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adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Turned Toothpick Holder/Dispenser

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Turned Toothpick Holder/DispenserSo a friend asked if I could make him a toothpick dispenser. What he described was one of those things you see on the counter at a restaurant — you know, basically a box with a little roller knob on the side and made of sheet metal or clear plastic. But my friend wanted one made out of wood. He requested if I could stain it like dark oak. After thinking about, I asked him if I could go a different route, so I described what you see here. He said that sounded fine to him, but hoped I wasn't going to charge him too much. I assured him that he'd be happy with the price. Frankly, I don't plan to charge him anything — it was just too much fun making this — and it only took part of one afternoon and the material was scrap I had laying around. He's great friend and we play golf together a couple times a week when the weather cooperates and bowl together when it doesn't. I plan to give it to him when we see each other next in a few days. Hopefully, he'll like it as much as I liked making it.The main wood is black walnut and the top knob and center spindle are cherry. I finished the entire thing with paste wax.



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Twisted Bookshelf

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Twisted BookshelfMy wife found a pic of this bookshelf one day and I thought it would be great for my friend's daughter's first home homewarming present.Made it out of pallets and that took quite a bit of “pre-paring”
break down pallets and pull nails – whee!
mate up the boards to make longer boards, mill them to all the same thickness, and the married boards to the same width. I used my box joint jig to fingerjoint the ends of short board to make longer ones, almost 7 feet long overall.

and then glue the boards to make the panels for the sides and front. – 3 panels, two sides and one for the curved fronts.
Trim all the panels to the same length. Lots of making bigger boards from pallet boards up to now!cut the dados and rabbets (groves) dry fit the shelves and layout the twist cut on the front panel.
Dry fit everything, sand inside surfaces down, adjust everything for a nice fit – then glue it up.
Lots of sanding then, first round of staining.
a few days of staining, wait to dry, another few days of clear coating, wait to dry and buff sanding then, done.Go camping!



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Rustic Dining Table, Bench and Chairs

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Rustic Dining Table, Bench and ChairsThis is my latest commission project. The client wanted me to recreate the table, bench and chairs from the last photo. I made some structural changes and refined the pieces a bit. I would like to reiterate that I HATE the distressed look. I think that it is too subjective. I prefer a finish that is concrete.Anyway, everything was built from pine and I used simple half laps and a few mortise and tenon joints to keep the project in budget. I used a biscuit joiner to help in gluing up the top. The stain is colonial maple by Varathane. The stained pieces were given 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal. The distressed look was achieved by painting everything white, and then rubbing a mixture of Minwax Dark Walnut and Minwax Classic Gray. I went back and very lightly applied some slightly watered down white paint as accents.The client was very happy. I was thrilled to get these pieces out of my garage!Thanks for looking!



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