Shop Notes #19: Run-Up to Another Show

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Blog entry by Steve posted 04-26-2018 04:19 PM 879 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It was a hectic push to get ready for my last show, which was a fun time (if not terribly lucrative). This time, I set more reasonable goals, and even after a flurry of sales around tax day (which was unusual), I have plenty of wares on the shelves or easy to finish before May 5th.

This wine rack is a new product. I finally decided on a thinned coat of Danish oil for the finish, followed by multiple thin coats of satin polyurethane, which should be able to take a little abuse.

I also finished up 6 of these beer paddles, finally. Two became gifts, but the other four will be up for sale in early May. I finished these with just Danish oil. These will see moisture, drops and other knocks, so I thought something easily renewed would be best. Tung oil would have been better, but I didn’t have the time to wait for that stuff to dry.

Lastly, four different “drunken” cutting boards are in the works, one of which was pre-sold. The buyer in this case wanted a drip gutter around the top. I’ve never done this, as it always seemed like an unnecessary risk for an otherwise finished project.

I set up my plunge router with a bullnose bit and collar, made a template and did a few test cuts, which were reassuring. Still, I don’t often route freehand, so it was a bit nerve-wracking, especially coming around the last corner and hoping that the end of the cut met the beginning with no visible bobble. The results were better than expected, so I may be encouraged to do this more often.

These particular boards are also unique in that I used two relatively dark woods, sapele and jatoba, with a light wood (maple) as the parquetry strip. Hard to see now, but with some mineral oil, the contrast should be striking.

These routine items wrapping up, I’ll be working on two custom items in the coming days, a soap cutter (of all things) and a bathroom cabinet of unusual size.

-- ~Steve

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