Tuesday, March 31, 2009
One of the many interesting parts of the project is the bathroom vanity he's using. Actually, it's an old dresser he bought at an auction. By cutting a hole in the top for the sink and reworking the drawers a bit, he's turned an old piece of furniture into a new vanity. (Click photo for larger view.)
I'm looking forward to the final photos when the project is complete.
Monday, March 30, 2009
The Otto isn’t just any ole fan that you can pick up at Wal*Mart, though. It’s a 45W 3-speed “industrial” fan with adjustable feet and a fancy quartered sapele wooden frame. The Swiss makes it so you know it’s got to be worth the $199.99 price tag.
Friday, March 27, 2009
"When changing table saw blades, I try hard to avoid scraping my knuckles on the blade when removing and reinstalling the arbor nut. A very minor modification I made to my arbor wrench helps.
The photo shows this simple alteration. I put a slight bend in the wrench near the arbor nut hole. This makes it easier to slip the wrench over the arbor nut while keeping my fingers out of harms way.
Bending the wrench isn’t difficult. I just clamped the end in a vise and applied a little force. And I've definitely seen a good return on this small investment."
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
[It's] finished with 2 coats of General Seal-a-Cell Clear, burnished with 4 OT steel wool between coats, then there are 6 coats of Arm-r-Seal gloss and finally 2 coats of Arm-r-Seal Semi-gloss. It rubbed out beautifully! Instructions found on David Marks Web Site.
Monday, March 23, 2009
We featured this workcenter in PlansNOW.com's e-newsletter last week, not really knowing what the response would be. Buyers would have to own a dovetail jig already, and then see the value in the workcenter. Well they sure did, sales of the plans were brisk. So I thought I'd mention it here too.
If you've got a dovetail jig, check this out. And when you buy it, use the e-coupon word garage and get a 20% discount on the plans download.
The Workcenter comes from the designers and editors at ShopNotes Magazine. You can get a free preview issue here.
Friday, March 20, 2009
...is actually made by routing two sheets of wood at ultra-precise angles, and then fitting them together like the two sides of a zipper. Tiny variations in the cuts produce the chair's curves. Forget about handworking; the magic is all in the computerized routing.
My first time using mahogany... first cabriole legs, scalloped corners on the top, double bead on the top, shaped aprons. The finish is a wet sanded BLO with a wet sanded Watco Dark Walnut and 5 coats of a wipe on poly.
Different colors of mahogany originally all dyed with Moser's alcohol soluble dye. Bush oil followed by Deft. First time I used either. Lots of experiments on sample pieces before I went for it. Dyed before assembly and finished after.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Does anyone one still have or use LP's anymore? This makes me want to go buy some.
Visit his website, Audiowood, for photos of many different models.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Learned how to make shop sawn veneer, learned an easy way to make perfect cuts on a sled and the correct sequence of gluing everything up..doing the edge band in walnut proved to be a real challenge.