Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'experiment'

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Colourfastness #1: A Little Experiment ...

11-26-2017 12:21 AM by shipwright | 19 comments »

All woodworkers know about and battle with the issue of colourfastness but in marquetry it is more than just a pest, it can absolutely ruin your work. All one needs do is look at the great marquetry created by the French masters of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, today mostly dull arrangements of subtly different shades of brown. In an attempt to start to understand the factors at work in order to try to minimize their destruction, I am embarking on what I expect will become a se...

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Experimental Wood Block

11-02-2015 05:49 PM by Dave Rutan | 6 comments »

(This is not posted as a project because I felt it was just an experiment, I’m not completely happy with the result and I didn’t put finish on it.) The pile of wooden blocks that I got as cast offs from the pre-school at my church has been living in a box on my floor. It’s been tasking me. Today I decided to give a try of creating a musical wood block from a block of wood.I simply chucked a 3/8 inch bit in my drill press and set the depth and a fence as a guide. The...

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Applique #1: Testing, testing

08-26-2014 07:36 PM by BritBoxmaker | 6 comments »

Not sure if applique is the right term here. I’ve started exploring designs with a basic background with contrasting pieces of wood ( of varying thickness ) glued on. This is the first test piece It’s a piece of Birch ply, dyed black ( spirit based dye ). I usually use spray Acrylic finish these days. I tried using this as an adhesive. I then made up a pattern of 2 mm strips of Sycamore veneer on some transparent library film ( the sticky sort ) and applied this ( veneer si...

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Shop Stool #2 (and curve soled plane)

06-08-2014 11:42 AM by kaerlighedsbamsen | 6 comments »

This is a blog on creating this project. After making my Shop stool I have gotten a lot of interest and questions like “can you make me one as well?” and “is it possible to make it from a light wood?” Inspired from several people here that talk about making money on their woodwork I thought it would be usefull to make another stool experimenting with methods to potentially make it more production friendly. Other than that i set up 3 goals:- It should be made from...

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Adventures in soap

06-08-2014 11:41 AM by kaerlighedsbamsen | 10 comments »

When making my Shop stool #2 I wanted to experiment with using soap flakes as a finish like in a lot of mid-century classics made from light colored wood, mainly beach, white oak, ash, birch and pine/fir. The finish has some nice qualities:- It is natural and can easily be removed - It is the closest you can got to untreated wood and has a nice matte feel and shine- It is easy to repair in case of damage and it can be done at home- It does not darken/color the wood much loke oils and warni...

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Wood Thoughts #9: Oceans and Oceans of Glue, But Still Don’t Eat It

05-26-2014 03:14 AM by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB | 3 comments »

Please Consider Checking Out My Website: Some people may have thought that the glue blog title I mentioned in Clamps, Clamps, and More Clamps!!! was made up. And yes it was, but such a good title should not go to waste – he’s quite the recycling monk, mostly other people’s ideas. So I took it upon my self to patent, trademark, copyright, and claim it as my own. Let’s see those royalty checks just start rolling in – you do remember that you&...

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Fibonacci Mosaic box #6: Results of caulk experiment

10-05-2013 12:26 PM by BritBoxmaker | 5 comments »

Firstly it occurred to me that although I needed a pattern to experiment that it didn’t need to be fancy. To this end I took a scrap of MDF and cut 2 mm slots in it using the table saw blade set low. Applying the caulk using the gun and fine nozzle was like trying to pass an elephant. Slow and painful. So I decided to use a putty knife to apply it. This stuff cures by losing water so I expected some shrinkage and because of that didn’t level it off completely. ...

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Maybe the beginning of a larger project #1: Figuring out angles

07-01-2013 03:50 AM by Mark Shymanski | 9 comments »

How’s that for a wishy washy title:-) ? I’ve been toying with the idea of building myself a small sailboat so the kids and I can putter about and maybe have some fun fishing from it. I am also hoping we can have fun putting it together so I don’t want to get too ambitious right out of the gate. This weekend I find myself with a bit of time on my hands so I thought I’d experiment with some of the methods folks have described about making a mast. Now before all ...

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Dye Another day #2: Glue line method

11-11-2012 07:20 PM by BritBoxmaker | 10 comments »

I decided to see if a glue joint would present an adequate barrier to dye. Thus enabling me to cut and glue a pattern in a light wood and dye only the section I want black. I cut a scrap of Sycamore, 3mm thick, length ways, re-glued it, width ways and re-glued it thus having made absolutely sure the glue covered every square millimetre of the joint faces. I then sanded both sides flat in the drum sander, along the grain, 150 grit. To get this You can see the joint lines, just...

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Dye Another day #1: Cut method

11-10-2012 02:46 PM by BritBoxmaker | 14 comments »

I’ve been experimenting with spirit based wood dyes, as in the project ‘Any Colour You Like’. Mainly though I’ve been working with black. The long term aim is to see if I can substitute black dyed woods, such as Sycamore, for Ebony in my projects. Ebony is really expensive. I think this is mainly because of it’s overuse and therefore currently restricted supply. I use spirit based dye as this doesn’t raise wood grain in the same way water based dyes do. Thi...

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