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A silk purse from a sow's ear... #3: Keeping the cost down/new adventures in MDF

The build is going well. No stupid mistakes yet, a lot of cutting. Doors made. Base made. Carcase ready to assemble. One thing I had to do today in order to determine an exact width for the tall boy part, was make the cornice. I needed to do...

Restoring The Rapier Plane

A friend recently gave me a bag with a bundle of goodies inside that needed cleaning up. Among them was this Rapier plane that as you can see is looking rather old and warn. I took it a part and had a good look at what work needed to...

FANTASY MARQUETRY #12: Nearing the Finish Line

You might be wondering why there hasn’t been a post on this blog for some time. I have just been occupied with, you guessed it, garden work and getting our outdoor stuff stored for the winter, but I did manage to get most of the repairs and...

WoodworkingWeb Theme: Milk Paint Finish

Milk Paint Finish: what is it; why use it; and how to get the best results? Let’s start with the “what”. Milk paint has been around for thousands of years and uses, .. wait for it ….. “milk” for painting! It is actually “casein”, a...

Finishes #1 Chalk Paint

As promised here is the start of some more detailed updates… I have been playing around with different finishes and experimenting a bit with different combinations. It has definitely been a big learning kerb but I’ve now got some pleasing...

Thoughts On Working With Reclaimed Wood

Working with reclaimed wood can be very rewarding once the final product comes together. Unless you are purchasing it from someone who has already pulled the nails and cleaned the surface be prepared to put some effort into preparing it for...

Is it too late for curves?

I got inspired by Ianwater’s curved leg picnic table. My wife wants a table outside the entrance for Amazon packages. The roof extends over the entrance so I’m not to concerned about the weather. I bought some oil based enamel to paint it. It...

Marquetry Jewellery Box #4: Sand Shading and Organization

With my colors mostly decided I went about cutting the pieces and dividing them into two groups. One group contained all the “universal” pieces. Those are the pieces that occur in all nine panels. The were assembled in one tray while the pieces...

A silk purse from a sow's ear... #6: "At this moment I feel no love for you at all. I never thought that would ever happen, but it has."

Diane Keaton to Al Pacino in The Godfather II. I will preface the next part by saying ’It’s not all fun and games in the workshop’ “At this moment I feel no love for you at all. I never thought that would ever happen, but it has.” This is...

Turquis Inlay - Not

In the course of goofing around with the lathe I picked up a couple months back, I test drove it on some cherry and apple from the prunings of local (thousands of acres) orchards. Inspired from a visit to the museum just built for the local...