Time to make some more, dust that is, got the sugar chest class end of this week and we will certainly be making some saw dust in it, lots of it.
All the projects are ready to go home to Dallas, Texas, it was a long week or two, not sure exactly, because I had pieces and parts in process , as we did other things, which I do alot, but it all came to gether just fine and its all done.
It used to be I reflected on a build and enjoyed seeing it all done, still to a degree, but seems like nowadays the focus is the next build, but you never walk away until everything is as perfect as possible, all of these were finished in a water based finish, and then rubbed to a satin sheen, I like a rubbed finish , they feel like satin and look like glass, how I like it, and they are durable and cure out fast, so no issues wrapping and shipping, I just like the speed and performance of them . I am actually thinking of pulling the finish process I did here for a show, especially the big cherry top, no blotching, color is even and consistent, and we did a little stain mix to bring it up to match the natural cherry chair, we did 4 years ago, so when they go together everything is matching . There are 2 main components for getting a great finish, preparation, and using quality products, skip either and you can’t expect good results, but many just insist that isn’t the case, many do alot of deciding and figuring, without testing and being sure, I know I get the email’s, you just cant convince people, that many of these box store stains don’t work, they are so weak and inconsistent, but if you say anything, you get blasted, saying they are the leading products, I simply answer and say “no , they are the cheapest and easiest to obtain” there is a big difference.
Oh well, we didn’t use them and were good to go, and the clients will be happy, and on to the next projects, which as I said is the Sugar Chest class, so time to clean the shop up a bit, and get the dovetail jigs and the mortisers all set up, so when everyone hits the door we are ready to rock and roll, building this many sugar chest in 3 days is a challenge, but nothing we can’t handle, got it down to a science, so no issues expected.
I did take a little plunge, and bought me another work bench, http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2081005/30367/Pinnacle-Large-Traditional-Cabinetmakers-Workbench.aspx
We are getting so many request for classes, so decided we needed additional bench and vice’s, so this cured that problem, as well I have another small work bench, with vices, so we should not have any issues, and I have 4 mortisers, and can borrow a 5th if needed, ( Jeff), so looks like we are about set to go …got plenty of chisels, and so forth, might need a few more routers, 🙂 , I think so, but that might be a stretch , so we will see,.
well I need to get to work and shovel out the shop and get material processed for the class, time to rock and roll, and for those coming to the class, get some rest, cause you gonna need it,,, 🙂 later y’all be safe