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  1. Restored Planes

    Well, this past week I wanted to do something different in my wood shop. So I decided to tackle tuning up my planes. I have been searching and acquiring reasonably priced and decent shape planes at various places over the last 2 years. I tuned each plane as I acquired them to do a very good...
  2. Marquetry box

    This box is in the style of the Brit Box Maker shell box. I like it because it is like having an uninterrupted canvas to work with. Instead of geometric designs I like flowers, butterflies and insects. I used all natural veneers except for the black. The background is redwood burl, avoider...
  3. Half Moon Chest

    I made this for our dining room. It's white oak for the chest, with white oak and Brazilian cherry "pie pieces" on the top. The inlay is purpleheart. All the curved pieces are bent, using thin veneered slices glued back together in a curve with plastic resin glue. The center drawers are...
  4. Saved an old table from the trash

    I was able to restore this table that was surely headed for the garbage. I had to re fabricate a majority of the table the feet and legs are completely new. I was kind of disappointed with the color but that's what the customer wanted so that is what they get.
  5. Woodworking Skill Share
    Back in the 90's I spent a couple weeks of lunch hours looking for a wooden jewelry box. I finally found what I was looking for at Pottery Barn. It was about 9"x12"x3", looked to be dark stained oak or some other wood with that type of grain, had a nice insert with lots of dividers. In 2002 I...
  6. Finishing
    So.. I'm actually looking to refinish this old guy. It's dated as best as I can. A 1936 royal oak cabinet batter powered farm radio. I'm going to attempt restoring the electronics to as "original " as I can later. BUT, not sure what I'll pick up considering the dial lists in kilocycles.. not...
  7. Wood & Lumber
    I an repairing and refinishing a ceder blanket chest that belonged to my mother-in-law so it has some meaning to my wife. The outside was covered in pattern veneer that was peeling and cracked so I removed it. The light color boards has a very green tint to them but they were cream colored on...
  8. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
    So, you wish to refinish something that has varnish on it, and you want a sure way to get rid of all of the varnish. What's the solution? Take the R out, and make it Vanish! Or you have an old container of varnish that is no good, and need to dispose of it. The answer? Take out the R, and make...
  9. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
    Hello, Tommy and I are opening our shop up to anyone who wants to come by (as if it weren't already open). It's going to be Sunday, March 28th starting at 11 AM. We're located at 28 Draper Lane in Canton, MA. It's just going to be a casual affair where we can meet people and talk shop. We'd...
  10. Woodworking Skill Share
    I'm refinishing and old (not antique) desk. The top is a nice, reasonably thick, mahogany veneer. The problem is that it was grain filled with white filler before it was sprayed with the usual thick toners to cover up that nice veneer. I've stripped and sanded it but the white filler remains in...
  11. Woodworking Skill Share
    We had a company out to give us a bid on recoating the cabinets and it was $3000! Ouch! They use a water-based poly and a microfiber applicator that looks like a kitchen sponge. I am planning on using a wipe-on poly or varnish, but need some advice on how to prep the doors for refinishing...
  12. Finishing
    Hi, I'm attempting my first DIY project. I decided to restain my table top and I'm stuck. I'm not sure of the type of wood. It's an old table and after sanding down it was a very light colored wood. I used an orbital sander to sand it down starting with 100 grit and working my way to 220. I used...
  13. Woodworking Skill Share
    I am in the middle of refinishing an old rocking chair for our new nursery. It has a fairly thick layer of wax built up on it, and I know that it has to be removed before painting. I've used mineral spirits, steel wool and some elbow grease, but I'm feeling lazy and am looking for a quicker...
  14. Woodworking Skill Share
    I have been given a antique for restoration, that was previously stained, then repaired with bondo, and primed and painted, then a few years ago stripped back to the stain. The problem is the primer is in the pores of the veneer ( either mahogany or similar wood). My question is how or what can...
  15. Woodworking Skill Share
    Finishing Gurus, Since I first started woodworking I've always been intrigued by the idea of "homemade" finishes. Last night I finally made my own "danish oil" by adding 1/3 poly, 1/3 BLO, and 1/3 mineral spirits. I put it on a few test pieces and so far it seems to work great. However, I...
  16. Woodworking Skill Share
    Greetings, my first LJ forum post! :-) My wife found a beautiful old live edge coffee table in the trash in Toronto this weekend and brought it home. It's made of a single slab, 3-4 foot diameter, probably 5 inches thick. Very heavy! It's got some clear finish (I assume poly or epoxy-not...
  17. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    Hello and thanks all for your time. Newbie question here. I'm refinishing an old university surplus wooden chair that looks somewhat like a Mission or "Bellingham" chair, I've taken most of the old lacquer off with a palm sander. The chair back is made up of 6 slat-style spindles. It...
  18. Wood & Lumber
    Like many before me, I'm trying to figure out if this mid century furniture is made of teak or walnut. I can't find an explanation of how to identify that gives me confidence. I think it's walnut, my friend swears it's teak, and I have no idea why it would or wouldn't be either. Can you help me...
  19. Finishing
    I just bought a Fuji mini-mite 3 HVLP system and I'm dying to use it. If I could only find the finish I'm looking for… I cannot find water borne pigmented lacquer (white) locally in Austin. ML Campbell doesn't have a distributor in Austin. Sherwin Williams stores in Austin don't carry Aqua KEM...
  20. Finishing
    Hi everyone, First post, though I've come here via Google many times in the past for other questions. I've got one now that I haven't found an answer for, searching via LJ's search function and Google. Backstory: I have two pieces of wood furniture I'm refinishing, a bookshelf and a sewing...
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