I’ve started on my new solar kiln. The plans are from Virginia Tech’s solar kiln project. I’m using the modified plans for a 2000 bft kiln. The framing is 2X4 white pine, floors are made from 1” white oak, the outside siding is 1” white pine with 1” poplar over the pine. After the insulation is installed the inside will be covered with plywood. The supports are made from log sections of black locust. I’ll have more photos when it’s f...
Somethin I’ve been fiddlin with in the spare time I don’t have…. lol. Plus, it’s really experimental. It will be a handle of sorts, I hope….....It’s a piece o Walnut, split in half, with a piece o Oak laminated in the middle. The experiment is about the clear epoxy. A shout-out to him, goes here…. Superdave. He did a small project a while back with it, and he gave me the idea for it. Thnx, I appreciate all your projects. Anyway, it’s a jewel tha...
Stop having a lot of clutter on your desktop. This simple made desktop organizer will hold paper, bills, pens, and pencils. Made from 1/2 a pallet, and a crappy looking pallet to begin with. Please view the video HERE. As always, your likes, comment, shares and most importantly, your subscriptions are appreciated.
Since the ammonia fume diffused through the finishes so easily, I started to wonder how far it penetrated the wood. I had assumed the fume darkening would be a thing film, so I planed one of the edges to see how far it would go. I planed and planed, and found out that the fume had penetrated 1-2 mm through the face grain, and up to 10 mm on the end grain. You can see this in the planed edge shown above. The fumed finish on oak can easily stand up to extensive sanding. As always, please t...
Funny. In Malaysia, land of rampant logging (legal and illegal), I can’t seem to find really nice wood. Well, maybe the wood is nice, but it is stored horribly. It’s typically kept out back behind the hardware store under a big tin roof, all stacked right on top of each other. So you can imagine that I would be somewhat tempted by the beautiful boards lined up at the back of Ace Hardware (there are a few branches of Ace here in Kuala Lumpur). I’m so glazed over that I don...
The finish is dry and all that is left is the final assembly. Now these many pieces have to be put together. The side rails had to have the brackets placed and the portholes attached. The toy box had to have the lid mounted, cleats put on and wheels added to the bottom. The headboard had the lights installed with the switch and the back tact on. I cut 9 slats for this bed since it will take just a mattress only. I ripped a 1×12 down in thirds (about 3 5/8”). As soon as I get it...
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.
Finishes and their Compatibility Almost any finishing product can be applied over any other as long as the “other finish” is dry and the product you’re brushing doesn’t dissolve and smudge the existing. For example: Let’s for arguments sake you are not using spray equipment and that you have made up and applied a water based PVA blotch controller as describe in my previous article Preventing Blotching Using A Wash Coat 1 to a cherry surface. You then apply a water-soluble dye for col...
Well, first thing this morning, after the morning pill intake, was to set up a sharpening station that my back could handle. On the kitchen stove, we have a wooden tray. It is to cover the elements when the stove is not in use. Thanks to the height of the tray on the stove, I could set up the oil stones and sandpapers. Couple chisels needed a refresher on the grinder, but most just need some work on the stones and a final polish at 2K grit. Wound up doing 9 chisels, but not the goug...
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