Friday, December 19, 2014

It's The Last Minute, You're Building . . . So Share

While I'm bogged down with very little shop time and a large holiday project still half-built, please do as I say and not as I do.

Hopefully, this will be a bench someday (soon).
The +Modern Woodworkers Association is running the Last Minute Elf project this year. We know we're not the only ones rushing to finish projects for the holidays. With the Last Minute Elf, we're looking to share each others projects and methods. Anything from an heirloom piece of furniture to a simple turned ornaments. Even quick and fancy ways to finish them. If you're working on a project for the holidays, or know a method or finish which would be helpful to others for their holiday projects, please share them with us. Please email the project or a link to your post about the project to

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Sucking, Part VII

Much of my Saturday evening was spent fighting with the 240v wiring on the Bastard Dust Collector. It wasn't that there was anything wrong with it. It's just that I'm not that good with 240v.

I was finally able to get the machine to kick on and draw suction on my third attempt. I documented the emotional roller coaster in this brief video.

Now that the Bastard Dust Collector is up and running, I be putting it to use this week. I'll also make a video showing and describing the Bastard Dust Collector as soon as I kick this head cold and can talk clearly again.

If you're rushing to finish projects for the holidays like I am, be sure to share your projects in the Last Minute Elf for a chance to share and win.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2014 December Shop Tour

With the 12th month comes the 12th shop tour of the year. December sees many changes to shop, such as the new homemade cyclone.

Since the step is almost gone, won't you check out the shop tour?

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Finishing the Funeral Chair (in Blue)

Construction and assembly of the Funeral Chairs was only half of achieving the look I wanted. Subtly changing the aesthetic Tom Fidgen went for on his original, I opted to dye my chairs blue before finishing them.

With the construction done, it was time for finishing.

I began by adding a few drops of TransTint blue dye to a ½ lb cut of dewaxed shellac. The TransTint only requires a tiny amount to add plenty of color. As the blue coats the insides of the TransTint bottle and obscures how much has been squeezed out, it is difficult to tell how much has been added. I usually end up putting in too much TransTint.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

That's Not a Box . . . This is a Box

Tired of watching all those silly electronic unboxing videos? Me too.

When opening up a new tool I decided to shoot an unboxing video we'd all actually care about.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Long Island Woodworker's Club Show

This post originally appeared at

The Long Island Woodworkers ClubShow was this past weekend. This year I had four (4) pieces on display: Stephen’s Step StoolThe Funeral Chair in Blue, the Shaker End Table and Lill’s Quilt rack. The show was at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, as it has been for the past few years. They have a wonderful timber frame barn that make a perfect venue. There were some amazing pieces there. From case work to bowls, the Long Island Woodworkers Club members showed their skills. None of my pieces medaled and that’s just fine. The ones that did deserved to win.

Brian McKnight's Modern Hall Table

Tony Fuoco's Bench.

Mike Josiah's Large Endgrain Bowl

Mark Oriano's All Mixed Up.

While the show ran all day on Saturday and Sunday, I was only able to attend for about 20 minutes on Saturday afternoon and for about 3 hours on Sunday. During that time I received many comments and compliments on my work. I was pleased by this, but it wasn’t too unexpected.

What was unexpected was which piece received the comments and compliments. Other than one jack ass commenting that Lill’s Quilt Rack was a “great place to hang your towels” all of the comments were aimed at the Funeral Chair in Blue. This surprised me.

My Funeral Chair in Blue on display at the show.

Every comment was about how surprised people were by the look of the Timberstrand with many saying they liked the rich tone of the blue dye also. I heard through back channels that the only reason the chair didn't win a ribbon was that it received demerits for being a non-original design. This praise and interest was much appreciated.

What I didn't appreciate was why Lill’s Quilt Rack didn't receive equal praise.
Lill's Quilt Rack on display at the show.

In my opinion, Lill’s Quilt Rack remains the most impressive piece I've built, both in terms of concept and execution. While it’s not perfect and I didn't expect it to win best in show, I did expect to generate some interest. I certainly expected it to be better received than the Funeral Chair in Blue. Why it didn't, I can’t say I understand.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Funeral Chair Construction Completion

Well dear reader, how the time has flown since we last discussed the Funeral Chair. In my most recent post about the chair build, I talked about how after sanding all of the pieces, I realized I had forgotten to round the bottoms of the legs. That led me back to my band saw and RO-90.

Round, as they should be.

In my post on the Modern Woodworkers Association I talked about how the Dominoes and Gorilla Wood Glue allowed me to get the necessary strength out of the small leg to stretcher joints. I also talked about how the order of glue up was so important.