Saturday, April 22, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
|The damage handle on the right. My reproduction on the left.|
Restorers love dogs! Especially if they enjoy chewing on furniture. This was the case with the handle seen above. Often when the damage has occurred there is usually no going back and saving what was left. A new handle had to be made to match the rest of suite of furniture in the home. Like everything in this field having to reproduce one of something is more time costly than making several.
Once I shaped the handle using the original as a pattern I was able to cut close to the shape on the bandsaw, sand to my lines with the Rigid belt and spindle sander combo machine, and than router cut the rabbets on the edge. Rabbeting the edges was easy but what about the ends?
If I was making more than one than I would make a jig and pattern and flush trim the shape. But again its just one handle. So I traced the bottom reveal from the original handle and pared down to the line with my Lee Valley Pm\M-V11 chisel, which works and cuts like a dream. If you want to read up more on that please visit:http://periodcraftsmen.blogspot.com/2016/12/lee-valley-veritas-pm-v11-chisels.html.
Once the rabbets around the whole edge was cut it was time to shape the quarter round. Sadly a router bit couldn't take care of this issue quickly so I had to use a scratch stock and cutter.
|Here is a view of the scratch stock and cutter working the ledge to shape.|
|Another view of the cutter shaping the quarter round. The scratch stock made quick work of the lipping.|
|Locating the cutter was simple because I had an original handle to match the location and desired shape.|
|Once all the scratch stocking is done I proceed to further refining the edge with a carving tool. After a little sanding I am ready to cut the groove for the banding.|
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
When finishing there are only 3 ways to apply a finish- by brush, pad, and spray. While brushing and padding works perfectly fine, spraying is my preferred choice of applying most of my finishes. The gun of choice is a (HVLP) High volume low pressure spray gun purchase TCP Global.
My newest gun which is about a month old is a gravity feed Devilbiss HVLP spot spray gun with Dekups system. The Dekups system is nothing more than throw away or reusable liners that allows you to quickly change from dye, stain, or solvent base finishes. Since the gun is gravity feed there is very little solvent cleaning necessary. This is especially true if you are using carburetor cleaner. A couple squirts and the gun is ready for the next cup (The whole carburetor tip was given to me by the only and only Mike Mascelli, who happens to be the man behind the Groop. Groop is basically the word used to describe the professional refinishers group.).
The reason why I am sharing this with you is simply because my finish work has been elevated to a whole new level. Not only is the quality of my finish even better, but my turn around time has increased significantly. Now you can't do everything with the gun, but boy you can almost do it all. What I also love about this gun is that I don't need a huge compressor. The compressor I own was once made by Devilbiss from the 70's, its 110v, single stage, and I think about 40 gallons. The compressor is perfect for everything I do in the shop and its very quiet.
The perks of the gun beyond the Dekups system is the control of air flow, atomizing, and balance. The gun is easy to use, to adjust, and a joy to use. So if you are in the market consider this gem. I wish I did sooner.
The set up. A simple twist and the Dekup system is ready to go.
The set up with cups, liners, and lids.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Lets talk business! In my business I have learned the hard way that you can't always trust every word or promise coming from your client. While this may be hard to swallow or even read by many, it is the truth. Sadly like everything in life a few bad apples spoils it for everyone else.
When it comes to business I am now a big believer in having a small contract ready for all transactions big or small. The contract I use entails the contact information, the dimensions of the items, the species, the condition of the item, the work necessary, an estimate, an agreement and understanding that I am not responsible for fire, theft, damage, the payment schedule. Lastly in the proposal I roughly give them a possible date of completion. I always like to keep the client informed of my schedule just incase a job before theirs gets delayed, that way they understand their starting date may get pushed back. The reason for this is that I am a one man shoppe and I can only do so much.
For payments I now request 1/2 up front, a 1/4 of the payment three quaters of the way done, and 1/4 on delivery. I must get paid first before delivery even starts. If the payment is over a $1,000 dollars they can pay me in a check, with credit card, and/or cash. If I have a funny feeling I am going to going to get screwed or if this is the first time doing business with a client than a bank check and cash is the only option. As a business you must be aware that clients can cancel a check and a credit card payment. But the client can not cancel a bank check and this gives me the necessary control of a transaction.
This leads me to holding furniture as ransom. Please note this doesn't happen often but when it does I must be prepared. There have been times that I set up a delivery, unload the furniture, and than client tells me oh I forgot the check book at the office or I don't have my wallet. Often clients are being honest but you never really know. There has been times that I delivered a chest of drawers and I have taken back the drawers. There has been other times that I taken the leaves of the dining table, or even taken the seats of a set of chairs but left the chairs. This is how I control the situation. This is business and I often compare myself to a car mechanic. If you drop off your car for repairs, than when come to pick up your vehicle the bill must be paid.
In the same retrospect if something is wrong with the piece I repaired than I have the responsibility to take care of the piece at no cost to the client. That is of course if the issue was agreed upon in the contract.
I hope this post is helpful for you and may it give you a better understanding what this business is all about.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Here I am leveling each rack on center of ever other stud. Each stud is about 16 inches on center. Again amazingly this took very little time at all to set up. An added pair hands always helps but you can do attach these without issue by yourself.
Once all four racks are up I start filling them up. I am very happy with all the new added floor space and storage. My approach was the lightest material on the very top, like pine, basswood, and poplar. On the bottom rack I got thick material like walnut, maple, Swiss pear, etc.
In the end I wish I got racks up sooner. But I am happy I waited for Triton to supply me with the racks. Now I need to get more. To purchase the Triton Lumber Storage Racks click on me and this will direct you to home depot which appears to be the cheapest place to get them.
Please note I only give high praise to items that deserve it. I am and will never be bought by a supplier. These racks are just too good not to share and won't break the bank.
This past week I had the great opportunity to partake in a podcast with the Modern Woodworkers Association. Link: Modern Woodworkers Association. Please take a listen, enjoy, and follow.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Finally the traveling/inlay bench is complete. The overall bench concept is inspired from Steve Latta who is a furniture maker and teacher in Lancaster, PA. Steve also wrote an article on this very bench in Fine Woodworking Magazine issue #244 in the Tools and Shops Issue 2015.
The bench I made is about 42 inches long without the vise by 10 inches wide x 12 inches tall. For the bench dogs I used the Lee Valley brass dogs and are 3/4 inch diameter. These are hands down my favorite form of bench dogs and I use them in all my benches. The vise I am using on the bench is a quick action #52 Record vise but any decent vise should work. Really take a look at vise options for new vises aren't as good or plentiful as they once were.
|The legs are connected with dowels and located with dowel centers.|
|The dowel centers assisted in transferring the leg location to the top .|
|For added strength and insurance a block was added and screw to the leg and the top.|