lowpolyjoe

  • Glad to hear it. Would love to see pics if you get to a point you want to share.

    Good luck.

  • I tried French polishing a few times – bought flakes and special belkol solvent and wool and pumice and rotten stone and cheesecloth, etc… every material I saw referenced in articles and videos on the subject. I just could not get a good result.

    I met someone who used to do lots of French polishing and he said it’s a very slow and tedious…[Read more]

  • Very nice!

  • I just finished my longer version of this stool. It’s a great project and I will probably build a couple more for friends and family.

    One thing that was pointed out to me after I shared some of my pictures, was that a large overhang beyond the legs will make the bench unsafe due to tipping risk. I chose the offset of the legs based on what I…[Read more]

  • I just finished my longer version of this stool. It’s a great project and I will probably build a couple more for friends and family.

    One thing that was pointed out to me after I shared some of my pictures, was that a large overhang beyond the legs will make the bench unsafe due to tipping risk. I chose the offset of the legs based on what I…[Read more]

  • I just finished my longer version of this stool. It’s a great project and I will probably build a couple more for friends and family.

    One thing that was pointed out to me after I shared some of my pictures, was that a large overhang beyond the legs will make the bench unsafe due to tipping risk. I chose the offset of the legs based on what I…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the tip Matt – I’ll try some mineral spirits the next time I have the heart to go look at that project again. heh.

    David – I’ve heard/read so many different descriptions of the French Polish technique that I’m thoroughly confused. I would very much like to hear what Paul has to say on the topic. A professional woodworker I met a few…[Read more]

  • This past weekend I gathered all my French Polishing supplies together to try using some of the abrasive powders to rub out the shellac finish I had applied to some small speaker cabinets. Having everything arranged on the benchtop, I almost started to feel like I knew what I was doing πŸ™‚ I tried French Polishing a few times in the past, so I…[Read more]

  • This past weekend I gathered all my French Polishing supplies together to try using some of the abrasive powders to rub out the shellac finish I had applied to some small speaker cabinets. Having everything arranged on the benchtop, I almost started to feel like I knew what I was doing πŸ™‚ I tried French Polishing a few times in the past, so I…[Read more]

  • This past weekend I gathered all my French Polishing supplies together to try using some of the abrasive powders to rub out the shellac finish I had applied to some small speaker cabinets. Having everything arranged on the benchtop, I almost started to feel like I knew what I was doing πŸ™‚ I tried French Polishing a few times in the past, so I…[Read more]

  • I’ve used that Minwax over shellac many times. Usually apply with a cotton rag, then rub out with steel wool. I’ve experimented with running an electric buffer over the final surface, but I often do more harm than good. Lately I’ve just been relying on the steel wool by hand. I’ve never noticed fibers stuck in the finish but maybe I’m just not…[Read more]

  • lowpolyjoe replied to the topic shellac brush in the forum Finishing 2 years, 9 months ago

    Thanks for the brush link David, I’ve been considering tracking one of those down but been too lazy to poke around.

  • I bought a set of waterstones a few years ago. 4 grits. I did most of my sharpening freehand on those stones for a while but wasn’t getting things as sharp as I would like. Then I bought a honing guide in hopes of getting a better edge. I found the guide frustrating and tedious to use so I barely used it. Recently I decided I’d rather spend…[Read more]

  • lowpolyjoe replied to the topic Tea Box in the forum Projects 3 years ago

    Beautiful! That banding really adds a lot of class

  • lowpolyjoe replied to the topic Possible First Customers in the forum Off-topic 3 years ago

    That’s great, Congrats. I’m not too far from that area – here in Northern NJ πŸ™‚

    I don’t have people skills either, so I can relate to that sort of awkwardness. Heh

    Good luck.

  • lowpolyjoe replied to the topic Rolling Kitchen Island in the forum Projects 3 years ago

    My first attempt at making a dowel. Wish I had (or made)a dowel cutter… these didn’t come out exactly round. Close enough though.

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  • lowpolyjoe replied to the topic Rolling Kitchen Island in the forum Projects 3 years ago

    Lots of stop cuts and rasp/file work for the curved legs. Took more time than I was expecting.

  • lowpolyjoe replied to the topic Rolling Kitchen Island in the forum Projects 3 years ago

    Thanks guys.

    The dog is a South African Mastiff (Boerboel).

    Adding a few construction pics

  • Made from butcherblock I rescued from the garbage. Maybe 70% handtools on this build. Ripping/resawing was done on a table saw because I don’t have that much time on my hands :).

    I would have loved to put a second shelf but it was custom built to fit above/around the dog-bowl holder I had built previously. My monster needs to be able to fit…[Read more]

  • Great project and great photography. Looking forward to more pics

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