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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 2426 days ago 1222 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Another Milestone

I am pretty excited to share with you guys today’s progress. I got all of the handle pieces finished!

Next I have some touch up on the doors and the final install. I am sure I will have a full day of technical sweating.

I had to brush the pieces again on the wire wheel to brighten the finish. I then hung them from the ceiling and wiped them down thoroughly with acetone. This strips any oil from the surface.

I sprayed them with an acrylic resin lacquer by Sherwin Williams. The finish is rated for exterior use and specifically lists copper, aluminum, and bronze as compatible surfaces for use.

For clear coating these metals an acrylic coating is recommended. It may be water or solvent based but it has to be an acrylic, not a nitrocellulose type lacquer. Prepping the surface by wiping down with denatured alcohol or acetone is necessary. It is critical that you wear gloves so as not to contaminate the surface with body oil or sweat. Wearing chemical resistant gloves also protects YOU.

Here are a couple of parting shots showing the prep work and spraying.

Peace, Love, and Woodworking

Prepping the Copper Handles

Spraying the Handles

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



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Kaleo

201 posts in 2771 days


#1 posted 2426 days ago

Todd-

This project is looking great, I really enjoyed the interview as well. Good luck with the final touch ups and things.

-- Kaleo , http://www.kalafinefurniture.com

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mrtrim

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#2 posted 2426 days ago

im wondering if you will suffer some form of withdrawal symptoms when this job is finished . i know it happens to me sometimes usually on a project where i have to be strictly focused .

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Todd A. Clippinger

8773 posts in 2731 days


#3 posted 2425 days ago

Kaleo – Thanks.

mrtrim – Yep, I have suffered the same thing.

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

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gizmodyne

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#4 posted 2425 days ago

Great action shots. Can’t wait for installation.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 2425 days ago

My wife can’t wait for me to get done and get home. I think the thread of patience is wearing thin. I feel horrible for being here this long. She is a long suffering woman married to a silly man-child.

I think I will focus on my own house when I get home. “The cobbler’s children never have shoes.” She deserves better than that.

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

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David

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#6 posted 2425 days ago

Todd -

I have been following this blog closely. Absolutely impeccable work. I think you are still in the nail biting phase! Your depth of talent is amazing woodwork, metalwork, . . . what else?! I really appreciate you sharing so many details. Looking forward to final installation. Hope you get home soon!

David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

8773 posts in 2731 days


#7 posted 2425 days ago

Once I had the doors made and veneered, I passed the “point of no return”. From there on out if I made a mistake it would be devastating. The further along I get the more previous work is at risk.

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

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Karson

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#8 posted 2425 days ago

Great Todd. A nice blog for finishing metal.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 2425 days ago

Closer and closer

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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dennis mitchell

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#10 posted 2425 days ago

You can try my method of quality control. Show up on the job with little or no sleep. Take some strange cough stuff for your flu. The kind that keeps your head from quite working right. Drink lots of coffee. Then spend your first few hours trying to do the job without the right tools because you forgot them at home in your hurry to leave.
This should insure that you get so little done that you chances of screwing anything up are greatly lessened….maybe.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#11 posted 2425 days ago

I’ve operated in a fog a few times. Your story is real familiar.

One thing that I find on a project like this is that it takes what it takes. You work harder and faster and it doesn’t go any faster because you end up performing a lot of counterproductive motions. Staying up and working late only increases risk of mistakes but you can’t help yourself to meet the deadline or to get home.

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

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Dusty

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#12 posted 2425 days ago

Or Just start planing and thinking how you will “power out” of the next mistake.

That is simply SOP and something Im sure your very good at by now.

Or as you said in your interview ” oh todd you will figure it out”.

I have faith in you…

Great job!

-- Dusty

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rikkor

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#13 posted 2425 days ago

The enormity of this project is what amazes me. Got to be a lot of mixed emotions as you near completion. I hope you made enough on the commission to take a month off and rebond with your family.

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Roger Strautman

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#14 posted 2425 days ago

Todd, you had better be just a little careful when you get out of the viehecial at home because you have been gone so long I’m not sure the dog will know you. LOL!! It sounds like your departure won’t be to far off so be careful and no speeding home.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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Russel

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#15 posted 2425 days ago

Todd, I’ve followed this project and your work is remarkable. I’ve shown your pictures to folks to illustrate the quality of your work because words don’t do it justice. When you said you’d only been doing this for four years, I didn’t believe you, but I’ve come to accept the fact that my years just go faster than yours. You are a true craftsman. Now, I’ve noticed that you show up in a lot of your photos. Do you have a photographer travel with you, or do you run in front of the camera really fast?

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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