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Finishing #1: Blotch Control

03-20-2016 07:24 PM by OSU55 | 2 comments »

Blotching is uneven coloring on the substrate, and wood is the substrate I am discussing here. There are many ways to change the look of wood – dyes, dye stain, pigment stain, and variations of both (paint, glazes, and pigment only stains primarily sit on top of the wood and obscure it some or completely, and are not relevant to this discussion). I will simply refer to using all of these as coloring the wood, since the best method to control all of them is the same. I will discuss readi...

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Transferring Images to Wood #1: Day One - Prep Work & Stickin It To the Man!

06-20-2013 11:28 PM by KnotCurser | 10 comments »

Due to a recent project I've posted, I have been asked by many LJ’ers to do a blog on just how I was able to get such a clear image fixed onto a piece of oak. Here goes nothing…......... Items Required An Image (flipped horizontally) printed on a LASER Printer. It can be color or B&W – either work just fine in this application. Paper – Regular copy paper works just fine. Do NOT use photo paper – it will most certainly not work. Wood – I prefer a light color...

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Beware of Puppets

10-24-2015 07:53 AM by robscastle | 11 comments »

Well what do you know, a puppet told me about this process. Its a variant on the Mod Podge method of image transfer to wood. First up recognition of the process must go to TheCrafsMan as it was his Post which lead into this test run, Thank you. I used a water based product from Estapol called XTRA Clear Gloss interior I Followed Mr Puppets directions and achieved the following results. 1. First up found an image I wanted to test out from the net. 2. Then using ...

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Adventures in Tool Making #3: A Pair of Tenon Saws from a Disston Miter Saw - Shaping, Sanding, Polishing, and Finishing

06-16-2013 05:26 PM by grfrazee | 2 comments »

Happy Fathers’ Day everyone! I got some shop time this weekend and decided to work on the pair of tenon saws again. Unfortunately, I only had time to work on one of the saws, but the procedure is the same for the other one so it doesn’t really matter. I left off last time with the handles roughed out and rounded over from the router. Next step was finishing shaping the horns of the handle. I used a combination of this curved-tooth file that I picked up at an antique...

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Tips for Picking Saw Blades

12-15-2009 10:42 PM by knotscott | 57 comments »

-updated 2/4/2015 Good blades on a saw are analogous to good tires on a high performance car…they can ultimately determine or limit the resulting end performance. There are a number of different factors that should be considered in saw blade selection. Decent quality is essential or you’re sunk from the beginning, so skip the cheapos even if they’re a “good deal”. Two inferior saw blades that cost the same as one decent saw blade are still inferior. It’s sort...

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Moxon Vise for $6 and stuff around the shop

05-20-2013 03:11 AM by TechRedneck | 12 comments »

I have a nice Incra Lite on my router table purchased and used specifically for joinery. It does a nice job and I use it for small dovetails and box joints. However I always wanted to learn how to do hand cut dovetails for larger projects and drawers in the furniture I am building. After a couple attempts on my bench using the leg vise, my patience was wearing thin and back was starting to complain. I work on networks and servers all day and don’t use my back much. I follow ...

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terryR's Rusty Saw Blog #2: 1931-1935 No. 5 Disston-Keystone Handle Replacement

03-20-2012 03:49 PM by terryR | 8 comments »

Welcome back ya’ll…for part two of this series I promise more eye candy! Still considering myself quite the newbie, I wanted a saw of lesser value on which to practice. Ah-ha! Here in the pile was the perfect choice… This saw had a shiny coated medallion, semi-sharp teeth, seemingly very little rust, and the handle was painted black and orange. Surely, a ‘worthless’ Disston from the fading days of the company??? The initial layer of rust came off pretty easily, ...

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Saw Talk #28: Sharpening Western Saws - Full Length Instructional Video

06-04-2013 01:03 AM by Brit | 117 comments »

Aimed at those new to saw sharpening, this instructional video is 2 1/4 hours long and covers the theory, the tools and the practice of sharpening western saws. You get to look over my shoulder as I sharpen four saws – two backsaws and two hand saws. I’ll explain the saw sharpening process and how you apply it to different scenarios. I really hope you find it useful. As to the production quality, I’ve done the best I could. I had to record it outside, so there is a bit of...

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Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #18: How to doctor your saw handles

01-13-2013 04:19 PM by Brad | 6 comments »

“We’re going to have to cut out a big chunk to save her,” I could hear the saw-handle doctor saying. “We’ll also have to deal with that cheek chip.” I swallowed hard before he continued. “The horn repair is pretty straight forward, but the other two things add up to major surgery.” After waiting a moment to let that sink in, he added “As her ward, you’re going to have to make the decision one way or the other.” My heart sank...

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Saw handle repairs

02-02-2012 05:32 AM by need2boat | 9 comments »

So I’ve been working quite a bit on saw sharpening skills and for the most part its been going well. I’d say I’m learning with each saw I work on and getting better file angle control. That said some of the nicest saws I have also have some handles in need of love. I recently took a second class with Matt of the saw blog on saw restoration and let’s face it were all wood workers so its back to basics. Disston and son”s” No 7 Its important to note m...

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