and attached to the base. Needed an old drill to make some slots in the brackets.. I’d drill straight through, about in the middle of a bracket, then rock the bit back and forth to make a slot. Need the slot at 90 degrees to the length of the top. Just loose enough the screw can slide as the top moves. Now, once the four slots were drilled, I checked on the underside of the top…...no crayola stuff, still nasty. Time for one of these things, again.. A Stanley #4, this ...
Painting pyramids work well for larger projects, but when you have smaller items to spray, something on a smaller scale is needed. I took a piece of corrugated cardboard and inserted tacks in it from the bottom. I spaced them about an inch apart and covered the flat sides with tape to help hold them in. The item you want to spray is held up by the points of the ‘thumb’ tacks so that it won’t stick to whatever it’s resting on. [EDIT] I just found a few mo...
In the last episode of this build, I start by applying a dye to help keep the walnut looking dark over the years. I also have to do some special prep work so I don’t dye the maple inlay around the top. When that is ready, I then put on the final finish which is a wiping poly. I move the table into my dining room, and then perform the final assembly. Done! As always, I welcome your questions and comments! To keep up with what I’ve got going on in the shop, follow me on Instag...
Well, other than a Boss ordered shopping trip, spent a bit of time in the Dungeon Shop today..getting the rest of the base assembled. Diagonal clamp to pull this thing close to square. Had to make the corner blocks as well. Was just going to add a corner block to help glue up one short apron…..and kept going. Actually, I got to this point, and had to take the Boss shopping, then come back and fix supper….Finally got to work a bit more A smooth plane? Ah, not exact...
Time to plan out the design for my first Humidor. This will be a very basic box built to minimize cuts, make efficient use of lumber and hopefully hold a regular humidity. I started with a simple dimension that I wanted, I figured an internal box dimension of 12” by 8” would be a nice size to fit a beginners collection of cigars and cigar paraphernalia. I knew I wanted to have a depth of about 6” simply because I wanted to use the approx. factory width of the lumber I get...
I missed adding one more link that I found to be very useful since I am about ready to brush Shellac for my first time using this product. This video is presented by Brian Miller a professional finisher at Wm Ng Woodworks. I really enjoy the tips, jigs and instruction that come from Wm Ng, an engineer and woodworking instructor. Brian Miller gives a great presentation on selecting and using brushes for finishing. This video not only shows what brushes to select, but how to use them as we...
I missed adding one more link that I found to be very useful since I am about ready to brush Shellac on this blanket chest. It is by Brian Miller a professional finisher at Wm Ng Woodworks. I really enjoy the tips, jigs and instruction that come from Wm Ng, an engineer and woodworking instructor. Brian Miller gives a great presentation on selecting and using brush for finishing. This video not only shows what brushes to select, but how to use them as well as how to clean them. I highly ...
I recalled how Charles Neil has stated that he “always” places finish on both sides of a board. That statement was very profound so I felt compelled to ask him if I should finish the inside of my blanket chest. Can’t hurt to ask, right? I wrote him late last night. He is two time zones ahead of me. He took time to answer little ol’ me. I had his written advice waiting for me to read early this morning. Here it is, all of it: —“I finish inside an...
Witch’s Brew. Got the top on last night, and brought the table upstairs to show off a bit.. Note to self: Next table, make the splay at 5 degrees, NOT 12. Also, use a thicker, wider top with these kind of fat legs The Boss has decreed this to be a Night stand/bedside table. She could also put one of her LARGE potted plants on it. Table didn’t need much sanding. Took it back down to the shop tonight. Thought about just a clear coat of varnish…but with them w...
I decided not to apply any finish today. Instead I did some touch up work. I noticed some small gaps that I filled with wood filler. I opened the Rockler Lid-stay Torsion Hinge package. It has been a year since I built my last blanket chest. I used these hinges on that chest. I remember now why I had to cut mortises for that chest. I milled that case’s lumber to 7/8 inch thick panels. This chest’s panels were milled to 5/8 inches. The hinges are made for 3/4 inches. I...
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