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Adventures in Japanning #7: That's a wrap! (for now)

10-28-2012 05:42 PM by JayT | 15 comments »

Having tested, erred, retested, erred again and so on, I was finally happy with how the homemade japanning came out, so did several restores. We’ll try and do a summary of everything learned here in one blog post. Supplies needed:Asphaltum—available in powder form or liquid, which is what I used. Art supply stores seem to be the best source, as it is used in acid etching.Solvent—Xylol or turpentine should either work fine. Both are capable of suspending the heavy...

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Finishing #2: BLO, Danish Oil, Tung Oil, Poly

03-26-2016 05:41 PM by OSU55 | 7 comments »

Lots of questions come up concerning various “oil” and poly finishing mixtures and methods. Some of the “oil” products: Watco danish oil, deft danish oil, Minwax tung oil (actually urethane wiping varnish), Minwax Antique oil, actual tung oil. Below are links to two articles by Bob Flexner that provide a great deal of information on the subject. The first is from 2008, the second from 2011. http://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/finishing/the_basics_of_wiping_varnish2htt...

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Finishing #1: Blotch Control

03-20-2016 07:24 PM by OSU55 | 8 comments »

Blotching is uneven coloring on the substrate, and wood is the substrate I am discussing here. There are many ways to change the look of wood – dyes, dye stain, pigment stain, and variations of both (paint, glazes, and pigment only stains primarily sit on top of the wood and obscure it some or completely, and are not relevant to this discussion). I will simply refer to using all of these as coloring the wood, since the best method to control all of them is the same. I will discuss readi...

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2 DYE 4

06-16-2009 06:33 AM by trifern | 56 comments »

I have had numerous requests for a how to blog about my dyeing techniques. I use water base aniline dyes. This technique the dye is applied using 20 cent sponge brushes and cheap paper towels. I typically work from the darkest colors to the lightest, creating layers of color. This piece is turned from fiddle back maple. My apologies for not taking a photograph prior to applying any dyes. The first coat is black. I apply the dye liberally inside and out. I then wipe the outside with a...

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Vintage Mission/Arts & Crafts style finishing technique on White Oak

01-30-2016 03:11 PM by CampD | 8 comments »

There was quite the interest in the finishing process I used on my Stickley styled TV stand. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/217866I really only just gave the cliff notes version in its description. So with this blog, I’ll give the full detailed process I used to achieve that finish. It’s a time consuming process, more like it takes little time each day, but rather is spread out over numerous days. This process is not for those who feel the need to just get it assembled! Don’t fear, I worked ...

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Shop Notes #3: "No End In Sight" The documentary.

09-22-2013 02:44 AM by vipond33 | 20 comments »

This is a trick that many, if not most of you, already know. But it’s a good one and bears repeating. Quite recently I read this: “but I am still working on trying to make a box with no start and no finish and thus far have only been able to wrap my boxes on three sides”. (noted on KK’s fine project). The process has been around for a long time, but I remember independently figuring this one out a while ago and thinking what a smile it would bring to the aver...

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wood inlay with rock and resin #1: this is my technique

08-30-2010 11:19 PM by rusticandy | 6 comments »

Hello. Here’s my disclaimer! Let me start by saying: wear respirator protection throughout this whole process! This is dangerous dusty work, and I claim no responsibly for what you do with this information. This is just an account of what I do. It took me awhile to figure out the inlay piece, and I’m more than willing to share what I’ve learned. Ive attached rock crushers and a pic of resin and rock on a scrap to my projects section- im just not up to speed on this HTM...

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Grease Box, Grease Recipe #1: Cream Furniture Polish Recipe

09-21-2010 09:35 PM by Jamie Speirs | 19 comments »

Cream Furniture Polish RecipeFurniture Preparation Oil Recipe or (Furniture Cream)Ingredients:32 oz 1.8lt Pure Turpentine (Not Turpentine Substitute or White Spirit)16 oz 908ml Boiled Linseed Oil8 oz 450g Beeswax1 oz 225g Carnauba Wax Flakes• Grate the Beeswax in a double bowl with hot water in the larger bowl (like a double boiler). Add linseed oil, stir well. Add Pure Turpentine, stir well. • There are double boilers available for wax candle making. They are expensive though and un...

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The Stumpy Nubs Workshop #32: A Dust Collection Experiment That Might Destroy the WORLD!

01-12-2013 01:51 AM by StumpyNubs | 10 comments »

MAN- there’s a lot of great stuff in this episode! First, we talk about true dust collection power with Bill Pentz (part two of our dust collection series), Charles Neil stops by again, I show off my four favorite block planes and start an experiment that might destroy the world. Besides that we talk about the Harbor Freight dust collector, ask average woodworker five dumb questions, talk about King Tut’s stool, and that’s not even everything! ALSO- We’re making ...

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Obelisks #2: Making an obelisk incense burner

12-19-2012 05:56 PM by Jim Jakosh | 16 comments »

Here are the steps I used to make an obelisk incense burner. I selected a 3 1/2” square by 7” long piece of pretty wood. Box elder in this case. I made a drawing to scale and then had to plan the steps in the process so I did not get ahead of my self because it would be impossible to do some of the steps out of order. Being an incense burner it need air flow to keep the cone burning. I started with the top vent holes while the block was whole. 4 -3/16 holes on a 3/4”...

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