Woodworking on the Fringe
Fitting doors '1' and '2'
This evening we attended a fantasitic spring Choir concert at the high school to listen to Eleanor and her choirmates sing. Everyone sounded incredible, which is not surprising. The choir swept the …
Fitting doors '7' and '8'
Before I started working on the doors today, I took some time to clean up the shop; it certainly needed it. I’m getting better at cleaning up as I go over the years, but I still end up with …
Fitting the first door
I spent quite a bit of time in the shop today. I did some work on my gate repair project, which I’ll document sometime soon. But most of the time was spent learning how to fit inset doors. There …
Preparing to mortise hinges
I spent some time making a jig to simplify mortising the doors and the frames for the butt hinges I’m using. These hinges are not adjustable, like many of the hinges used today. The downside of …
Squeezing in some doors
Things have been busy in life, and I’ve been working on repairing one of the gates of our gate and arbor that I made years ago. That project is far enough along I have taken time the last few …
I spent some time in the shop this evening cleaning up. I also cut down my fixture for flattening slabs. Now that the long slab is in place, I need a fixture for a shorter slab and have nowhere to …
Many years ago, I built a fence around our back yard. It’s held up well, except for a few spots where I built it a bit too close to the ground. In those places, dirt, leaves and whatever built …
Edge Finishing, Part 4
Tonight I sanded the edges of my door parts and put the second coat of polyurethane on the inside edges of the door frames. Tomorrow I’ll assess whether I need to sand and do a thinned final …
Edge Finishing, Part 3
Tonight I put the first coat of polyurethane on the inside edges of the door frames. Finishing work is kind of like watching paint try, except serious mistakes can be very hard to fix (or even ruin a …
Edge Finishing, Part 2
Tonight I put a coat of stain on the inside edges of the door frames. Looks just like yesterday’s picture, doesn’t it? :-) Tomorrow I’ll apply the first coat of polyurethane, and …
Edge Finishing, Part 1
It took a while to finish applying green tape to the sides of all the stiles and rails. It only took a few minutes to apply a coat of shellac to them once they were ready. Tomorrow I’ll stain …
Truing Frames; Prep for Edges
Lots of work tonight. Not much to show. I finished truing the frames, which takes a while to get right. I then took some time to soften the edges, so the finish won’t crack and they leave a good …
More Truing of Frames
It’s been a busy week and weekend. Yesterday was spent spreading ten yars of mulch, so no workshop time. Today was also busy until late afternoon, when I made it into the shop. I’m doing …
Finishing Experiments, Truing Frames, and Chores
Last evening, I applied tape to the face of my sample and put a coat of polyurethane on the edge. Tonight I was then able to experiment with sealling and staining the face. As far as I can tell, this …
Doing a bit of 'figuring'
I got into the shop this afternoon and ended up spending quite a few hours. I tackled a couple of things. […] The first order of business was to finish rehabbing the last of the wooden screw …
Leveling the Slab
I took a bit of time tonight to tweak the level of the slab. It’s quite flat overall, though there is a tiny bit of ‘fade’ toward the front, where it drops a tiny bit. I did a bit of …
It's Been a Long Time To Get Here
I could write quite a few words describing all the things that had to be done today to make it possible to get the slab into place. Instead, I’ll just thank my good friends Jason, Bob, and Ray …
Finish, sand, repeat.
First thing this evening I spent considerable time wiping down my “finishing booth” hoping to remove as much dust as possible. What I know about getting a good smooth finish with polyurethane is …
Sand, Seal, Stain... Repeat?
Last night after I put my second coat of stain on the slab and removed the excess, I got an uneasy feeling deep in the pit of my stomach. It looked like I had some blotching. Blotching occurs when you …
Fitting and Pegging the Breadboard.
With my breadboard end fitting nicely onto the tongue, I turned my attention to shaping the front (end grain) edge of the breadboard to match the live edge of the slab. I started by marking where the …
Mill the North Edge & Add Bowties.
I made a template for the north edge quite a while ago, but finally milled the edge. This will be important when putting the slab in place, so it conforms to the shape of the wall (which is not …