James Peters enjoys what he does. Waking up every morning and working in his woodshop in the back of his house is the “bees knees” as James says. Once there, he makes custom acoustic guitars. He is, as it’s called, a luthier based in Springfield, TN. After moving to Nashville in 1989 and having some success in the country music songwriting industry, a friend asked James to repair his guitar. It was after that experience that he realized it would be easier &mdas...
So now its time for the grand finale, a finish that really brings this piece to life. through some test piece and some inspiration (thanks to this woodworker) I began to dye some piece with some general finishes dyes. When i first put the Vintage Cherry Water based Dye Stain on the mahogany i knew i had a winner. It might be hard to see in these pictures but it really brings out the beauty in Mahogany. So the first step (after much sanding) is to apply a coat of the Vintage Cherry. I also ...
I mentioned it in the previous post and as I was working on the drawers I had the main carcass take the finish to make use of time. Mahogany much like Oak has large open pores. My finishing goal was more for practice than necessity, but I was aiming for an antique polished look – shiny outside. I knew I would have to fill in those pores if I want an even polished surface. So my plan was to start with a filler coat which I tried to concoct using dewaxed shellac and mahogany sanding sa...
Design I’ll be posting most of the in-depth instructions and photos on my website WoodWorkersWebsite.com but I also wanted to mention a few things here regarding what I’ve learned while making this project. It’s the second indoor project, the first was a clock. I spend most of my time practicing my woodworking skills by making things for my garage. I designed this project myself which makes it very different from following a plan. I’ve designed almost everythin...
starting to look a bit decent with some stain on it. Just updating my progress…I’m a bit anxious to finish this one
I was inspired by the Steampunk keyboards where people have stripped the keys off of vintage typewriters and modified existing keyboards with them. I really like the look of brass and wood, so I thought I would make my own keys of brass and take the circuit board out of a keyboard. I chose mahogany for the wood. Here is the current state of affairs:(the black swirl marks on the wood are just rubber from some clamps I was using to hold it down while drilling. That will sand right off) ...
I went out to a CL posting to grab some 8/4 walnut yesterday and found that the guy had a TON of other stuff that he was looking to get rid of. With a quick handshake, I was headed home with the truck loaded down! List:8/4 Walnut4/4 Walnut8/4 Ash8/4 White Oak8/4 Red Oak8/4 Birds-eye Maple10/4 Honduran Mahogany8/4 Honduran Mahogany4/4 Honduran Mahogany10/4 Figured Birch8/4 Figured Sapele8/4 Dark Mystery Wood (likely Wenge)8/4 Redish Mystery Wood (looks like Mahogany but doesn’t appea...
Hey everyone, the contest has been going well and we have had entries from all over being submitted. There is still time to enter the contest and win some great prizes from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, Laguna Tools, Woodworkers guild of America, A Simple Design of Ocala and the United Federation of Woodworkers. The Contest ends December 3rd, 2012. Here is a look at the contest entries to date.
The week before Christmas, one of the waitresses at work told me of a customer who had come in and asked about the Signs and the Comments Box in the Restaurant… Who made them? Can the person make more or different ones?It seems the lady wanted a sign made for Christmas…Beverly the waitress told her who I am, and when I work, and that she could speak to me on Friday… But the Lady never called… I told my Girl Debbie about it, and how I would have told the Lady that it wa...
Hey everyone,I am in need of some help! I am writing a book called “The Burl Hunter”. I am looking for interested people who are willing to read as I write to help me out. I am not a great writer but I love to teach. What I would like to do is get about 5 people to read and critique the book. Even edit my grammar. I would like 2 people who know about burls just to keep me in check and 3 to just read to learn and see how it flows. I need your input. It is a book that will g...
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