When confronted with woodwork that has been exposed to a lot of grease, cooking grease, oily substances, and “Schmootz”, You need to give the material a good cleaning before deciding to refinish.
I like Murphy’s oil soap. However, if the front of the bar is real greasy, my preference would be TSP .
Hidden doors and Secret passageways are the stuff of movie legend; the three stooges, James Bond, and others have secrets that are revealed to the audience behind a hidden door.
How would you build a secret door? Searching “Hidden Doors” on google is where I would start. Precision and solid construction are necessary to make a good secret opening.
Hidden doors require some “out of the box” thinking, and need to blend into their surroundings. If you can’t find a suitable one to duplicate in your venue, you may need to consult a talented and crafty woodworker (someone like myself) to build an entryway that will be marvelously deceptive!
|Pre-fab wooden bookcase door|
Alan Chenkin, Owned a Cabinet shop for 10 years, and was an AWI Member. Still Swings a hammer (usually an Estwing)
SnapOn, Craftsman, Matco, and Husky all have Lifetime warranties. Trust me, tools can break, and it is wonderful to know you can get a free replacement. Here in the US, SnapOn and Matco will deliver tools and equipment directly to your shop, which is very convenient.
Some tools are “throwaways”, like 99 cent Philips head screwdrivers. and you should toss them when they break. They are made to fit a “price point”, not durability. Keep in mind that when cheap tools break, you can get hurt; especially when they “give” suddenly. Inexpensive toolsets are practical for intermittent (not daily) use. The tools set in my trunk is a small craftsman set, which will give me the ability to make a minor repair on the car without being dependent on finding an open shop.
No matter what tools you have, keep them clean and store them well. they will last longer!
In my tool boxes you will see Craftsman, Stanley, Husky, and SnapOn. Solid names, and reliable tools with lifetime warranties. While I am an active woodworker, I maintain my saws, compressors, nail guns, drills, cars, and more. This requires the Chenkin garage to have a good complement of sturdy tools and equipment.
Many mechanics have strong brand loyalty, and their tool dealers respect customers who give them 90% of their business. Automotive stores and the Big Box stores all have dedicated “Pro Desks” for people who make their living with tools. Choose your brands for best quality, service, and build a relationship with your dealer. It will reward you over the long run!
Woodworking is a craft that is non-exclusive, and inclusive; almost everyone can do it!
My father was a woodworker, a mechanic, and a teacher.
I was blessed to have access to his creative side, and his ability to make all sorts of items, from tables and toys to additions on houses. He shared his advice and skills, and was always open to building something in our basement workshop at home, or at his “Industrial Arts” workshop at Thomas Edison High School, in Jamaica, Queens, New York City.
When I started a career in Woodworking and Cabinetry, and opened my first workshop, my Dad was there for me. Almost every Saturday he came by, with a project or two, and suggestions on how to improve the flow or make a better product.
I am carrying on in his tradition. My son, a career Firefighter and Paramedic, has a great set of tools and fearlessly will tackle projects – calling me for advice and suggestions on how to build a model, or showing off the latest work in his apartment. His son is now calling on Grandpa (Me!) to build his Desk, the hutch on top of it, and a footlocker for special GI Joe toy soldiers. This is an honor and a calling to carry on the tradition, and see how my children are capable to build, create, and feel proud that they have furniture that will outlast their use and hopefully be used by their children.
I am proud that my daughter calls on me whenever she has to do something – and knows that Dad “has her back”, whenever tools and fixing things are involved!
|Oak and Pine desk built for my Grandson|
This Blog is part of the story – you can see projects in work; answers to woodworking questions (from my family and friends, and from the Quora.com community). I am a most-viewed author on the Quora website, and freely share my knowledge and approach to woodworking.