Shop Remodel #26: Hang em' High

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Blog entry by bearkatwood posted 12-26-2015 12:32 AM 2323 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 25: Let's See What's Behind Door #1 Part 26 of Shop Remodel series Part 27: Oo La La Deux »

Well today I got the doors hung. I still have one door to finish carving and put finish on, but I wanted to see how it was going to look.

The soss hinges worked out nice and I am able to open the doors nearly 180 degrees.

I ended up with a great fit, they close with almost no gap. I set the first door up and using that in I set the second in place. I have yet to install the tension catches that will hold the doors shut, but so far so good.

When I was carving the door frames my boggs curved spokeshave came in handy and it was nice to use a trick of taking off the handles to get into tight spaces. I figured this one out during a chair build I had, but I have also seen Curtis Buchanan use this same trick.

Yesterday we had some green wood we were milling up and it needed to have the ends waxed so I pulled out my crock pot I keep my wax in and warmed it up. I had lost my chunk I used to put on my planes and saws so I snuck into the art room which is behind the chairman sign and grabbed a soap mold and made some nice sea shells of paraffin wax.

I also stuck the drawer handle on the saw till today which looks nice..

Getting closer every day to building that bench I know you are all excited to see. Me too!

Have a nice weekend and have fun woodworking!

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 12-26-2015 12:42 AM

That’s looking really good, Brian!

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#2 posted 12-26-2015 01:36 AM

Woah. Awesome. I didn’t think about being able to see the opposite of the tree when the doors were open – super cool effect.

Just keeping wax in a crockpot – smart. How long does it take for it all to melt down? I’ve been buying that sealer from Rockler but it gets expensive

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#3 posted 12-26-2015 01:56 AM

It takes about 45 minutes to liquefy, then I just dip the ends of the wood in and done. I have quit buying finish and waxes from the stores as I have found that I can make my own so much easier. I am burning up my supply of minwax wipe on and switching to shellac for this year to see how it goes. I will also be using a lot more hide glue in future projects (not home made yet). Trying to get more self sufficient in the shop and cheaper.

-- Brian Noel

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#4 posted 12-26-2015 03:43 AM

Brian that crock pot will make a good glue pot for your hide glue. Joshua Klien had a blog on doing it.

Edit: Actual blog is here

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#5 posted 12-26-2015 03:45 AM

Wow they look great up there on the wall Brian. Must be that third leaf that did it :) Anticipating the bench build like everyone else. Something to look forward to in the new year!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#6 posted 12-26-2015 03:58 AM

I was thinking I would get a small pot for the glue. That third leaf did turn out well. I think I will have some of the leaves falling and landing on the bench top as well. That third picture shows a bit of the “art room” as we call it.It is where I have some of my library of woodworking books as well as art books. It was discussed some on woodtalk today. We have a variety of stuff in there from supplies for making paper, soap, jewelry, watercolors, acrylic and pastel pictures, wood burning, glass etching, stenciling, glass fusing it is where my wife does a majority of the carvings she does as well as where i keep the stereo. It is like a little Hobby Lobby in there ;)

-- Brian Noel

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#7 posted 12-26-2015 04:47 AM

”just dip the ends of the wood in and done”
Slaps forehead! So much easier(and thorough) than using a paintbrush!
The third leaf is great and falling on to the bench top is wonderful! The pull on the saw till following the curve of the carving…so many fine details, Brian. You are not gonna want to work here. You’ll be too busy admiring!

-- God bless, Candy

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#8 posted 12-26-2015 01:22 PM

Fantastic looking !

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#9 posted 12-26-2015 04:08 PM

Nice work, Brian! Really looks great all together. Finish is gonna put it over the top!

Gotta remember the removable spokeshave handle trick!

I stole an electric non-stick skillet from the kitchen a few years ago…great for melting wax and dipping large bowl blanks into.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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