Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Off to sunny Florida



Sophie, guarding the stash


    Tomorrow the family and I leave for Key Largo, Florida for a little fun and relaxation before the Indiana winter moves in. But before I do I wanted to take some time to rough cut the stock for the dresser and stack it in the cottage to dry out a bit more. I cut enough walnut for the carcass and placed them on the workbench. I took a reader's advice and put a light coat of shellac on the ends to keep them from splitting. Hopefully when I get back I can find time to mill them up and glue up the panels. Then finally I can get to some hand cut dovetails.
    I picked up a $12 moisture meter at Harbor Freight the other day. It seems to work but I'm not sure how accurate it is. I'll talk more about that later.
    My wife sent me a link to some Key Largo woodworking going on. looks like some wacky stuff by a guy named Rex Rothing. Nice woodworking info here, too.

-RM

2 comments:

JERM said...

The world is a VERY VERY VERY small place. I am leaving shortly for sunny FL with a stop in the FL Key's. In addition, I have dealt with Rex in the past when I purchased some greenish teak from him. Even if the moisture meter is not as accurate, it is better than nothing. The boards are stickered, the ends are sealed, and they are thicker than you need. All should work out fine. Worse case, it ends up being a learning experience. Though it will suck, knowledge is power!!!

Richard Magbanua said...

It is a small world JERM! We're having a very nice time here. We drove from Tavernier to Key West yesterday and spent the day at the beach, walking around, dinner at Hog's Breath Saloon and sunset at Mallory Square.
Thanks for the vote of confidence! We'll see how it all turns out. Stay tuned!