Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Finishing the Walnut Chest

So here is the little walnut chest with it's last coat of finish applied.

That walnut is gorgeous with it's brown, grey, salmon and black streaks.

Getting a great finish on walnut is not easy. A matt surface which suits ash and oak so well doesn't look good at all. A shiny surface is easy to achieve with shellac, but it shows up every scratch and I'm not keen on the high gloss look.
If I had used an oil finish on the bare wood it would have highlighted the big contrast in the colours and again this would not have shown the walnut at it's best.

So here is my finish formula. Two coats of hand rubbed Melamine Lacquer to seal the grain and preserve the colours followed by two coats of Osmo Polyx Oil Matt which leaves a dull but well protected surface. To finish and build a nice tactile sheen, I've applied three coats of Auro oil wax which I buffed up after each coat.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Article in F&C Magazine

The latest F&C magazine has landed and my project is on the front cover.

It's a small chest of drawers made from rippled chestnut with plenty of half blind dovetails.

There are a few tips on cutting, shaping and gluing up curves as well creating piston fit drawers.

Derek Jones, the editor, has produced a nice article on his Japanese style tool box, he also runs course on making this box.

There's a good article on cutting veneers on the band saw.

Vic Tesolin shows how to make a sturdy Tudor style bench.

...and there's plenty more to enjoy. Next month features fantastic sunrise dovetails by Theo Cook, check out his video on YouTube if you haven't seen it already.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Miller Shoulder Plane.

I collect planes made by George Miller (working from 1890 - 1914) and when I saw this one for sale I snapped it up. It has an ebony infill and the rare 'rhino horn' protrusion, which is undamaged. This was the first time I've seen this feature in the flesh.

Like all Miller planes it has a nice tight mouth and is very heavy, weighing in at 1700 gr (almost 4lb).
The rhino horn can be used for a wider front grip......

....but I think it is more likely to help it to be used one handed.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Cold Weather

Here on the South coast of the UK we hardly see a frost and it's been 5 years since we've seen a snow flake. But it's been so cold that even the fountain started to freeze.

Then came the snow, I think it's time to turn the pump off!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

James Krenov's Bench

Here are some shots of James Krenov's work bench, If only it could talk!
You can see the full Blog post here

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Finishing off the Base of the Chest

The underside will be the least seen of the outside surfaces but still needs care and thought. To give the chest a little lift, I stuck on this 5 mm thick piece of matching walnut. It was about 75% of the area of the base so as not to be visible. I chamfered the edges with the excellent little Philip Marcou chamfer plane.

To prevent the base sliding around and getting unsightly scratches I added four leather bumpers. Rather than buy the felt ones which are too thick, I used some nice brown leather and double sided tape. This way I can choose the colour, thickness and size and they're a lot cheaper too!

Monday, 26 February 2018

Inlaying Name Plaque

When I ordered these little stainless steel name plaques I had planned to make a router template to inlay them in my work. However due to their small dimensions they are all slightly different in size and therefore need to be individually fitted. To ensure a tight fit I filed a small inside chamfer to each edge so that when I marked round with a sharp knife, it was a fraction undersize. A dab of double sided tape on the back prevented it slipping. I routed very close to the knife lines with my excellent little Makita trim router and carefully chiselled back to the lines and squared off the corners. A bit of persuasion with the rounded handle of my chisel hammer finished the job.
Forgot to say if anyone is interested the company is Blue Badger Branding.