Tuesday, April 12, 2016

more stuff

more time flies by, and again i find i'm not doing much writing on my blog here ... been busy, and the work, 
while interesting, is not that new or challenging that it needs to be explained too much ... 
so, we'll continue with the show and tell ...
here we have a small claro walnut slab dining table, about 36-38 x 72 with a walnut bench.
headed to sag harbor soon with a nice mottled green vermont slate and steel coffee table .
'rothkoesque' i believe would be a good description ...
and we're about to wrap up this steel and pine bar .. 
a couple more coats of finish on the top and it will be good to go
'mountains and stream' steel work by sam
and this is how it starts ...
and another one of those 'oil finish in a sunny room' tables from 1991 returned for a visit.
trevor removed the breadboard ends, and rescraped it with his trusty stanley 81
to see what you can do with that tool in 21 seconds, here's a link to a youtube video.
most woodworkers have one of these tools hanging around, but few of them use them as much as we
do .. i don't think it took him more than 15 minutes to get the old finish off and expose the beautiful wood below. 
tah dah .. better than new ... the aged cherry color is beautiful ..
this one, from 1989, from the same client, was a little more of a challenge with the black milk paint details ...
we first scraped what we could, then using a piece of 1/4" mdf to shield the long sections of the center detail
we carefully removed the finish with a chiselscraper.  in case you are unfamiliar with it, a chiselscraper is
 a new tool i made by putting a scraper type hook on a 1" chisel.  a valuable leap of logic.
again .. better than new .. we left the spot where the puppy chewed the breadboard end 
and just a few of the deeper and more meaningful scratches.

and we've got a couple new claro walnut slab projects coming up. the one above is going to be 
a dining table in a half round room ...
about 60" x about 65" with a new base design that looks good on the model ..
and this one is gonna be a big coffee table about 48 x 66 ..
and, on top of all this, i have a kitchen design i'm in the middle of .. more on that later ...

the fish are biting for sam
and i'm back to painting with my friend horst ...

all for now ...
see my dorset custom furniture facebook page for a few good merle haggard videos ..
gonna miss merle too ...


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