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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Episode #99 - Springtime is Perfect for Outdoor Projects

Fresh Fallen Snow Greeting my Work Day

Springtime is perfect for outdoor projects. Well, almost! One of the great pleasures in life is to share our skills with friends. Our family has been blessed with friendship from a family we have grown to know and love in the little town of Sisters, Oregon.

Set-up for Work at the Frame Shop
(notice the tarp set up for weather protection)

Newly Installed Step
Of course now the weather is nice!

Close-up of the Newly Installed Step

Early this week I had the distinct pleasure of lending a helping hand adding a step to the low deck that greets visitors to their newly relocated frame shop. It sounded like the perfect deal. Helping our friends, enjoying the fresh Central Oregon air and getting a bit of sun after a long cold and overcast winter in Portland. Well, I was in for a surprise. It was a good thing that I erected a tarp before getting to work. I think the snow flakes that fell as drove to the shop were a warning.

Snow Falling as I Drive to the Frame Shop

That day I experienced the full range of Central Oregon weather; snow, hail, rain and even a quick burst of sunshine! By the end of the day, the step was completed and I warmed my chilled bones in the hot tub while more snowflakes fell.

Well, it isn't woodworking in the shop but it sure was fun!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Episode #98 - A Hide Glue Repair

Repairing an Old Drawer with Animal Hide Glue

Last night I was startled awake from a woodworking daydream by a loud crashing sound from our home office. The side and bottom fell out of drawer of our antique oak desk when Beth was trying to get a box of staples from the rear of the long drawer. Sounds like a repair brewing! Well this desk is an older "antique" oak English library desk. Beth and I bought it 25 years ago from Square Nail Antiques in Santa Cruz, California. It is a great desk, but honestly it is nothing super special . . . just a good sturdy desk that has served us well.

Now there are many ways to approach this repair. Given my interest in "blended methods", I chose a traditional method using animal hide glue. It was very interesting to examine the (machine cut) dovetails, drawer bottom groove and the 3-ply drawer bottom. To get things going, I gently scraped away the old glue and brittle shellac from the dovetails and drawer side.

I was met by a surprise when I retrieved my hide glue jar from the refrigerator. A small patch of mold had begun to grow along one edge of the glue. Serves me right! It had been awhile since I had fired up the glue pot.

I quickly mixed up a fresh batch and got to work repairing the drawer.

In no time at all the drawer was in the clamps and I had a fresh batch of hide glue for up coming projects.