Bruce Thom's Projects

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"Drunken" Cutting Board, Maple/Cherry, Secret Finish.
November 2015.

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"Drunken" Cutting Board, Walnut/Maple, Secret Finish.
November 2015.

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Mixed hardwood Mystery Boxes.
Sept 2014.

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Poplar, pine, and black walnut Grease Boxes
. Sept 2014.

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Grease Boxes
. June 2014.

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Multiwood Breadboards

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Laminated Salad Forks and Spoons. Oct. 2013

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Bandsaw Dovetail Jigg. July 2013.

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Inlaid Box with Wooden Hinges.
July 2013.

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Scraper, Mallot, and Router Plane. June 2013.
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A Bank with dovetails cut on a band saw. March 2013.

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Sculpted Boxes (top and bottom). Feb. 2013.

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Several different style boxes. Nov. 2012.

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Some bandsawed Wood Boxes. Sept 2012.
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Bruce Thom - showed Scrap Wood Box and Picture Projects. July 2012.

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Several very clever Lidded Boxes, a Trivet, and a Craftsman Mirror. May 2012
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Several very clever Lidded Boxes, a Trivet, and a Craftsman Mirror. May 2012.

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Some creative boxes. Oct. 2011
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A very interesting Picture Frame. July 2011.

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Complex Box made from scrap wood. June 2011.

Bruce ThomCribbage Boards made from scrap wood. June 2011.

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Wooden Boxes and Wooden Puzzles. May 2011
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Wooden Boxes. May 2011

Dec. 2010 A Menorah Candle Holder made for the Dec. challenge.
Nov. 2010 A collection of Boxes.
Oct. 2010 A refinished Tea Table.
Oct. 2010 Clever puzzles.
Jan. 2010 A gaggle of Elephants.
July 2010 A Locking Box.
May 2010 An elaborate Tablesaw Jig.
Feb. 2010 Puzzles.
Feb. 2010 A clever Lidded Box.
Jan. 2010 Shop Made Table Saw Gauge.
Jan. 2010 Jewelry Box.
Dec 2009 Decorative Boxes.
Nov 2009 Decorative Boxes and photos of desk and work bench projects.
Oct. 2009 A couple of boxes, some puzzles, and measuring tools.
June 2009 Clever wooden box.
March 2009 Lidded Box.
Dec. 2008 Some Lidded Boxes.
Nov. 2008 An all wooden box with wooden hinges.
Oct. 2008 Turned knobs for pull toys and a trivet.
Sept. 2008 A drawer for a desk, a small box latch made of wood and some jigs.
April 2008 Desk completed.
March 2008 A drawer from a desk he is building and a jewelry box.
Feb. 2008 2 sleek looking boxes.
Feb. 2008 A puzzle in which he refuses to remove the blue tape because he's afraid he can't put it back together.
Dec. 2007 A desk section waiting for drawers.
Nov. 2007 An elm book shelf.
Oct. 2007 A lovely end table with a drawer.
Oct. 2007 Several laminated items, in/out box, wine bottle holder, and stool.

Making Cast Iron Slippery
by Bruce Thom

There is much written about wax formulations to apply to your table saw and other cast iron surfaces to protect them and keep them slippery. I always thought that was a little complicated, and other than the occasional squirt of WD40 on the surface I never did anything to the cast iron on my table saw. That is, until I accidentally spilled a little bit of water based floor varnish on my new table saw.

Not wanting the table saw to get rusty from the water based varnish, I grabbed some wood shavings, and rubbed it off. It all came off cleanly, with no rust and no visible remainders. But I noticed afterwards, that the cast iron felt smoother and more slippery where I had spilled and wiped off the varnish.

So I decided a little bit of water based varnish on the table saw didn't do any damage, and actually enhanced the surface. So since then, I have deliberately brushed water based varnish on the cast iron table. Not too much, just enough to cover the surface.

Within a minute of applying the varnish, I rub it off again with wood shavings. This takes a bit of vigorous rubbing, but you can feel once you got most of it off, how the shavings slide more easily.

Its a really quick treatment, and doesn't require me to buy anything that I don't already have.

The key though is to use a very slippery varnish. I am actually very happy with the Varathane floor finish. It costs about 1.5x as much as regular water based wood finish, but its made for the abuse that floors get, and its slippery. So only use this procedure with varnish that comes out fairly slippery on wood.

I haven't tried this with oil based varnishes, but my guess is that an oil based varnish would not stick to the iron as well as a water based one. As long as the procedure is done quickly, there isn't enough time for the iron to get rusty, so the water in the varnish is not a problem.