Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Exterior Woodwork Presentation Followup

Woodwork like this can be brought back and will last another 100 yrs
Just want to extend a thanks to those who attended, you were a great group to work with on this decidedly un-fun, but important, topic. A special thanks to Abatron for supplying a wood restoration kit for use at this presentation. As usual here is my follow up to questions that came up at the workshop.

Probably number one was an alternative to the professional grade Abatron products. I only have experience with these products from Minwax, which have held up fine for the past 10 yrs where I have put them to use, for smaller cracks and voids. For a filler/putty the Minwax High Performance Wood Filler works but is sticker and harder to work with. For a consolidant/wood hardener the Minwax High Performance Wood Hardener does work. Both are available at local home stores.

Here's a link to some thoughts on these products from Historic HomeWorks, they are near the end of the page, just above the heading "Opinion".

Comments and questions are always welcome.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Before and After on Facebook

The kitchen today
Just wanted to let everyone know we're doing a fun look back at some remodeling projects that we've done in the past 10 years. Before and after photos of each space. Head on over to our Facebook page and check them out. Also "Like" us over there so you don't miss any. We've got quite a few.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Thanks to all who attended the workbench presentation!

A great group of people and a great bench
Just wanted to send a quick thanks to everyone who came to the workbench presentation on Saturday at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center. Everyone really got involved in constructing the bench and it came together great.  We had several people who were working with tools and building something for the very first time. Hopefully they had a good time and will find out more.

Cleaning up and signing our work
A special thanks to Mike Siemsen, of Mike Siemsen School of Woodworking, whom I met at Woodworking in America in 2013. He inspired me to build this bench style for my shop and with the utility of the design for all kinds of work and the low cost I'm glad I got to share it with a few more people. It's a great bench that's easy to construct and a lot of thanks to Mike for his work on this design.

As we went along participants really jumped right in
As always anyone interested in woodworking or that has questions should feel free to contact me either through the comments on this blog or via my email under my blog profile. Look forward to hearing from you!