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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 10-26-2007 04:40 AM 747 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK guys, I just have a horrible time getting pix into the blog and so you will not see any here again.

I need to get my website updated but time is always an issue. It is a lot of work. Being self-employed is never about time off.

You can check out this link http://gallery.mac.com/toddclippinger and you can view my various projects. They are very simple postings mostly for sharing with my wife without the need to build web pages. Now you are part of the “in” group and can look too.

I also have many specs and reference photos for a company that does my Sketchup drawings. I am doing some design work for an entry exterior and it is a great way for them to view the info and download only what they want.

You will have to check out the link and go to Cooper’s entry closet. I just got the basic closet box installed today and you will see many progress photos. Next I will be building the doors, a very difficult design is in the works. These clients always push me to new levels.

Here is some info on the modern furniture that people wanted to know; I used baltic birch for the substrate I hate using MDF because of the incredible dust and weight. The curly maple veneer has a 10 mil paper back, I get it in 4’x8’ sheets because it is not worth my time to seam veneer. The factories do an incredible job. I use Unibond 800 and a vacuum press from VacuPress Systems, very much worth the money.

Peace, Love, and Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com



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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 10-26-2007 04:52 AM

Nice work…always quality! What was that sander you were using on Coopers entry closet? How does it compare to belt sanding?

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#2 posted 10-26-2007 04:56 AM

That was a high speed arm sander.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#3 posted 10-26-2007 05:23 AM

Looks like you have been busy.Keep it up.So I take it you like the Unibond 800,That’s the pre mixed stuff right?I’ve stiil been using a powder resin glue that you have to mix for my vacuum bag work.Getting sick of mixing this stuff I can never get the lumps out and I always make too much or not enough!!!!

-- Scott NM,http://www.shangrilawoodworks.com

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#4 posted 10-26-2007 05:30 AM

Scott,

Unibond 800 is resin that you mix with the powder activator that you are referring to. I had the same issues until I bought a blender to mix the glue. It works like a dream, no lumps and a perfect mix.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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scott shangraw

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#5 posted 10-26-2007 05:32 AM

Thanks Todd .I’ll see If I can use the wifes when she’s not looking.

-- Scott NM,http://www.shangrilawoodworks.com

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#6 posted 10-26-2007 05:37 AM

One of the things that I love about the the Unibond is that it dries hard and is sandable. It does not clog up the sanding belts like yellow glue.

I also tint the glue as the application calls for it.

I have had great service from Daryll at VacuPress. I really like dealing with them.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#7 posted 10-26-2007 05:43 AM

Ive been using the one Woodworkers Supply caries not sure who makes it it comes in a white 5lb bucket.I have never tried the Unibond I take it’s an Urea resin glue also?The main thing I like is the long open time due to usually trying to do some sort of bent work and trying to get all those layers in the form and not freaking out over time.Is the Unibond the same?

-- Scott NM,http://www.shangrilawoodworks.com

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#8 posted 10-26-2007 05:53 AM

Yes it is a urea resin and it has a long open time. It also has directions for mixing the activator in a ratio that will give less open time and a faster set. I live in a very dry climate like yourself and that can really hasten glue drying, so I like the open time too.

In the winter I will put an electric blanket on it and cover that with a moving blanket to hold the heat in. It is not guaranteed to work below 65 degrees. I have never had a failure with the heat blanket though. You only have to warm the project not the whole room. I often work in my shop at 60 to 62 degrees in the winter.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#9 posted 10-26-2007 05:55 AM

The glue also comes with a chart in the tech sheet for open times according to temperature.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#10 posted 10-26-2007 05:56 AM

Yeah I’m working ona bent wood project now and had to allready pull out the electric blanket the other night allready hitting low thirties.Im lucky if the dead of winter my shop ever hits 60

-- Scott NM,http://www.shangrilawoodworks.com

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#11 posted 10-26-2007 06:12 AM

I am still working in Ohio and it has been really decent in the shop to date. I have not had to run the furnace at all yet. I will be getting close to veneer work this next week and it will probably get cold then.

I really like the properties of the Unibond for bent laminations. It cleans up so easy with soapy water too.

When I make jigs I just spray them with a couple coats of lacquer and the glue just pops right off.

For anybody wanting the link here it is- http://vacupress.com/

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#12 posted 10-26-2007 06:17 AM

I’m outa here.

Night – Night

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#13 posted 10-26-2007 11:29 AM

I see the design of the door is also in the floor and is the basis of sculpture as well. very interesting.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#14 posted 10-26-2007 12:44 PM

The clients really like the design. It is an Asian graphic design for a waterfall. That is why some think it looks like a Chinese restaurant door. I did not build the doors, a local shop did that.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#15 posted 10-26-2007 12:51 PM

I think it is a great idea to carry a symbol throughout the house (and yard).

You could get pretty creative with it

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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