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Old 24-01-2014, 09:28 PM   #201
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Reupholstered this stool I got out of a skip I even customised the leather




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Old 25-01-2014, 12:25 PM   #202
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Reupholstered this stool I got out of a skip I even customised the leather



Nice work, much better that Ikea, did you emboss the leather with the Celtic patterns.
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Old 27-01-2014, 11:03 PM   #203
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Nice work, much better that Ikea, did you emboss the leather with the Celtic patterns.
Yeah but not by hand I used a machine to etch it. It draw it by hand though it's from a listed church from where I used to live in Hampshire, we probably stole if from the Celts though


Also found this chest at the same time it had alot more black and crap on it before this though.


Polished it up nicely as below. Despite pine being 'fashionable' I generally dont like it compared to say oak, elm or fruitwoods. However I think I am starting to 'get it' after doing this up.
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Old 28-01-2014, 05:42 PM   #204
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Yeah but not by hand I used a machine to etch it. It draw it by hand though it's from a listed church from where I used to live in Hampshire, we probably stole if from the Celts though


Also found this chest at the same time it had alot more black and crap on it before this though.


Polished it up nicely as below. Despite pine being 'fashionable' I generally dont like it compared to say oak, elm or fruitwoods. However I think I am starting to 'get it' after doing this up.
Looks a lot better now its done, but what counts most of all is, you like it whatever it is.
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Old 30-01-2014, 05:28 PM   #205
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Fantastic !!, superglue. More like a piece of art.

I had a do at the leather pouch & lined it with some deep purple velvet, quite proud of myself

I bought an overstich wheel & a small hole punch off ebay, made the job even easier, thanks for the inspiration.
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Old 30-01-2014, 05:46 PM   #206
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Fantastic !!, superglue. More like a piece of art.

I had a do at the leather pouch & lined it with some deep purple velvet, quite proud of myself

I bought an overstich wheel & a small hole punch off ebay, made the job even easier, thanks for the inspiration.
Thanks getagrip, glad you got something out of the skills model, when things appear before the eyes that the hands created, it is a kind of art isn't it, we were all born to create and yet we use the better part of our consciousness to destroy, is this normal, I don't know, all I do know is we must carry on creating whatever happens.

If we allow ourselves to become slaves to the familiar rhythm, we eventually loose our link with the earth I think .
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Old 31-01-2014, 08:51 PM   #207
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Scratch awl is nice, sure you couldn,t use that, its too nice

Saw sharpening aids are good too, and definitely hand sharpened saws are far superior to , putting them in for a resharpen.

I,ve seen so many good saws ruined from recutting. As saw sharpeners on the high street, recut, thinking its sharpening. Its not as you know. A saw needs to be hand sharpened to the correct angle from both sides obviously to get a perfect even cut.Machine sharpened/recut saws are only done form one side, and this causes the saw to have a bias on one side, and pull to one side while cutting.

So as you say super g, learn the skill, and get a sweet cutting saw into the bargain
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Old 31-01-2014, 08:55 PM   #208
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Talking to a don at a Uni work conference this morning.
He retires soon and signed up a while ago on a French Polishing course as a pre retirement hobby.
He told me that he has orders backed up to do French Polishing for antique furniture restorers.
There's a trade I'd thought had all but disappeared.
Apparently not.
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Old 31-01-2014, 10:44 PM   #209
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Talking to a don at a Uni work conference this morning.
He retires soon and signed up a while ago on a French Polishing course as a pre retirement hobby.
He told me that he has orders backed up to do French Polishing for antique furniture restorers.
There's a trade I'd thought had all but disappeared.
Apparently not.
Its much easier to find a french polisher than alot of other skills. Traditional upholstery is a tricky one to find. Who wants to play with horse hair and springs when you can bung in a piece of foam!

Best of luck with your course. As an apprentice I did an antique childs chair once, put me off it till quite a few years later. Then again I wasnt given much instruction. You do have to work fairly quick though.
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Old 31-01-2014, 10:47 PM   #210
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An American white oak chopping board made from a scrap end/cut off, very useful for the kitchen.

Fantastic board, did you make the knife too? Looks like a high quality Japanese one.
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Old 31-01-2014, 11:25 PM   #211
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Chopping board in american red oak is a nice addition to any kitchen, and safer than other materials too.
Wooden chopping boards contain an enzyme that inhibits the growth of bacteria on the board, far better than a man made fibre material or plastic.
And of course it looks the business.
Nice
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Super Glue, I was just wondering. Have you ever tried a chicken coop? Or do you have any ideas to share on them?

Just curious.

Thanks
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Chopping board in american red oak is a nice addition to any kitchen, and safer than other materials too.
Wooden chopping boards contain an enzyme that inhibits the growth of bacteria on the board, far better than a man made fibre material or plastic.
And of course it looks the business.
Nice
That's right Gris, butchers still use the old beach chopping blocks, I think the oak contains tannins is that correct, the same tannins that tan leather the old and still the best way.
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Super Glue, I was just wondering. Have you ever tried a chicken coop? Or do you have any ideas to share on them?

Just curious.

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Do you mean a chicken run type cage.
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Fantastic board, did you make the knife too? Looks like a high quality Japanese one.
The knife was a present from our Japanese student for looking after him when he was here with us.

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Scratch awl is nice, sure you couldn,t use that, its too nice

Saw sharpening aids are good too, and definitely hand sharpened saws are far superior to , putting them in for a resharpen.

I,ve seen so many good saws ruined from recutting. As saw sharpeners on the high street, recut, thinking its sharpening. Its not as you know. A saw needs to be hand sharpened to the correct angle from both sides obviously to get a perfect even cut.Machine sharpened/recut saws are only done form one side, and this causes the saw to have a bias on one side, and pull to one side while cutting.

So as you say super g, learn the skill, and get a sweet cutting saw into the bargain
An old Goreman showed me how to sharpen saws properly about 25 years ago, the money I have saved instead of buying those hard point/throw away versions must run into the many thousands by now.

I once made the mistake in sending a nice breasted saw to the cutters, when it came back it was a flat tooth line instead of a curved one, wasn't best pleased as it took me two years of tweaking whilst sharpening her every time to get it back again.

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Talking to a don at a Uni work conference this morning.
He retires soon and signed up a while ago on a French Polishing course as a pre retirement hobby.
He told me that he has orders backed up to do French Polishing for antique furniture restorers.
There's a trade I'd thought had all but disappeared.
Apparently not.
The old guy who was my saw doctor tutor is also a polisher, did you know that the French call it English polishing , he also restores furniture and swears by animal glue for this, as was originally used.

We did a glue strength test one year, by gluing together exactly the same length and width of sticks, the same overlap etc, the animal glue won hands down, boy did the old boys know what they were doing
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Its much easier to find a french polisher than alot of other skills. Traditional upholstery is a tricky one to find. Who wants to play with horse hair and springs when you can bung in a piece of foam!

Best of luck with your course. As an apprentice I did an antique childs chair once, put me off it till quite a few years later. Then again I wasnt given much instruction. You do have to work fairly quick though.
We have a couple of boys and upholsterers here in town, who once worked for the Royals at Windsor, making curtains etc, the quality of the stuff they do is mind blowing.
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Do you mean a chicken run type cage.
Yes, lol. A simple one I guess. Or an easy nice looking one, lol.
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Yes, lol. A simple one I guess. Or an easy nice looking one, lol.
The easiest way to make one, is get two lengths of plastic water pipe and a wooden frame for the floor and then bend the pipes from the corners to form a dome, then cover with chicken netting, move them around on some rough ground and the chucks will mow it all down. for the rest area use a simple wooden box with a perch just off the floor.
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