Category: nj

Tree trunk number 2 complete. The trunk is wha…

Tree trunk number 2 complete. The trunk is what counts, all these little branch ends are just areas that will support the leaf layer above it. That layer will have some gaps cut in so you can see the branches beneath, but the cartoony V’s will all be hidden. Trust me, it makes sense in my head 😉
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#wood #woodworking #woodworker #wooden #scrollsaw #scrollsawart #scrollsawproject #tree #trees #walnut #maple #burl #burlwood #jatoba #wenge #diy #doityourself #handmade #handcrafted #decor #art #wallart #woodart #nj #newjersey #madeinNJ #maker #makersgonnamake #thejawnshop (at New Jersey)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn4tHp5AqZY/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1isye4viluv7m

I’m never using minwax gel stain again. How ma…

I’m never using minwax gel stain again. How many bad experiences does it take to learn a lesson? First picture is after the second coat, which should have made this maple cabinet door a solid dark red chestnut as advertised.
First pic is after the first coat, notice how it’s darker? All the second coat did was wipe off the first. Followed the directions to the letter and even used their recommended pre treatment product. This stuff is garbage. The only thing that is predictable about it is it’s inconsistency and inferior results. I don’t like to complain on social media, but buyer beware, this stuff is JawnShop REJECTED 👎🏻
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#wood #woodwork #woodworker #woodworking #diy #doitforyourself #handmade #handcrafted #cabinet #shakercabinets #finewoodworking #maker #comission #buylocal #buysmall #nj #PA #newjersey #pennsylvania #maple #birch #woodworkingcommunity #thejawnshop #badproduct
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I guess I neglected to post anything about it …

I guess I neglected to post anything about it in my feed, but this weekend in between the fridge cabinet build and getting some materials in order for the hand cut dovetail challenge, I also did a ton of prep work on the scrollsaw tree art project that I started forever ago.
I finally got some contact paper to try out @thehouseoftimber ‘s method for adhering paper templates. Previously, I just used a thin layer of spray adhesive directly on the wood, which didn’t always peel off clean and required razor scraping. Lizzy’s contact paper method works great and bonus: you get to do all those super satisfying contact paper peels! 😃
This is the first little tree that will be in the foreground and will have big leaf maple burl leaves.
To prep all my blanks, they were planed to 1/4”, bookmatched and glued, then sanded to 220. Then I add the contact paper, spray adhesive in the back of my paper template, slap it on and I’m good to scroll. Litzy has a story highlight if you want to see how a pro does it. I’m just a scrollsaw hack 😂
Now that the boring prep work is done, I hope to fit in a little scrolling here or there and make some good progress on this project. I have a story highlight so you can follow along too (I know it’s annoying when I’m jumping from project to project in every other post. Sorry not sorry, it’s how I get things done 🤪).
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#wood #woodworking #woodworker #wooden #scrollsaw #scrollsawart #scrollsawproject #tree #trees #walnut #maple #burl #burlwood #jatoba #wenge #diy #doityourself #handmade #handcrafted #decor #art #wallart #woodart #nj #newjersey #madeinNJ #maker #makersgonnamake #thejawnshop (at New Jersey)
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn1OPvzAvAJ/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=dw0a22lvj6lf

Kind of a slow day recovering from some deep s…

Kind of a slow day recovering from some deep southern NJ fun last night at the monster truck throwdown and BBQ feast. (#teamAvenger swipe to watch him win a heat)
Now I’m in the garage getting the first coat of stain on the fridge cabinet. After some testing that I won’t bore you with, I ended up using the minwax pre stain wood conditioner. It clogged the deep pores nicely on both the birch and maple and generally looked pretty even compared to untreated. Now I’m using a compatible minwax gel stain and ruining perfectly nice wood with an ugly color to match the office’s furniture selection. It’s going to need a few coats to get as dark as the sample swatch I’ve got. So far, so-ok.
Anyone have any tips on how to get stain as dark as the label indicates that it will stain wood? Add black dye or something? Ugh.
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#wood #woodwork #woodworker #woodworking #diy #doitforyourself #handmade #handcrafted #cabinet #shakercabinets #finewoodworking #maker #comission #buylocal #buysmall #nj #PA #newjersey #pennsylvania #maple #birch #woodworkingcommunity #thejawnshop (at Bridgeport Speedway)
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After prepping the wood for the hand cut dovet…

After prepping the wood for the hand cut dovetail challenge, I got back to the fridge cabinet. Final addition was a hidden finger groove in lieu of hardware on the front. Then I re sanded everything to 220 and softened the edges on the maple shaker door.
After all that, I did some pre treatment and stain testing, trying to get this birch to match the maple, and the maple to be as dark and as even as the sample of the existing furniture I’ve got. It’s looking close, but it needs to be darker. We’ll see what a second coat does tomorrow. .
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#wood #woodwork #woodworker #woodworking #diy #doitforyourself #handmade #handcrafted #cabinet #shakercabinets #finewoodworking #maker #comission #buylocal #buysmall #nj #PA #newjersey #pennsylvania #maple #birch #woodworkingcommunity #thejawnshop
https://www.instagram.com/p/BnwyNMeFDdZ/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=1au7j40i06btj

Maple shaker style cabinet update: not much. I…

Maple shaker style cabinet update: not much. It’s out of the clamps and I re-sanded all surfaces at 220, just to make sure there were minimal variations at the joints. Then I got out the DIY euro hinge kit I made for the laundry room upgrade and used it to mark and drill the holes for the cabinet hardware. I don’t usually use forstner bits in maple, man it’s hard stuff! Had to get out a diamond file and touch up the edge twice.
Next job on this will be routing a finger groove as a hidden door pull on the opposite side.
In other news, the new magnets came in, so I got the chisel display drilled, magnetized and assembled. Just some trim work to do next. No pictures, sorry. More tomorrow.
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#wood #woodwork #woodworker #woodworking #diy #doitforyourself #handmade #handcrafted #cabinet #shakercabinets #finewoodworking #maker #comission #buylocal #buysmall #nj #PA #newjersey #pennsylvania #maple #birch #woodworkingcommunity #thejawnshop
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnm4hDBgg27/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=e39s57ht5ot4

Edge banding is done and actually looking pret…

Edge banding is done and actually looking pretty sharp. Hopefully it takes the stain well. The tool of the day award goes to this little @officialstanleytools mini plane. I’ve been calling it an apron plane because that’s where it’s been living since I got it. It’s super handy for lots of little tasks, like trimming edge banding. The band-it edge trimmer worked great on the vinyl, but a real blade was necessary for the birch. The mini plane saved the day.
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#wood #woodwork #woodworker #woodworking #diy #doitforyourself #handmade #handcrafted #cabinet #shakercabinets #finewoodworking #maker #comission #buylocal #buysmall #nj #PA #newjersey #pennsylvania #maple #birch #woodworkingcommunity #thejawnshop
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Add edge banding to my list of “not favorite” …

Add edge banding to my list of “not favorite” tasks.

It occurred to me that the last project with edge banding was melamine with vinyl banding. This is 3/4” birch with birch banding. I’m glad I did the plastic ones to practice because working with actual wood cranked up the challenge a bit. They’re coming out ok and I think any imperfections can be covered over with a little wood putty and stain.
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#wood #woodwork #woodworker #woodworking #diy #doitforyourself #handmade #handcrafted #cabinet #shakercabinets #finewoodworking #maker #comission #buylocal #buysmall #nj #PA #newjersey #pennsylvania #maple #birch #woodworkingcommunity #thejawnshop
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnj2mTEANY3/?utm_source=ig_tumblr_share&igshid=215ze6irupfv

The shaker style cabinet door will be coming o…

The shaker style cabinet door will be coming out of the clamps today. I’ll be doing some finish sanding as well as drilling the holes for the euro hinges and adding a finger groove to the back edge. Probably a job for the router table.
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#wood #woodwork #woodworker #woodworking #diy #doitforyourself #handmade #handcrafted #cabinet #shakercabinets #finewoodworking #maker #comission #buylocal #buysmall #nj #PA #newjersey #pennsylvania #maple #birch #woodworkingcommunity #thejawnshop

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Next up, a whole bunch of edge banding. But on…

Next up, a whole bunch of edge banding. But only half as much as I thought initially. For some reason I counted all the edges, but only the facing edges will need banding. The top and bottom panel edges will be butted up against the inside of the sides, so no need to do those. And that’s great because edge banding is tedious work! I’ll get to this tomorrow.
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#wood #woodwork #woodworker #woodworking #diy #doitforyourself #handmade #handcrafted #cabinet #shakercabinets #finewoodworking #maker #comission #buylocal #buysmall #nj #PA #newjersey #pennsylvania #maple #birch #woodworkingcommunity #thejawnshop

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