Can anyone give me advice on spraying on stain.Every project I ever built was always hand stained. Now i hear/read more and more about spaying stain on. It seems to have its advantages, even coat, and less time consuming. From what i read, I would spray a stain on then rub off the excess. Can someone share their ideas or tips with me? I have a small (1/2 quart) spray gun and compressor- used for auto paint. Can i use that? If so- is HIGH pressure OK to spray stain? OR do i have to go ...
A friend of mine is a Girl Scout leader, and her daughter (and my goddaughter) is a member of the pack (troop? quorum?). We’ve been kicking around the idea of doing a little woodturning experience – we’ll let / help each girl turn a candlestick. There are 12 girls, and I’ve got two lathes in my basement. I’d like to borrow a third mini-lathe, and then have three groups of girls, 4 girls each, rotating through a few stations: (1) mark the centers of th...
hey everyone, welcome to this episode of the teen age woodworker. in this episode i talk a bit about coloring in sapwood (duh) which is a great skill to have especially in todays world where sapwood is not considered a defect in most woods. i also did a write up on the whole thing over at my new blog with Aaron Molley. also if you want to order Charles Neil’s finishing A – Z Beyond the books dvds or any other of his dvds you can do that on his web site. they are great videos ...
In the process of refinishing my dining room table, I’ve learned that I am not very good at brush-on finishes. I should have known, as I hate painting too. The table itself wasn’t an indicator as it was actually pretty easy. A broad, flat surface; it’s hard to screw that up. However, after it dried, I did notice that I had a small hair or two stuck in the finish. Blast! The real hard part, however, was the legs. They’re fairly complex, though largely broad and f...
Oddly, I have lived for the last couple of years or more without a dining room table. We have utilized a fold-out picnic table for the purpose of this necessity, though we rarely eat at home anyway (anyone want to have us over for dinner?). We used to have a dining room table. We bought an excellent bargain at an antique sale – it was an old-ish appearing oaken table about 6 feet long and 2 feet wide. It had some very heavy, solid members of 8/4 stock – presumably White Oak....
This is a video follow-up from a previous text entry (Episode #71 - Shellac, Can You Make the Cut?) on my blog The Folding Rule. Tag along with me in the shop and you will see that in fact you can “make the cut” and add this fascinating finish to your shop reportaire. This episode covers mixing shellac from dry flakes (1# cut amber shellac) and reducing a premixed cut to a thinner cut (1/2# cut spit coat). Download a nifty shellac chart for your shop and consider using shell...
In process photos of oak frames and tiles I’m working on this weekend. 10 5 2008 The texture on the back of the scarab is made with ground glass impregnated into the wet clay and then fired to around 2000 degrees. finished scarab with bronzed finish. ...
When things become confusing, and I’m talking about the design aspect now as I have yet to begin this project, the shop gets quiet. My mind scopes the shop in search of something. A piece of material? A jig? Anything that can “push” me in the direction I need to go. Does my piece require the use of my leigh jig? Maybe I should start with the material instead of thinking about the process first. I search through the pile of wood looking for figure, something that stands out...
This comode is from 18th century and is made (the structure) in lime wood. The marquetry work is made in rose wood, box wood, mahogany from Honduras, walnut and satin wood. The finish was made with shellac.
A music video of some of my past projects. The projects range from painted floors to a home bar with a built in waterfall. Some other projects include: water walls, fountains, foil finishes, faux finishes, leafing, gilding furniture projects and a faux copper ceiling. Please leave comments and let me know what you think:)
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