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How to Repair and Restore a Broken Antique Chair

04-25-2022 11:40 AM by WoodshopTherapy | 1 comment »

Here’s a special in-depth video about how to restore a broken antique chair. I show this project from start to finish and share various techniques along the way. From staining and finishing to woodturning and fitting replacement parts, you will be sure to learn a few new things. I’ve also included a sneak peak into an invention I’ve been working on for the past 3 years. Check it out! Video link—> https://youtu.be/GTWQ7jJDmRk

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Sandpaper shelves #6: Finishing

11-08-2021 03:41 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

Time to wrap up the shelves today. First was putting on the top. A dab of glue on each corner piece of the frame, set the top in place, and screw it down. Had to drill pilot holes and countersinks for the screws. Then I set the shelf on the benchtop and went over each side with a spokeshave, chisel, and sanding block to remove and glue drips and to fit the top to the sides better. Everything was within 1/32, but that feels huge to the hand if you’re expecting a smooth surface. ...

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Spatula repair #4: Wrapping it up

08-01-2021 08:37 PM by Dave Polaschek | 8 comments »

I started today by picking up the spatula and feeling where the handle didn’t feel right. Mostly it was a matter of the corners needing to be rounded off a little more, so I got out the small HNT Gordon small spokeshave and started using it on the corners. I’m getting to the point where workholding can get challenging, but my big twin-screw vise is pretty handy for holding onto odd-shaped things, and by skewing it slightly, it holds the handle just fine while I’m fine-tuning the shape....

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Spatula repair #3: More shaping

08-01-2021 01:38 AM by Dave Polaschek | 14 comments »

Spent a couple hours today shaping the handle further. I started with a spokeshave, just eyeballing a comfortable shape. Then on each end of the handle I marked guide-lines for a taper at the end, and cut to them with a knife. Then I used some 60-grit sandpaper to fair the sides and edges to the corners I’d cut. Going back to the knife, I trimmed the corners a little further. Then sanded again to get nice rounded edges leading into the end grain on both ends of the...

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June 2021, leftover scraps of Ash, Box Project, maybe #7: Lid re-worked, hinges installed...maybe a PIP

06-19-2021 03:07 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Well, first things first…clamps came off of the box…decided the top edges needed to all match each other, so the lid will indeed sit flat when I close it…we have ways.. Since this Millers Falls No.9 was sitting out on the bench….might as well use it. 2 corners were a bit higher than the other two….not any more…..same with the slips, and the bottom edges of the box…. Same plane….keep checking until things will sit flat….like the lid...

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Why Do This?! - The Hand Tool Effect

07-03-2020 02:27 PM by Tom | 22 comments »

This is perhaps one of the silliest things that I have done recently. I needed a dust brush to keep with my Moravian workbench to sweep away shavings and sawdust. I found one at the home center for only a few bucks. It was obviously cheaply made but at least it was made of wood and had the appearance of natural bristles. The handle is poorly shaped and finished. It is basically just a flat piece of wood in the shape of a handle with the corners eased a bit. Very little effort was ...

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Kitchen Island Project #6: Curves and things

06-12-2020 02:41 AM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Letting the new lumber sit a few days….that divider panel is out of the clamps. Ends squared up, one edge trimmed for width..both faces flattened and smooth…set aside for a bit. Long aprons needed a curve to them… Laid it out, just 3 nails and a scrap of bendy Ash. Bandsaw to try to cut to the line….got close, laid out the second one, and cut it. Blade is getting dull…..so, clamp the 2 aprons together in the vise, and give a spokeshave a try Trying...

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Building a brace till #7: Reinforcement part ii

05-15-2020 09:52 PM by Dave Polaschek | 8 comments »

Time to reinforce the other side of the rack that’ll carry the braces. As you might remember, the grain in the pine board that makes up the core of the rack runs left to right, which means that the grooves cut to hold the braces weaken the board, leaving tongues which can easily snap off. I reinforced the bottom of these tongues with strips of walnut. For a more finished look, I’m reinforcing the top with some 1/8” bubinga veneer, with the grain running front to back. Rather than attempt t...

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Building a brace till #6: Cleanup and test fitting

05-13-2020 09:15 PM by Dave Polaschek | 11 comments »

I started my shop time today cleaning up the walnut I glued to the pine rack for the braces. I used a spokeshave to get the lengths consistent and round over the ends, as well as to surface plane the walnut. If I skew it enough, nearly 45 degrees in some cases, I could plane even against the grain and get it fairly smooth. With those smoothed, I wanted to clean up a few spots of tear-out, plus remove the pencil lines that were still on the pine. I cut a card scraper to make a narro...

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Building a Benchtop Shave Horse

04-04-2020 01:45 PM by WoodshopTherapy | 0 comments »

Last weekend I shared a video on making a spokeshave holder. This weekend, you can see my new benchtop shave horse build. I have a small workshop, so I use a benchtop shave horse that works just as well as a traditional shave horse, but it doesn’t take up a lot of space in the shop. I keep this in two parts beside my workbench and can quickly set it up when needed. The advantage of using this benchtop shave horse for me over using a vice is that I can quickly change the position o...

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