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About wentzelwood

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  1. wentzelwood

    walnut bench 011

    Yes it was el capitan.
  2. you guys make money doing this? most of our galleries 50%. They work for it though and it gets your name out for customers to approach you directly which is nice because you get the commision. I say this because if a gallery finds you selling similar piece and trying to undercut them you'll never show there again. how do you pay yourself to sell a piece? are you driving to craft fairs with entrance fees? you have to recover those costs. The price to produce a piece is just a part.
  3. as a shipwright i would never put a piece of sap wood on the exterior of a boat, inside maybe as a feature. as for furniture, bring it on. it can create great highlights. the hardest part i have with it is finishing.
  4. your epoxy blushed. when a two part epoxy cures it has a biproduct, a blush...a waxy film. sanding only smears it around. warm water a rag work, some say vinegar. others will go the acetone route. there are non'blushing epoxies but not to be as ultimately waterproof as one that does form a blush. varnish should stick, no problem with normal surface prep.
  5. love the idea of leaving gaps"mortices" for the leg tenons. do the glue up in stages, the top in two halves. you can also do the glue up on a flat surface with weights on top and wedge and block the top together or a spanish windlass. Look for flat grain boards so when face glue, you end up with vertical grain on the bench top surface and a much more durable surface.
  6. I would agree with franklin pug. Look for a local community college to get the nuts and bolts of machine tool safety. I took intro to woodworking classes at Seattle Central Community College, built a tool box and an independent project with advise from the instructor. Many school programs also have open shop courses which basically cover machine costs but allows you to experiment before purchasing a shop's worth of tools, an instructor is usually there for safety and advice. I liked boats so i started volunteering at the Center For Wooden Boats. Call and visit local shops and furniture makers, call first some of us don't like dropins. Explore on the cheap before dropping dough...it will also give you an better idea for a direction to head in. I went to the NW School of Wooden boat building, cheaper then than now. Another school I like because of my familiarity is the NW School of Woodworking, I've heard great things about their 12 week handtool intensive. All this may apply more to a west coaster but if you're willing to make the trip it would be worth it. Books: Tage Frid teaches woodworking; The Complete Woodworker's companion, Roger Holmes; Woodwork(ing?) Joints, Don't Buy crappy tools. One at a time, as you need. Look for a tool collector club, they usually have yearly get togethers and good usable tools(not collector quality) can be found.
  7. this is a workbench we're talking about, build it and use it. if you could i would build a thicker top(laminate 2x4, if all available and thru bolt)and flatten as it may change through the seasoning. build and learn with the tools and material available to you, including what time you have, it's nice to see progress. the environment in which you choose to work will teach you about how to choose and use your wood for it's particular cycles, dont ship a piece to the desert .also probably not the last bench you will build
  8. wentzelwood

    Captured Live Edge benches

    Captured live edge benches by Wentzel Woodworking, Port Townsend, WA.
  9. wentzelwood

    Madrone Bench 008

    thanks chet. i've been working on the design for a few years. no glue or screws.
  10. Old forum new tricks. I've been a shipwright for 13 years and now delving into furniture. Living in Port Townsend has been a ideal location because of access to Edensaw. Not to mention all the great craftspeople in town, it really makes you bring your "A game", and their creating more with the excellent classes at PT School of Woodworking and NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding. With an upcoming Furniture Society Conference this year in PT, look for more from us.
  11. I don't see much mention of it but i love walnut and madrone. I just scored bunch of black locust and have been struggling to find a complementary wood choice for it. any ideas?
  12. The bench has a sister, both of which belong to a 40"x9' bookmatched slab table. It almost looks like the slabs could have been from the same tree. Pic was too big and couldn't figure out how to shrink it. it can be seen on my google+ page. wentzelwoodworking. Claro burls have just amazing figure. lots and lots of scraping. As for the bench design, very fun one i've been working on. The first one was madrone with slab leg. FWW#233pg.75. no glue or fasteners on either bench is the trick.
  13. I've recently built and finished a claro walnut table and benches. the finish i chose is a 50/50 mix of varnish/tung oil. wet sand in finish from 220 grit(i'll sometimes skip), 320, 400, 600...etc. until you get what you want. thin the first couple coats and i'll do two coats at the lowest grit. I then follow up with Skidmore's restoration cream, a beeswax/tungoil finish. very smooth feel, easy to maintain and repair, no plastic look