The Woodshop Shed

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

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Mini tack box

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Mini tack boxMy granddaughter's 5th Birthday is in a couple weeks.
She loves to organize her things and play with boxes.
She's started to ride horses a little, hence the mini tack box.
The main box and lid is aromatic Cedar and has black cherry slip feathers.
The two trays are Cypress with 1/4 plywood bottoms.
I'm finishing it with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. The color is really starting to pop.I'm pleased with the handle design I created for the sliding lid and really happy with the two traysthey drop in on a cushion of air with a piston fit.



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Koi Pond Desk

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Koi Pond DeskThis is a mesquite slab that had a crevice that allowed me put lay down some river rocks and the tiniest koi fish I have ever seen. I added some clear epoxy to allow the koi fish to be seen as if it was a pond. The legs are made out of poplar and stained them using and ebony and stain that almost makes it look black. This was the first time that I have ever played out with angled legs and I was challenged with it a bit. I definitely learned a lot when it comes to angles. I buddy of mine has a domino, which helped putting the legs together.
My wife absolutely loved it.Items used:
Mesquite Slab
Poplar for legs
Polymere Technologies Epoxy
River Rock from Dollar Tree
Koi fish from Amazon.Let me know what you all think.



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Norm Vandal Queen Anne Lowboy

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Norm Vandal Queen Anne LowboyThis Queen Anne lowboy is pretty much an exact reproduction of Norm Vandal's version in his book on Queen Anne furniture—one of my favorite books of all time. I made the legs about ten years ago, and then got divorced, which as many of you know, can put a crimp in project completion goals.I was sitting around staring at the legs, and thinking that if I wasn't going to make the dang thing, I should burn them. But instead of doing that, I made it. Which burned time. These things, as anyone who's ever built one will tell you, are tedious works of craft.I made it for the woman who helped me raise my boys post-divorce. Her husband angled for the dang thing, and I just said 'uncle'. I had professional pictures taken because once it's gone, well, it's gone. I'll bet there's probably a meal or two in it for me, though. Honestly, I can't thank the family enough for their kindness. I'm still in their debt.Everything is period-worthy. The dovetails are hand-cut, the fan, hand-carved (thank you Frank Klausz!) the legs hand-rasped, and so on. I made the drawer fronts out of one figured piece of walnut, strategically laid out. Nerve-wracking, but beautiful. I put an insertable dovetail in the top, as Norm described in his book, for wood movement. The wood itself is claro walnut, which is what we get out here. It is super nice. I got it from an orchard outside of Colville, WA. The yellow birch is also locally sourced.Every now and then, I think I'd recommend getting a real pro to shoot one of your pieces of furniture. He did a great job.As Cap'n Jack Sparrow once said “I hope you all saw that, because I will NOT be doing that again!” But memory fades. Who knows?P.S. Horton Brasses, Minwax Tung Oil Finish. For those that just had to know. Router edging on the top was the classic Queen Anne Whiteside bit.



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