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Breadboard Ends - 5 Approaches

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Discover five cross-grain construction strategies to help keep your tabletops and chest lids flat. Cross-grain construction tends to freak out most beginning woodworkers, but it's a viable construction method in many cases. Wide tables and chest lids often employ …Source

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Make Accurate Inside Measurements

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Every woodworker knows not to rely on inside measurements made with a tape measure. Instead, I use two steel rules with dimensions that run to the edges. I butt one rule at each end, so the graduations overlap. To calculate …Source

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Cypress Dining Table and 2 benches

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Cypress Dining Table and 2 benchesApproximately 4' X 8' Cypress dining table and 2 benches. Lots of fun, but challenging to make.



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Ash and Mesquite Urn with Threaded Lid

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Ash and Mesquite Urn with Threaded LidThis is a salvaged vessel I turned a few months ago.
The main body was turned from ash and it split as it dried. This past week I decided to try a few new techniques rather than throw it away. The split was repaired with epoxy and colored mica. I used mesquite dovetail patches called Pewas or Butterflies to prevent it from splitting any further.I have wanted to make a threaded lid for the vessels I've been turning.
It was intimidating to even try but the whole process was simple and very enjoyable for me. I highly recommend the video with Allan Batty called Hand Thread Chasing with Allen Batty on Youtube. The collar and the threaded post are both mesquite and they have 16 t.p.i. (teeth per inch).There are very few North American wood species recommended for threading. I decided to try mesquite because it is so close-grained and does not seem to move as much as most domestic woods. I am very happy with the threads, both male and female. I coated them with C.A. glue to strengthen them after I cut them.The lid is ash and the finial is mesquite.
The lid has an epoxied void where a knothole had been. In the pics I show it oriented in three positions which I am calling~
Feather…
Gem…
and Pewas…
There is a way of adjusting the alignment of the lid by removing a bit of the thread but I haven't decided which orientation I like most.This last pic also shows the threads in the lid.
The Ash and Mesquite Urn stands 7 1/2” tall and 4 3/4” at its widest and with the lid it is 9 1/2” tall.I enjoyed this piece because I had an opportunity to use a lot of different techniques for chucking, re-chucking, trueing and the threading. I also made a few handtools for the thread chasing.Finally, I used a new finishing technique of applying a homemade wipe on finish of mineral spirits, polyurethane and tung oil. Once dry I buffed the pieces with tipoli, white diamond and carnuaba wax.I'm very happy with this piece and all the new processes I am beginning to use.
Thanks for looking.
C & C welcome as always.



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