Magic Chisels or How You Never Have to Sand Again

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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 01-13-2007 12:16 AM 887 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most of the projects I do for myself use distressed and glazed alder. So I don’t have to sand. Heck I don’t even have to sharped my tools. Before assembily I hand plane my stock. I try to get tear outs and gouging. Often I run my plane at a 45 degree angle to the grain. Some days I’ll grab a big splinter and rip it right out of the wood. Then I use my chisels to gough out areas that have not been distressed. When I have splintered the grain real bad I chisel the raw edges to clean it up. The edges and curves I shape with a spokeshave.

This distressing allows places for the glaze to settle. Originally I made my own glaze using paint colorant and lacquer thinner. After trying local paint stores I have found one that makes a commercial glaze I’m happy with. I really had to shop around. I liked my homemade glaze but it was not consistent. Which is importaint when a client wants a matching china hutch for the table you made her last year.
Often I spray my project before assembly because I mix pine, twigs , rocks, logs, ect., and I only want the alder glazed. The first step when glazing is spraying a coat of lacquer. This seals the wood and keeps the glaze from penetrating the grain. I usually just wipe the glaze on but it can be sprayed. I then wipe the glaze off trying to be consistent. A few more coats of lacquer and the project is done.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 01-13-2007 12:37 AM

Dennis, I don’t see a broad axe. Like I said before,
”Different strokes for different folks !”
Rustic is alright. It’s also great for people with kids.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 01-13-2007 12:50 AM

I KNEW IT !!! Sanding is over-rated. I don’t know if I should hang out with you Dennis, you might be a bad influence

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#3 posted 01-13-2007 12:53 AM

Dennis, you need a gallery link so i can look at yer goods

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#4 posted 01-13-2007 12:57 AM

Wow, what a great idea, but … my projects look like this an I wasn’t even trying!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 01-13-2007 02:23 AM

Michael my website and my projects page here have most of my stuff. I’m still not us to speed documenting my work. Thanks I’ve been thinking of doing a portfolio on my web site.
Don just throw away your sandpaper. We’ll turn you to the darkside yet.

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