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Curing and using freshly cut wood
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I recently had several beech trees cut down from my mountain house and I have a couple of fairly straight peices that I just want to cut down and make pen blanks from what do I have to do to make…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by michael evans Apr 6.

Trans tint dyes
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I've been readiing up on the different types of dyes and stains that are available to put a finish on different types of wood.Has anyone had any experience with the dyes made by Trans Tint? They seem…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by KregRep Apr 3, 2013.

The Ridgid Table Saw and Planner at Home Depot
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I was at my local Home Depot today and I could not believe the prices for the table saw and the planner  the saw was 348.00 I paid 449.00 and the planer was 259.00 and I paid 399.00 2 years ago I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by ray vile Dec 12, 2012.

wood for radiator covers
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I have a bunch of radiator covers to make and I was wondering what kind of wood would be acceptable for dealing with the heat that the cover will be exposed too. I also don't want to spend a fortune…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by ray vile Apr 17, 2012.


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ray vile replied to Bradford Congo's discussion 'How to Better Use Plugs'
"Bradford, I take the plug and hold it with a pair of vice grips and cut about 3/16'' off the flat end with my band saw. I have also put the plugs in a micro wave for about 30 seconds to get them to shrink a little if they are too tight to…"
Apr 10
michael evans replied to ray vile's discussion 'Curing and using freshly cut wood'
"I can imagine the smell hugh ,antler sounds challenging ."
Apr 6
Hugh Clare replied to ray vile's discussion 'Curing and using freshly cut wood'
"Mick, antler has to be turned very slowly. It is essentially hair, so you can imagine the smell if you let it get hot. Drilling is challenging, as well. I don't really care to work with it, but since I have a LOT of deer-hunting…"
Apr 6
ray vile replied to ray vile's discussion 'Curing and using freshly cut wood'
"thanks for your input guy's and I think I will do a little of what you both suggested, I really want a pen from my mountain houses lumber but I also want a blank that I can make a candlestick holder from. What would happen if I put the rough…"
Apr 5
Hugh Clare replied to ray vile's discussion 'Curing and using freshly cut wood'
"Mick, I'm pretty sure they will. My point is that the majority of the time the twisted and bent blank will still be suitable to make a pen. I've made pens from antlers, which are far from straight. "
Apr 5
michael evans replied to ray vile's discussion 'Curing and using freshly cut wood'
"Hi hugh will the blanks not twist and bend cutting them to the right size immediately when they dry out ?I have experienced just that with some oak ,go steady mick."
Apr 5
Hugh Clare replied to ray vile's discussion 'Curing and using freshly cut wood'
"I've cut them down to blank size immediately. They'll dry in no time and let's face it, most of the blank is waste anyway. :) "
Apr 4
michael evans replied to ray vile's discussion 'Curing and using freshly cut wood'
"Hi ray how you doing? Best advice I can give you is cut the blanks into 3x3" blocks and that way should dry out quicker ,but you cannot beat a long time on the shelf to dry out timber with a nice airflow ."
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Curing and using freshly cut wood

I recently had several beech trees cut down from my mountain house and I have a couple of fairly straight peices that I just want to cut down and make pen blanks from what do I have to do to make this stuff stable enough to work with. I know there is enough of wealth of information out here to give me a direction to start with.See More
Apr 3
ray vile commented on ray vile's photo

maple dinning tablle

"Hey KregRep, Thanks for  providing this forum for us all to share our projects and ideas"
Apr 1
KregRep commented on ray vile's photo

maple dinning tablle

"That looks like one sturdy, beautiful table, Ray. Thank you for sharing!KregRep"
Apr 1
ray vile commented on ray vile's photo

maple dinning tablle

"thanks everyone, I can only take credit for the table the chairs came from Sweeden for 25.00 a piece they are really lightweight but they will do for now."
Mar 31
Leslee commented on ray vile's photo

maple dinning tablle

"What a nice looking dining table set. I really like the curly maple edging around the plywood that is a nice touch. It gives the table a soft look.  Is the chairs made with maple also because they look really good. You really did a nice job on…"
Mar 31
Scott commented on ray vile's photo

maple dinning tablle

"GORGEOUS! My favorite wood and "stain" ;))"
Mar 30
michael evans commented on ray vile's photo

maple dinning tablle

"Nice job ray ."
Mar 30
james wilhelm commented on ray vile's photo

maple dinning tablle

"Ray , very nice table set , nice design and like the natural finish , well done , thanks for showing , JIM !!"
Mar 29

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At 1:40am on March 25, 2014, Jay Boutwell said…

Hi Ray,  Thank you for your kindness and support.  I am glad to hear that you are going to open a web site and will be selling your pens, I am sure you will do well with sales and in fact I do believe you would do well selling some of your other woodworking projects.  You are a talented guy with many good project ideas that would open up a market for you.  It is a good start to maybe a woodworking adventure and would not only give you pocket money for tools and supplies but some profit as well.  Who knows it might go like mine, where my hobby turned into a profitable second career.  It has been a great journey these last 25 years and brought much enjoyment from meeting friends on this site and has left many memories that I shall not forget.

I am getting even if it is slow and have been in the shop building some custom base board  molding for a client and will eventually open up my shop doors and see if the summer months will again become an enjoyment..  I also wish you lived near as I have a long list of client project and it would be an honor to work with you on some of them,  Take care and enjoy your work but work safely.  A friend on the West Coast.  Jay  

At 3:46am on November 28, 2013, michael evans said…

Ray sell my pens at craft fairs ,seem too sell a few around fathers day here in the uk as well .I knew I would never make a living at it  ,my pens sell for the u.s. equilvant of $15 or $20 for the more fancy ones.Only sold twelve this year .Novelty pens sell better for example I made a pen for a customer out of the arm of his granddads old rockin chair that had fallen apart .He wanted a keepsake of his dear old granddad who had passed away ,he loved it .Go steady,mick.

At 2:18am on October 26, 2013, Jay Boutwell said…

hi Ray, been good just super busy.  Just finished that custom crown that I had talked about several months ago for that kitchen that I posted with the tall ceiling.

There are two ways that I would build a skirt for a roung table that is that big. They are:

1. laminating the strips like you talk about above.   This would be bending the strips dry with glue,  You could increase the 1/8 inch strips by steaming the wood in a steaming box.  1/4 inch thick would bend easily aroung a form and clamped until dry and then glued together again around the form.

2. Cut the 1" thick x 1" wide and to a length that would equal about 1/4 around the table.  Steam bend it and allow it to dry around a form and then put these together using a scarf cut joint. If doing it this way I would use a single piece that would go aroung the table keeping the pieces matched end to end.

The easiest is the first but the better look is the second method.   To make a steam box use a piece of abs black  plastic pipe with capped ends. Make one end cap using a threaded fitting which is also abs.  This gives you the method of inserting and removing the wood strips.   Use a wall paper steamer to generate the steam and introduce it in the upper side of one of the pipe and  drill a small 1/4 drain hole in the bottom of the opposite end.  This will allow the water to drain out as the steam turns into water.  Cook these for a good 20 minutes and test them for bending properties.  When soft enough bend them aroung a form that you can make using 3/4inch plywood and some 3/4 ich pegs that you can insert into holes as it comes around the bend.  pegs are easier and faster to install that clamps.  Let the piece dry for a couple days or until dry.  Don't use a hot heat as this will allow the wood fibers to seperate at the top of the bend.

Hint: I have used Donney brand fabric softner suscessfully to hasten the softening of the fibers an it has not harmed the finish.  I do this by placing the wood in a tub of hot water with fabric softener allowing the wood to soak for awhile before placing them into the steam box.  Have fun and post photos when you are finished.  I would love to see your work on here again.

At 9:26pm on March 28, 2013, james wilhelm said…

RAY , saw your post to  MICHAEL  ,  Rockler  has  a letter kit   called state park font kit 2 1/4 "  letters  part # 48356  Cost is $50.00  , not trying to butt in on your post to mick , as we are very good friends  , I know he bought his in the UK .  , not sure they would have them here in the states , hope this helps , JIM !!!

At 5:31am on December 23, 2012, justin waldron said…

No problem at all Ray, glad I could help, I still can't believe that HF doesn't have the bags there for it, that drove me nuts.  The Big Horn bags are cheap, but do a great job!  Merry Christmas to you too!!

At 5:44am on December 22, 2012, justin waldron said…

Hey Ray, I used to order the bags from Amazon, Big Horn was the name of them.  I remember they were a little bigger than the HF bag, but they worked just fine and I'm pretty sure they were around $10 for 4 bags? I don't remember what size bags they were though. Hope this helps!  Have a good holiday!

At 11:01am on December 15, 2011, steve kidd said…

hi ray here is my email, thanks

At 11:50am on April 19, 2011, Joseph M. said…

Hello Ray,

No, I have not had a chance to get to Willard's yet.  I certainly want to, however it seems I can't get away from the house projects as of yet.  Need a 'spare day' to go.  I'll give a yell when I do.

At 10:39pm on April 1, 2011, steve kidd said…
hi ray, how have you been. we havent talked in quite a while, since you got your new job, hope all is well. hope to chat again soon, take care.
At 8:12pm on March 25, 2011, ron gagnon said…
wow that is amazing looking furniture u should be proud

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