Well, I am started down the road now to creating a rocking horse for my granddaughter, Emma.She will be two years old this Christmas, and has now just begun to walk. So I figure, if I start it now,I’ll finish in time for this Christmas… This horse is being created loosely from the Woodsmith Rocking Horse, issue #65, with a little creative flair this time around. I last built one of these some 16 years ago, for my oldest granddaughter, who is going to graduate from high school next...
Not much to say. Been taking it easy. Bought the wood on Craigslist. White oak. Mortise and tenon construction. Dark oak aniline dye, cherry oil stain, seed-lac,lacquer and dark Briwax finish.
Just finishing up a few minor details with this cane, gluing the pieces together and taking it for a test-drive.. I seem to spend a lot of time on some of these details, but they are as important as the carving and other work. A beautiful carving doesn’t seem to go with a poorly constructed cane and vice versa. I like to walk at least a few miles with my sticks, to make sure they feel right and are comfortable for the future owner. I have been thinking a lot about how the antler is ...
Has anyone had any experience using dyes (not stain) on quarter-sawn sycamore? I have some beautiful stock that I want to use in table tops. But with the wild grain and softness of the wood, I thought I’d ask before taking dye to wood. There’s been a bit of tearout which I guess I’m just going to have to accept. I typically like to use brightly-colored Transtints on my figured woods. I’ve had great results on curly maple, but was wondering if dyes would muck this up. ...
So I’m going to be turning a salt and pepper mill this weekend and I’m curious as to what kinds of finishes I should use. I was planning on a sanding sealer and maybe a friction polish, but does anybody know if the salt from the mill will damage any of this? should I use a poly? Thanks everybody…. i love this site.
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OK, now it is my turn to have the questions. I know there are many seasoned woodworkers out there that will hopefully be able to help me with this: What do I do to get the dark, moldy-looking streaks out of oak? I did my usual of Googling it, and most of the responses said to use some bleach, but I don’t want to ruin the natural color of the oak or have it blotchy or streaky. Let me tell you more about the wood: I have a couple of boards, let’s say half an inch thick an...
Hide Glue Wash Mix for Cherry I read somewhere that a thinned Hide glue wash was at one time used as a preconditioned to cure blotching so have taken 2oz of Titebond Liquid Hide Glue and mixed it with 12 oz of water as a second test. The reason also for choosing the liquid hide was it was more transparent vs being a cloudy white when mixed with water and this I felt would dry more transparent. Anyway, I sanded my sample board with 220 as prep, applied a liberal coat of the hide glue was...
I have been painting on this guy for about a week and still haven’t got him finished! There are a lot of little details and it just seems to take a while. I hate not to be carving, but I really don’t mind the painting that much, at least not like some carvers do! It can really add to a good carving, depending on the subject or style of the carving and I learned to draw and paint a long time before I started carving. I use different painting techniques, but I’ll describe ...
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