now i am glueing down the inlay , using west epoxy .the problem being that i don’t like puting things ,( like bricks , paint cans , bucket s of sand or water ) ,and i dont have enough wood to make cauls .so back to an old trick i learned in the fiberglass boating world . as i think in a vacuum , it’s only natural to work in one too ? so here it is ...a vacuum is not pressure , it is the absence of pressure .when they went into space , it wasn’t like going down deep in ...
Hey everybody, after a few personal messages here is my version of a how to on a Drunken Checker Board. I of coarse bow to the Chairman of the Board and pay tribute with beer. This is a Off-Checker pattern I call “Drunken Alice in Wonderland” The “serendipitous” nature of this piece is appealing in a far out sort of way. Here Goes… So first I prepare the Material. I am using Hard Maple and Walnut both are surfaced flat and cut 1” x 9” x 14&...
I have been working on a project in Cherry and before I finished the desks I decided to try out some of the General Finishes Dye stain but on the scrap test pieces the blotching was driving me nuts. I came to this site and tried all the suggestions until I came across the discussion proclaiming that Charles Neil’s pre stain conditioner was the way to go. Bought some, tried it and still had minor blotching but it works well. Watching his video he said it was a water based PVA enhanced produ...
There’s always more than one way to go about any joint. I thought I’d share my preferred method for fixed shelves and drawer dividers in casework. I’m sure you can rollover some of these ideas into solid wood casework, but I’m speaking primarily to the times we might be using cabinet grade plywoods. I should also note that routers and their partnering jigs are very effective for dados, I just like using a dado stack in the tablesaw when I can. Mostly because of fami...
The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #4: Cleaning and Restoring a Brace to ‘Like New’ Condition
Well here we are at the finale of this brace restoration (DON’T YOU DARE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM YET!). At the end of Part 3 I wiped the Head and the Sweep handle over with methylated spirit to get rid of some of the grease and grime that had accumulated. Now its time to rub the wood down prior to re-finishing. I start with P120, then P180, P240, finishing with P320. I know some people would frown at this and say I’m destroying the patina that has built up over the years. Sometimes that’s a v...
my ‘did it my way board’ http://lumberjocks.com/projects/42141 was done like thisthe tangents are the square of the circlethe thickness of the stock is that height of the squarethe width of the stock is the square and the two wingsof the circle combined(for my 1 1/4” bits it was 1”x1 1/2”).cut and mill the stockrun the round edges firstso the flat is still good for the coves later.the fence and the cutter tangent want to be exactso there is no loss in w...
howdy folks ,got some inquiries about some cabinet work i do .so here is a sampling of that . first off , let me say i have NOTHING to do with them , i am just a satisfied customer , http://www.cabparts.com/ i have used their CNC precut and ready to assemble cabinets for 15 years now , and thought you might like to hear about them , and see what it is all about . you do have to buy a catalog , mine cost $40 15 years ago , i don’t know what the deal is now , as they have R...
some of you might remember my previous blog about my rain/snow gutters ,i finally got some time to progress on them , as i have been working away from home for a while now ,http://lumberjocks.com/patron/blog/16257the first two pictures are from that post , about the cutting jig ,and an actual 6” PVC x 20’ pipes cut 1/4 out of ,making a tube that wraps up and over my metal roof to catch rain,and stop the snow from sliding off the roof , both of which have been just wasted water fo...
Finally I got it done and shipped it off to the customer. He wont get it in his hands until next week, so I will post his impressions when I hear back. I hope its what he wants!!! TIP:Some of you may know about this but many will not. This is my secret to quickly fine sand the box prior to spraying lacquer. I hand sanded down to 220 and then I finish up with green nylon pads. These were bought at the local dollar store. Guess how much? Thats right, a whole dollar. You can buy similar pads ...
This is my first blog entry ever. :-) So I hope I do it right. This is a photo essay of the construction of a couple of “Drum Tables”. A drum table made of Indonesian rosewood and wenge. A second table of Asian ebony and wenge was made at the same time. They have a 21” diameter at the top, and stand 23” tall. The main cylinder has an 18” outside diameter. The curved side panels are all bent laminations, and veneered with the final wood choice. The curve...
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