After gluing up the cabinet and then the legs/skirt assembly, I screwed in the corner braces and clamped the top to the cabinet. I cut a rabbit inside the cabinet and used oak “L” brackets to clamp the top, which will allow for seasonal movement of the top. I screwed the cabinet to the bottom plate. To allow for seasonal movement of the bottom, I elongated the holes. I then used “l” brackets and rabbits to attach the bottom assembly (legs/skirt) to the cabinet ...
Making progress – finished 4 bishops. The link to my YouTube video is here: http://youtu.be/U2gRbqZxhAo Amazing how much fun you can have learning something new! The Knights are next – sheesh – I have no idea how I’m gonna do those yet… Comments and especially suggestions from other turners are indeed welcome! James
What are the differences between stains and dyes? Very simply put: With stains, the pigment tends to remain on the surface of the wood and lodge in the pores, while dyes penetrate deeply and color the wood from within. Dyes Dyes are colorants that are usually mixed in a carrier vehicle (solvents) such as mineral spirits, water or alcohol. The dyes used in woodworking are characterized as transparent, as they bring about color changes in wood without obscuring the figure. The molecula...
A while back, I put together a set of links of random finishing topics which I posted in my blog, called Finishing Tips #5: Finishing tips #5. One of the links listed coved the topic of Chemical-Ebonizing as I saw an interest from some concerning the procedure, so this is the time to single out that process. This process does not use dye, ink or paint, and can be carried out quite easily. As a matter of formality follow proper safety precautions such as wearing safety glasses, hand prot...
Finishes and their Compatibility Almost any finishing product can be applied over any other as long as the “other finish” is dry and the product you’re brushing doesn’t dissolve and smudge the existing. For example: Let’s for arguments sake you are not using spray equipment and that you have made up and applied a water based PVA blotch controller as describe in my previous article Preventing Blotching Using A Wash Coat 1 to a cherry surface. You then apply a water-soluble dye for col...
Wash Coat #2: Waterborne Finish Coatings As previously mentioned in Preventing Blotching Using A Wash Coat #1, most any standard finish can be used as a wash coat. These are Lacquer (both waterborne and solvent type/nitrocellulose), polyurethane (both waterborne and oil based), Oil-based Varnish, and Shellac. The above being said, lets talk Waterbourne. It really makes no difference which you use waterborne lacquer, waterborne shellac or waterborne polyurethane since they all are simply...
Today I was at a friends shop learning how to do a polished finish as part of an apprenticeship program of The Sierra Nevada Fine Furniture Makers Guild and ended up purchasing and sanding down these two amazing walnut slabs. Now I have to figure out what exactly to do with them. I think the first one is going to become my apprenticeship project. I am thinking the slab will be a tabletop with continuous grain apron and a center drawer. Not sure about the legs.
Wash Coat #1: Finishing with Wash Coats I am starting to put together an article covering finishing and this will be part of the coverage but not just limited to preventing blotching as a wash coat will aid in a more consistent staining color. This will be updated as my thoughts are organized. This is only a small portion: A wash coat is a coat of thinned finish that’s applied to bare wood to partially seal the surface before a stain is applied. It reduces the amount of stain from so...
Here you can find all the link to the Maritime show. I featured as the spot light on Jan 3 7:oopm EST come check it out. http://www.mfwoodshop.com/2015/01/the-woodworkers-weekend-shop-talk/#more-720
It is hard to believe that the year is done. I must be getting old because it seems like not so long ago when we were welcoming the new millennium. I remember how everyone was concerned that the computers wouldn't be able to handle the change of the date and people were so worried. But that was 15 year ago! The year 2014 was a good one for me. Like anyone though, I have had my ups and downs. I think the most significant thing that I noticed was that many of my family members, friends...
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