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Started by Dave, July 10, 2017, 07:26:50 PM
Quote from: Tank on July 16, 2020, 09:43:55 AMI can't use tung oil as it is derived from a nut. One of my grandsons has a nut allergy. So best not.
Quote from: Tank on July 26, 2020, 04:42:43 PM12. Finished with dice tiles inside.
Quote from: Dark Lightning on July 26, 2020, 10:11:53 PMFor sharpening my knives, I bought a kit by SmithsProducts. You can see the slots for different angles.https://www.smithsproducts.com/standard-precision-sharpening-system
Quote from: Recusant on July 26, 2020, 10:26:13 PMQuote from: Tank on July 16, 2020, 09:43:55 AMI can't use tung oil as it is derived from a nut. One of my grandsons has a nut allergy. So best not.Ah, good thinking! You might try the Minwax "Tung Oil Finish" that is actually linseed oil based with some additives to make it behave more like tung oil. I've never used raw linseed oil because it can take a long time to cure. Commercial boiled linseed oil is not actually boiled any more. It has chemical additives to duplicate the change that boiling produces. A less toxic choice that also cures quickly is something like Parr's Danish Oil, which is a polymerised linseed oil. Polymerisation is achieved by heating the oil in an oxygen-free vessel for several days--no chemical additives.
Quote from: Dark Lightning on July 27, 2020, 04:18:53 AMParr's might be like Watco's Danish oil finish. I didn't read through Recusant's link that far. I used Watco's Danish oil finish on this carving tool chest I built recently. I tried an oil-based wiping finish that gave excellent depth, but then had blebs in the finish that I just couldn't get rid of without sanding it all the way off...TWICE. I then tried spray spar urethane, which gave such a bad orange peel finish that I sanded that all the way down to bare wood, as well. I've previously had success with the spar urethane flowing out, but I suspect that California legislation has ruined yet another formula, I dunno. I ended up using Watco's Danish oil finish in a medium walnut color to finish this carving tool chest. It's made of black walnut, and the medium walnut color deepened the color without obscuring the grain. The only other treatment of the wood was a bunch of carnauba wax. It's all pretty much the same color, but the lighting makes it look like the top and sides are different. My camera skills are a bit lacking, to say the least.
Quote from: hermes2015 on July 27, 2020, 04:36:39 AMQuote from: Tank on July 26, 2020, 04:42:43 PM12. Finished with dice tiles inside.It came out well. That hinge method is very satisfying, with the brass rod that, I assume, goes all the way through the lid from left to right.
Quote from: Tank on July 27, 2020, 06:22:27 PMThanks DL. They do look lovely
Quote from: Icarus on July 28, 2020, 01:38:51 AMA spectacular work DL. You are making the rest of us look pedestrian.
Quote from: Dark Lightning on July 28, 2020, 04:01:34 AMOn that note, there is no way that I would have the vision to make a painting like your "Opera".
Quote from: Dark Lightning on July 28, 2020, 04:01:34 AMQuote from: Icarus on July 28, 2020, 01:38:51 AMA spectacular work DL. You are making the rest of us look pedestrian.I appreciate that compliment, Icarus, and I almost didn't post those pictures for the simple reason that I don't like "strangling a baby in the cradle". But that comes at a cost of having done wood working for literally 6 decades. I think that I cut my first board with a saw at age 6. I'll never knock another's work, because we are all just somewhere on the learning curve. If you go over to the https://www.lumberjocks.com/ website, where I post under the same nick, you will see people's work that simply put me to shame. There are people there who make pill sorting trays from plywood, and they don't get laughed at, for that reason. I will say that for as little time as Tank has appeared to have been working wood, and given his equipment, he's doing extremely well.On that note, there is no way that I would have the vision to make a painting like your "Opera". I am a mechanical draftsman in that regard, and learning wood carving is breaking me from it. When I worked as an engineer, the parts or the machine had to follow strict guidelines for dimensioning and tolerancing, if the parts were going to fit together and work. One of my early carvings was of a wood spirit (I like them, even though the idea of a spirit living in a tree is something that I find ludicrous). In the tutorial, I followed the steps exactly, but some pieces broke off, as they will, when carving wood. But I was looking at the cover of that book and at the tutorial, and the pictures were different! It was then that I realized that carving, as an artistic endeavor, is free of a lot of the strictures that the machinists and I were held to in a production environment.