Monthly Archives: November 2014

Pen Decorator – It’s alive!

IMG_2676 Just about done – the unit is running now with a pencil lead instead of a drill bit, but we’re really close now! Read about it and watch my first video here.

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WFC 2014 Project completed

IMG_2607Completed! the colors are all general finishes premixed milkpaint – Klien Blue, Emerald, Holiday Red, and SunGlow. I wanted the brightest colors I could find. Chalkboards were used front and back, because we have carpeting in the playroom where the toy box will sit, and we’re pretty sure that the markers would find there way to the fiber.

If you want to participate in the build this year and have your build count towards the generous donations from the Spaguonolo’s – you can find out more about it, and the plans, at the WoodWhisperer site.

Ever do something stupid in the shop?

I’m doing some milk paint Finishes this year, since it’s all the rage. The top coat is going to be acrylic and I did the final sanding, vacuumed it off, and started the application.

 You know hoe they tell you to pour a small amount into a separate container to apply?

Well *I* have never followed directions! I know what the heck I’m doing. It’s just paint for crying out loud, anybody can do it, and it just goes on so…. What’s that strange shadow growing in the finish? Wait, it’s the same color as the cabinet… 

oh. 

crap.

Dovetails in Pine

As I continue to work on a small cabinet to hold baskets for my daughter, I’m doing some focus exercises on my dovetails. I teach a hand cut dovetails class at Woodcraft, but I’m no master like Mr. Cosman. Because I don’t do this professionally (outside of teaching), I take every new project with dovetails as a chance to improve my technique. The critical points for the tails is that 1) they are perpendicular to the face of the board, and 2) they stop exactly on the scribe line. By taking the time to practice, I’m trying to continue developing muscle memory, which is a hard thing to do if you don’t do them all the time. And anyways, I don’t know if I’ll ever get to the point that speed becomes an focus, because I do this for fun not for profit.

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