Sometimes a paper towel gets used to hold food, so I would rather err on the side of caution. And for the holder, I would not use Tung Oil. I have mineral and will search for a good food safe alternative.
When I took my #Woodworking class, they showed that shellac is a very good finish overall. Protective and easy to repair.
I started a new #woodworking project. First step was to plane these 4x4 pieces. I think I should make a shooting board for the next step but I am not sure who well that works with this thickness.
While writing up the last article for my advent calendar I had an idea: maybe we can make dry wood green with a pressure cooker / instant pot. I gave it a shot and it definitely works for some wood. I tried some black walnut and beech spoon blanks. The walnut basically didn’t work (maybe 1/8” penetrations?) but the beech was fully hydrated and cuts like butter. #woodworking
(Geeking out warning)
Shellac is the best finish:
- Nontoxic and biodegradable and renewable and requires no petrochemicals. (It's derived from a resin secreted by Kerria lacca of the subfamily Sternorrhyncha which also includes aphids).
- Soaks into wood and forms a hard film.
- Every fresh coat of shellac dissolves the layers beneath and forms one, thicker layer. Which means it is pretty repairable.
- It can be tinted, it can be thinned (with alcohol), it can be combined with other things to make a sealant, a primer, an antiqued finish, a clear finish up to a French polish.
- Dries very fast
- Relatively low VOC
- Application with rag or brush or whatever.
- More protective than boiled linseed oil or modern crystalized waxes.
- And did I mention that it's bug resin and has been in use for about 3000 years?
Woodworking Next Year, Day 10: https://open.substack.com/pub/foolishwood/p/general-woodworking-projects?r=2iasme&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web #woodworking
Needed a lot of sanding to get them to join back together after cutting the box open. Great tip I found is to move in a circle one direction then turn the piece by 90 degrees and move in the opposite direction. Repeat.
Really enjoyed using hand tools to flush trim the glued on top and bottom parts.
First time template routing something so delicate. Lucky I made one extra blank. I used clamps on the next ones and it all held fine.
Made some small Xmas presents this year. Lots learned. Much to improve, but loved every second. #woodworking
@frew Yes! Two big things:
1. When working with longer spans like this, think a lot about deflection and racking. The sagulator calculator helped: https://woodbin.com/calcs/sagulator/
2. Quality wood will give you a lot less headaches. I saved some money buying lower quality cherry boards for the second top. They were an immense pain to flatten and laminate though. And it still has a slight warp. Hours of work could have been saved just by spending a few dollars more.
Good thing I made two banks since I made a hash of this one.
(Router bit slipped. Also, tearout.)
I wanted to make benches that looked like "they belonged" with the table. They're simple and maybe not everyone's taste but I like the clean lines.
Pay no attention to the small plant grow station in the corner of our dining room.
I didn't keep up with a build thread for this because so many things have gotten in the way of finishing it (and I kinda forgot) but I've finally made a couple of seating benches for the trestle table that I built way back in the spring.
Every dang #woodworking project is such a massive learning experience and this was no exception.
The end button of my children's 1/32 #violin brake yesterday. Wasn't ebony. The hardwood I have at home is laburnum, from my parents' garden in France.
I used it to make a new small end button. Cut with a saw and a scalpel, without a wood lathe, it couldn't be perfect, but I still think it's nicer than the original. Laburnum wood is hard and dark with beautiful gold patterns.
Finished the table legs last night. Forgot to take my phone for pics, but a cohort in the Friday sessions is a videographer, so she was happy to help chronicle the jig and cutting. More photos of the finished legs later.
Yes, those clamps are in the line of saw blade. The key was to not go beyond the blade exit mark. :)
There’s a reason they had to be that way, and tapers would not have been possible w/o that style of table saw (moving sled).
The 17s vid is too big to upload.
well I dropped my jack again. And broke my tote... again. The one I just replaced. 😩
Serious question though, why don't they make the totes with the grain going perpendicular to the plane? You would think that would help it not break in half like this so easily. I speak from experience when I say that it's a really common break.
Running through what I know and don’t know breaking in my new machine. I’ve also got a boat load of mdf—so—random projects! Here we have a #midjourney generated dragon that I turned into an stl then carved into a .5” mdf (14”x12”) scrap. Needed more depth of stock to really shine but even compressed it came out neat. Cutting time was about 5 hours.
on custom-fitting and designing/building chairs - particularly high-back lounge chairs - here's the most useful documents I found.
* Grew-Sheridan chair-fitting jig. it's pretty easy to build and mostly flat-packs: https://www.finewoodworking.com/project-guides/chairs-benches-and-stools/design-a-chair-that-fits-like-a-glove
* samples of ~2.8 lb/cf high density/high resilience foam.
* visit an Ekornes retailer (cold-cured molded foam - fantastic but not available for one-offs) and a mid-range chain store (foam, hopes & dreams). bring an angle finder.
🔨 I have loved building things since I was a kid with Lego, Meccano, etc. Then, when I was a teenager, one of my uncles, who was a carpenter, gave me some wood scraps. I started building things with wood, like boxes and tables for skateboarding. Now, as a software engineer, I build software, but I still enjoy working with wood. Even though it is not perfect, I am quite happy with my last achievements.
💬 What about you? What creative projects fill your free time?
My first adventure with walnut, not finished yet, but… I already know that my family will be happy with their presents under the 🎄! #WoodWorking
I don't have time to work on my current projects so I'm starting a new one... 😀
Last year, after the flood we lost nearly all furniture. Didn't really have anything for awhile during the rebuild.
One night I went into my shed intent on creating an end table from literally anything I could find. In two hours I emerged with... a thing. Made entirely from random scrap. A Christmas gift.
Now that things are more stable I want to remake it and repeat the gift this Christmas.
With the Little Free Library moved indoors for varnishing, I had room to start making a present. This is all cherry left over from earlier projects. #woodworking
I forgot this one.
I fitted this on Saturday morning. My customer needed the staircase quite quickly. I managed to get this from measured to installed in 7 days.
Notice there’s no balustrade on the left of the winder because I factored in room for built in storage on their landing.
Tackled phase 2 today, came out exactly as I’d imagined.
As you can see the top winder box and the central newel posts needed structural support. Which is what their weights are transferred to the stairs and ground underneath.
The right hand newel is purely aesthetic. It’s doesn’t need to go to the ground but it would look odd if it didn’t.
It’s not obvious from this picture but I planed off a quarter inch of this rock maple. Awesome 💪 #woodworking
Seat dimensioned. Gotta lay it out and then join it. Thinking titebond and some dowels. #woodworking
dear hobby wood workers. does anyone of you have a good working solution for a fill sensor for the cyclone separator bin?
Really interesting project featuring the glaciers of Olympic National Park! Image credit Gisele Olson/National Park Service. Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/olym/terminus.htm and https://www.nps.gov/olym/terminus-mount-stone-glacier-by-gisele-olson.htm and #nps #nationalparks #interpretation #publiclands #drawing #photography #woodworking #landscapephotography #art #glaciers #poetry #dance #music #quilting #carving and more!
Ihr sucht noch ein Geschenk für Euren Liebsten? Jeder Mann freut sich über eine Kettensäge. Nun gibt es endlich auch eine Ausführung mit Extra-Sicherheits-Features für weniger geschickte Anwender. Schwere Unfälle durch unvorsichtiges Handling sind damit so gut wie ausgeschlossen.
Jo Dusepo luthier www.dusepo.co.uk #lute #oud
#gambus #barbat #luthier #lutherie #laute #laúd #medievallute #liuto
#luteria #lutheria #ούτι #laudarabe #whatsonyourbench #ud #worldmusic
#earlymusic #renaissancelute #lutemaker #woodworking #woodwork
#musicalinstrument #عود #oud_maker #mandolin #bandolim #cittern #renaissancecittern
I've seen a lot of glue ups at the atelier in the last 18 months, and did a few, and none ever involved using cauls to keep timbers from sliding up while being pressed from the sides. And slide they do.
I know it would be futile to introduce cauls, because no one would listen to me in the rush to get things done faster. (What!? Make cauls? Pfft!)
It's one example why I can't wait to work more at home, where no one is brow-beating the method/workflow and mistakes are my own.
How to correctly and firmly fit an axe head to a handle:
He also teaches how to make the handle and how to properly sharpen the blade in other episodes.
This channel is a real gem, explaining all aspects of sustainable forestry really well. These people obviously love their work, are good at it and can teach.
It's in Bavarian though, which sadly limits the audience, but on the other hand is quite charming :)
I’m finally to the finishing stage of the cabinet that I’ve been working on, and I put the first coat of oil on the marquetry door.
As I was about to start putting oil on, I noticed that there were some spots in the top left corner where the glue hadn’t adhered properly, and some of the veneer wasn’t sticking to the MDF underneath. The reason I noticed was because I could hear a difference in sound as I ran my fingers over it.
It’s amazing, at least as a hearing person, how much of woodworking involves listening. Usually it’s listening to the machines - things like gauging whether blades are making a clean cut or knowing when to stop lowering the sander - but sometimes it’s listening to the wood itself, in a very literal way.
I was able to use an X-Acto knife to smoosh glue under the pieces of veneer that were coming up, so hopefully that problem is now fixed.
Hi #woodworking szene
I want to build a shoe cabinet for the hallway.
It should have a nice pillow to sit on to put on your shoes on one side and have enough space to store around 15 pairs of shoes and a drawer for all the things in the hallway.
The fronts, the sides, the top should be nice massive cherry wood.
The rear, the bottom and maybe some other non-visible constructive wood pieces should be multiplex.
The drawers - they should hinge open - i wanted to make out of multiplex too but the longer i think about it the more i think that it might became maple wood.
This is my second scetch of what i want to build and i want to run it by "you" to see what comments and recommendations you have.
Besides the obvious general "what do you think of the idea" the more concret question goes over "what do you think about the porpotions" and "what finish / oil / surface should i take for cherry wood inside?"
That said, that bench is very sturdy and practical, and I'm still using it daily two decades later. So there you go, bug-free #technology right there, with an Enterprise-Grade™ lifecycle 🎖️ (I suppose @federicomena would confirm that #woodworking outlasts #electronics and code by a long shot).
One last hurrah for this thread (see original post ⬆️ or this link: https://mastodon.social/@limebar/111409869124930388 )
MrIcy and I designed a sewing table based around the most stunning antique veneered wardrobe door (and 2 shelves) from "Among the Trees, Sydney" (the rest was missing :D) along with some merbau decking planks.
MrIcy spent a few months putting this together, step by step, for a very demaning client (me) as the design evolved. But look at those amazing 3-way mitred corners!
The kids can fight as to who inherited this ^_^