19th Century Osage Orange Table Restoration

Peter Dining Table, Restoration 12 Comments

Occasionally I am asked to repair or restore antiques.  Usually, I avoid restoration work since it involves an enormous amount of time and significant materials for which the client does not want to pay for nor has an appreciation for the amount of work involved, plus it is virtually impossible to guess what is involved until the process ensues. On …

Odie’s Oil and Why We Use It

Peter End Grain Cutting Board, Live Edge Slab Furniture, Reclaimed Barn Wood, Restoration 0 Comments

Every now and then someone comes along and invents a better mousetrap.  Well, James, the inventor of Odie’s did just that.  The products he invented and offers for sale is second to none, in fact, they are superior to any commercially available products anywhere.  James is himself a woodworker and is thus familiar with all the products claiming to be …

Why Reclaimed Wood?

Peter Reclaimed Barn Wood 0 Comments

Why not?  Old wood has a patina and character that new wood cannot provide.  Only age, use, weather, climate, and temperature can condition wood to a unique look. Any woodworker loves new wood but old wood has a special character all its own. In truth, it’s much more difficult to work.  Usually, it is an odd dimension, has splits and …