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Building For The Wife #8: Quick knot inlay, because the basketballs got bounced

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Blog entry by fatman51 posted 09-26-2015 12:13 AM 1497 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I was fixing the knot blowouts in yesterday’s project, “Strip veneering kitchen cabinet doors”, I wanted to finish quickly and I made the classic mistake of hurrying. I know better, “fast” should be way lower on a woodworker’s list than quality, and patience. My impatience resulted in these two ugly basketballs.

I wanted to keep the knots, but I did two things wrong. I planed where I should have sanded and I did not keep the knots. When I went into the kitchen this afternoon, intending to have a snack while I sat and looked proudly upon my work, all I saw was striped, round, non-conformities. Totally paint grade. So I put off my afternoon tea, choosing, first, to fix the problem.

Unfortunately, my knot can was empty

so I looked for some outside.

I wanted red douglas fir knots but I did not want to carve them out of a log so I settled for sugar pine. I used my scribes to gauge the size.

The knots I picked were a little dark, but workable. I used my sander to flatten one side of each workpiece so that I could run them through the bandsaw.

I cut out several knots so I could pick and choose and went to work on my door face. drilling out the bigger of the two ugly, striped basketballs with a forstner bit. I used my scribes to gauge my circle and I made light pencil marks to denote the quadrant where I needed to sand the edge with my sanding block.

When I finished fitting the big knot

I fit the little knot. I used some flammable Weld Wood and rolled them in place to be sure they were snug.

I used some colored wood putty to fill the tearout at the big knot, sanded 100 grit and 220, careful not to sand through the veneer, Gave the door face a quick coat of fast drying poly, and put my leftover knots in the knot can.

I sweetened my tea with high fructose corn syrup but I ate my corn bread without butter while I gazed proudly upon my work.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin



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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 09-26-2015 03:49 AM

You amaze me, John.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 09-26-2015 05:16 AM

Yeah…I have a problem, but the knot inlays do look better than the stripes.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 09-26-2015 05:53 AM

Agreed. But, truthfully, all the way through the thing, I hadn’t even noticed them. I wondered, in fact, what you meant by “basketballs”. I actually, for a minute, was waiting to see actual little basketball appliques come on the scene.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 09-26-2015 10:26 AM

I thought they were glaring

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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