When my darling wife allowed me to use our family room as my wood shop I needed to make a bench. living on a fixed income causes me to be very creative in acquiring tools and materials. I have posted about Freecycle before so I won’t rehash that again unless anyone has any specific questions. Anyway I did some dumpster diving and was able to get a few old solid wood doors, which I promptly took apart and made a down and dirty work bench. It was ugly and a bit wobbly but it served it&...
This is my first blog and I hope it will go over well. This sander was inspired by models on the Internet but mostly by Blake: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/7641 and by Bob: http://lumberjocks.com/Bob3418/blog. I would like to thank them both for their posts. Without them this project would have been very difficult to complete. Concept: My intentions are to make a 20” +/- wide drum sander that will easily switch from thickness to surface sanding. I would like to be able to reduce stoc...
This is my version of a mineral oil and beeswax “finish”. I have experimented with different ratio’s of the two ingredients. I have tried (measure in ounces by volume) 1 oz mineral oil : 1 oz beeswax3 oz mineral oil : 2 oz beeswax5 oz mineral oil : 1 oz beeswax I found that I like 3:2 ratio the best. I buy the beeswax in cake form. Shave it with a grater. Place the shavings in a bowl and then into a double boiler. The beeswax will melt VERY fast. Add the mineral oil and stir fo...
Staining and photographing the new candle trays took most of the day. I didn’t finish until evening and felt a great deal of relief having that part of the job under my belt. Although there still is the job of writing the instructions and updating the web site, it seems that seeing the project finished was a huge relief. I sent the photographs off to the wholesaler and felt a huge weight lifted from me. With me doing Christmas gifts for most of the month of December, it seemed that I...
Anyone have any experience applying brushable lacquer over a de-waxed shellac? I’m under the impression you can put just about anything but polyurethane over shellac. This happens to be going on an solid ash table top. Two coats de-waxed shellac were already applied, scuffed and now ready for a topcoat. Thx
The huge mesquite tree in my grandmothers front yard died last summer and they cut it down. One week later I got it and cut it up into boards. It has been dried properly and these were there before I got to the tree. I want to use this for my sons toybox but I would like to fill in or hide these. I have used CA before and would perfer not to use it on this. I have a ton of this wood and this is just a sample of some of the boards.
I really made good headway yesterday. Today I am in the home stretch of things and it is going to be really fun to see all four of these trays come together at once. I have never really done four at a time like this, but since they are all kind of different styles, it is rather exciting. I will get right down to business and show you where I am at with everything. I took pictures this morning, but nothing here is finished or even sanded for that matter. I do sand things to be pretty sm...
Hey Lumberjock friends!! I’m building a walnut lowboy entertainment center and wanted to use a secondary wood for the drawer bottoms. I know the usual suspect would be poplar but I’m looking for something with good grain structure but cheap. (Are the two even possible?) I tried Charles Neil blotch control for Baltic birch plywood but alas it still takes a stain/dye poorly. Any success stories out there?
http://charlesneilwoodworking.com/project_store.php Note there are other free videos available at this link for other projects.This is worth checking out. Videos on build projects and pdf files with patterns for some.I also siigned up for his weekly paid program when it first started and have learned much and enjoyed having a woodworking show to watch each week with details, not just highlighting a project.
Well, the cats are still alive. When I awoke this morning, all the electronics seem to be working. Nothing was chewed. No one got sick on the floor (that I have seen.) The water dish was only dragged slightly from its normal place, with only a little water spilled. It’s going to be a good day! :D There is another 4-5 inches of snow on the ground this morning (more flurries!) and it is really looking pretty outside. I need to go to the post office today though to mail out an order....
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