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  1. Working with the Lathe

    This is my first ever lathe. I bought 12 Shop Smith lathe knives at an auction a few weeks ago for $5 and am having the time learning how to make stuff. Like an artist I just start and when I'm done, I see what's left. Here are some pieces I made from a Cherry tree my neighbor cut a few weeks...
  2. Hickory Cane with leaf and flowers

    Here is a hickory cane I finished recently. The handle is from the root ball and has an interesting burled appearance. I shaped finger and thumb grips, trying for some what of a molten wax look. The leaves and flower patterns are based on old leather working patterns. I shaped and carved the...
  3. Damask Style Candle Tray - "Monarch"

    I am never great about posting my new projects here. I suppose I figure that many of you read my blog and I don't want to over-post or "SPAM" the site here. I tend to do things in batches, and more so than not I come up with several new woodworking projects within a very short time. The latest...
  4. Built in Cabinets

    Built in Cabinets that I built at the request of the wife. She wanted them to put all the tv equipment and to store the boys toys out of site. I had to build two different cabinets as the two spots left and right of the fire place where not the same. 4th picture is what it looked like before...
  5. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    I'm looking for a decent consumer grade HVLP sprayer for around $150. I'm painting my kitchen cabinets (previously unpainted). I realize that I'm not going to get a fantastic unit for that price, but I can't justify spending $300 - $1000 on a sprayer. I'm just looking for something that will...
  6. Finishing
    Hi, just getting into spraying and my first little project is a bathroom vanity. I had a little time on my hands so instead of brushing the latex paint finish I figured I would spray it just for more spraying practice. Here is my question: I use Benjamin Moore paint which is expensive and...
  7. Finishing
    Quick question from a beginning woodworker. I have a can of Watco Danish Dark Walnut oil which has not been used in a while. I went to pour it this morning and found it to be the consistency of motor oil, despite lengthy shaking. Any thought as to thinning, or is this oil not unusable. Thanks...
  8. Finishing
    I'm spraying lacquer for the first time with my new Earlex 5500 HVLP spray system. Following the Earlex instructions, I checked the viscosity of the Deft lacquer. The lacquer was viscous enough without thinning. Prior to this I used an HVLP conversion gun and my instructor said a 25% to 33%...
  9. Finishing
    I read somewhere the above is a "3lb mix" of Shellac. Having never used shellac before, I will be finishing a soft maple Shaker tall chest. Side panels are 3/4in veneer maple and the rest is milled maple. QUESTION: Should I thin the shellac for the "first" coat, or just on later coats...
  10. Finishing
    I'm about to paint cabinets with Benjamin Moore Advance Waterborne Alkyd and would like to spray it with my Earlex 5500. Out of the can, the viscosity of BM Advance is over 400 seconds. The Earlex will spray anything 160 seconds or better but I saw someone say on another thread that they can...
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