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speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Jan 6, 2014 - 05:24pm PT
My ex wife bought one of the mouse sanders when they came out. "Ha! Look at this toy!" I guffawed.
16 years later, I am still using that sander. Sorry Katie, you were right about the sander.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jan 6, 2014 - 05:25pm PT
Ladders, ladder brackets, and a fein tool (or other corner sander) will do the job.

Just make sure there's no lead in the paint. It's pretty easy to identify old lead paint, it curls like bacon. Mmmmm.....bacon. I miss bacon.

Make sure you seal the old wood with an epoxy before you fill it or else the filler won't take.

Sand, and then paint.

Not fun work, but it's work and all work is worthy if you put some love into it.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 6, 2014 - 05:42pm PT
Susan, that blank in the top pic is a tricky size; maybe a candle stick, salt shaker, or bud vase?

Hey Edge….the bud vase…or salt shaker…perfect idea because I really need a lot more practice in hallowing out with gouges. I'm also struggling with lids for my boxes. I seem to get them off kilter or something. It's all about the right chucks I suppose. Lately I've been doing a lot more clay work. I find a lot of satisfaction in that until my bowl or jug collapses on the wheel, within milliseconds of me thinking "ok time to stop pulling".
If I ever get enough guts I'll post some pics of the little things I make…but right now they all look like "made in Japan" to me, and not the artistic part of Japan! But I do get such satisfaction taking a blank or lump of clay and something comes from it.

The furniture you build …. it is something else. Just something else. I really do lust after all the pieces I see!

Susan
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 6, 2014 - 05:47pm PT
Speelyei, I can't speak for your patience, but I would wager that your skill set is up to the task. It's just a matter of learning the process and going through the steps with attention to detail and an eye on what comes next.

Brandon, I would love to be able to take on an apprentice, but I admire you too much to bring you into the fold; think of me as a "wood guide," with the same pitfalls as a mountain guide. I'm an average climber with no desire to guide, but I'm a 5.13 woodworker who needs to keep putting up new projects to stay relevant. Ha!

Actually, the NH Furniture Masters used to talk a lot about apprenticeships, and the only way to make it viable would be for the apprentice to pay the Master, sort of like you pay for college, to offset the loss of productivity. FWIW, I am largely self taught, mainly from reading oodles and scads of books, magazines, etc. I also attended a bunch of Guild of NH Woodworkers meetings, where we would meet monthly in someone's shop and they would demonstrate a technique. I went to one where Jere Osgood demoed veneering, and I left with a used vacuum pump that looked like an espresso maker, went home and made my first Federal style piece pictured below. David Lamb demoed carving claw and ball feet, and the first ones I made for sale were on the secretary desk that is my avatar, for a US Senator. You have to just learn the process, then be willing to make the runout and not be afraid of hucking off on the lead. They cut down new trees every day to try, try again.

"Tin de Brun" hall table in mahogany, crotch birch, and birch burl.
"Tin de Brun" hall table in mahogany, crotch birch, and birch burl.
Credit: Edge

I think the Guild still has these demo meetings, and it's a great, cheap way to pick up some techniques. When I was president of the group there were over 300 members and lots of opportunities to learn. http://www.gnhw.org
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 6, 2014 - 06:33pm PT
Make a negative mold sanding block of the casing out of bondo? Spray adhesive some 80X sandpaper onto the block. A lot of elbow grease but you get 100% transfer to the profile.
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Jan 6, 2014 - 06:40pm PT
Edge & dam_ near everyone on this tread - you are inspirational.

Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Jan 13, 2014 - 09:46am PT
Not me. Very cool guitar making video.

http://www.wimp.com/guitarmaking/
MisterE

climber
Jan 13, 2014 - 10:04am PT
Built a desktop and some shelving for the hippy joint my wife works at.

Nothing special, but they love it.

Desk and shelves in process
Desk and shelves in process
Credit: MisterE

Desk and shelves completed
Desk and shelves completed
Credit: MisterE
bajaandy

climber
Escondido, CA
Jan 13, 2014 - 11:23pm PT
Just finished a little Craftsman style coffee table for my son and his new wife. He helped with the finish, blending a mix of English Chestnut with Sedona Red for a fairly nice color for the piece. He sprayed the lacquer too.

Craftsman style coffee table in alder.
Craftsman style coffee table in alder.
Credit: bajaandy
Craftsman style in alder with chestnut blend stain and lacquer top coa...
Craftsman style in alder with chestnut blend stain and lacquer top coat.
Credit: bajaandy
Craftsman style with haunched through mortise and tenon shelf.
Craftsman style with haunched through mortise and tenon shelf.
Credit: bajaandy
Some decent grain with some open knots for character.
Some decent grain with some open knots for character.
Credit: bajaandy
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 13, 2014 - 11:32pm PT
Beautiful table, bajaandy!

Mister E, I can't tell from the pics , but what's going on at the rounder corners? Looks like a black accent under the curve?
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Jan 14, 2014 - 03:08am PT
A German Geshutzwagen Tiger Self-Propelled Gun with a 17.2cm Kanone, late War II, with three-tone ambush camouflage:

After-market AB turned metal barrel
After-market AB turned metal barrel
Credit: Bruce Morris

Credit: Bruce Morris

Now to put it in a diorama with visiting German officers arriving in a Mercedes Staff Car:

Mercedes Typ G4 &#40;Kfz.21&#41;
Mercedes Typ G4 (Kfz.21)
Credit: Bruce Morris

The pursuit of the utterly useless (but you sure learn a lot along the way)
Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Jan 14, 2014 - 07:59am PT
Nice work Bruce Morris. The painted details are stunning.

MrE, the shelves and workspace you made is awesome. That's a nice fit with that weird corner to deal with.

bajaandy,
That coffee table looks like a small version of my grandfather's library table which he used as a desk for many years as a newspaper editor. You did a great job, and the wood figuring is beautiful.



So, here's my latest contribution to my favorite ST thread:

Verde &#40;inspiration for the iguana stairway project&#41;
Verde (inspiration for the iguana stairway project)
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

IGUANA STAIRS

For inspiration, a local iguana, Verde, was in need of something to get her from her resting shelf to her food on the floor of her habitat enclosure. A new person involved in her care trimmed her nails rendering her unable to climb. She was being handled several times a day to prevent her from falling and I rushed to make something that could help.

iguana stairs are a snug fit for habitat enclosure
iguana stairs are a snug fit for habitat enclosure
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

I decided to build it folk-art / hobo crate style using pine and wood screws.


Our cats were convinced this was new furniture for them.

iguana stair construction with assistant cat, Spock
iguana stair construction with assistant cat, Spock
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

stair steps with rail for iguana enclosure
stair steps with rail for iguana enclosure
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan

iguana stairs
iguana stairs
Credit: Bill Mc Kirgan


The installation was a tight fit. In fact, I was ashamed that I had to trim 3/4 inch from the back edge. That edge is the bottom of the stairs facing the camera in the photo, above. I also cut away the upper left corner to fit under the ledge (that was okay by design).

I hope to learn Verde is figuring out how to use her new stairway. She was very confused after getting back into her enclosure.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Jan 14, 2014 - 10:41am PT
I think your cat probably knew the furniture was not for them, but were hinting to you that THEY would also like such a piece.....(Kitty says "meow- HINT HINT!!!")
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 14, 2014 - 10:46am PT
Just stunning everyone. Now lizards are getting custom furniture….who knew!?? I think it's great. Just beautiful craftsmanship. So much better smelling too, than machine shop oil. Oh well…

Susan
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 14, 2014 - 12:05pm PT
Now lizards are getting custom furniture….who knew!??

Susan, they have been lo these many sad years in the US House of Representatives.


Mr E, them hippies are always impressed with power tools and things done straight and level.


Bajaandy, very nice design and execution.



Bill, didn't anyone ever tell you not to spoil yer lizard? I just hope
my wife doesn't see that and say:

"Look what that dude makes for his lizard! And you think I should be
happy that you vacuum the house?"


edit:
Bruce, I meant to commend you on those fantastic models. As an old model
builder I am most impressed. The paint jobs are state-of-the-art!
Bill Mc Kirgan

Trad climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Jan 14, 2014 - 01:29pm PT
Reilly,

Ha! No. Not my lizard, but I love her just the same. My wife has cared for Verde years and when we learned she was having trouble due to the nail trimming I got busy.



Happiegrrrl, I'm pretty sure you're right. Our cats were having a lot of fun with this thing, and my wife was thinking my next project is a uber-cat-condo.



Ooops...forgot to compliment Edge up thread on this page.

Everything you show us is just exquisite. I enjoyed reading about how you trained yourself by personal study and by participation in the craft guilds. Thanks for sharing the pic of the hall table.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 14, 2014 - 01:36pm PT
Reilly said
Susan, they have been lo these many sad years in the US House of Representatives.

VERY VERY GOOD ONE!

Susan
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Jan 14, 2014 - 01:42pm PT
Working on this project:

There is no spoon...
There is no spoon...

Why use your hands if you can use your mind?

;)
MisterE

climber
Jan 14, 2014 - 08:19pm PT
Mister E, I can't tell from the pics , but what's going on at the rounder corners? Looks like a black accent under the curve?

I just did an upside down sea-rail for the edging for support. I don't have the resources for bending, so I just edge-banded the curves.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jan 14, 2014 - 09:17pm PT
Yay for fancy pet-steps!

SOOO happy to finally have Mr E install a desk in my office after a supposed-to-be-"3-weeks" turned into a 9-month no-office-remodeling-cluster-fvck. It's a very tight space once all the stock gets piled up in there. The rounded corners keep us from bruising our hips maneuvering stuff around.. not to mention it just looks nice.

As a side note: Hippies should not be allowed to play with concrete.

The desk is dead level, but the damn floor slopes almost 1 1/2 inches towards the corner. My fancy knee chair doesn't go high enough. I'll have to scuttle it. Meh.

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