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Hobby Workbench Build

In my post on finishing projects, I discussed taking up the hobby of model trains.  This hobby can be very challenging and time consuming, but the final product can be visually beautiful.  Regardless, you will need a place to work while building your steam empire.  As shown below, my...

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Applying Victorian Steam to a Horizontal Bandsaw – Part 2

In Part 1 of applying steam to a horizontal bandsaw, I began the steampunk “restoration” of a new in the box horizontal metal cutting bandsaw to give it the late Victorian look.  The last post showcased the basics of restoration and some basic machining.  In this post, I’ll tackle some new issues, do the last of the painting...

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Giving the Machine Lathe Some Steam – Part 1

I especially like projects where I can take a new item and through a little work and some minor additions give it some Victorian Steam.  My recent post about applying steampunk design to a horizontal bandsaw is a good example.  So when I look at any tool, new or used, I’m...

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Modifying Modern Furniture: Lessons Learned – Part 1

Five years ago I needed a computer desk but was unable to find something suitable in my antique buying travels.  Antique furniture, and desks in particular, are difficult to find in a correct size.  Remember that we are taller/larger today than our recent ancestors, and we are also richer in material...

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Painting Tips from the Antiquarian

You end up doing a lot of painting when you restore antiques.  Tips and tricks abound, but I thought it might be a good idea to share some basic concepts so my followers can jump start their painting.  I’m going to cover painting cast iron and sheet metal because...

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Victorian Rococo Revival

Queen Victoria’s reign lasted many years and the era that bears her name spans from the early 1800’s through the turn of the century.  Styles changed during that period so saying you like Victorian era furniture actually covers a number of different furniture styles.  For this post I’ll focus on the French Rococo Revival...

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Documenting Progress

I’ve been restoring antiques since 1992.  In that time we’ve seen tremendous change in our world:  the rise of the internet, cell phones, email, text, social media, GPS navigation, and digital photography just to name a few.  Music transitioned from tape to CD to digital download.  Stealth became American military philosophy...

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