handsome display case inherits its good looks from Philadelphia furniture built
during the Chippendale period (roughly 1760-1785). Classic architectural
elements such as flutes, finials, and pediments, and balanced proportions
played a huge role in the furniture of that time.
Shellac’s many attributes have kept it near the top of the finishing charts for centuries, but the only way to understand why is to mix up a batch of flakes or crack open a can. In less time than it takes to read this story, you’ll see how this bug-borne resin adds color and highlights grain quite unlike its modern competition. With just a little practice, you will also discover how you can use this fast-drying film to produce a flawless finish in any workshop situation.
The key to building and outfitting a well-organized, functional workshop is planning and patience. Just ask Bill Sands. After 10 years of planning and four years of outfitting, his Parkersburg, West Virginia, shop is on the verge of completion. “I have one more lathe cabinet to build,” says Bill, a 65-year-old retired research technician. “The shop has evolved to the point where I have what I like.” That means an abundance of cabinets and drawers—some fixed and some mobile—that provide Bill with ready-access to hand tools and accessories whether he’s at the workbench, sanding station, or table saw.
Common among the traditional furniture styles stemming from the classical revival, turned wood finials serve as a crowning ornament for such pieces as our Colonial-style bookcase. Here, we focus on a turned vase and flame design and walk you through the essential steps from beginning to end.
(October 2008) For a fifth year, the Woodcraft stores from Boston to Honolulu are inviting the general public to participate in a pen turn-a-thon event during Veterans Day – Saturday, November 8, 2008 – to craft wooden, high quality pens for American servicemen and women actively deployed overseas as a reminder that people back home remember and appreciate their efforts, company officials announced.
Thanks to writers and editors (like me), woodworkers worry about “food-safe” finishes more than poolside moms fret about kids snarfing down chicken salad sandwiches then diving into the deep end. To address this matter, let me start off by making one point loud and clear:
All drying oils and varnishes sold for finishing wood are non-toxic and food safe when fully cured.