http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IjEiW7B0UM IN this video I go over how to design a desk organizer and I talk about the saw dust chronicles contest. www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.co m
I, by mistake a couple of days ago, tried lacquer for the first time. After all these years of using Poly and oil finishes like “Norm” does, I have found a lot of advantages for one of the produces that I build. I have a dedicated finishing room that I can add filters and venting to, and have clean compressed air in the shop as well. Just to many choices as to how to spray it. Any help is needed. ie, what type of gun, clean-up time between guns, ect. Thanks in advance.
I went to the hardware store in town yesterday and bought a can of Deft brand Lacquer by mistake instead of poly. I thought I would try deft brand poly instead of the only other satin poly that they had (ACE). I did read the back of the can, and picked up some lacquer thinner to clean the brush. When I bought the thinner I should have thought something was not right. I got it to the shop and got it mixed and started applying. The first thing I noticed was that the VOC’s where much s...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKaGJES8jQY In thisvideo I go over who to use a miter saw safely and how to keep the wood in the highest quality when cutting it on a miter saw. www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com
Hello LJ’s, Got to spend a little time in the shop yesterday. I finished routing out all the mortises and squared up the through mortises. I have a block of maple laying around that I use as a guide for square chiseling. I ran the maple block over the jointer to get a 90 degree corner and clamped it to the work piece.I used the side walls of the mortise to register the chisel and rotated the chisel handle up to score the face of work.Next I chiseled straight down using the maple bloc...
Many woodworkers lack confidence in their glue joints. The way to overcome this is by getting to know your products and materials. This is accomplished by experimenting and testing – particularly through destructive testing. I continually test my off-cuts from every project. This provides a form of quality control testing that is specific to each project. In this video I show a couple of the methods that I use to test my glue joints. Testing your joints to the point of wood fa...
Doing a woodworking course on the weekends at the local college to keep my skills (such as they are) alive until I finish my shop. Building a 4’ bench out of red oak with exposed jutoba joinery in a sort of Arts & Crafts style (it goes with my house).... will post a few pics as it progresses. Also did a one day seminar on wooden hand planes 3 weeks ago… mostly done the plane. Building a #6 just for fun out of eastern maple using a Hock blade. Pictures coming soon.
It’s going to be a year or more before I can start working on the real built-ins for the office. More if Craigslist doesn’t somehow manage to cough up a whole bunch of inexpensive cherry and we actually have to buy the lumber for this retail. In the mean-time, I needed some storage for the office, and I’ve been wanting to do more stuff with sweeping curves, so I decided to take some scrap plywood and a bunch of thin maple that was left over from cutting out the door frames f...
Maybe that should be an old age project. Turn (turned) 65 today. Coincidentally, my birthday present is a new mini-lathe. Joyously, according to the tracking software, it was only 25 miles away and on the UPS truck at 5:00 AM. And my wife has stuck with me for 36 years. I am truly a blessed man. Lee
Additional Hide Glue Links Make Your Own Hide Glue Brush! A Hide Glue Primer Repairing an Old Drawer with Animal Hide Glue Last night I was startled awake from a woodworking daydream by a loud crashing sound from our home office. The side and bottom fell out of drawer of our antique oak desk when Beth was trying to get a box of staples from the rear of the long drawer. Sounds like a repair brewing! Well this desk is an older “antique” oak English library desk. Beth ...
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