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Juniper Table Restoration #4: Test Teak oil for finish...Thoughts??

02-09-2012 05:30 PM by junipercanyon | 2 comments »

I forgot to consider the temperatures in my garage this winter and wound up freezing my half full containers of Minwax Tung oil and polycrylic. I managed to save the polycrylic by putting the container in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes and it turned back into a liquid, but the tung oil wouldn’t change back. I went to the store to buy some more, and my eye caught the price difference between tung oil and teak oil, ($19 for tung, $11 for teak) so I decided to try out the teak ...

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Juniper Table Restoration #3: Sanding, Planing, Sanding, and a little more Sanding

01-16-2012 06:03 PM by junipercanyon | 2 comments »

The results of many hours planing and sanding…. Once I buy some more sandpaper I will finish this up with probably 400 or 600 grit on the orbital sander, and then give it a critical hand sanding with 800grit. I could easily get away with the finish how it is now with just 220grit and hand sanded with 320grit, but I want to see if its worth the effort for even finer sanding on future projects. In these pics, I have just wiped the dust off with mineral spirits. Pretty cool. Notice in ...

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Juniper Table Restoration #2: Plane practice on the underside

01-09-2012 06:44 PM by junipercanyon | 2 comments »

The original maker of this table was much better at applying his time and talents on the side of the table a person can actually see, and left the underside rough cut. There were drips and runs from the original finish, and at some point in the past 70years the table was stored upside down as there were a few water spots and bird poop stains under there. I tried and tried to ignore it and kept telling myself that there was no reason to waste my time on the underside, but I just couldn’t...

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Hollow Juniper Stump End Table #4: Finished log base ready for the top

12-23-2011 05:11 AM by junipercanyon | 1 comment »

Lots and lots of sanding, and 6 coats of tung oil later and this rotten old stump has a new life. This thing was destined for the bonfire pit, but fortunately my imagination saw something new hiding in that old log.

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Hollow Juniper Stump End Table #3: First curved glue lamination

12-23-2011 05:02 AM by junipercanyon | 2 comments »

Well, my first attempt with the spray bottle and torch from the previous post was successful for one board, but took way too much time and I have a few other projects going at the same time. So I decided to soak all my pieces in the bathtub overnight. The next evening I clamped all the boards together on the form and let dry overnight. After drying, I took off all the clamps, added a couple new holes to the form that I learned would have been nice to have on the dry fit. I rolled glue on e...

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Hollow Juniper Stump End Table #2: Curving juniper strips for laminating

12-20-2011 02:42 AM by junipercanyon | 1 comment »

This is my first attempt at curving the juniper for the glass edge bumper. For the first try I thought I could use a spray bottle of water and a torch to “steam” it around the template. It worked pretty good, but this proved to be too time consuming. For my next attempt I am going to soak the wood for a while and then bend it. I’ll have to wait awhile to dry before gluing, but I think it will work pretty good.

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Hollow Juniper Stump End Table #1: Rough Sanding and Shaping

12-20-2011 02:30 AM by junipercanyon | 1 comment »

This end table will be a gift for my grandpa commissioned from my grandma, I was so grateful to take on this project as I had been wanting to build him something special anyway but wasn’t sure what to build. It will sit about 18” tall, just perfect for setting his book and cup of coffee on from his recliner. The top will be a curved glass with a laminated juniper bumper around the edge. This will be my first attempt at curving and laminating wood, I hope it looks as good in rea...

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Juniper Table Restoration #1: Sanding and disassemble

12-19-2011 05:31 PM by junipercanyon | 2 comments »

My great grandparents bought this juniper table in Arizona around 1940. It made its way with them on several moves that eventually settled in Central Oregon. While not much to look at with the yellowed, stained, nicked, and just plain worn out finish, not to mention the failed joinery in 3 corners, I decided it was time for a refinishing of this old table. A 50grit belt sanding makes quick work of the original finish, (being careful not to sand too deep). I am following that with 120grit ...

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Rough Cut: Woodworking with Tommy Mac, first look

07-21-2010 05:00 PM by Eli | 23 comments »

Hey, everybody! I wanted to give you an update on the new show. We’ve been working ridiculously hard all summer and we’re just over half-way through filming this first season. The show will be airing on Public Television starting this October (check your local listings ;) ). GBH has put together the promotional “sizzle reel” (that’s an industry term…I think) to get everyone excited; I hope it works. It was cool for us to see, because it looks like a...

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