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Wood stabilizing #5: Dyeing experiments

01-06-2019 05:15 PM by Dave Polaschek | 13 comments »

Having somewhat successfully stabilized a couple batches of wood, I figured it was time to add dyeing to the list. I started with two tubs of cactus juice, dyed blue and red, and set pieces of wood in them for fifteen minutes or so. No vacuum, just open air. The woods were some spalted maple, some rock maple, some hickory, and some white oak. The fifteen minutes was a guess. It turned out to be about right for the spalted maple, but nowhere near long enough for the oak or rock ma...

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Wood stabilizing #4: Second batch

12-24-2018 02:09 AM by Dave Polaschek | 2 comments »

I stabilized another batch of wood this weekend. It included: butternut, salt cedar, cherry, citrus, spalted elm, eucalyptus, hackberry, ipe, African mahogany, hard maple, spalted maple, white oak, pear, and walnut. I made a list, so I wouldn’t forget. Especially before sanding off the excess cactus juice, it can be hard to tell what’s what. And here they are: Butternut through ipe in the first photo, and ipe through walnut in the second. No huge surprises. Ipe remains ha...

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The clock story.

12-08-2014 01:34 AM by AKDave | 1 comment »

A few years ago I saw plans for a clock that I rally liked and have wanted to build ever since. So, about a month ago, I decided that it was finally time to do it. Needing Christmas presents for my four adult kids and their families, I decided to make 5, one for each kid and one for myself. So, even though I was already into two projects, (two more commissioned caskets) and I don’t really like to do different projects concurrently, I started on them. Being big on symbolism and wanted t...

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Holly's Jasper #36: Holly's Jasper #36

08-19-2014 03:00 PM by Michael Anthony Zelonis | 5 comments »

Praise God, after 5 months of work ‘Holly’s Jasper’ is done! It was a true challenge and taught me new skills, and introduced me to 3 new kinds of wood. Can’t wait to apply what I have learned to future. projects!

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Holly's Jasper #31: Holly's Jasper #31

08-06-2014 11:14 AM by Michael Anthony Zelonis | 4 comments »

Jasper is now done, just waiting for the tung oil finish. Picked up a slab of spalted maple and started the base, shaping, sanding and stabilizing/finishing still to go…....

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operation : box

03-02-2014 10:17 PM by shopslave | 2 comments »

Finally got started on a box im making for my wifes mother’s ashes, i spent 9 hours on a sunday with spalted maple and my scroll saw and every evening the following week with a set of palm carving chisles and alot of patience, time to break grain on the ziricota, terrifying prospect on account of the price of the lumber, but…. Sooooooo pretty,It was originally my intention to dovetail the corners on it as ive never done them before by hand or otherwise and view this sk...

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My homework:Cherry nite stands #2: Making the cross members

06-10-2013 11:29 PM by theoldfart | 8 comments »

After a bit of a layoff as far as the shop is concerned, I got busy. Milled my stock First up was to cut the lap joints for the center of the supports. I set up my GP mitre box with a moveable stop and set the depth stop. I made the first cut on all the pieces Then the second Nice and tight!“xxxX” rated Next up, marking the tenons Then cutting them Not so good at first, but improved To fix my poor workmanship I mad a jig for my 71 Final...

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Jewelry Cabinet #4: Final pieces, assembly and finish.

04-13-2012 04:06 AM by Devin | 4 comments »

Well, about 330 days ago I wrote something about being finished this piece in another 4 weeks. That didn’t happen, but in my defence I did get other pieces done in that time, I just kept getting pulled away from this jewelry cabinet. The work left on this piece was not big, but very finicky and detailed, which is likely why I kept finding it hard to get traction. I made the three drawers for the bottom section before moving onto the more intricate boxes that sit on the cabinet. ...

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Multi-Knife Display #1: Planning and Milling

02-13-2012 11:48 PM by superstretch | 7 comments »

Like any good project, you have to start with a good plan. But a plan starts with talking to the client (yes, this is a commissioned piece) and figuring out what they want: a knife display for 11 knives, 5 of them larger, fixed blades and 6 swiss army knives...This is what I ended up with after a few minutes of design. From that point on, it was just easier to flesh it out in the shop...Next, it needs a nice presentation piece that the fixed blades will rise off of.. a centerpiece if you will...

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Jewelry Cabinet #3: First Stage Glue up complete

06-12-2011 11:28 AM by Devin | 1 comment »

Well…that took a lot longer than I expected. You’d think by now I’d remember that milling the lumber and cutting the joinery is only about the first 25% of the job. The bulk of the effort follows as you make the final adjustments, the final shaping, fine tune the details and then actually sand all the parts, glue up and sand again (and then repair the 6 dings/dents that somehow found their way onto my finished work, thank god for wet rags and irons). And I still have to p...

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