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General Woodworking

Last Chance to Enter the 2017 Excellence Awards!

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 8:43am

The 2017 Excellence Awards entry period will close on Friday (6/16) at midnight! The grand-prize winner gets a check for US$1,000, the winner in each of the five categories, and the overall Readers’ Choice winner, get a gift certificate to ShopWoodworking.com – plus, the grand-prize piece, and the Editors’ Choice and Readers’ Choice winners in each category will be featured in the November issue. There is absolutely no cost to […]

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Categories: General Woodworking

HVLP Finishing a Benefit for All

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 8:30am
HVLP Sprayer

When I was first learning woodworking, HVLP didn’t exist. That’s something I lament on occasion when I recall taking a deep breath (even with a face mask and decent air collection) before starting to spray a lacquer finish. The overspray cloud was amazing and there really wasn’t a way to avoid it – affecting my breathing and my ability to see what I was finishing! HVLP (high volume low pressure) […]

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Video: Dealing with Wood Knots and Other Defects

Highland Woodworking - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 7:00am

Repair knots, cracks, bark inclusions and other defects in natural, live edge, wood tops. In this video Steve Johnson, the Down to Earth Woodworker, shows us how he fills knots and stabilizes bark inclusions with two-part epoxy… and he shows us how he messed one up and fixed his own mistake!

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Inaugural IRMA Gathering – Part 1

The Barn on White Run - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 5:35am

The first-ever gathering of the Intergalactic Ripple Molding Association (IRMA) convened at The Barn recently.  In the fortnight preceding this I was wondering how to accommodate the many folks who at one time or another said they were coming to this free event.  Not to worry.  Of the dozen or so who expressed an interest in joining me for the week, three actually did.  It turned out to be the optimal attendance, allowing for a perfect number of collaborative participants to brainstorm, design, fabricate, problem solve, debug, and finally produce moldings on both an  old machine and a new one (or at least get to the point of “proof of concept” for the new one).

The Felebien model Cor built (above) and the project mock-up he made with it (below)

Our first two days were spent deciphering, assembling, tuning, dismantling, repairing, reassembling, and finally producing some moldings on the Winterthur Museum Felebien/Moxon machine built by my long-time friend and colleague Cor van Horne.


This machine was the one described by Roubo, sort of, and was a moving-workpiece-fixed-cutterhead style with a rack-and-pinion setup for bringing the cutter and the workpiece together.

The phrase, “Now exactly how does this work?” was muttered countless times through the day.

By the end of the first day we had it assembled and working, after a fashion.


Bob Van Dyke’s 6-week Intensive Woodworking Class – 360w360 E.235

360 WoodWorking - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 4:10am
Bob Van Dyke’s 6-week Intensive Woodworking Class – 360w360 E.235

In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking Bob Van Dyke, owner of the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, is on the hot seat to explain why he calls his 6-week intensive woodworking class “the best he’s ever taught.” Here’s a hint: It has to do with the fact that there is no project.

Join 360 Woodworking every Thursday for a lively discussion on everything from tools to techniques to wood selection (and more).

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the H&H broke.......

Accidental Woodworker - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 12:57am
It was 20 degrees cooler and a whole lot drier today. The average temps for this time of the year are daytime in upper 70's and the night in the middle 50's. It was a nice day and a drier feeling shop when I got home tonight. But half of the H&H hasn't gone very far away. The temps are forecasted to be seasonable but the humidity starts getting high again on friday. This is New England and I'm a doubter so I'll wait to see what unfolds.

Myles' first tool
This is a Preston spokeshave I got off of Jim Bode tools for $39. It outclasses my Stanley spokeshaves by a wide margin. The first project for Myles will be making a tool box (chest) for his tools.

my just rehabbed #3
I didn't realize it but I can give this plane to Myles too as this is a duplicate.

I will donate a #4 to the tool chest too
I just thought of this: I have a surplus on marking gauges too. I think his kit should have at a minimum is 2 marking gauges and 1 mortise gauge. It looks like I have a pretty good start on his kit.

this is pretty clean
With the exception of bit a rust on the adjuster knob, I couldn't find any other spots with rust on it. The iron in this spokeshave is way too big for the one in the Preston chamfer shave. I think the one I bought will fit this one so Myles will have a back up. This iron has been sharpened by hand, I can tell by the rounded bevel.

road test was more than satisfactory
 This shave doesn't have any lateral adjustment ability at all.  The iron is parallel to the mouth and the only adjustment you can make is for a thick or thin shaving. I'm impressed with it after just this one test run. It has a higher center of gravity then the Stanley 151 and bit more mass and heft.

I thought of this clamping today
I got the piece secured in the vise leaving my two hands free to trim the miter. This setup doesn't give me a warm and fuzzy. I don't like putting a board along the gauge to clamp it in the vise (which has to be wider than top or flat horizontal piece). I am worried about the board possibly warping or throwing the gauge off of 45.

2" chisel
This was the only chisel that was big enough to span the gauge that was sharp. This worked so much better now that is was secured and not moving. I got the miter on this side piece trimmed with just a few swipes.

this much better looking
practice miter for another way
I wouldn't be able to miter these two at 45° and have them come out even. I marked the width of each other on the other piece. I set two bevel gauges to the angle which ran from the outside corner to the front edge at the pencil line, one for each piece. I knifed the line and sawed the two of them out.

not square
I sawed on the line and then off at angle into the waste side by a big margin. Not on purpose - still not sawing square vertically.

other piece is off square too but not as bad
the angle is good
This would work as an alternative but I have to work on sawing the angles square to the face.

planed the angles square
I took my time and planed the outside edge that was high on both pieces. I wanted the edges square to the face without changing the angle. I was able to do that because I checked them against the bevel gauges.

better but it still needs a bit of finessing
This will work but it will be the back up because I don't like miters. I had to satisfy my curiosity that I could do this.

I like this better

This is what I am planning on going with. I will cut out a couple of pieces the same size and practice making the left and right side before I do the bookcase frame.

top molding
The top will overhang the bookcase on three sides and I'll place a molding underneath the overhang. First thought was a cove but this one is too small.

second choice
I like this look but I don't think it goes with the beaded detail. I want something like a larger cove cornice molding and I may have to buy that. I don't have any cornice molding planes in my till or any H&R's large enough.

rethinking the shelves
Thinking of keeping the shelves the full width and notching the ends to fit past the side frame. Nothing carved in stone yet, just in the musing aloud stages.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
What is quinsy?
answer - inflammation of the throat

Fostering: Part 1

The Furniture Record - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 9:26pm

I recently had a chance to be a foster parent for a few short weeks. An acquaintance of mine, actually an acquaintance of an acquaintance’s neighbor gained custody of a Hans J. Wegner designed CH36 dining chair by Carl Hansen & Son.This person wanted me to pick up the chair and give it shelter until transport to its forever home could be arranged. I was quite willing to help and went over to the agency/auction house and picked it up.


My ward in front of the adoption agency.

As a precaution, I took little Hans to a local practitioner for a checkup:


One of Pittsboro, NC’s best known clinics at The Woodwright’s School.


In the waiting room patiently anticipating his turn.

Eventually Dr. Underhill came out and did a quick evaluation:


The Doctor is not sure what to think examining this stranger in a strange land.

We then took it into the clinic for a more through exam:


The Doctor is listening for parasitic infestation while his assistant, Bill Anderson, looks for external signs of disease.


Here Dr. Anderson is checking for scoliosis.

Then a tragedy was averted. Will Myers, of Moravian workbench fame, and Ed Lebetkin of the Woodwright’s Tool Store were about to adjust limb length based on a misinterpretation of the ratios in Walkers/Tolpins’ By Hand & Eye.


Bad math but good technique…  Fortunately, the first aid kit was nearby.

We had a chance to meet with famed woodcarver Mary May. She had a few ideas of her own.


Mary May suggesting some orthotics of a more traditional design to deal with his obviously flat feet.

Next, a trip to respected conservator Martin O’Brien’s shop for a consultation.


Here Martin is overwhelmed by the Wegner’s raw beauty and the yet unrealized potential.

Brandy Clements of Silver River Center for Chair Caning lead us in a discussion of style and color:


Once a blonde, always a blonde?

When introduced to scholar/furniture maker Jerome Bias, the discussion immediately turned to how Thomas Day (pre-Civil War North Carolina cabinetmaker and free man of color) might have built it.


What would Thomas do?

No day of visitations would be complete without visit to noted Windsor chair maker, Elia Bizzarri.


Here Elia is try to figure out where all the other chair parts are. There just aren’t enough.

He tried to help. I had to stop him.


When the only tool you own a froe, all problems look like green oak…

The last stop was at the home of my immigrant neighbors to meet some of his younger countrymen.


No matter the differences, you know they proudly share a common ancestry.

It had been a long day when I finally showed him to his room.


Small but comfortable and very private.

Tomorrow, I take him on a tour of the furniture centers of North Carolina to help him understand his cultural heritage:


A major international folk festival is held here. Exotic foods and crafts are on display.

And a trip to MESDA (Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts) to help explain regional differences.


At Old Salem he got to spend time with some locals.



Maestro In Stone Finis

The Barn on White Run - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 4:02pm

A couple of weeks ago Daniel the Stone Magician completed the fitted dry-stack wall leading to the root cellar and defining my usual parking space.  Watching him shape and fit 500-plus pound rocks with the patience and skill of a surgeon was an awe inspiring moment.

I am not sure if 15 tons of rock can be considered “lovely,” but if so this would certainly qualify.  It is a new focal point for the homestead, and when I get the arched bridge done across the two creeks that convene there it will be pretty spectacular.

Mrs. Barn has her eyes set on the soon-to-be-finished plateau above the wall for dwarf pear trees and wild flowers.  Meanwhile I have to level the ground in front of the wall with a pick-axe and shovel.

Stay tuned.

Somerset Scythe Festival 2017 Championships

Steve Tomlin Crafts - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:05am
This years champions from the Somerset Scythe Festival, including the man pictured above. Continue reading
Categories: General Woodworking

Make Historical Wood Screws Using Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Wood and Shop - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:51am
Several years ago I was surprised to learn how much money a popular online screw retailer was selling historical-style slotted screws for. The shipping cost was terrible too. But nevertheless, my friends were buying wood screws from this company because the slotted screws looked so good on historical-style furniture and hardware.

Ridiculous Woodworking Books (Give me More!)

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 4:21am

As I work on the upcoming article “Young Maker’s Bookshelves” (for the October 2017 issue), I’m reminded of one of my favorite-ever posts (from 2009): “Ridiculous Woodworking Books, ” by Christopher Schwarz – mostly for the hilarious responses. But that was 8 years ago – it’s time for some new ones. Here’s a few from me (which are at best merely amusing): “The Ultimate Guide to Craft Fair Crap” (an […]

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day 2 of H&H misery.......

Accidental Woodworker - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 1:10am
I couldn't play the radio in the shop tonight because Myles was taking a nap. His crib is directly over my workbench so I couldn't do any banging or hollering neither. I wanted to listen to the radio to see if we broke the temperature today but I don't know if we did. I checked on line for TF Green airport where the official temperature is taken but they had nothing. Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to find something out. When I got home today the temp was 95.8°F (35.4°C) which is more than one degree over yesterday's temp.

a day later
The heat and humidity was a notch or two higher today. The basement has a damp feel to it but it is over ten degrees cooler than the upstairs is. The interior of the bookcase looks better and the initial feel felt good too. No clammy or damp feeling on the sides and the bottom.

this feels dry to the touch
The back plywood doesn't feel the same as the sides do. It is dry but it feels like it is a few percentage points from 100% dry. This H&H is supposed to break tonight around midnight with it being much drier tomorrow. I will wait until then to put the final coat on the interior.

#2 plane looks good
I'll wait on this too before painting on the final coat. It's been around for over 100 years so another day isn't going to stop the sun from rising.

I sanded down the two shelves with 220 in preparation for putting the top coat on them tomorrow. I wanted to check my alignment of the pin sockets and saw this. The pin sockets line up dead nuts so I got that right.

not what I want
The shelves are or would be even with the applied frame. I want the shelf to be behind the frame. Fixing this mind fart is easy and it will only take one rip cut. However, my pin sockets will be toast and out of position then. I will have to fill in the ones I chopped and make new ones. I'll do that after I get the frame on and the shelf to the correct width.

sawing is quiet work
 I got the frame parts cut to rough length and slightly oversized.

the plan for the frame
The bottom piece is the thinnest but it will be mostly covered by the base. It is there chiefly to cover the bottom plywood edge.

change one on the frame
I was going to run the sides down to the bottom and put the bottom piece of the frame inbetween the sides to hide the end grain ends. Because of the bead, I can't do that now. I would have to thin the bottom piece and then I would have a gap when I install the base.

the fix

I will run the bottom frame piece side to side and butt the bottom of the side pieces on top of it. The base will cover most of it with about an 1/8" showing so most of the end grain will be hidden.

out of sequence pic
I ran a bead on the sides and top frame parts. I had the iron set too deep but I did all three parts with it set that way. I didn't want to bang on the plane and wake Myles up. In spite of the heavy shavings the bead came out good on all 3.

first attempt upcoming
I am going to try and miter the top of the frame so that the bead runs around both corners. I already got the miters marked wrong but that is ok for now.

made some practice pieces
 I gauged on line on the thinner piece for where the wider one will butt into it.

I'll get to try my miter trimming gauge
rough sawn miter on the wider piece
This miter is the easier one to do. I could probably put this on my shooting board and finesse the angle.

I feel like I have no thumbs
I can't visualize how to clamp the mitering gauge to the stock. I was able to hold the gauge and trim this miter but it was awkward and difficult to hold securely.

started trimming the flat and stopped
this should be first
Doing the miter first I think is the best way to proceed. As you trim the miter it is hard to not run into the bottom of the miter and leave chisel marks. These could be visible afterwards. Cleaning up the flat last should remove them.

way out of square
I should have run the gauge line on all three sides. Trimming it flush took a few extra minutes.

lots of gaps
The miter on the thin piece is iffy and on the wider piece it is pretty good. The end on the wider piece was hand sawn and it's rough so that is interfering some with the fit too. Not good but for my first attempt I'm happy with it. I know where I have to improve and where I think I did ok.

cleaned up the flats with a chisel
 I closed up some of the gap and it would probably be a lot better if I planed the end grain end on the wide piece. This would probably be ok for a paint job but not if I was leaving it natural. The miter stills needs a whole lot of TLC.

miter on the thin piece
This miter is toast. It has a hump and it is off 45°. Holding the mitering gauge on this piece was not happening. Very hard for me to do precise chisel work with one hand no matter how sharp the chisel it.

the thick piece miter is almost perfect
a one inch chisel is too small

It is barely large enough to register on the top and side edges of the miter gauge. I will have to sharpen up my 1 1/2" chisel. That is more than big enough to use on this in a sweeping motion while maintaining contact with the two miter gauge edges.

it works
The miter gauge is secured and it isn't moving. Still awkward because I have to hold the gauge with one hand and work the chisel with the other one. What I want is to be able to hold the stock and the gauge in the vise and have both hands free to trim the miter.

stopped here
I tried to correct the miter by eye and made it worse. Not disheartened by this at all. I learned a lot but I still have a couple of steps to figure out. As long as the others to come are better and I'm making progress, I can't complain.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
What is the longest lived organism on the earth?
answer - the bristlecone pine tree of the American southwest, one of them is 5,067 years old

Celebrating A Friend’s Accomplishment (*not* woodworking)

The Barn on White Run - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 5:09pm
My long-time friend (~35 years) Dr. Walter Williams was a recipient of The 2017 Bradley Prize for advocacy in the cause of liberty.  Here is the video of the award ceremony, with his section beginning around the 18-minute mark.
He is a national treasure.

One of the many times Walter came over for dinner.

Something Special

Inside the Oldwolf Workshop - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 1:58pm
It's easy to forget when you don't have someone of high school age in the house but it was recently Graduation Season and Mrs. Wolf and I were happy to see our middle daughter clear this life hurdle. Two down one to go. We also had one of out God-Daughters graduate and talking with her a little bit before her party Mrs. Wolf asked what she wanted as a present. "Nothing much, just something special."  No pressure there right?

Talking later I told my wife it was no problem, I had made a simple pine dovetailed box with an inlaid walnut racing stripe and ended giving it to another God-Daughter several years ago. I could just spend a day in the shop and repeat the exercise. Looking through the modest wood stash I keep, I couldn't find a nice enough pine board.

I did find a reasonable board of red oak. So I made my measurements, cut the board into smaller pieces and started cutting the dovetails on those pieces. I know lots of people make a big deal out of dovetails and there are plenty of people like me who take them as just another joint to cut. Personally I find accurate mortise and tenons by hand to be more challenging. But sometimes even the simple things are a struggle.

Three out of four corners fit together like the should. Nice tight joints. The fourth . . . .I'm still not sure where I went wrong. A combination of slipping while marking out and flipping the board inside out. I was sure I checked my triangle but whatever. Off by nearly a quarter inch for the center two tails, there's no saving that respectively. Not for something that's a gift. Not for something special.

Back to the stack and I found a small 1x6 by six foot long board of box store African Mahogany I'd picked up for who knows why. It was a bit buried and I hadn't seen it the first time. I did zero documentation of the build, but it's pretty straight forward. I dovetailed four sides. attached a bottom, then rip sawed the box in two parts.

I edge glued a lid with a half inch of overhang all around and used a complex moulding plane to shoot a profile around the edge. I attached it to the top half of the box with pocket screws.

 I used a second complex moulding plane to shoot some mouldings I then mitered around the base. Inset and pre installed the hinges which I then removed and finished the box in two halves.

I used a half dozen coats of garnet shellac followed with a dark colored paste wax for the outside. The interior got a good schmear of The Anarchist's Daughter brand Soft Wax. The hinges got reinstalled, and I added a chain and a small jewelry box hasp and padlock to the front.

I wasn't able to go to the graduation party and see her receive the gift, but Mrs. Wolf told me there were tears and joy. I guess we hit the mark with something special.

Ratione et Passionis
Categories: General Woodworking

To See Like a Woodworker – A Forgotten Chamfer

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:20am

In the August 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, George Walker shares what it means to “See Like a Designer.” The article tells the classic story of how his workshop students transition from casual consumers of objects and art to sentient observers of form and design. It is a transition that I am familiar with – my upbringing in a machine shop that created custom automation equipment meant that very […]

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Small Changes Make Big Differences

360 WoodWorking - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 9:39am
Small Changes Make Big Differences

As I was working on a tea caddy for a 360 Woodworking hands-on class, which happened a couple of weeks back, I was amazed at how small changes make big differences. The corner inlay I made from shop scraps – alternating light and dark pieces that align at a 45° angle – changed significantly as the caddy progressed.

Looking at the box from the top had the inlay tilted at an angle. That was good.

Continue reading Small Changes Make Big Differences at 360 WoodWorking.

An Interview Heirloom Tool Maker Thomas Lie-Nielsen

Highland Woodworking - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 8:00am

Over the course of the past 36 years, Thomas Lie-Nielsen has become America’s preeminent toolmaker. His woodworking tools are highly sought-after today not only for their proven performance, but also for the superb standard of excellence incorporated in their manufacture, a quality that has been recognized by discriminating craftsmen worldwide. Highland Woodworking has taken delight in providing Lie-Nielsen Tools to our customers for almost three decades.

One does not have to be a professional craftsman to appreciate the beauty and functionality of these fine tools. Indeed, exposure to this level of quality has been an effective source of inspiration for many amateur woodworkers as they equip their workshops and refine their joinery skills.

In honor of Lie-Nielsen’s upcoming Open House celebration in Warren, Maine next month, we are sharing here our interview with Tom that first appeared in Wood News a number of years ago.

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Congrats to Mark Bushinski, PWM 2017 Workshop Makeover Winner!

Popular Woodworking Editors Blog - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 7:18am
Mark with daughter

Congratulations to Mark Bushinski of Minneapolis, Minnesota! Mark was chosen as the winner of the Popular Woodworking Magazine 2017 Workshop Makeover Giveaway. Mark won a new workshop stocked with more than $9,200 of tools from Jet, Bessey and Woodpeckers. Mark, where do you live and what is your occupation? I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with my wife and two children. I am 35 years old and work for the state […]

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hot, humid, and yucky........

Accidental Woodworker - Tue, 06/13/2017 - 1:04am
When I was in the shop tonight I heard the official temperature for the day in RI at 1615. It was 94°F (34.4°C) and this lovely weather is not going to break until wednesday (supposedly). This weather is miserable and I feel sorry for the tradesmen that have to work in it. Work was just bearable today and the AC struggled to keep the office cool. It was nicer out in the hallway then it was at my cubicle and I spent a lot of time on walkabout going from one end of the hallway to the other. We usually don't get this heat and humidity here until july. I wonder what that month is going to be like?

I finished this sunday night
Myles was taking a nap still so I came back to the shop and planed the painted plywood edges. I wasn't going to do it all, I just wanted to get a feel for how difficult it would be to plane. I did the top and 1/2 way down one long edge in a few minutes. From there I kept on going because I couldn't leave it partially done.

After I got the four edges planed I glued on the two long strips. I thought that would be it for tonight and come monday I would glue on the top and bottom ones. Instead 2 hours later (Myles was asleep for the night) I went back to the shop and glued on the top and bottom pieces. I did that right before I hit the bunky to do my eyelid light leak test.

Tonight when I got to the shop the plan was to paint the final coat of white on the interior of the bookcase and prime the back raw spots. Part of this didn't happen as planned.

used cauls on the bottom
I didn't want to break out any more clamps so I used cauls. The increase the clamping force spread so I didn't need as many clamps.

no painting here tonight
I had the inside facing down to the bench and when I flipped it over it didn't feel right. The inside was clammy feeling and not damp but it felt wet. The paint was dry but it didn't feel right. The heat and humidity we are having now is not working to my advantage here. I will leave the bookcase facing up tonight and see what it feels like tomorrow.

I looked at the #2 plane but I didn't paint it again. The instructions say to wait 24 hours between coats and longer if there is high humidity. I will give it one more day and I'll put on the third coat tomorrow.

quiet work
Myles was still taking a nap when I got home tonight from work. I laid out the position of shelf pins and chopped them out. Myles woke up as soon as I got done with the layout. This was another thing I was going to wait until tomorrow to do also.

Chopping plywood is a treat. When I marked the depth I tried to lay out the depth so it was at the top of a veneer. I like to lock the pins in place this way to keep the shelf from moving. With sharp chisels it wasn't that difficult. The only sticking part was chopping through the cross plies cleanly.

one down and one to go
second round
The first ones I chopped out entirely with chisels and the depth was done with my small hand router. On this one I sawed the walls as much as I could staying shy of the bottom and top ends. Most of the walls for #2 came out a bit cleaner then #1 did.

flushing the sheetrock mud
The is sponge isn't soaking wet nor is it dry. I got it wet and wrung it out but I didn't go with my Charlie Atlas grip on it. It is damp-ish and this is what I used to 'sand' the joint compound.

the after
My father taught me this trick and it did take me a while to master it. Getting the correct level of wet in the sponge was the hardest part. After the wet getting a feeling for a light touch with the sponge took the longest to master. But it leaves the mud dead nuts flush and smooth. Once the paint goes over it, it is almost impossible to find where it was used.

put another coat of primer on the shelves, top, bottom and sides
primer coat on the raw
I also got another coat on the sides. I didn't bother with the top and bottom because the top is getting a pine board for the 'top' and the bottom will be hidden. I did prime coat the sides again. Maybe I'll be able to get one coat coverage then with the top coat of paint.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
What is an olm?
answer - a cave dwelling aquatic salamander found only in Europe

2017 Final Two Workshops at The Barn

The Barn on White Run - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 5:20pm

The summer is actually winding down schedule-wise, and here’s what’s left of my calendar for The Barn.


August 11-13  Historic Finishing – My own long-time favorite, we will spend three days reflecting on, and enacting, my “Six Rules For Perfect Finishing” in the historic tradition of spirit and wax coatings.  Each participant should bring a small finishing project with them, and will accompany that project with creating numerous sample boards to keep in your personal collections.  Tuition $375.

This class has one opening remaining.


September 4-8  Build An Heirloom Workbench – I’m repeating the popular and successful week-long event from last year, wherein the participants will fashion a Roubo-style workbench from laminated southern yellow pine.  Every participant will leave at the end with a completed bench, ready to be put to work as soon as you get home and find three friends to help you move it into the shop.  Tuition and Materials $825 total.

This workshop has two openings remaining.

If any of these interest you drop me a line here.


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