People often ask me about my finishes and I am always wondering about how others do their finish too. I feel the finish is the key to any furniture. A bad finish can destroy the look and the value of a piece. I thought I’d share what I do and what material and equipment I use. As in equipment, I use an air assisted airless. It takes the best of both worlds. Low air volume but without using too high of pressure as in the airless rigs. It works like an airless, which I used for ...
Hard to believe, I know. It’s been over a year since I announced the workbench complete, although there was always that missing part, that loose end that had to be tied off in order to officially declare it a complete project. Not only was it a loose end (literally, the vise screw was hanging loose in it’s slot), but it was a missing integral part of the bench that I kept on wishing I had setup and functional. The Wagon Vise to hold down boards for planing flat and similar work...
Have a relative that has a problem. They have a bench seat, top is simple AC nicely edged, the box under the seat is cedar lined. They believe it has a Poly based finish. Exposed surfaces are nice and dry, but when you open the lid, the finish is still tacky, and I mean TACKY. Flies can get stuck to it, we’re talking duct tape sticky and it’s been like this for over year. How the heck does one go about fixing this? They have left the lid up for weeks on end to no avail.
5th Annual NIAGARA WOODWORKING SHOW SATURDAY OCTOBER 30, 2010Niagara Falls HOME DEPOT7190 Morrison Street L2E 7K510:00 am – 4:00 pm Lumberjock Meet and GreetWhere in the world is MsDebbieP?Debbie is planning to attend and is asking if anyone wants to do lunch? Woodworking CompetitionTwo categories to enter: Small Project (has to fit inside a 2ft square box) Large Project (greater than a 2ft square box)PRIZES! PRIZES! and more P...
So the first piece was really a “how does the trigger works” more than anything. some positions felt a bit awkward, and others’ were a mystery but all in all, a good learning experience. as I posted earlier, the 1st piece is in front, while the original piece is in the back: Lesson Learnt: With the second piece, I followed some given advice added to the already advice I’ve been collecting online for the past who knows how long from people like Charles Neil...
OK, I’m actually already nearing completion of the 2nd piece which looks much better, but for this post, I’ll focus on my first-first experience with spraying, and the overall look, and results. So. After giving the top coat (4th) extra time to dry (~4-6 hours while we were out). I came back and sanded it thoroughly with 600grit sandpaper. the results were mixed: Newly finished piece in front, Original finish to compare in back Cons:1. I had some runs which show in the f...
Ah… finally some woodworking at last. I don’t really have any time or the mind space lately to focus on construction and creation much, and it felt like I was just collecting tools as of late. All with the preparation of ‘one day’ to be able to get to things. As it happens, I am able to dedicate a little time for some refinishing jobs as I don’t really need to think much for those, and it’s easier for me to get in the zone and just go at it. First ...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #19: It Isn't Finished Until It's "Finished"
Did you ever see some really beautiful woodworking done only to notice that it wasn’t really ‘finished’? I have been doing woodworking and scroll sawing for a long time and I must admit that finishing is one of my shortcomings. I have been to many shows, too where people have on display the most beautiful, intricate fretwork that must have taken them days to cut, only to have little or no finish on them – or worse yet – a poorly sprayed on finish which has drip...
Well, here we are. Another weekend under our collective tool belts and starting off a new one. I sit here knowing when I check my Facebook account the usual barrage of grumblings and comments about Monday will be waiting there to greet me. It seems everyone has something negative to say about Monday. I fell like asking people “What did Monday ever do to you anyway?” My friends on Facebook are by now used to my bright and chipper attitude on Monday. I purposely turn it up a ...
First of all, I want to thank you for all your positive responses. I was able to look at some of the work and it was so impressive! I am trying to put faces with comments and projects so I can get to know everyone well, but as my brain gets older, it somehow takes me longer to associate one with the other. I get so embarrassed when I don’t remember someone. But there has been a lot of water under this bridge and after not traveling and living in the same place for the first thirty so...
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