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 ...
Good morning everyone! I have spent the past 20 years of my life focused on making projects and crafts with my scroll saw. Over the past year, however, I have started to branch out a bit. I have started to obtain antique wood from barns and old houses to make projects from. I have found that the antique wood has a tighter grain, and people are very interested in buying things made from wood that is 100 years old. My only problem has been finishing the rough wood. One of my best fr...
Since there has been talk of the comfort of these planes in hand, thought I would show my prefered method of hand position. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khzCNQJPTTwSmoothing a bookmatched, live edge, spalted beech buffet top.
I built a cedar deck a couple seasons ago and I’ve had a stack of the off-cuts sitting in my shop waiting for it to be used. In my part of Canada it’s still a littler cold at this time of year but I’d like to get some of my vegetables started so I decided to build a “hot house”. Essentially it’s just a planter that sits directly in my garden with a piece of glass on top to form a mini-greenhouse. Once the weather is nice enough, I just remove the box and in...
The Use Of Art Various Mediums In Woodworking! It’s been fun experiment with different art mediums while making the wands. However; let’s jump into my time machine and travel back to a time long before I started making furniture. Even at a young age I had an interest in antiques but couldn’t afford the prices most of the local antique shops were charging, so I decided to try buying damaged furniture and repair it myself. Being a fast study it worked out well and in a few years I ope...
I finally feel that I am getting caught up with things. My little crow and cart is all packed up and soon will be on its way to the offices of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine in New Jersey for the final photographs for the project article. I really hate to see him go, but I know that he will be back one day and I will feel just as excited about him as I did the other day when he was completed. I spent the past two days working on the pieces for another article that I am doing for ...
After the recent events of the Boston marathon in some way there is a feeling of guilt I have continuing to share ideas and projects involving woodcraft. But I also think of things this way, I am a musician and woodworker. Whenever there is some tragic thing as national as all of this is for everyone to endure as a country, I can only do what I do best to help anyone feel a little normal again. Even if it is just for ten minutes. I don’t understand this time we live in, it is pret...
I wanted to recreate this Jeff Jewitt finish from Fine Woodworking #157, however the article didn’t list which formula was used. I consulted with Jeff, and it was Transtint Brown Mohogany dye, followed by McCloskeys Walnut stain. McClosky no longer makes stain, but sold to Valspar / Cabot. ---So I set out to make a sample board to achieve the rich, dark color I was after. ---The top colors are stain only, the middle colors are dye first then stain, and the bottom color is dye only. ...
This is the grand finale. Here I’m doing the final leveling of the top. It was a ton of hand planing and sanding. It’s not perfect but not too bad either. I only sanded to 100 grit, I don’t want a slick surface. Now onto applying finish. I used a simple mixture of 1/3 MS, 1/3 BLO and 1/3 spar varnish. Next up is to apply suede to the vise chop and wagon vise and dogs. I used contact cement. That was the last step and here is the final product. ...
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