Howdy, I tried to post part 3 of this blog yesterday and ran into trouble. The wi-fi card finally gave up the ship. It had been aching to be replaced for a few months. Last night, it stopped complaining altogether. It’s HISTORY. That the second fix to this PC in 3 days. Grrr…. Oh yeah – part 3. Not a lot to share. I got the desk top sanded down to 320 yesterday. Then I rubbed in the first coat of tongue oil. Len had already warned me about the way the plywood was go...
Howdy, I’ve been working on my son’s desktop for a while now. I have a Christmas due date so I had to get a move on. The desk frame took me all weekend. That really surprised me. I imagine I could go a lot faster If I didn’t fly by the seat of my pants all the time. A plan might be helpful. Any how, I’m using rabbit joint joints for the first time and they came with a whole bundle of lessons. They didn’t come out perfect but I believe I can do better next t...
Put on two coats of Deft semigloss, then made drawer pulls and door handles from recycled ebony piano keys, added an interior baltic birch panel and the most important thing, I got The cabinet mounted on the wall. The moulded edge was masked off and two coats of stain applied prior to gluing the door frame, now that the surrounding parts are finished, the color difference is hardly noticeable, my experiment worked kinda, oh well…Still have a load of decisions to make to figure ou...
One of the most exciting orders that I have received since I opened my Etsy shop a year ago was two sets of nesting boxes that I designed and made for a magazine located in New York. I don’t have pictures of the process but I do have pictures of the finished product.
The cabinet is on the wall and hasn’t fallen off . It’s time to finish the door interiors and install them. I made racks for the chisels and found that by moving the interior door even with the edge of the box I had room for a rack to hang mallets. I then laid out my squares on the interior door and made hangers for them and installed the door. Before I can hang the door boxes I need to do something about storage for the #12 1/2 scraper. It won’t fit...
First thing to go in the interior is the plane till. I’m using 1/4” birch plywood supported by 3/4” fir plywood. The till supports will be glued and screwed in along with the upper shelf (this will give some added support to the back when mounting on the wall). Everything else will be screwed in so it is will be easy to modify or change. Laying out the planes. Supports glued in. Till in and separators installed Lower insert glued up and fit. This will provide...
Last spring I built a new 16’ x 24’ shop. This was a little smaller then my 2 car garage I had been working out of. I no longer had to push tools against the wall to get vehicles in and it had a full loft with a 6’6” ceiling. I could use the loft for finishing some projects, tool, hardware and lumber storage. For finishing, hardware and lumber storage it works very well. I found that having to climb stairs to get and store hand tools was becoming very time-consumi...
Our first day of spring came in like a lion. A cold lion at that. It snowed throughout the day and was quite windy and bitter outside. Not really a good day for the beach. March is like that around these parts. Every year since I have been here in Nova Scotia it seems we have felt the brunt of our winter weather during February and March. It is hard to believe that in a couple of short months it will be warm enough to be sitting on the beach. But it will come. (Eventually!) I certa...
Are you tired of seeing my little bunnies yet? I hope not. I spent the day yesterday painting and finishing the final version of my Summer Bunny ornaments. This set is geared for decorative painters. The ornaments are made of 1/8” Baltic birch plywood and are cut silhouettes. I then based them in bright pastels and applied some DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium and painted the faces of them with a light Ivory color. The crackling is subtle, and I am not sure how well you se...
OK this may be a really dumb question but here goes. Staining Baltic Birch Plywood. When you purchase it does it generally have some type of sealer on the surface. I just got finished cutting a fretwork clock out of baltic birch and staining it and it looks horrable. My only choice it to attempt to sand it and apply a different stain method. I generally get my wood from the local Rockler store but sometime purchase some from Lowes. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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