I was talking to a friend at work about turning, and he said he had thought about trying it at one time. He put the cart before the horse, so to speak, and bought some blanks but never got a lathe. He had them sitting around for a long time, some nice cherry blanks, and gave them to me. The blanks he had were all cut out of the tree pretty poorly I think, as they contain wood really close to the center of the trunk. The first blank I did wasn’t that bad with the cracking, but this large...
Here ya go guys and gals as requested. I am going to give my best representation of “MY” way that I do the casting process. First of all I start with a dry piece of wood (no more than 13% moisture) that I have stabilized in “Cactus Juice” www.turntex.com this hardens and stabilizes the punky or soft parts of the wood that you will mostly find in burls and spalted wood. After I stabilize it i take my ROTOZIP tool and use it to basically clean up the voids and cracks tha...
Anyone know how they fill the wooden knife handles with resin? Tung oil? Varnish? Is it soaked for a long time then wiped off?
In this video I’m applying my 3 part hand rubbed oil/resin finish to a Canadian Black Walnut coffee table base. I talk more about what and amount of ingredients in my 3 part hand rubbed oil resin finish. I can’t call it mine though, pretty sure it’s been used by many many people. I initially read about it in a Sam Maloof book I think it was called Woodworker. Well I hope you enjoy the video, I finish it up by showing the curly walnut book matched live edge coffee table to...
In this video I’m showing how I fill a knot hole with 5 minute epoxy resin coloured with the sawdust of the wood for a close match. Thanks for dropping by to have a look.
Been 13 days since my last update, which means there’s lots o’ progress to report! I set up a router lathe to mill the mast. Turns out 2×4s aren’t really stiff enough for a 10’ lathe bed, and the mast needed to be supported in that span anyway, but I ended up with something passable after a bunch of hand-plane and sandpaper tuning. Every year Petaluma’s various small craft river users band together to have a “Day on the River” celebration, in ...
In this clip Randy Child shows us how he mixes Urea Resin Glue to get the correct consistency. This step is in preparation for gluing up the rockers.
I’ve been noticing some press recently surrounding Arboform, a plastic-like compound invented by 2 German guys, and made from lignin, which they get from the pulp-manufacturing industry. It’s a byproduct of paper-making and related industries, so there’s tons of the stuff generated every year (130M lbs/65K tons). The first article I saw on it was over at Space Mart, which states that the lignin is “combined with resins, flax and other natural fibers” and “f...
It’s been a while since I posted any projects, so I figured I’d better do so before you all forget my name. I previously posted a Library stair unit, and this table is the accompaning piece of furniture to that. The client needed a conference table, but he also wanted a workbench, as he was prone to dismantel his computer occasionaly, in name of improving it. He was a fan a George Nakashima, so he wanted the table fashioned in his style. My design seemed to ...
Veneering, a Primer Course The top photo is a couple sample packs of sequenced matched veneers from Woodcraft supply.The secong photo is bookmatched Camphor veneer.The third photo is Bruce holding a sample of Avodire Crotch veneer, with No Finish on it. Some of you may have noticed my slight addiction to working with veneers. When you start to investigate the available veneers on the market, it becomes very difficult for me to understand the resistance to it that some people have....
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