I read somewhere that Moses Ts would lift any water ring off a piece of furniture. Here is my question, I have a small oak dresser that a was recently molded on the top (vaporizer). It has lost its sheen and now has little black mold spots. Do you have any suggestions on how I can fix it?
I recently purchased a copy of your book “Shellac, Linseed Oil, and Paint”. It is by far the most informative and enjoyable book on finishing that I have read. I will be ordering the book on hide glue as soon as funds are available. I have worked in the painting and restoration business in Charleston, SC. for a number of years, but the past two years I have been redirecting the business to antique furniture restoration and finishing. I am trying to specialize in traditional hand applied finishes and wood turning. Your website has been extremely helpful and a source of inspiration. Are you currently selling powdered pigments? They are not listed under the Full Chisel Store, but I noticed them on the website’s product line. If not, could you recommend a source. Any direction you could give would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
Forgive my ignorance, but what does this product do? (The pistol grip handsaw tang). I can’t figure it out for the life of me.
Also, I’m 48 and my eyes are becoming less efficient. But it also seems like your website’s font is set so much smaller than most. I have a horrible time reading the descriptions of your tools. Any chance you could bump the size of the type up a little?
If I make the images larger they don’t work for some servers, try increasing the size of the font/page on your computer.
The pistol grip tang is for making your own saws with a pistol grip or straight handle typical of early saws.
Yea Stephen! clock turns. Interesting thing about the bow lathe is that I understand a clock of clock and watchmakers used them well up into modern times because you can do surprisingly accurate work. I’ve recently been taken with this idea that we’re all caught up in thinking that if we’re going to do a little clockmaking, the first thing we do is go out and buy some expensive new lathe. What we really ought to do is take a step back and construct something from the past and get on down the road and make something. So, I guess I’m not so much interested in using tools of the past because they’re authentic, I’m interested because they might make a whole lot of sense. Well, sorry to go on a bit here, but why not save a whole lot of money, learn a whole lot of skill, and hang out in the past a bit…
Comment by Charles Morrill — February 18, 2013 @ 7:08 pm
I’m an old F…, soon-to-be military retiree and most importantly, a restorer of old houses in the Pittsburgh area. I was thrilled to find your blog and hope your book on shellac and paints is what I’ve been looking for.
I’ve been making my own shellac finishes and use danish oil and linseed oils a lot in my work. However, I’m tired of paying upward of $200 for imported Swedish linseed paint for my wood siding restorations and hope to make my own soon.
Does you book cover making my own boiled linseed oil and linseed paint? I don’t want to use chemically produced boiled linseed oil (so I can teach others how to make their own) and believe I’ve found most what I need off of artist’s websites.
Thanks for your help. Hope your book is what I’ve been looking for
Old Economy VIllage
Comment by dennis lapic — September 3, 2013 @ 10:15 am
The book covers making your own ‘boiled’ linseed oil from raw linseed oil.
I am finally about ready to build my treadle lathe and will want plans and hardware. My question it this. I do not think I need the “bench” aspect,and I will probably want to use 4 x 4 doug fir to build the thing. Should I be able to figure that out from your pland?
Yes several people have built the lathe from the plans without the bench. When you are building the lathe I can help you along if you run into a problem.
The mandrel is threaded it is 1″ 8tpi and there are wood taps available on the market to make various drive heads and centers, details on the plans.
I purchased your 1805 treadle lathe spindle 1″ 8tpi. I tried some 1″ 8tpi spindle adapters but they would not fit. If I have to tap a wooden adapter for a spur drive, what type of 1″8tpi threader would mate with the spindle threads you sent me.