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post #1 of 11 Old 05-21-2009, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everbody. My name is Fr. Thomas Bailey. I am a Benedictine monk of Marmion Abbey (Aurora, IL) and I will be 30 y.o. next month. I currently work in seminary formation in Conception, MO, where I also teach history and am working on my Masters Degree at Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, MO). I have been working around wood since I was young when my father received from my great uncle his Shopsmith Mark V. It is a tool that I still use today, it is a great machine. Unfortunately, I have never had time to study under any great master, so I have just picked stuff up along the way. From my father I also learned how to refinish antiques, though its been a long time since I did any caning. I am most interested in furniture building and refinishing. I have completed on my own a bookcase and a casket, this summer I hope to build a desk for myself.
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Hello Fr. Thomas Baily, welcome to the forum.
Is that 'Father' Baily.... Do we 'have' to call you 'Father'...
Well either way... Welcome.
Is that casket made for you? I just hope you won't need it too soon.
Thats an interesting concept, making you own casket.... I guess that's one way to cut down on the costs of your own funeral. I've seen plans, how hard is it, to build a casket? Do you have any pic's?
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Found your post in Projects.... pic's of your casket.
I like it as well as the concept of making your own casket..
Might try it myself...
Although I'm not trying to hurry anything up.....
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No the casket isn't for me, at least not that I am aware. It is for the next member of my religious community that has need of it. It actually is quite easy to build. I am planning on building another one this summer, so I'll see about getting some pics made of the process.

BTW ... some call me Father, others Father Thomas, and my family calls me Mark - so whatever, as long as it is not late for Vespers or dinner.
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Welcome, Fr. I've actually contemplated (seriously) the Secular Franciscan order. It seems that may be appropriate a little later in life when I have time to fully commit (my wife and I have just started a family).

Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff.

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Hello Fr. Thomas Baily, welcome to the forum. I'm a new guy as well to this forum. I go past Conception every September for a family reunion in Stanbury, MO. I'm sure you'll enjoy this forum and don't worry about finding any master wood workers, we're all still looking for them. But there are a bunch of very good woodworkers available just waiting to get their brains picked.

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Father Thomas,
Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you aboard. Good luck on your furniture quest. Any questions, feel free to ask. I am sure you will find people very willing to help here.
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Teach a man to fish, and you'll never see him in church again on Sunday morning."
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Refinish wood furniture in your house can save you a lot of money and your furniture will look as good as new. You can also make the pieces of wood furniture that actually do not match you renewing them so they will suitable with the rooms or places in your house. You will find that it is very easy to renew the furniture if previously you already have invested in good quality furniture that you have. You must have some materials and tools for the job, you should be able to buy them at local DIY store if you do not have these around house.
Some of your works will use a variety of products and chemicals, pay attention to read carefully all the instructions. Always keep away the dangerous products from children and animals.
Spend leisure time for the project. It is better to handle project just one item at a time especially when you have limited space because it can be fairly messy. Try to clean the furniture first and preparing the surfaces before you start refinish wood furniture.
Give the furniture a good sanding once you are pretty sure that you have removed as much of the old finish as possible. You should use a good quality orbital sander.
This will be highlighted as you apply the stain. The grain of the wood will be brought out and the furniture changed. You should seal it and then apply a finish after you have stained the item.
It is best important to use products from the same range as these will be produced to give the best results when used together.

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ahhh, maybe those considering making there own caskets should hold off?. hope that wasnt like a jinx thing.
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