The Turbid Plaque

A confusing mixture of ongoing projects

Tag: woodworking

  • A Sturdy Blanket Booth

    A Sturdy Blanket Booth

    I’ve been getting into voiceover projects lately, and it’s time I documented my recording setup. For those new to this subject, the key challenge in making high-quality voice recordings is setting up a “treated space.” There’s a whole literature on sound treatment, but the essence of it for this purpose is to kill all echoes…

  • Refinishing Antique Chairs

    Refinishing Antique Chairs

    I inherited a lovely Philippine mahogany dining table and a set of four walnut chairs from my great-grandmother, but as one might expect for century-old furniture, they weren’t in pristine condition when I got them. The chairs in particular were rickety and heavily worn, with the finish thick with accumulated grime in some spots. Here’s…

  • Building an Exterior Door with Plywood and Epoxy

    Building an Exterior Door with Plywood and Epoxy

    The back door of our garage was in rough shape when we bought the house ten years ago, and we’ve been procrastinating its repair for just as long. Ordinarily I’d just go to the lumber yard, pick up a pre-hung door in the appropriate style, and install it by lunchtime. However, this particular door is…