Those of you who read daily know that I like to make different versions of projects. I talk many people who prefer different techniques and I try to accommodate as many as I can. Besides – I really like the variety and playing around with seeing the different ways to finish projects. Last week I introduced some new ornaments for Halloween. One set was of Halloween keys, with the key tops being made of cute characters. But some people didn’t care for the key theme, so I made...
Well I new this wouldn’t last. but it was great as long as it did, What I’m talking about is my wood sorce was a friend of mine worked at a factory that received there inventory with 1/8”, 1/4” and 1/2” plywood, and so he was able to pick up truck loads of it. Believe it or not, it was really nice wood. Beautiful grain, and I coulkd actually fit the pictures to the wood. Would you believe I lost his Phone number I have been trying to get ahoad of him, to get anot...
hello everyone, I am new to woodworking. I am building a table, one like I saw in apple store.after a month of long struggle I finally got to the finishing stage.I am not a big fan of oil polyurethane because of its shine and non-woody feel of it.but I thought I might make it work if I applied very thin layer.and wiped it with cloth instead of brush. well. it didn’t work out very well. not happy with the outcome. shinny and plasticky does anyone know how to get that effect of f...
I needed to take a couple of days ‘off’. I find that I get so caught up in what I do, that time goes by and I don’t even realize how many days straight that I am working. That is the danger in having a job that you enjoy so much, I suppose. You tend to stretch the days longer and longer with fewer breaks in between and then you wonder why you are so tired. Even doing things we love can wear us out sometimes. We all know that feeling. We go on a holiday or spend the day ...
Assembly of the table went without a major hitch. I then decided to start working on the finish. As I decided to stain this back when I started the project, I tested out three colors of stain, and after looking at it, I went with the cherry stain. I’m not sure what it is about the color of cherry that I like so much, but it was a hard sell vs. the mahogany stain I tested as well. Staining up the table wasn’t too bad, but of course I found all the spots that I didn’t sand ...
I have a few wooden garage doors where I outsourced the finishing. They applied 3 coats SIkkens stain and the doors looks great BUT, when they applied a bead of the DAP acrylic caulking “Alex Plus” along the sides of boards helping keep water out they smeared it in large areas where it shouldn’t be. Does anyone know a good way to remove this caulking from the newly stained wood door without compromising the finish when removing it?
It has been a hectic week here. Last weekend I drove over 1500 km round trip to attend my cousin’s 40th wedding anniversary, then my mother came for a visit for a couple of days, Wednesday was family day Thursday was cold raining but I managed to do a bit on hull 816, Friday was mostly taken up with paperwork…a 24 page report on my holidays! Saturday I got back into the shop finished epoxying the tops of the bouyancy tanks and the bottom, the bow and stern. This is where I lef...
Fitting an iron into a wooden hand plane.
Day one at David Marks finishing class in beautiful Santa Rosa. David and wife Victoria are terrific hosts, the class is small with an interesting variety of folks, and the weather couldn’t be better. And hey! I’m on vacation! I’m really enjoying the pace of the class with enough structure to keep it moving, but plenty of time to get to know David and the other students and to get all our questions answered. My goal is to establish a broad foundation in wood finishi...
So after making a large workshop upper cabinet, and then a glass door cabinet, I decided to start making more cabinets to store garden tools in the garage. While I’m at it, I decided to make two, one for long handled tools, and another with shelves for smaller stuff. I made the previous cabinets with maple, and it seems like a waste of money to make a garden tool cabinet out of relatively expensive wood, but hey, if I’m going to all the trouble, it might as well look good. I al...
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