another look into the haunted forest ... broke my morticing machine !@#$!!!!

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Project by Dan'um Style posted 11-30-2007 06:14 AM 2183 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last weekend I started 5 frames. The first three are now complete. The first 2 already posted.

Broke my Delta Morticing machine last night. It’s the second one I broke in the past 3 years. Broke off the indexing teeth at the base of the handle. The last two frames will need to be machined another way until I find the right part.

Attached is my latest bronzed tile version of my haunted forest tiles. Little different patina methods, but much the same process. This one has a little more color.

Frame is made from white oak, curly quatersawn and quartersawn. Saving the good stuff for Christmas.

The lattice work is made from Andrioba, African hardwood. Real nice material. Kind of like mahogany, but different texture and hardness. More like walnut.

Finish on both hardwoods is the same. Dark oak dye, mahogany oil stain, seedlac and dark paste wax.

A variation in design. Used the same templates for the side corbel shapes and rather then a peaked roof type shape this one is curved. Not quite a dutch curve, but a fare curve

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#1 posted 11-30-2007 06:19 AM

Great frame Dan. Love the organic shapes.

Sorry about the mortiser.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 11-30-2007 06:24 AM

Did you turn on the mortising machine. You are not suppose to just drive that square chisel into the wood, The little bit is suppose to go around and take out the wood fibers (without smoke and getting your chisel black). Mark DeCou and I worked on a blog about mortising.

Great design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 11-30-2007 06:27 AM

Dan If you need a part I’ve got a Delta machine that is sitting in the back of the work bench. I’m using a different one now. If you can’t find the part I’ll scavenge my machine and we can put it back together later.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 11-30-2007 06:30 AM

Dan another great frame and tiles… what do you use for a backer on the tile a plywood painted black and then glue the tiles to it? I did a frame for Laura at Ravenstone and used that method for mounting the tiles.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 11-30-2007 06:44 AM

Dan -

Another great frame . . . I like the end detail!

Regrets about your mortising machine.



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#6 posted 11-30-2007 06:52 AM


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 11-30-2007 06:58 AM


Use the Walmart black acrylic paint.

It is flat black and drys fast.

1/4 ” oak plywood if I have it, sometimes Luan.


-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 11-30-2007 08:33 AM

RIP on the mortiser. Another nice piece, Dan!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 11-30-2007 09:27 AM

Beautiful work Dan, as usual. Your frames are just outstanding. Sorry about the mortise machine – be gentle big guy :-)).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 11-30-2007 02:06 PM

Very rich looking, one of those things you look at and simply sigh with contentment.

My sympathy for your mortiser. I’ve got a Delta benchtop mortising machine and I’ve broken the pin that locks the handle a couple times now. Not a big deal, but a bother.

Oh, and Karson, thanks for the “turn the machine on” pointer. This new fangled stuff can be quite confusing, though I thought that the smoking was to show you the machine was working. ;^)

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 11-30-2007 03:00 PM

Nice series of pieces Dan…too bad about the’s like loosing a child when one of your pieces of equipment dies!
...and Karson, boy howdy how all my machines run better since I done in stalled that their ‘lectricity LOL


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#12 posted 11-30-2007 03:28 PM

I think this one may be my favorite, Dan. I really like the detail in this set of tiles. Your frames just seem to get better as well. They’ve probably always been great but I’m getting to see them now. Sorry to hear about the mortise machine. Don’t say too many bad words. I’ve probably already said too many this week.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#13 posted 11-30-2007 03:34 PM

Dan, that is absolutely beautiful. Wow!!

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#14 posted 11-30-2007 03:42 PM

Dan, the stuff you post here keeps getting better all the time. I really love this frame. It is a great compliment to your excellent tile work.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 11-30-2007 04:58 PM

Dan, just wanted to throw in my $.02 about how your work has really grown on me. I really like it. Thanks for sharing.

Karson, thanks for the tip.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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