STL234: When animation inspires your furniture designs
Mike, Barry, and Ben discuss their favorite movies for spotting great furniture, whether a mirror polish counts for sharp, and if anybody ever really takes apart hide glue joints.
There are tv shows with sets that have great furniture. One great example is Frasier and another with a very different style is The Gilmore Girls especially the grandparent’s house but not only. I’m sure there are many others and also movies. What are some favorites of the STL crew?
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I’m flattening the back of PM-V11 plane iron. I typically go 1K waterstone -> 6K waterstone -> 8K shapton glass. However, I’ve never really achieved that nice mirror finish on the back like I’ve seen in the magazines, as well as taking classes with Garrett Hack.
Last night, I used:
1K -> 4K (Norton Combo)
-> 6K (King brand)
-> 8K (Norton Combo)
-> 8K Shapton glass stone.
To see if I could learn more about these stones and if I could get a minimal scratch pattern, and perhaps that elusive mirror finish. I found that going from 1K to 4K grit I was pretty close to mirror finish near the cutting edge. Going to 6K it looked like a step back, the scratch pattern seemed cloudier. Thinking that different brands of water stones may have different grit ratings, I returned to the 4K stone and got pretty close to mirror finish. I flipped the Norton to the 8K side and like the 6K, the scratch pattern using the Norton 8K seemed cloudier(see photo). Again returned to the 4K and being confused got close to mirror finish.
Lastly, I went to the 8K shapton glass stone. And yet again seemed like a step backwards compared to the 4K.I can understand differences in manufacturers and their grit scale, but I’m really puzzled why the 4K is more mirror like. I noticed when using the 4K it removes a lot of steel then makes a slurry that I can push/pull the plane blade through easily. The higher grits don’t seem to make the slurry that quickly and sometimes the blade suctions to the stone making it difficult to move. I frequently flattened the water stones, so they should be flat and fresh abrasions. I’m starting to wonder if 4K is the new 16K grit.
Segment: All-Time Favorite…
Barry – Tool Chest
Ben – McLaughlin Stick with a nail as demonstrated in the video below:
Mike – I don’t know how to sum this one up. -Ben
Hello Ben, Mike, Barry, Anissa and/or whoever is sitting in this week. Love the show to pieces.
So which of these have you ever actually done:
-Reversed a hide glue joint
-Adjusted the height of shelves on a bookcase after you filled it with books and knick-knacks (like Mike’s extensive collection of Precious Moments figurines)
-Used the “Golden Ratio” to set your proportions on a design
Thanks as always and stay safe and healthy,
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