Anyone know how they fill the wooden knife handles with resin? Tung oil? Varnish? Is it soaked for a long time then wiped off?
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I am just an amateur and consider myself a beginner. Father was a carpenter and taught me a bit way back when I was little. About 30 years ago (late 70's to early 80's) started making really rough things for the house - cabinet above the washer, shelving, etc. Then moved in 87. In the new house I refloored bathroom with sheet vinyl, refinished the vanity and changed the counter top. Then about 05 helped do a complete redo of my kitchen. Reconfigured the walls, all new cabinets and appliances and sanded and finished the oak floors. Moved on to build a vanity with Corian countertop and closet from scratch for my daughter's bathroom. Friends were amazed that it looked like I bought the cabinetry. Used grain filler to minimize the grain and sprayed using my HPLV paint sprayer that I used to paint cars.
Last year 08 the toilet feed pipe burst in my back house and messed the floor up so project started as reflooring two bedrooms and the living room with Pergo which evolved into painting the three rooms. This led to completely redoing the kitchen and finally the bathroom. Had to raise and lower parts of the house because it was extremely crooked. I had a carpenter help out with some of the major projects like taking out walls, building a ramp and other stuff that would either be too dangerous or too much for my back. Had a tile pro do the walls for the tub.
In October, 2008 went to Japan as a tourist and happen to walk into a tool shop in Kyoto. Met a tool master who showed me all kinds of techniques for setting up and using Japanese tools. Bought a plane, sharpening blocks and two chisels. When I got back home I spent a few weeks setting up the plane because in Japan the tools are not set up to be used right out of the box and because the plane is made of wood it was recommended that I leave it out in the high humidity of Hawaii to adjust to the climate. I read Odate's Japanese Woodworking Tools and combined it with what I learned in Japan to setup and sharpen the tools. I was amazed at how these tools worked. With the plane I was able to get shavings that looked like lace and it left the wood feeling like glass with a shine I've never seen before. I had a 1200 grit sand paper and it dulled the wood terribly.
He said in the US he gave his highest recommendation to Hida Tools and when I got back began emailing them and they are extremely helpful both in what to buy and how to setup and use the tools. I've have bought a number of things from them. They also recommended The Complete Book on Japanese Joinery by Sato and Nakahara (actually two books combined) and Understanding Wood by Hoadley which I am just starting to read (7/7/09). These have really helped immensely. I notice I have to read the book and then do a project. Then go back and read it again and I find things I somehow missed the first time. I kept doing this and found my skills have improved greatly.
This is getting long. Just for information I am a band director and do woodworking projects just during weekends that I'm not too busy (rare) and summer. Since going to Japan I have come to seriously study Japanese tools. I spend a lot of nights practicing sharpening tools and setting them up. On weekends then I use them on varous projects and try to notice what the effects of the sharpening was. Then either read or ask Hida if I was on the right track. There is a part time worker, Milford who has been extremely helpful with my adventures in wood. I would love to share what I've since learned but with the understanding that I'm just a beginner. But I feel lucky that I stumbled across a most helpful tool master and was able to learn so much from him and friends at Hida.
-- Wood Menehune, Honolulu
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I was testing different techniques for using Mirror Coat. I had filled the pores and had put on a skim coat of mirror coat. While it was curing I finished sharpening my chisel and had sprayed WD-40 on to prevent rust. The next day I sanded the ...