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Wood stabilizing #6: Spalted elm and dyes

01-22-2019 01:35 AM by Dave Polaschek | 7 comments »

I did some more experimenting this weekend. First up was some spalted elm for the surprise swap. I think I’ve got some stuff I can use! Next some rotted oak. We were interested to see just how spongy the wood could be and still be worth stabilizing. I’m not sure it’s worth it, but I’m glad I tried it. Then some spalted sweetgum. This shows a lot of promise, and I’m going to need to get a bunch more of it, I think. And then the dyed wood. They are, top to bottom, left c...

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Building A Cuttaway Acoustic Guitar #3: Part 3: Kerfing, Bracing, and Gluing the Back

01-13-2019 11:17 PM by DMiller | 6 comments »

The guitar is coming along well; progress however, has been slow as I only have two afternoons each week to work on it. I am grateful for the time I do have though. Over the last three or so months I have been working on it, the kerfing, bracing, and back has went together. The kerfing definitely isn’t perfect, but I think it is a is good enough to do the job. I definitely learned a bit or two about making it- use straight grained wood, bend to fit BEFORE cutting each groove in i...

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Wood stabilizing #4: Second batch

12-24-2018 02:09 AM by Dave Polaschek | 2 comments »

I stabilized another batch of wood this weekend. It included: butternut, salt cedar, cherry, citrus, spalted elm, eucalyptus, hackberry, ipe, African mahogany, hard maple, spalted maple, white oak, pear, and walnut. I made a list, so I wouldn’t forget. Especially before sanding off the excess cactus juice, it can be hard to tell what’s what. And here they are: Butternut through ipe in the first photo, and ipe through walnut in the second. No huge surprises. Ipe remains ha...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #27: Back Splat Splines

12-22-2018 02:55 PM by TungOil | 4 comments »

With all of the hand shaping and sanding of the chair parts out of the way, the next step is to fabricate the ebony splines and cut the recessed grooves in the back splats to accept the splines. I start by making a jig to cut the ebony splines. The jig holds a length of ebony securely, allowing me to shape the rounded face of the spline on the router table. I round over the face on several pieces of ebony, then slice off the spline stock to the correct thickness on the bandsaw and repe...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #26: Shaping and Sanding

12-02-2018 04:17 AM by TungOil | 12 comments »

It’s been a while since I posted an update on this project, largely because I spent most of the summer shaping and sanding. Pretty boring stuff but I thought I’d post a few progress pictures anyhow. The top of the rear legs on the original chairs is quite heavily rounded. To approximate this look, I lay out the shape on the leg with a white pencil. I mark the centerline of the leg as well as the curve on both sides so I have a reference line to work to. The round over is shaped wit...

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Mission-style mahogany desk #5: Braces installed

09-01-2018 03:39 PM by Woodbutchery | 0 comments »

Some time in the shop this morning cutting and fitting the braces for the drawers. A few shots of a single brace. and the underside I’m using poplar because I ran out of mahogany. Currently, the braces are held in place by the stop dados only. No glue or other attachment. I also used the bottom “L” for the drawer guides. My thinking was that these braces are strictly for the drawers and are not meant to correct or support anything else. I would very much ...

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Mission-style mahogany desk #4: In the home stretch

08-31-2018 06:48 PM by Woodbutchery | 2 comments »

Glue-up of the frame is completed. Working on the cross braces, then attaching the top. A few pics of where we’re at. ... and …

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Guitar Pedalboard Build

08-09-2018 12:51 AM by wrenchhead | 2 comments »

I made this homemade guitar pedalboard to clean up the cables and effects pedals I have. This was a fun woodworking project that only took a few hours over the weekend to complete. I used sapele wood and dovetail joinery to make this board. I installed a power inlet and a couple of 1/4” jacks to help with cord and cable management. I used General finishes Arm-R-Seal for a durable finish and added a .250 rubber feet so the pedal board doesn’t slide around. Thanks for watching ht...

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Mahogany twin screw clamp

08-06-2018 12:18 AM by Dave Rutan | 7 comments »

I’ve thought of making one of these for fun, so today I finally did it. Who knows what great uses I’ll find for this clamp?The wood is mahogany and the finish is boiled linseed oil. This is an old style clamp that does not have reverse threads on half of the rod. It may be a bit dodgy to use, but it was made by me. I originally intended to make 3 of these, but I fudged the wooden parts for two of them.

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #25: Crest Rail Final Shaping

07-11-2018 12:30 AM by TungOil | 18 comments »

In February I was in Pasadena and took the opportunity to visit the Huntington Library Museum, which houses many Greene & Greene pieces. The museum holds one of the living room chairs from the Gamble House and that gave me a good opportunity to study an original up close. The crest rail is beautifully shaped with a lot of rounding and shaping evident. Here is a close up of the crest rail on the original. It will not be possible to create the dramatically swept back profile seen ab...

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