Category Archives: How To

Hide Glue

I am often asked “How did you learn about woodworking and furniture restoration?”. The answer:  I read books, I look at a lot of quality hand made furniture, I practice, and I ask the experts questions. This book is a … Continue reading

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Entry Door Rennovation: mortising the adjustable hinges

The next few posts will be about replacement of a an existing steel entry door, jambs, and threshold with you guessed it….wood. The better part of yesterday was spent taking measurements, and making a few jigs to help with the … Continue reading

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How to make custom bathroom mirror

How to make a custom mirror frame for your bathroom… Remove existing full wall mirror (builder’s grade crap as we call it around here) Take old mirror to local glass cutter and have them cut to smaller size (support local … Continue reading

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Stanley plane restoration

Today has not been a very good morning for George.  Let’s just say his gastrointestinal tract is in chaos due to the antibiotics he was prescribed to help with his private parts.  So after cleaning up his sleeping area and … Continue reading

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Patio Build: trim out day 9 (applied geomerty)

Here’s your brain teaser for the day. Calculate the miter angle for the base cap given with a 20 degree slope? Answer:  42 degrees, with a 19 degree tilt. Maybe we should bring wood shop class back to high school … Continue reading

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The project for yesterday was to make a mahogany base for a cast bronze sculpture.  The client asked for the base to be about 1.5″ thick and 12″ in diameter. Two yellow flags right away.  Where was I going to … Continue reading

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Patio Build: trim out day 3

Here’s the drill.  Grab 4, 1″ by 6″ by 16′ long boards put them on a bench, sand with 180 grit, measure and cut to rough length, measure and cut to final length, check placement with story stick, hold board … Continue reading

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Patio Build: trim out day 2

Progress continues with the patio remodel as the cypress is being installed. Included this one just in case you thought I was a neat freak…..OK, actually I have been known to wash the shop floor, but it’s been a while.

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Patio Build: Trim Out day 1

Actually not day 1 because the ceiling is partially done, but since that was done last year, I’m resetting the counter.  Today’s focus was the two patio doors. The cypress has been under cover for the past week, and I … Continue reading

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Road Trip: Certainly Wood

A few years ago I purchased the veneer for the table in the above photo from Certainly Wood. Yesterday’s road trip was to Certainly Wood in East Aurora NY.  OK, so this place is amazing.  The service, the selection, the … Continue reading

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