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Coffee & end table update

by on Jan.26, 2012, under DIY, Woodworking

I have finished the coffee table and end table from a standpoint of building. Now I am moving onto finishing. I decided on Varathane Red Mahogany  for the color. I used a conditioner first and the end table turned out pretty good without too much blotching. I think because I used air dried wood that had been cut a few years ago. The coffee table was cherry lumber I bought that was kiln dried. I first used the same method on the top and it blotched very bad. I had to strip and sand it. I bought some Charles Neil blotch control and used this before staining. This worked great! I will post some pictures of the staining on the coffee table soon. The drawers in the coffee table are a rabbeted sliding dovetail with walnut dowels. I also included a couple shots of my workshop.



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End table and new Bandsaw

by on Dec.24, 2011, under DIY, Woodworking

I finished the cherry end table based off of a plan in WOOD magazine. It is ready to be finished. I am waiting to finish this table when I complete the cherry coffee table I am making. I have most of the lumber milled. Yesterday I finished up the mortise and tenon for the support on the bottom. The only part I have left is the side to mortise and tenon where the drawers will fit into. I need a couple more board for the top. I purchased a new Grizzly G0555P  Bbndsaw with a riser block.  I can resaw lumber up to 12″. I resawed some stock for the slats in the bottom of the coffee table that was about 5″ thick. It cut like butter with a Timber Wolf 3tpi blade.

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Cleaning up some woodworking equipment

by on Aug.20, 2011, under DIY, Woodworking

I had to take off part of the day from work because our garage door broke and I had to come home to fix it. I took part of the afternoon to work on cleaning up the jointer I bought off Craigslist. It had a little surface rust. I got my order in from Grizzly this week for a few sanding pads along with some stuff called SlipIt (sliding compound that protects metal) . I started with a 280 grit. I then finished with a 400 grit pad. Last I applied the SlipIt and it came out slick. I did the same for my table saw top. Now I need to get my dust collector that is sitting in pieces put together.

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