"Hobbit Holes in MyWorld" --by RusticWoodArt #24: All Good Wood Projects Need....

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Blog entry by frank posted 08-18-2008 04:03 AM 1469 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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All Good Wood Projects Need….

....a StoryLine!

Yes that’s right, and with the story line one can start with an image in their head, which when transferred to wood, shows a start. Now this project began before….where we are jumping into at this stage….but the before only included some wood, jointing of the edges, planning the two faces, then the process of glue ups, cutting the inside out with a jigsaw and the original orbital pre-sanding with #60, #80 and #100 grit sandpaper. And since we’re all workers of wood, these are fairly common steps in the initial working of the wood, (and I might add these steps are way to common and at times are boring to me by now), until one gets to the finishing aspects of the wood. It also comes to my mind that some here may not be all that experienced at the initial pre-work wood stages and so forgive me if I am sounding harsh or any-thing along those lines, as harshness is not in my mind. Yes, there was a time when I was learning and striving also, so I should be more care-full in my choice of words….but this story is about how one worker of wood has decided to show ‘finishing. When I get to the place of finishing, that’s when I know I’m in heaven on earth and my fingers start dancing and vibrating with the sound of GloryBe’s….

....and so that is where this story is going to em-bark on it’s wood working journey. The place or setting that this tale is taking place at, will be in the work area of a cabin I’m redoing at the moment and since this is a piece of work that I’m doing for a cabinet that is going into our home….and since I did not want my wife to see it yet, my chances of hiding it from prying eyes at the moment are best up here, rather than in my other work-shop the barn. I will be adding more information on the pieces as we travel down this wood-working path and as I said before, we need a place for the story to get into a right perspective of vision and so I’ll start here, ....

....well here’s one to wet the appetite of thoughts….my little secret black box, which contains classified top secrets and the mystical oracle of the ages….

....and with suspense ever gnawing at the edges of the mind, I’ll throw in an-other parceled container of, ‘what can this be or mean’, I mean finishing is supposed to be bound up in the journals of only the very elect; right…. as I was saying earlier, you are coming into this story on the ‘finishing’ end of this piece of wood and that’s what I love to do. ”Say what; how can any-one love finishing?” The finishing aspect of working with wood is what I wait for as I draw near to the end of a project and much often I have found that the finishing part of the project can take more time than the actual working of the wood and all that comes before. But then, more on that to come as we proceed in future blog stories on this one, so lets start finishing….by showing a proper tool for finishing….

....ah yes, now what would a worker of wood do without all those tools ( simple tools they are) that come before and during the finishing phase….

And so this is just to get the story rolling and I might mention that I have been working this story over a couple of days now….a week or so….and so I’m hoping I can have enough pictures to keep this one going for a few blogs before I have to start taking pictures again. Just to add a side note here, I apologize ahead of time for not being able to daily keep this story going, but at the moment I’m in the middle of a cabin re-do, bathroom redo, logging and firewood, plus the cutting and cleaning up of some slabbed wood on the land of some other folks and I am also planning on starting to slab cut a log of rock//sugar maple this week that is measuring about 32’’-34’’ wide. But if you want to follow along on my finishing of this top and cabinet, then I can promise some tips into the world of tung oil, shellac and polys. Let me also add that if any-one has any questions….feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer, since the truth is….finishing is not about secrets and any-one can do this aspect….it only takes time....

Thank you.

” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 08-18-2008 04:29 AM

Thanks for the post Frank. I will work on the story aspect of of my project posts. I look forward to following your project all the way to the finish.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 08-18-2008 06:32 PM

My wife loves that style of sink, two times we have been to Mexico and two times I have almost packed one of those back…she will be anxious to see that one finished…perhaps I will need to hide it from her prying eyes also….ha… Thanks for the post.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#3 posted 08-19-2008 01:43 AM

—hello Trifern; ....ah the stories….those tales that one can tell, grab a chain saw and lets go out in the woods to see what chronicles of wood we can find. ”All the way to the finish….”; now I think your playing a word play on my finish….

—hi Rob; now we have more than one pair of prying eyes. My wife brought this one home after a trip to Mexico herself. So she travels quite a bit with her job and she’s all-ways bringing articles of a many back, while she’s out and about. The tales I could tell….and of course I’m all-ways amazed and, then she says ”but Frank, you can do any-thing ” and after that….what’s an ego to do. I’ve been slow on this one, but when she sees it, it will be worth the effort, since it’s the gleam in the eyes that says thanks. The story is how she gets all these articles from around the world, through the towns, onto the airplanes as carry on’s, plus those bigger items that are stuffed in the suitcases and then back home all in one piece….of course some come in multi pieces, while I get the opportunity of assembly….

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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