a Doctor follow up first of this week. The purpose of starting this bold is to share information and to seek ...
Three thin pieces make up the lamination of one arm and are glued on a form. The form is made of scrap plywood and cut according to the dimensions in the plans. Each piece is slathered in glue and then bent around the form and clamped into place. After drying, the clamps are removed. One edge is trued up and flattened with a jack plane and then the curve laid out on the opposite side and cut on the bandsaw. More sanding and shaping need to be done as well as the mortises for the tenons on the...
Testing the fit of the tenons in the through mortises of the legs. A little tight, but some small chisel work will take care of that.
As promised here is the latest design created this week. Look back each week to see what I will create next.This was drawn up in the morning,cutout, sanded and assembled that evening. The tail was taken from the Dragon’s tail or hinge design. I used google images of the real stegosaurs for my hand drawing. My wife is helping me to promote the Etsy storefront.Thanks to Tim and those who commented on my photos I am now using this dollar tree foam light box we made.I know this ...
Here I glue up the rough cut legs. They are made of 3 separate pieces laminated together to make one very strong, thick legs. The ones that have some slight variation color between the layers will be the back legs and strategically turned so they still look like solid legs. I then ran them through the planer to bring them down to their final dimensions. After carefully laying out the placement of the mortises, I drill most of the material out with a 1/2” forstner bit. I then came bac...
After checking and rechecking my layout of the cuts, I nervously began to make my first cuts to bring all the pieces down to rough size. I made sure to oversize all the pieces by at least 1/4”, so I could more carefully bring down to the final size on the planer, tablesaw and eventually some hand chiseling and planing.
I haven’t posted in awhile. I have finally found some time to show my progress. I purchased the lumber at the end of September and began to mark out on the wood where my cuts would be. I used a light blue chalk to show up well on the dark wood. I also marked a letter on each piece to correspond to my cutlist and assembly instructions with a grease pencil, so it would not smudge or rub off easily during the breakdown of the wood, but not stain as a marker would. Some of the boards ...
We’ll the file cabinet is finally finished. I applied 3 coats of Arm R Seal satin with a new T-shirt. This is the first time I’ve worked with this product, and I really like it. It is much thinner than Minwax, and goes on very easy and was pretty forgiving. I let it dry at least 6 hours between coats, and scuffed it with 0000 steel wool after the second coat. The final coat went on silky smooth with no real dust specs that I can find. I like the satin finish, and will use it...
Making progress – finished 4 bishops. The link to my YouTube video is here: http://youtu.be/U2gRbqZxhAo Amazing how much fun you can have learning something new! The Knights are next – sheesh – I have no idea how I’m gonna do those yet… Comments and especially suggestions from other turners are indeed welcome! James
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