Have tried two wood stains from Minwax on a scrap piece of walnut: “special walnut” and “golden oak”. I guess they may differ on other wood species or maybe they age differently, but right now look exactly the same after a week or so on walnut. After trying a few options for edges, I selected a simple 1/8” roundover. Anyway, I routed grooves for a miter bolt on both glue-ups, stained them and will apply Waterlox tomorrow. The stained ...
Test fits of the end panels, not going so well. Lots of gaps. Had to go back and re-do a few things. Couple cuts were even out of square. What I get for rushing things. Reset the corded router, with the “right” bit, a 3/8” straight cutter. reset the fence to be a wee bit more in the center of the board’s edge. Ran all the grooves through, again. But, at least things are now set up for the front and back panels. Checked the raised panels, yep, they wer...
Today is going to be a very busy, but fun day! I worked yesterday on my new project and got much of the base things done on it and today is the “fun” part of letting my brushes fly and make it into something special. I hope to have things close to being ‘finished’ by the end of the day – at least to a certain point. Our ‘work day’ was cut a bit short yesterday because we went to Keith’s moms for an incredible lobster dinner. Keith’s s...
This is a project that has been on the list for quite awhile. As shown here, two more chests are being test fitted. Things seem to fit nicely and will help to get clutter from underfoot. One thing I learned is that the vintage saws I bought for restoration and use should have been measured! Handles take up a LOT of length. They will fit only because of slots cut in the top! Handles and finish need to be applied, but that will wait until warmer weather. If I finished them now, I’d b...
The glue-ups were trimmed a bit to fit the space above the base cabinets. The walls around the cabs don’t meet at right angles though, so the right glue-up had to be cut accordingly. What is left before finishing is sanding with an ROS, grits 100 through 400. I also want to treat the edge with either a 1/8” round over, or a 1/8” bevel bits. Have to try on a scrap piece first to see which works better. Have yet to find one joint connector to bridge the left and r...
Got back down to the Dungeon Shop, figured it was time to hand plane some parts smooth. That way, I can reference off the pieces better. Corner posts were first up. Set up a bench hook of sorts. More of a plane stop. Added a piece of thin scrap to one side, square to the end cleat. Placed the first piece in, and added a screw to keep things tight. Plane stop itself is screwed down through the scrap pieces, as well. Won’t bother the bench’s top, anyway. Plan...
Time to cut some items into parts for the corners. Need four skinny, and four wider pieces. The “skinny” ones will gain the thickness of the parts they mate into, at the corner. Measured how much room i needed before making the foot cut out. Hmm, about 15” or so. The i found something round to layout a curve for the foot. Ah, an old dust port for a router. Then drew a line down from the circle, about 1” from the outside edge. Then continued the ...
Depending on who sees the finished “box’. Picked up a few planks of Black Walnut 4/4×6” x 8’ Nothing real fancy, but a few knots here and there. Cut the first two planks down a bit. Needed to make some corner posts, and the rail/styles ( not sure which to call them) for the ends. Had four raised panels from another source. Figured I could use two on each end. After getting these down to a rough length, and then a rip cut down the center Time to...
In the wood shop today #26: Pulling off a bent lamination from the form, for a metal and walnut table base
Hi everyone, Have not posted here in a little while, been keeping busy in the wood shop! I’ve finally put together another video for my your tube channel. I’ve been working on a dining table base made with steel and some bent laminated Walnut. Have a look here as I pull the newly formed leg piece off of the mold and show you exactly how the table base will look once completed. Thanks hope you like it.Paul
I took the panels and the legs and I cut biscuit slots. I thought I took pictures but don’t find any so I glued the panels and legs together. Both ends done. I decided to use dowels to hold the ends to the stretcher. The plan was to run screws through the panels and then plug the hole. I opted not to do it that way. I used dowel centers to mark the stretcher. I then glued the undercarriage together. Then i had to set the bench seat on to see what it looked like.
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