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  1. Here is a door that I completed in December. It is a stave core door. The inside is popular and the outside is Wenge and maple. I also did all of the stained glass. The inlay is their cattle brands, because they live on a cattle ranch. The first one is without the side glass installed. Also there is a short time-lapse of the process.
  2. I would buy the jointer and make the bench with my new jointer!
  3. I was able to finish all of the fronts. The top is the first one that turned out to be the experimental one. You can see the difference it made. The original one was short about 3/4 from the new ones. I made a little different platen because the Holly was very slightly thicker than the ebony. I decided to tape on a very thin piece of foam. This allowed the ebony to be pushed into the glue that was around the ebony. Then taped and glued the fronts. I also finished gluing the bottoms of the shelves. Because the shelves are 3" thick, I needed
  4. Maybe something like this might work? Page Feed&utm_term=All_Products&utm_content=All Products
  5. Yeah I’m very happy with it too. It makes large glue ups so much less stressful when you can apply that much glue quickly.
  6. I decided to reimagine how I was going to proceed. I wasn't happy with the amount of time and effort that the first shelf front took. I think that the main problem was that the thickness consistency of the Holly was the problem. As a result, I decided to reverse the order I did on the first one and make the Holly 1/8" thick. Then I would cut the strings into 1/16" on the bandsaw, then sand them down to 1/64. After I made all the stringing, I made a template with the right angle. I taped the stringing together and cut it all at once . Then I was able to use the guillotine
  7. I'm not sure what ever happened to the records. I'm sure someone stored them somewhere. It would be interesting to go through them.
  8. I guess it would also depend on how it is used. If you are going to use it as a shelf, I would go with a hard finish like bar top epoxy. Chestnut is right that maintenance with hard wax oils like Rubio or Osmo is much easier. However it seems like maintenance is usually maintained after you notice that it needed maintenance.
  9. Well after I had everything together I didn't like some aspects like small gaps and such. So I spent some time fixing up the errors and making a jig so hopefully the next go around goes a little smoother. You probably can't tell from the pictures but it is a lot better.
  10. Today I got one of the fronts for the shelving done. It was very fussy and took a lot of patience. But, all is well that ends well. Two more to go. I was off about 3/4" over the whole 6' length. This might seem like a lot but turned out to be about 1/128 every inch. Compounding error really catches up to you on spans this long. That is why you build the cabinet around the intricate parts. So now the cabinets final length is 71 1/4.
  11. My mom has a lot of records. She never played them when I was growing up because the record player was broken. She just recently got a new one now that they have come back into style. She listens occasionally. My grandad although long passed has hundreds of Jazz records.
  12. Today I cut out all of the larger squares that go around the squares with Holly. Then I made some jigs to cut all of the Holly that is going around the squares. Here are the jigs. The first one is very simple. I needed the banding to be 1/8" so I made a board with a fence. The fence has to be the same exact with because you are using it as a stop for the edging. Then I took my flush cut saw and made a score. Shoved a razor blade in it. I set the razor in a groove I made that was exactly 1/8" from the fence. Then, I glued a block on the bottom while holding a square onto it. I also glued a litt
  13. I use both but mainly a razor with the grain and a veneer saw against the grain. The best book I have found for starting in veneer is "the craft of veneering" a complete guide from basic to advanced by Craig Thibodeau. I get almost all of my veneer materials from
  14. I started working on the front of the shelves today. Cut one shelf worth of squares. I used the same method as the previous rhombuses. The squares are 2 5/8 from diagonals and the edging is 1/8. Then, set up to cut the holly strips that go around the squares. Got the miters pretty close to where I can appreciate them and batch them out. Tomorrow will be another day of cutting squares, edging and waiting for my glue to arrive. On a side note. This is how I store veneer that is not in use but is in the way. I tape it to my plywood that I am not using anytime soon and stack it up against t
  15. Got all of the ebony veneered onto the three shelves. Still waiting on the glue. It is supposed to be here today. In the meantime, I decided to make a little box using the scraps from the rhombuses. I was originally going to use the scraps for the top but ended up putting on the bottom of the lid. At first, I was going to put a little marquetry piece on the bottom of the lid. I couldn't find anything that I liked that was super simple. So I picked a design that I liked and decided I wanted that for the top. So got out some veneer to pick the colors. Decided on the woods and m
  16. Sorry to hear about your loss. The top looks beautiful!
  17. If you are looking for a high gloss finish associated with French Polish but want a finish that is more durable than Shellac, you should use the lacquer and "rub the finish out". This is the process of adding multiple layers of lacquer and sanding the layers down until you get to a polish grit. Then polish the finish out. Mark talked about this process in the Humidor build if I can remember correctly.
  18. I cut the veneer for the inside of the sides. It is fiddleback English Sycamore. I also taped it and got it ready for the press to find out that I don't have any lightener for the glue. I ordered some and it will arrive on Thursday. So, I shifted gears and started to veneer the shelves. I used the track saw because these are much longer cuts. Here is how I cut veneer with the track saw. I put the sheets on a sheet of mdf. Then tape all the veneer together so they don't move during the cut. This is the blade that I use to get nice clean cuts. Once the sheets are cu
  19. Yeah Coop the original drawing didn't work. The reason is if you look at the right side of the rhombuses they do not go through the center line. The picture is misleading because of the photo. The larger (rhombi?) are the center and outside. There are only four rhombi with boarder attached to them. I originally didn't think there was going to be that much wast. I had it planed for the grain to run with the side of the rhombus. I didn't like that and wanted the grain to be vertical. This caused a lot of waste. Not all is lost though because I'm sure I can find a use for it late