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  2. Jonathan David

    Wood for Federal Furniture

    Thank you Meezer Mama, whoever you may be. I do wish that user names in this forum were the names of the users... I had forgotten about Tom, and when I read your post, I remembered that I had purchased some of Suzanne's hardware from him many years ago. I looked through my stash and found some nice hardware from Suzanne Russo's "Brasses", with Tom's sticker on the back. But nothing in my stash is what I'm looking for now. I sent Tom a message through his website, but because the pages of Suzanne Russo hardware have not been updated since 2012, I'm not optimistic that there is any left.
  3. WeekendMiniaturist

    Wood for Federal Furniture

    Harry Smith details making his own brass hardware in his book, "The Art of Making Furniture Miniature". Think Leather tooling stamps, but the ability to stamp out or press brass... Ron Stetkewicz is the only person that I know that could cast brass for us... This would be a wonderful skill to learn though. https://rontoven.sytes.net/site/cast.html
  4. MeezerMama

    Wood for Federal Furniture

    Try Dr G's Brasshole. IDK if they have any Federal ready-made, but they also do custom and their work is gorgeous. You can also try Tom Walden. He bought out Susanne Russo's stock several years ago when she stopped making it. There's no telling what he still has available but it's worth a try.
  5. Jonathan David

    Wood for Federal Furniture

    Does anyone have sources for Federal hardware? I've seen some Sheraton and Hepplewhite etched handle/pulls from Cat's Paw, and am curious about the quality. And if there are other sources, I'd love to know about them.
  6. WeekendMiniaturist

    Wood for Federal Furniture

    I rarely stain cherry. Walnut is usually so dark, that it rarely requires stain. Mahogany may require a stain depending on the color of the wood and your desired outcome of your project. All woods can be finished with no stain; this is a subjective process, in the eye of the beholder. You can use stain to enhance the color of the wood for your project; or use stain to lesson the appearance of the grain of the wood - it is purely a matter of personal taste and lots of trial and error. I have a master's degree in miniature errors. Cherry is my most used wood, and I like to use Po
  7. Jonathan David

    Wood for Federal Furniture

    Thanks Bill, for the tip. You retired from teaching at Guild School before I first attended, which is definitely my loss. I will try this on scrap cherry, but while it may remove excess glue, I'm not sure that it will remove the glue from the pores, so that stain will be absorbed. Tamra, I assume that you are "WeekendMiniaturist"? I rarely spray with Deft lacquer. I have much more control with shellac and a brush, and find that it gives an excellent finish, that is thin enugh- even with multiple coats - to be in scale, and not too shiny. I know that Elga uses mopane, a South Af
  8. WeekendMiniaturist

    Wood for Federal Furniture

    Thank you Bill for this tip about using white vinegar.
  9. Bill Hudson

    Wood for Federal Furniture

    If you are using Elmer's glue, carpenter glue, tight bond etc. These glues are all milk based. Using a cloth ,dampened, with diluted white vinegar will remove any excess glue.
  10. WeekendMiniaturist

    Wood for Federal Furniture

    It is just my opinion, but if you have glue that is outside of the joint, it will still be seen under a shellac finish, too. My easy finish when I have time is oil; you wipe on, and wipe off, and the oil fills those pores of the wood. If for some reason after 5-6 coats of wipe on as necessary, with plenty of time to dry in between, and I want it to be even smoother, I use Johnson's paste wax after the oil is long dry. There is no overspray with oil finish on a rag. The fastest way for me to ruin a miniature is for me to spray it with a spray can of Watco, or Deft, etc, etc... I rarely
  11. Jonathan David

    Wood for Federal Furniture

    I would like to make some furniture in the American Federal style. I often work in cherry wood, but I would prefer to use a wood that doesn't require any stain, and only a finish. This eliminates glue spots. I'm looking for recommendations for a type of wood to use, which when finished (probably with shellac), will give a darker color than cherry, and be more like mahogany or walnut. I can get both of these, but find that they have grains that are a bit too open for miniature furniture. Jonathan
  12. WeekendMiniaturist

    Modifications? to Preac Table Saw

    A friend sent me a link this evening to this post on the Westlake Publishing Modelers' Forum. The link has a nice discussion about the restoration of a preac table saw. I like the discussion about electolysis as I have some blacking that I was not able to remove when I worked on one Saturday afternoon and of course it has been waxed! I did not try lapping the surface though, so more to learn. My preac must be different model as my switch in not "inline" of the power cord. http://www.finescalerr.com/smf/index.php?PHPSESSID=3643rk0k2j9t1sfne5u3mfhta5&topic=2977.0 I was won
  13. https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/william-bill-robertson-igma-artist-colonial-dollh-185-c-5b64122a73 Karen's dollhouse shop has an Estate Auction listed. Don't Hesitate, Bid Quickly! This is definitely one to watch. There are many other wonderful items in this auction too. I wish I had deep pockets! Good Luck!
  14. WeekendMiniaturist

    Flexcut Carving tools

    Cherry is much harder to carve with hand tools! There will not be a lot of hand carved cherry chairs in my world - like 1 chair only. I think a knife would be easier to manage then my carving tools, but it is interesting experiment.
  15. WeekendMiniaturist

    Flexcut Carving tools

    I used my flexcut carving tools tonite on basswood. Carved with no issues... and perfect size for my hands. Next I will try carving Cherry, as the rest of the chair is cherry and it will be odd if the carved back isn't cherry too. I really need a bench with a hold fast, that would make this easier... but I love carving and quite happy with my first attempt with basswood for practice. I am working on a contemporary French Chair, that was published by the Dorsett(s). The plan is to cover it with petitpoint... someday far into the future.
  16. “I Love My Table Saw” Lunch and Learn By Pete Boorum Join ‘Smaller than Life’ Pete Boorum as he describes the features and operation of the Proxxon FET Table Saw. Topics covered include set up, operation, blade changes, trouble shooting, use of accessories and what different blades are available and where they are used. There will be a question and answer session at the end. Sun. Feb. 14th 2:00pm Eastern Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81949942063?pwd=Y29sZm15R3FqSFNYeFJJVWxzVk51Q…; Meeting ID: 819 4994 2063 Passcode: 919469
  17. WeekendMiniaturist

    Testing

    Thank you for the tip. That is a very pretty caliper, elusive but pretty. I had to google search it to find it at Lee Valley as I could not get any search result on the US website, initially. There are so many wonderful tools to buy at Lee Valley! I will try the flashlight first; if you here someone screaming over the weekend, it's me, and I blew out the wall. But days later.... I'm pleased with the rim. Rosewood is sooooo hard to hollow.
  18. MeezerMama

    Testing

    I have the register calipers from Lee Valley - smallest I've found but IMO still not usable for what you're describing. I find a super bright penlight flashlight to be the best wall thickness checker there is. Shine it inside the turning with the flashlight all the way up against the rim. While it won't give you a calibrated answer, you'll be able to locate places where your walls are thinner than other places. If you can't see any light at all, then you're not in danger (yet) of punching through (ignoring of course the possibility of a tool grab ...) EDIT: What I was
  19. WeekendMiniaturist

    Testing

    I updated my 100 hours topic with the two most recent wood turnings. I need a miniature tool to get inside of these pieces to figure out how thick the wall is; I know it is too thick. The rim is nice and thin though of the vase. Do these come in miniature size? Does anyone know of a resource for me? The 1.5 hours on the vase is because I was little scared of blowing out the wall from the inside in an attempt to hollow it out.
  20. WeekendMiniaturist

    IGMA announces online learning Opportunities: Cabin Fever? Join the fun in 2021!

    I've heard through the grapevine that a couple of classes have already filled... here in an opportunity to learn from IGMA Artisan(s) without the travel and the safety of your home! Membership at IGMA provides a discount - (I'm a general member). https://www.igma.org/members/join.html IGMA members get discounts on classes and your attendance at the Guild Show is free, but IGMA does not require you join to participate in our educational opportunities. I have taken a class with Sandra Rubin, my first year of Guild School, 2006 and took a class with Michael Yurkovich at th
  21. Laura from the National Toy & Miniature Museum interviews William R Robertson in the Series Premier on January 24, 2021. You are able to get a birdseye view of his workbench and he discusses his most recent project, a Scale Miniature Octant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrh2hZH3xZo&feature=youtu.be
  22. WeekendMiniaturist

    Using a Wood Lathe/ The first 100 hours

    Fast forward 3+ years later and I'm way past that first 100 hours of bonding with my lathe. I spent an entire summer learning to measure and turn to specific diameters and lengths on my taig lathe to complete the Guild School Needlework stand turnings - and just need to index them for the flats... more on that project later in the year. I was obsessed with a chair build in 2020 so I didn't turn much last year, so I thought I would try and turn something at least every other weekend beginning January 2021.... So here are my first turnings of 2021... 1) Is a too tall hat stand - th
  23. WeekendMiniaturist

    Testing

    I was doing a little Amazon shopping tonite... Just a reminder, that we can get the bazillion dollar company to donate to the guild... There are soooooo many things to do in 1/12th scale that I don't know where to begin... I think I should try and finish a couple of my guild school projects though.
  24. Mesouth

    Testing

    I’ve been busy teaching youngest granddaughter first grade, but still getting some minis in - mostly catching up on unfinished projects and updating my inventory. So, there are four of us still reading! I wish we could get something going on here. Martha
  25. WeekendMiniaturist

    2021 GUILD SHOW in Hartford, CT (USA)

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    I'm going with the word optimism for today! Are you feeling the lack of miniature show blues? While the online shows were fun, and those who able to participate in online classes are grateful... there is nothing like going to the Guild Show. I have been lucky to attend twice, and really recommend the show. The demonstrations are great way to ask an experienced artisan questions and there are yummy, (non-fattening?) desserts too... If you need something special for your collection - this is the show to attend! More tempting details to follow - including vendor list, and hop
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