Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'refurbishing'

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This may be a waste of time but....

05-10-2008 07:42 AM by sjdickey | 9 comments »

A co-worker gave me a couple of old, well used planes that used to belong to her father. I would like to clean them up and start using them. I realize this may be a colassal waste of time but I keep reading here about how much I will learn about the tool in the process. I have no idea were to start. How do I go about getting the old rust, varnish, stain etc off the plates? Anyone have suggestions on where to start, etc? Thanks in advance for all your input.

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Peace and Harmony (I hope!!) #1: A new start as a pro

05-03-2008 03:27 AM by Myron Wooley | 29 comments »

Today was the last day of my career as a Sr. Quality Engineer for a medical device manufacturer. This day has been a long time time coming, and it brought up a lot of mixed emotions.I am now a professional in the field of furniture repair and restoration. My son Tommy and I have gone into business together and purchased a Furniture Medic franchise.We will be traveling to Memphis in June for training, and our shingle goes up June 23.Wish us luck!

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04-20-2008 09:54 PM by Tony | 2 comments »

The frequency of which you maintain the work piece depends upon the usage, the type of wood and the type of finish used. Regular dusting, preferably with a static duster or feather type cleaner. Using a normal cloth can scratch the finish. Try re-buffing the project, if a shine cannot be achieved, then apply a light coat of wax, allow the wax to dry, then rebuff the project to restore its full glory. If the work piece looks dull, especially if using Tongue Oil on Oak, then an applic...

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17th Century Jacobean Oak paneled room #5: Farther down the wall

03-08-2008 03:19 PM by woodwkr | 5 comments »

Below the coffered panels are the skirt panels. These were in better shape than the coffered panels and had a “rope” mould along the top edge. The rope mould was mostly new construction, ( poorly done ) and was replaced with new mould that I ran and distressed. It started to look like this was at least the second installation of these panels because some of them were cobbled together and mis-matched. It became easy to find where they originally belonged, because their length match...

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17th Century Jacobean Oak paneled room #4: What to keep and what to replace.

03-07-2008 03:59 AM by woodwkr | 4 comments »

First, let me say that this project was not an historical renovation. I tried to approach it that way as much as I could, but we did not have an unlimited budget and the client wanted the job done as soon as possible. Ok. I will start at the top and work my way down.Below is one of the few pieces of the original crown that survived. I believe that the original ceiling must have leaked, or been damp, because the crown and coffered panels needed allot of work. We did not have the time t...

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17th Century Jacobean Oak paneled room #3: More layout

03-06-2008 03:28 PM by woodwkr | 5 comments »

We did not have enough space to layout the entire room on the floor, so once I got a sense of how things went together, I measured everything, assigned a number to each one of the parts and plotted all the pieces on the computer. Much easier to drag around and piece the puzzle together. (also much less likely to break some very old and brittle wood) 17th century meets 21st century. :) Some of the notes appear below. -- Then a rough draft layout by our designer. (click to enlarge) ...

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17th Century Jacobean Oak paneled room #2: Sorting and Layout

03-04-2008 02:13 PM by woodwkr | 5 comments »

We never thought at the time to chronicle this project with photos, so I will try to muddle through with the few I have. I wish we got a photo of the pile of lumber and panels when they arrived in our trailer, but I can tell you that the site of them caused me to think – - &$#)@ WHAT ARE WE DOING !!!!—- :) Below are some shots of some parts layed out on the floor in an attempt to make some sense of it all. Click on the photo to get a full size view. Above is an attempt t...

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17th Century Jacobean Oak paneled room #1: Preface

03-02-2008 04:36 PM by woodwkr | 6 comments »

This was an interesting project that I worked on a few years ago. The photo above show the panels in the original room at Henwood Priory, Warwickshire, England. It is the only thing I had to go on. One wall had a fireplace that someone must have blacked out before the auction because it was not part of the sale.( a note: the photos that I use in this blog are rather large so you can see some of the detail. just click on them to see the whole photo and click again to see them actual size )...

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The Day the Music Died #1: The Carnage

02-29-2008 05:59 AM by kshipp | 2 comments »

This is a piano bench from my church that has clearly seen better days. I’m going to try to put it back together and also make it stronger than it was before because I can see it has already been repaired once. I started with pulling apart as much would come. Some of that you can see in the first picture and here it is the rest of the way. I need a little advice on this. First, I think the bottom piece is just supposed to float and not be glued in. It was glued in in...

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Stanley #4 Type 9 or 10 - Plane Restoration #1: The cleanup

02-26-2008 05:54 PM by sIKE | 7 comments »

I have learned that projects in progress go in the blog and the completed project goes in project. The first part of this series I started as a project and I am now moving it here untill the project is compelete. Here are the metal pieces after cleanup. I used Evapo Rust to clean these pieces, though I had started on the body with wire wheel and wire brushes. The rest ended up even worse, I had put them into a plastic bin and add some solvents to keep them from rusting any more utill I cou...

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