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by sgiandubh
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: 'Cut & Dried' timber tech book released
Replies: 7
Views: 3779

Re: 'Cut & Dried' timber tech book released

thatsnotafestool wrote:LOL.... I did dip in to try and find any information on column loading. But unfortunately that bit is missing ;) Still a great book :D
What! You have a copy from which the printer excluded Chapter 14? You'd better get on to the publisher about that, ha, ha. Slainte.
by sgiandubh
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: 'Cut & Dried' timber tech book released
Replies: 7
Views: 3779

Re: 'Cut & Dried' timber tech book released

I've only just got my copy but the little I've read to date has me wanting more spare time to read the rest. Excellent. Many thanks for that positive comment. I hope you find much more of interest as and when you have time to read. I do however think it's one of those books that most are likely to ...
by sgiandubh
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:16 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: 'Cut & Dried' timber tech book released
Replies: 7
Views: 3779

Re: 'Cut & Dried' timber tech book released

Congratulations on getting a book published! It looks like a huge amount of effort has gone into it from looking at the excerpt. Thanks for the congratulations. You're correct to assume there was a lot of work went into it. I just hope many woodworkers, whether experienced, just beginning, professi...
by sgiandubh
Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: 'Cut & Dried' timber tech book released
Replies: 7
Views: 3779

'Cut & Dried' timber tech book released

My book, Cut & Dried: A Woodworker's Guide to Timber Technology has at long last been released, and for anyone here in the UK who might be interested in getting a copy, Classic Hand Tools is the UK retailer. Outwith the UK the best source of information about availability is the publisher Lost Art P...
by sgiandubh
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Oak refectory table
Replies: 8
Views: 3954

Re: Oak refectory table

will1983 wrote:Ah I understand now. Thank you for your explanation Richard.
My pleasure. Slainte.
by sgiandubh
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Oak refectory table
Replies: 8
Views: 3954

Re: Oak refectory table

I meant to say before, but I appreciate the feedback on the usefulness, or just interest, you found of illustrated manufacturing stages from rhr, Roger and Keith. Thanks. Slainte.
by sgiandubh
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Oak refectory table
Replies: 8
Views: 3954

Re: Oak refectory table

Sorry, I don't really understand the purpose of the lag bolts. To clarify, do these run horizontally through the breadboard ends and into the ends of the main long side members of the table top? If so why are they needed if the mortises have been dowelled? Also would they not interfere with the mov...
by sgiandubh
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Oak refectory table
Replies: 8
Views: 3954

Oak refectory table

Having just started new thread with news about a book I've written, here's something about a project that's a bit more normal for here, i.e., a recent build of an American oak refectory table with a pedestal leg. Dimensions are 2550 mm L X 1100 mm W X ~750 mm H. It's not my design and my role was to...
by sgiandubh
Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: 'Cut & Dried' timber tech book released
Replies: 7
Views: 3779

'Cut & Dried' timber tech book released

I've been pretty quiet here for a fair old time. Not had much to say because I've been busy on other things. This is not a typical completed project with plenty of photographs to show processes, but it is news about a project of mine nearing completion. Over nearly a decade I created a manuscript on...
by sgiandubh
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Air Dried Or Green Oak For External Use?
Replies: 6
Views: 2613

Re: Air Dried Or Green Oak For External Use?

May I say, what I nice piece of information. I sometimes forget all this stuff and then you come along and re-kindle my interest, cheers from me ;) Mark Many thanks for that Mark. I'm not the most prolific of posters around these parts as I'm sure you've noticed, nor anywhere else I suppose, but if...
by sgiandubh
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Air Dried Or Green Oak For External Use?
Replies: 6
Views: 2613

Re: Air Dried Or Green Oak For External Use?

I am not a professional. However green oak can shrink by as much as 20% so if you are using thin slats you might want something dryish to star with to avoid splits or shrinkage. I'm not sure where you might have got the 20% shrinkage factor from, but it is a bit generoust. European oak has a shrink...
by sgiandubh
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: British Carpenters Jargon
Replies: 11
Views: 4074

Re: British Carpenters Jargon

"A comparative analysis of the professional jargon by British and Polish Carpenters." A couple of snippets for you from Scotland: Wheelie = hand drill, also sometimes known as an eggbeater drill particularly in American parlance. Slit feather = loose tongue and groove joint. Okay, I grant you these...
by sgiandubh
Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Silicone Spray ...
Replies: 7
Views: 3226

Re: Silicone Spray ...

An old standby is a piece of candle. Scribble generously as needed on to surface planer and thicknesser beds, and it can be used on other kit such as spindle moulders and saws if needed. Slainte.
by sgiandubh
Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Drilling hole in dowel without splintering
Replies: 8
Views: 3135

Re: Drilling hole in dowel without splintering

thatsnotafestool wrote: Like wot I linked to :D
Sorry. Didn't click on your link prior to posting to see you'd suggested the same type of bit. A double recommendation - must be right then! Slainte.
by sgiandubh
Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:47 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Drilling hole in dowel without splintering
Replies: 8
Views: 3135

Re: Drilling hole in dowel without splintering

You should have greater success with a spur bit (aka brad point bit) rather than a standard twist bit, especially if you can support the dowel on the exit side with a matching diameter groove in a piece of wood. The groove only needs to a little wider than the exit hole to provide the support, and m...
by sgiandubh
Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Help Please- What size of oak planks to cut?
Replies: 18
Views: 4899

Re: Help Please- What size of oak planks to cut?

1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2" and 2" thick are likely to be most popular, with 1" and 2" thick the most commonly offered sizes from other suppliers. As others have mentioned, those oddball measurement of 1-1/4" and 1-1/2" thick (dried to a furniture grade MC) are very useful for getting stuff finished out at s...
by sgiandubh
Sat Nov 28, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: External joinery
Replies: 6
Views: 2429

Re: External joinery

I think it might be an idea to simply butt the capping together square, the end grain of one piece pushed up tight to the narrow long grain edge of the other. Then bevel off the final ~170 mm long top face of the piece flying past to match the bevel of the other half of the corner - this will also g...
by sgiandubh
Sun Aug 30, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Sanding oak table top
Replies: 40
Views: 13689

Re: Sanding oak table top

Might seem an obvious point but wax melts when heated when u are buffing u create friction and therefore heat. If ur especially happy with the colour the wax achieved then just seal it with a pu based clear varnish which drys very hard and is probably what was on ur tabletop Are you sure about that...
by sgiandubh
Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Peally varnish
Replies: 6
Views: 2491

Re: Peally varnish

senior wrote:Are you sure it's not you breath taking it off, I've heard it's pretty corrosive?
No, not from here, I'm pretty certain of that. His boat has to be at least 250 miles away from where I exhale my stinky breathe.

Oh ... er ... perhaps you weren't asking me? Slainte.
by sgiandubh
Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Peally varnish
Replies: 6
Views: 2491

Re: Peally varnish

I may try cutting the raised stuff back and then building it up to the same layer . Maybe applying and wiping off until its built up? Time consuming but worth a shot ? I'm not sure you have much choice if the existing varnish is peeling. I suspect the only realistic option might be to clean and deg...
by sgiandubh
Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Oak TV Stand
Replies: 21
Views: 5802

Re: Oak TV Stand

maybe i don't understand your design but if the inner lining lamination is going to be mitred, I think the whole joint should look consistent with that. I agree with you. I feel it should be all one or the other, i.e., either all mitred, or none of it mitred. I didn't make it clear in my last post ...
by sgiandubh
Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:55 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Oak TV Stand
Replies: 21
Views: 5802

Re: Oak TV Stand

Pinch wrote: And here are the dovetail joint details - either mitred or not?? I think my preference is 'not'.
What do you think?
I agree with you - I think not. My reasoning being a mitre at the front edge is generally discordant with the overall rectilinear form. Slainte.
by sgiandubh
Sun Aug 09, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Oak bookcase from sensibly quirky to raving bonkers!
Replies: 24
Views: 6682

Re: Oak bookcase from sensibly quirky to raving bonkers!

Crisp workmanship and attractive end result. What that struck me was the seemingly somewhat unconventional door construction. Am I reading it right in that the central solid wood panel is jointed and glued to the top and bottom rail, followed by gluing on the two stiles - much the same as a clamped ...
by sgiandubh
Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Laminating boards
Replies: 1
Views: 1527

Re: Laminating boards

Both shapes would make me want to head over towards a bag press and a single male former for each shape. Failing a bag press I'd investigate a vacuum bag as another option. One way of making formers might be a stack of shaped MDF glued and screwed together (there are other methods), heavy as hell fo...
by sgiandubh
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Co@k bead spraying...
Replies: 5
Views: 2405

Re: Co@k bead spraying...

I've never had a problem either. I've always found the finish flows over any cockbeading or other mouldings as you pass with the centre of spray fan aimed perpendicular to the background wood. Fan width and fluid volume are set as per normal for finishing larger surfaces. There shouldn't be a need t...
by sgiandubh
Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:21 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Teak Unit - Can this be sanded?
Replies: 8
Views: 3377

Re: Teak Unit - Can this be sanded?

Definitely, unmistakeably veneered. Instead of sanding, use a paint stripper, assuming you want to put a clear finish on it again. At least through stripping you won't sand through any veneer. And, as hammertime noticed, there's chipped veneer at the bottom of the side which should be patched really...
by sgiandubh
Fri May 15, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Wedding Present
Replies: 22
Views: 6097

Re: Wedding Present

I agree with all the others that have offered appreciation. Neat and crisp work. Slainte.
by sgiandubh
Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Upholstered kitchen corner seat - ***NOW FINISHED***
Replies: 16
Views: 6684

Re: Upholstered kitchen corner seat - ***NOW FINISHED***

I do like that. Attractive and practical end result. I'm particularly impressed with the effort put in to provide the 'pop-up' electrical outlet, with built-in provision for later access for repairs if required. The reason for being impressed is that it's so easy to simply ignore a detail like that ...
by sgiandubh
Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Oak Island
Replies: 27
Views: 8808

Re: Oak Island

I too like that, especially as it seems to have been made under some pressure because of limited time. Photographs of pieces set in workshops can be deceiving regarding their size, but am I right in thinking the height is about 750 - 800 mm, therefore tailored to a wheelchair user's needs? Slainte.
by sgiandubh
Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Greene and Greene media cabinet
Replies: 33
Views: 10560

Re: Greene and Greene media cabinet

I've more or less completed the construction, so now it's finishing time. Decisions to make and I'd appreciate some ideas/reflections... With you being in France I suspect you might need to look for a local supplier, but oil based dyes and stains will give you plenty of open time. Oil based dyes an...
by sgiandubh
Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Advice on building large table please?
Replies: 19
Views: 4844

Re: Advice on building large table please?

This is what I don't really understand. I have used PVA on Oak and at times it has black lines on the glue line ( no contact with any iron) which is the tannin.I'm guessing some Oak has higher tannin levels than others. The part that I don't understand is why I never get any black lines on the glue...
by sgiandubh
Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:57 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Advice on building large table please?
Replies: 19
Views: 4844

Re: Advice on building large table please?

I was always told not to use PVA on Oak as its a waterbased glue and can bring out the tanic acid and you can get black streaks. I have done samples in the past and it did indeed leave blackglue lines. Never had any problems with Cascamite though even though its mixed with water, or PU for that mat...
by sgiandubh
Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Finishing
Topic: Drawer pulls...
Replies: 6
Views: 2885

Re: Drawer pulls...

If the finger pull recess runs the full length of the panel or drawer front you should be able to spray as normal over most of the surface but you just angle the gun at about 45º - 55º (once pointing one way and once the other) where you need to get polish into the profile. If the recess is stopped ...
by sgiandubh
Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Walnut Console Table
Replies: 15
Views: 4918

Re: Walnut Console Table

Attractive proportions and the colour contrasts work well too. The drawer joinery is what? Dowel or screw with a walnut pellet? Another attractive visual detail, whatever the exact construction methodology. I'm guessing it's not the sturdiest table you've ever made, but its purpose is presumably mos...
by sgiandubh
Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: Moisture content for furniture
Replies: 9
Views: 2745

Re: Moisture content for furniture

When the timber is the correct MC and I take it into the workshop to work on does the MC rise quickly It won't rise quickly. Wood doesn't immediately react to changes in relative humidity (RH). The shell will react fairly quickly to RH changes but it will take time for these changes to work their w...
by sgiandubh
Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Conservatory Wardrobes - Finished.
Replies: 121
Views: 29553

Re: Conservatory Wardrobes - Finished.

Oh, that has come out very well indeed. No wonder the buyers were pleased and paid you there and then. It really sets off the whole space nicely, and emphasises how disjointed the space looked before with those odd sized wardrobe/ cabinet things that were there. Slainte.
by sgiandubh
Sun Feb 01, 2015 2:25 pm
Forum: Projects
Topic: Green Oak Frame Orangerie conservatory (Very pic heavy)
Replies: 40
Views: 37263

Re: Green Oak Frame Orangerie conservatory (Very pic heavy)

I really like the end result of the sections that extend outwards from the house wall. And whilst I understand your reasoning or explanation for building the way you have, I'm still not a hundred per cent convinced of the aesthetic choice of partially covering the door and window with the brackets. ...
by sgiandubh
Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: Green Oak Frame Orangerie conservatory (Very pic heavy)
Replies: 40
Views: 37263

Re: Oak orangerie/conservatory WIP

Interesting WIP pictures and description of the construction and methods of work. There is though an aesthetic element or design choice made that's puzzling me. It centres around the way that the existing door and window now find themselves partially obscured by quite substantial framing. This seems...
by sgiandubh
Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: Woodworking
Topic: ANGLES.....
Replies: 2
Views: 1304

Re: ANGLES.....

Your calculations are a bit convoluted. To find the mitre angle for 118º simply divide by 2 = 59º. Next, you calculate the complementary angle thus: 90º - 59º = 31º. Set the saw to this, assuming that when the saw's mitre protractor (scale) shows 0º it cuts across the wood at 90º - the mitre scale i...
by sgiandubh
Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:05 am
Forum: Projects
Topic: End Grain Chopping Board
Replies: 40
Views: 11385

Re: End Grain Chopping Board

Interesting. I hadn't realised that...thought more about nice crevices for germs! Think butcher's block. Heavy, stout table, usually rectangular or square in plan, thick end grain block on top, something like the well worn item below. Bugs kept down by pretty frequent cleaning using something like ...