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by tmerrill
Wed Oct 18, 2006 12:47 am
Forum: Design & Make Clipart- General
Topic: Submissions
Replies: 114
Views: 81579

There's always 'time' for sailing!

Tim
by tmerrill
Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:06 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Marketing Help
Replies: 4
Views: 3312

A few more images taken from VectorArt's Mega and VCarve collections.

Tim
by tmerrill
Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:04 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Marketing Help
Replies: 4
Views: 3312

Marketing Help

One of the items I make is a simple 12" diameter wall clock. They are normally made of hard maple and finished with either shellac or Deft spray laquer. To help show the different designs, I made a blank clock (no image), photographed it and cropped it in Photoshop. Now I can superimpose the image u...
by tmerrill
Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:25 pm
Forum: VCarve - Gallery
Topic: Corian House Sign
Replies: 4
Views: 2709

Thanks for the info Rusty.

Tim
by tmerrill
Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:23 am
Forum: VCarve - Gallery
Topic: Corian House Sign
Replies: 4
Views: 2709

MJR,

Looks great!

What brand paint did you use?

Tim
by tmerrill
Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:19 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Flat Wood
Replies: 43
Views: 18077

Jay, I apply the shellac with a brush. Both tables were finished with 1 or 2 coats of boiled linseed oil ('pops' the grain) followed by 6-8 coats of shellac. I use Seal Coat by Zinsser with the first 2-3 coats cut to 1 lb and the remaining coats straight from the can at 2 lb cut. After every two coa...
by tmerrill
Tue Sep 05, 2006 12:56 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Flat Wood
Replies: 43
Views: 18077

Jay, Its my turn to agree with Les. I only use 36, 60, 80 and 120 grit belts. The most common grit I use is 80, followed closely by 120. At this point the wood is flat and I can do a quicker job with my random orbit sander using hook and loop sanding disks. I will normally back up one grit and rarel...
by tmerrill
Thu Aug 31, 2006 12:14 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Flat Wood
Replies: 43
Views: 18077

Jay, For a drum sander, my recommendation is a Performax 16-32. I owned one of the orginal ones and sold it a few years ago to move up to the 22-44 model. It is well constructed and does an excellent job. You will need a capable dust collection system, and the pre-cut sanding belts are not cheap. Th...
by tmerrill
Wed Aug 30, 2006 4:59 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Flat Wood
Replies: 43
Views: 18077

Jay, If I had to pick one of three tools you mention, it would be the drum sander. However, I would then stop buying rough lumber and stick to milled lumber from a reputable supplier. I can plane with the drum sander, normally starting with a 36 or 60 grit belt and working my way up to 120. Does a g...
by tmerrill
Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:04 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Flat Wood
Replies: 43
Views: 18077

Jay, You are correct in that all wood will continue to move. Even a good finish only slows the rate of movement. I normally make up my blanks ahead of time and they are flat after jointing and planing. When i go to use one, I'll check for flatness and most of them will have a cup or twist. For me, t...
by tmerrill
Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:34 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Flat Wood
Replies: 43
Views: 18077

Hi Jay, Because I only purchase rough lumber, I use a combination of planer, jointer and drum sander to prepare my blanks. The drum sander seems to be the real time saver for this, and works good if a blank has developed a small twist over time. The other trick I use is to set up the blank on the ma...
by tmerrill
Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:55 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Updated FAQ area and new 'How To' section on the Vectric web
Replies: 13
Views: 8985

Great job Jay. Thanks for putting in the effort.

Tim
by tmerrill
Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:06 pm
Forum: PhotoVCarve - General
Topic: Walnut Woe's
Replies: 10
Views: 4695

Hi Jay, I had a similar situation last fall with a piece of cherry. It wasn't old, but a beautiful piece of wood and I didn't want to ruin it. It was a memorial plaque for a relative who passed away. Here are some thoughts: Definitely run a practice cut in hardwood, even if you just glue up some scr...
by tmerrill
Thu Jul 13, 2006 5:01 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Where are you?
Replies: 55
Views: 22031

I am in the mountains of western North Carolina near the city of Hendersonville.
by tmerrill
Thu Jul 06, 2006 6:41 am
Forum: VCarve - Gallery
Topic: Home Remodeling
Replies: 8
Views: 5268

dighsx, I use SealCoat all the time. For hardwoods I start with a 1 lb. cut, followed by the 2 lb. cut straight out of the can. It give a beautiful finish on cherry. For MDF, I just use it out of the can. It soaks in fast and dries quickly. It will still give an initial rough finish due to tuzz from...