Techniques

Flush trim band saw jig

Ever have to trim 1/16″ or 1/8″ from end grain but the piece won’t fit your shooting board, and the table saw is out of the question? I had this problem on the morning bar doors below where I had to flush trim the ends of the book matched ash (unstained in the photo). So…

Projects

Sacristy table

This table was built with unusually long legs to accommodate a tall altar cloth container underneath. The table is sturdily built with a pleasing undercut beveled overhang to maximize surface area. This table was challenging in that a dark stain was used along with an inlay that could not be stained. The water based finish…

Reviews

Lee Valley Veritas cabinet scraper

Hey, never had one of these before. Wow, is it handy! This is the Lee Valley Veritas cabinet scraper. It is sharpened differently than a chisel or plane blade, but it’s really easy. Plus it has two burrs, once you go thru one, you have another ready to go. Here’s a few pics and it…

Projects

Altar

Altar made with red oak A2 plain sliced plywood, and air dried quarter sawn red oak, with 24 way red oak match veneer sunburst. Red oak columns, capitals and carvings (hand carved), and crown gilding were done by Jorge Posada. Gold accents by Shannon Pable.  

Projects

Drying tray

Drying tray with waterproof epoxy coating for drying cruets after Masses. Made from red oak with walnut steam bent handles, inlay, and birch pegs topped with mother-of-pearl buttons.

Projects

Holy water fonts

This interesting project was the result of being asked to install these 2 solid brass holy water fonts at the entrance to the chapel. The finish matches the dye/stain water based finish used on the altar and interior of the chapel itself. They were mounted with a theft resistant security hanger system from ArtRight purchased…

Reviews

iVac Blast gate review

You’ll never know how valuable and time saving this new product is until you actually use it. Well, you don’t actually “use” it because it’s totally automatic! Once set up and getting familiar with the options, I couldn’t be happier. That’s because I no longer have to open blast gates when I go to a┬ápiece…

Reviews

Lie Nielson small router plane

I recently needed a router plane for some inlay work to clean up the groove bottoms cut on my router table. So I proceeded over to the local Woodcraft to see what they had. I discussed it with Steve Quehl, the owner of the store who is a big hand tool aficionado, and he suggested…

Techniques

Who says you don’t have to sand?

I bought a #4 smoother with the intent of using it for final prep before finishing, i.e. eliminating the need for sanding. After several projects (2 vanities, medicine cabinet doors, shaker table, etc.) I’ve come to realize that sanding is still absolutely necessary. My smoother and/or hand scraper inevitably leaves chatter marks that are visible…

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