Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'finishing'

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Drawer Organization

01-12-2019 02:21 PM by WoodshopTherapy | 2 comments »

I recently finished some drawer organization work using 1/2” maple. I wanted to divide up the space in the cutlery drawer in our newly remodelled kitchen. I figured out a way to put the organizer in without having to put holes in the drawer from nails or screws. I documented this in a video if you’re interested.

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Finish Identification - is it oil, shellac, lacquer, or poly/varnish?

12-16-2018 01:51 PM by WoodshopTherapy | 6 comments »

I recently repaired a piano bench that had a large flaw in the finish. I wanted to repair it instead of strip and refinish it, but I didn’t know what type of finish it was. I made a video about testing finishes to show how I test to identify the finish – I also made a video to show how to repaired the finish on the piano bench seat – Here’s the before and after of the repair:

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Grandson's Coffee Table #7: Just a PIP

12-16-2018 03:47 AM by bandit571 | 6 comments »

Top got beltsanded @ 50 grit. Then a vintage sander took over.. (Yes, I tried a plane, and a #82 scraper, samders were working better) Worked through the 80 , 120, 220 grits… dusted the table off, let the dust settle awhile. Left the table on it’s top, on top of the tablesaw… Started out with the bottom areas that will show…stained a MinWax Dark Walnut. Brushed on…let sit a few minutes, wipe things down with a rag….then flipped the table over,...

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Building a Corner Cabinet From Magazine Plans

12-12-2018 01:15 AM by wrenchhead | 1 comment »

I built this corner cabinet out of curly maple. I built this project by following an article in the November 2010 issue (No. 186)of Popular Woodworking Magazine. I really love this design and this is the second one of these style cupboards i have built over the years. I mostly followed the plans in the article but I did make some changes, incorporating a beginner blacksmith project in to the cabinet. I forged these simple J hooks at the anvil for the piece and am I’m really happy with h...

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Ukulele #3: Back and neck install

12-07-2018 09:58 AM by Fchilly | 2 comments »

I sanded the uke and laid out the bridge location and installed it. This was very easy with the fretboard already glued in place, and the back not installed yet. After shaping the braces and prepping the neck joint i was able to move on to final installation of the remaining components. Before glueing the neck or back, I set my router a tad shallow and cut clearance for the back’s binding just in the area my router wouldnt reach later rightnear the neck. I glued the neck into place a...

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Outdoor table #5: Finishing the table top

12-07-2018 08:42 AM by icemanhank | 9 comments »

My first attempt at bread board ends by hand. It was tougher than I thought and I would give one end a 9.5/10 and the other sadly an 8/10 but I can’t fix it now it is together. Putting it down to a learning experience and more skills and sharper tools needed.

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End Table, out of Ash #10: Time for a PIP

12-04-2018 06:05 PM by bandit571 | 3 comments »

Didn’t like the gaposis around the plywood panels…had some thin strips of Ash…was just enough to cover the worst offenders..made a flat molding all the way around…clamps and glue…no nails Let this sit awhile….did a bit of mixing…made a few stain samples for the Boss to look at..Skinny Oak strip has a Witch’s Brew…Boss liked it… Later, after the glue had dried..clamps came back off, everything sanded to 180 grit…Applied tw...

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New Use for Old Water Skis

11-26-2018 12:04 AM by WoodshopTherapy | 1 comment »

I had a customer bring me 3 water skis and asked me to build a corner shelf for them. It sounded straight forward until I started thinking about how to make sure the skis were square and plumb when I built it. I ended up mocking up a wall in the workshop so I could get all the parts lined up and determine the dimensions of the shelf unit. I made a video of the project if you’re interested to see how I overcame the challenge and how it all came together. It was a fun project, inclu...

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Ellis-Mackintosh-Limbert mashup table #3: Glaze applied

11-23-2018 09:22 PM by kordwood | 4 comments »

Rubbing the walnut gel stain really fills the pores of the oak. I’ve found it’s important to wipe it off thoroughly —and quickly — in order to get good contrast. This piece is small, so I didn’t have to use mineral spirits to remove excess glaze. In 24 hours or so, it’ll be ready for the first of two coats of satin Waterlox.

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Ellis-Mackintosh-Limbert mashup table #2: Branded. Then finishing begins.

11-21-2018 10:06 PM by kordwood | 2 comments »

The little plant stand/table project is moving along. This morning — at an ungodly hour before work — I gave it a final sanding with 180-grit, vacuumed the pores, branded it with my mark, and saturated the whole thing with TransTint dye. I was particularly happy with the two half-lap joints that hold the base together. I’ve only done a few, but these are by far the best. Can’t wait to see them totally finished. Next up: Waterlox sealer, General Finishes walnut glaze, and...

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