Interestingly, after application of two coats of shellac sealer, then sanding them down, and then a coat of Original Waterlox, the grain of the cherry box top looks really smooth, flowing and with a nice glow. Like here: With Waterlox alone, the grain is almost lost, because the cherry, even though not blotchy, appears covered with dark and light speckles obscuring the natural look. Like this: The birch bottom of the box is blotchy under just Waterlox. Shellac under oil varni...
So around here there are numerous old stumps that look old and weathered, had one on the corner of my property so I cut it up for turning stock. It was very pitchy and sticky and def. not ideal wood for much. but after making a small dish from a nice swirly root clump I noticed the fine intricate grain and subtle orange translucence. So I made several small lampshade prototypes. Pitch bled out of the wood with warmer bulbs obviously. But I am about to start a kickstarter.com project involv...
Here is a small example of not following the grain orientation… I must have inadvertently switched two of the pieces the wrong way… Most will not notice the problem, some will know straight away and some will not be sure why they think there is something wrong… only that there is… This may not be an earth shattering, world ending moment but for me this is paramount to killing a great board… a little dramatic you might think but I take great pride in foll...
OK, it didn’t really start HERE, but way back about the time I signed up for lumberjocks when I got these applewood logs. I already mentioned it in a previous post, but for those that did not read it here it is again (if you’ve read it you can skip to step 3) The Applewood Logs Story2007, I was just getting into woodworking, had a circular saw, drill, and a router. my wife saw an add on craigslist giving away applewood. I went to see the guy, a nice older woodworker that was mo...
The ContestMy woodshop proram at Cerritos Community College is having a contest/exhibition/barbecue… I have till Friday night to finish my entries for Beginning Cabinetmaking and Furnituremaking. So Far from the FinishSo yesterday I continued the mammoth job of finishing the carcases with three coats of Wipe-On Poly along with the insides of five drawers. I got two coats on and am about to go back to do the final coat. Here is one pile.. And the other… Luckily we h...
I set aside this log earlier in the season. I knew that deep down inside it was going to have an interesting grain pattern. I could see how this piece of oak had almost a swirly grain, as if the tree grew under enormous pressure. I screwed this to a piece of 1x and ran it (safely) through the tablesaw. Oh, what beauty to find within! a second pass to take a peek at the long grain The final piece of “S4S” is approx 15.5×3 x 1.5. Managed to cut this wit...
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