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01-18-2010 08:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource question modern hardcore metal rock star indie music

Hey everybody I’m new to LJs but I figured I’d try to find some woodworkers with similar styles to bounce ideas off of. If you’re a hardcore, indie, metal head, rocker and like to represent you alternative modern style in your woodworking than show off your rock star designs and connect with me and other people like yourself!

-- Scott, California, http://www.wix.com/discretefurniture/discretefurniture


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#1 posted 01-18-2010 08:51 PM

I’ll get the ball rolling. This is only a Google Sketchup design but I figure it’ll start the convos. This is a jewelry box I’m designing for my girlfriend.




What do you guys think?

-- Scott, California, http://www.wix.com/discretefurniture/discretefurniture

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 09:12 PM

It’s very hard to see with the dark colors.

-- Gerry, http://g-forcecnc.com/jointcam.html

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 09:25 PM

hey Gerry I lightened up the pics thanks for letting me know!

-- Scott, California, http://www.wix.com/discretefurniture/discretefurniture

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 09:27 PM

I had many piercings in my younger years. I don’t think my 00 septum hole will ever close. Alas, I’ve grown out of my wilder years and settled down with a mortgage and workshop. To think just 10 years ago I was minutes away from having my eyebrows tattooed.

Always nice seeing some non-traditional ideas. The front-on shape makes me think of a corset, while the view from an angle reveals some coffin-like dimensions. I will definitely be interested seeing what sort of finish you put on this.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 09:34 PM

Personally I go more for traditional finishes, but that box design screams for ebonized oak or walnut. A very good walkthrough on a traditional method in this article. I’ve tried it with remarkable results to create ebonized plugs on a G&G inspired hallway desk that continues to lay in pieces in my shop.

The design looks like it could turn out especially well, maybe with padded red velvet for liners.

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/article/Ebonizing_Wood/

Good luck with your search for other guys and gals that share your passion.

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#6 posted 01-18-2010 09:42 PM

Thanks! I’ll definitely be starting this project after I finish my work bench and side table so I’ll be posting pics of the progress in a blog and this forum most likely. I’m most likely going to ebonize some Macassar ebony with some ebony stain or just ink. That’s just the idea until I actually get the wood in hand though. We’ll see. Anyone ever worked with Macassar Ebony before?

-- Scott, California, http://www.wix.com/discretefurniture/discretefurniture

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#7 posted 01-18-2010 09:43 PM

I think red velvet would be a great liner for sure. I’m also putting a mirror on the inside of the top that will hinge up and open up a top compartment most likely.

-- Scott, California, http://www.wix.com/discretefurniture/discretefurniture

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#8 posted 01-19-2010 12:33 AM

While I haven’t worked with macassar ebony I do have a few pieces of carved gabon ebony that I received as a gift from a friend. They’re extremely ugly, but a great example of African craftwork. Thankfully they’re at least a few generations old, otherwise I’m not sure I could have accepted the gift.

My gut tells me that the best way to handle macassar ebony would be to build up an oil finish or use a simple poly and buff the shine out of it. Unlike the more oily woods like IPE, Teak, etc you’ll have an easier time with glue, but it won’t be as durable without a regularly maintained or long term finish.

But, I’d urge you to try to ebonize a common wood first. The supplies are cheap and there are several varieties of high tannin woods that aren’t being harvested without much regard for the health of the species.

What I like about “ebonizing” woods to look like ebony is that you can control the level of blackness through chemical reactions. Unlike using potassium dichromate (http://www.bt3central.com/showthread.php?t=27343) the bark tea and “rust water” aren’t toxic. Beyond coloring the wood a shellac clearcoat and french polish would provide a smooth surface and keep the grain distinct.

And another option would be to use an analine dye on Maple. You’d get a nice flat surface and be able to achieve the color you want by a finishing routine.

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#9 posted 01-19-2010 12:45 AM

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#10 posted 01-19-2010 12:50 AM

I’m definitely going to be trying out ebonizing a more common wood in a side table project before I make the jewelry box (at my girlfriends request) so depending on how that turns out will determine the jewelry box. Though this piece is only a 6” x 6” box so I think cost wont be an issue as long as I’m happy with the rain pattern. I’m going to try out ebonizing pine I believe for the side table.

-- Scott, California, http://www.wix.com/discretefurniture/discretefurniture

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#11 posted 01-19-2010 12:55 AM

KSE, 5FDP, ‘tallica, older Slayer!! Watcha into? Looking forward to seeing your stuff.

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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#12 posted 01-19-2010 01:52 AM

Kill Switch for sure, August burns red, The Chariot, All That Remains, 36 Crazyfists….bunch more but stuff like that. And I just created a grain pattern in Photoshop for Sketchup to get an idea of how the designs will look when finished. I don’t know exactly how the grain will look but my guess is horizontally.

-- Scott, California, http://www.wix.com/discretefurniture/discretefurniture

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#13 posted 01-19-2010 02:06 AM

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#14 posted 01-19-2010 02:30 AM

Hey do you know if you can ebonize pine using that same technique with the vinegar and steel wool? Love your results I’ll be ebonizing most of my furniture so it helps.

-- Scott, California, http://www.wix.com/discretefurniture/discretefurniture

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#15 posted 01-19-2010 02:44 AM

Safe bet is to try it on a sample first. You would need to use the Quebracho bark solution. Pine may turn blotchy. The bark powder is very low cost. I think I paid $8.00 for 1 or 2 pounds. This method is what I’ll be using from now on. I like the fact that it’s not an applied colorant. Most important thing is to make sure you wash out the steel wool and rinse it thorughly.

-- http://djofurnituremaker.wordpress.com/ & https://www.facebook.com/pages/Timberwerks-Studio/126415221682

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