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Frame Day 5

February 17, 2011

Today I managed to get the shaping, sanding, gluing and clamping complete. I think it is starting to look good. The joints on the show side are nice and tight and just a small gap or two on the back side.

I also took out my ammonia fuming test pieces. In the picture below the bottom sample is fresh oak (with a bit of sap wood on the edge) the middle sample was fumed for 12 hrs and the top 24 hrs. It may not show on the camera, but there is a color difference between the 12 and 24 hr sample – but very small. What I have found interesting so far is that the ray flecks have also darkened considerably. It was my understanding that they rays were suppose to stay light. I guess I will see once I can apply the shellac. But not until tomorrow. Right now the wood still stinks like ammonia and needs to air out!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2011 7:49 pm

    It’s really coming together nicely, good work. I am looking forward to seeing how it all looks with the ammonia treatment.

    BTW, you are in the Hand Tool School arn’t you? If so, how is it going for you?


    • Walnut Weasel permalink*
      February 17, 2011 10:01 pm

      I am looking forward to it too. If I get time this weekend I should be able to start putting shellac on it Sunday.

      And yes, I am a member of the Hand Tool School. (Highly recommended!!) I really enjoy the school but I am way behind on projects for it – mostly because I do not need most of the shop tools that he has built so far. However, I have been practicing most of the techniques. I want to build the saw bench and shop bents, but first I need to get back to work on my Roubo bench and get it finished. Getting this little project complete has been good motivation for me.

  2. February 19, 2011 4:48 pm

    Really like the way that oak’s coming out, particularly the sample that’d been in for twenty-four hours. Your frame is going to look great!

    Strange… I also thought that ammonia was supposed to leave the medullary rays alone?

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