First of all I wish to introduce myself. After my retirement as a “Legal Assistant” approx. 12 years ago with the Ontario Northland Transportation Railway, It was necessary that I continue to operate on 100% efficiency. Therefore I set up a furniture refinishing business. Antique restoration interested me. People interested me. Husbands and their spose interested me. The name of my business became “PETROLIA REFINISHING’ It was always a joy for me when the husb...
Hi all, I was travelling home from an Australian town called Coonabarabran and just as the road enters the Blue Mountains, at a town called Lithgow, I noticed a sign in the front yard of a house saying they had seasoned timber for sale. Yep, I stopped for a look. There were lots of splendid large pieces of stacked Australian hardwoods and in the shed some really beautiful Burls, as soon as I saw this one I loved it. And yep I handed over the cash. After getting it home I have started...
Spoon making is something that the more I research it the more I become astounded that this craft grows at the rate that it does. Friends, there are large groups of folks all over the globe that share classes, festivals, everything and anything related to making green wood into spoons and bowls. I think perhaps it may be that spoon making is very portable as well as affordable. The wood is free, you can do it while camping with friends, the bench is a chopping log, and the tools can be bro...
The last 5 days included a day and a half for a family commitment and one evening to just rest, but the end is in sight! After 2 coats of sanding sealer, I buffed the surface with 800 grit and started to apply the top coat. I am using a water based polyurethane. This was my first experience with this finish and I am really pleased with the results! I only needed to wait about 2 hours before I could sand and apply the next coat. The block in the middle (between the 2 small lid...
Since taking such an extended time learning many aspects of carving spoons from green timber, I began to miss the other parts of working wood. I missed the use of my old Stanleys, Disstons, and Millers Falls! Yeah….I am a hand tool galoot for sure….GALOOTS UNITE!...LOL. Of course while just starting to excel at carving, understanding the grips and sculpture of spoon making, it was easy to have a worry that my other skills were getting some rust as much as the tools began too!.....
I recently worked on a customers Walnut entry way here in Denver. The door was previously finished with a water based stain and varnish. He already had it refinished 3 times in the last 5 years by the same person who finished it in the first place and got tired of refinishing it almost yearly. It’s no wonder that he had to refinish his wooden door so often if you use water based products outdoors. In my opinion these are made for interior use only. I used a high quality marine spar varn...
So for upholstery and hardware i’m going with a green felt and brass. Not alot of options around here for nicer hardware but it’ll all do. Finally the contsruction is complete now on to decorating.
After much hesitation I began puting some red on and decided to go with “Banner Red”. These are the first of a few coats but getting eager to get the red done and move on the the Upholstery. But after the fabric comes the decals and that is not in my bag of tricks.
Knowing what little i do about paint i knew red would be a horrible collar to deal with and its covering ability.These pics where of the first coat of primer which were followed by an additional three coats before I was Happy enough to continue on.
Note to my readers—-this is the secret project I’ve mentioned a few times. It has consumed my shop time since February. That’s why it’s been so slow on the blog for the last few months. Now that it has been delivered, I can post the details. This last stage was probably the most fun, the least amount of work, and yielded the most obvious results. After going over (one last time) everything with 220 grit sand paper by hand, I was ready to vacuum all the dust off ...
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